Runaway Ship was inspired by my real life events along with a few creative embellishments. The APL Singapore was my first Bosun job, and while sailing off the coast of Japan in 2010 a sub-sea quake occurred. The Fukushima disaster occurred in 2011 after an offshore sub-sea earthquake and tsunami.

Think ships can't travel on land? Think again. An alcoholic remembering a ship he was on in February of 2011, seems to have some family drama going on and he misses his little daughter, Allison. He must be careful as he makes his way on the APL Singapore from San Francisco because if he gets into another booze incident his papers will be yanked by the Coast Guard but that won't be easy having alcohol everyone in the ship.

Flashbacks let us know that he is in the hospital after having burned their Volvo to the ground receiving an ultimatum from his wife, Sarah that she will take their daughter if he doesn't stop drinking.

After the ship is struck by an earthquake at sea. A massive tsunami hits Japan and in it a power plant A white cloud menacingly approaches the ship. The extra condensation, electricity and the radio are acting funky and affecting everyone's jobs on the Singapore. The engine rumbles weirdly the crew is getting worried, they didn't sing up for this. The captains want to avoid internal panic but the engine might explode! The white cloud is nuclear radiation!
The computer has shifted course from Kaohsiung Taiwan back to San Francisco steaming into the bay at fifty knots plus plowing into the City where she finally comes to rest thanks to our recovered alcoholic sailor who takes charge and saves the day who puts everything to a stop and wins back his family.

  • Theodore Carl Soderberg
    SoCal Film Festival, 2018, RUNAWAY SHIP, First Place
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  • Runaway Ship, First Place Action/Adventure Genre, Hollywood Hills Screenplay, 2017.
    Hollywood Hills Screenwriting featival
    September 1, 2017
    First Place Action Genre
  • Big Apple Film and Screenplay Festival, 2020
    February 1, 2020
    Semi- Finalist
  • The Southern California Screenplay Competition
    December 1, 2017
    First Place Winner
  • BLASTOFF, Spring 2021, Runaway Ship - Best Screenplay
    Los Angeles
    May 3, 2021
    Best Screenplay
    Los Angeles
    May 4, 2021
    WINNER of our Feature Screenplay
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    February 5, 2023
    Action/Adventure Genre winner - Runaway Ship
Writer Biography - Theodore Carl Soderberg

I'm retired from the Sailor's Union of the Pacific as Bosun, The Screen Actor's Guild and Chevron Shipping. I was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, where Rudyard Kipling wrote Kim, and Captains Courageous. I was raised in Scarsdale New York and Newtown Connecticut where I worked as a psychiatric aide for the criminal insane before going to War. Returning from Vietnam I received an Associates in Arts degree from the College of Marin in Kentfield Ca. I have spent nearly a lifetime at sea. I'm also a retired member of SAG, and having worked as an Extra in over one hundred productions from San Francisco to Burbank.. I have commercial fished for the elusive pink salmon in Alaska; and I have 3 published books and 8 unpublished screenplays. I spend my down time in Ubon Ratchathani Thailand slopping through rice fields and taking care of my rubber trees .

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Review from SCRPTMATIX
The screenplay begins on a container ship navigating turbulent seas, foreshadowing the tumultuous journey ahead for Ted, the protagonist. Seeking a fresh start, Ted's narration and interactions with others reveal his past and quest for redemption. The ship's encounter with a tidal wave triggers a turning point, accentuating Ted's struggle with alcoholism and past traumas. A mysterious white cloud leaves the crew comatose, leaving Ted and a few others to face challenges in a supernatural state. Ted's leadership and courage shine through as he steers the ship away from disaster. The story concludes with Ted's redemption and reunification with his family, setting the stage for his future voyages.

Cheers Theodore, thanks for sending this in. Good stuff. My initial reaction is that the most appealing or significant aspects of Runaway Ship are its kinetic pace. The story is filled with movement, making it almost stressful to read as the events begin to unfold, particularly the arrival of the tidal wave. The screenplay effectively uses suspense and dramatic tension to keep the audience engaged, creating the question of whether or not the crew will survive the adversities. Thematically, this is a story about courage, resilience, personal redemption, and the power of human spirit in the face of adversity.

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