THE 2013 LAUNCH PAD COMPETITION – COMPLETE TOP 25 WITH ALL WINNERS, RUNNERS-UP, TOP 10 & SEMIFINALISTS!

A comprehensive list of the 2013 Launch Pad’s Top 25 feature scripts, showcasing your winner, runners-up, top 10 and semifinalists!
(All categories are listed alphabetically by author’s last name).

PURE O

Logline: When a college student facing graduation starts suffering from uncontrollable violent thoughts, she becomes obsessed with finding out what they mean.
Pitched as: GOOD WILL HUNTING meets BLACK SWAN.
Writer: Kate Trefry
Genre: Coming-of-age | Dark Comedy
Representation: Signed with: UTAAmanda Hymson, Keya Khayatian, Tim Phillips
Signed with: Silent R ManagementLee Stobby
Availability: Project is available
Details: First Place – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: PURE O – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Kate Trefy
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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THE THIRD WHEEL

Logline: While it seems like every single bitch they went to high school with is now living ‘happily-ever-after’, two thirty-something best friends put marriage, kids and mortgages on hold in order to chase a different dream – writing the next big novel craze a la Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey… However, with their chance of success fading as fast as their looks, their close bond is fractured when one of them panics and falls for ‘Mr. Right Now’.
Pitched as: BRIDESMAIDS meets I LOVE YOU, MAN.
Writer: Matthew James McDonough
Genre: Comedy
Representation: Signed with: Caliber Media Co.Will Rowbotham
Signed with: Caliber Media Co.Adam Simpson-Marshall
Availability: Project is available
Details: Top 3 – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: THE THIRD WHEEL – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Matthew James McDonough
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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WOLVERTON

Logline: In turn of the century London, Jack Wolverton, gentleman thief, specializes in stealing the arcane, the accursed and the occultic. With war about to break out, only he can stop the world’s most powerful artifacts (The Monkey’s Paw, The Hope Diamond and the Portrait of Dorian Gray) from falling into the wrong hands!
Pitched as: SHERLOCK HOLMES meets INDIANA JONES.
Writer: Terrell T. Garrett
Michael Stark
Genre: Action | Adventure
Representation: Signed with: Infinity ManagementJon Karras
Availability: Project is available
Details: Top 3 – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: Signed with: WOLVERTON – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Terrell T. Garrett and Michael Stark
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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A SEAT IN HELL

Logline: Bored with life after traveling the world, a dying medical examiner attempts to quench his thirst for exploration by vicariously traveling through Hell via tales told by the executed Death Rowers he secretly revives.
Pitched as: FLATLINERS meets BLACK SWAN.
Writer: Sam Celia
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: SOLD TO DARK FACTORY ENTERTAINMENT!
Details: First Place – Dark Factory Entertainment Prize
Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: A SEAT IN HELL – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Sam Celia
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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FALLMAN

Logline: Mark Fallman is sent to prison as an accessory to armed robbery with his murderous partner Bill Walsh. After Fallman is released from prison, he wants only to return to his deceased father’s ranch and set his life straight; but, he finds the ranch lost to foreclosure and his family confined to a trailer home. Succumbing to his emotions, Fallman digs up the cash from the former heist and finds himself confronted by the escaped Bill Walsh.
Pitched as: NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN meets DRIVE
Writer: Blake Armstrong
Genre: Action | Thriller | Modern Western
Representation: Signed with: Station3Jorge Gonzalez III
Availability: Project is available
Details: First Place – 2013 Station3 Prize
Semifinalist – Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: FALLMAN – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Blake Armstrong
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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RECOLLECTING REMY

Logline: When a biographer desperately needs money to pay back a substantial loan, he must trigger the publication of his unreleased biography by finding and killing his subject and idol, a reclusive, ninety-one-year-old fantasy novelist.
Pitched as: BARTON FINK meets LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE.
Writer: Stacia Black
Matt Ferrone
Genre: Dark Comedy
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Top 10 – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: RECOLLECTING REMY – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Stacia Black and Matt Ferrone
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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HYPERBARIC

Logline: A traumatized sailor must confront the fear that cut short his promising navy career, when he’s forced to pilot a homemade drug submarine.
Pitched as: TRAINING DAY meets DAS BOOT.
Writer: Matthew Harvey
Dominic Morgan
Genre: Contained | Action | Thriller
Representation: Signed with: Energy EntertainmentBrooklyn Weaver
Signed with: APADavid Saunders
Availability: SOLD TO VOLTAGE PICTURES!
Details: Top 10 – Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: HYPERBARIC – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Matthew Harvey and Dominic Morgan
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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RUN

Logline: After his brother is killed, the only white member of a Mexican street gang must survive the city’s 10 Gang Area and a team of corrupt cops to get the evidence his brother was killed for to the courthouse before the trial ends.
Pitched as: DISTRICT B13 meets THE WARRIORS.
Writer: Dennis Luu
Genre: Action | Thriller
Representation: Signed with: Jeff Ross EntertainmentJeff Ross
Availability: Project is available
Details: Top 10 – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: RUN – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Dennis Luu
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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MARLOWE

Logline: Based on a true story. African-American P.I. Sam Marlowe shows novice writer, Raymond Chandler the realities of detective work, juggling gangsters, corrupt politicians and movie star Jean Harlow to find out who is burning farms on the Arroyo Seco Canyon.
Pitched as: L.A. CONFIDENTIAL meets CHINATOWN.
Writer: Louise Ransil
Genre: Drama | Thriller | Noir
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Top 10 – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: MARLOWE – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Louise Ransil
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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ONE MAN’S WORD

Logline: Based on a true story. An elite US Air Force pilot goes missing transporting a new state-of-the-art bomber across country. Written off as dead to family and friends, he stumbles into a Ranger’s Station fifty-five days later. The USAF labels him an American hero and their new poster boy, which leads to a bidding war for his exclusive story, an Ed Sullivan appearance, tossing out the first pitch at the World Series and parades. Then a simple statement by a rogue reporter creates one of America’s great military mysteries – pitting America against one man and his word.
Pitched as: A FEW GOOD MEN meets THE FUGITIVE.
Writer: David Schumacher
Genre: Drama
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Top 10 – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: ONE MAN’S WORD – TRAILER
Profile/Bio: Read more about David Schumacher
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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THE CHOKE ARTIST

Logline: When a guy prone to cracking under pressure wins the chance to kick a field goal at the Super Bowl for one million dollars, he desperately searches for a cure to his condition.
Pitched as: HAPPY GILMORE meets THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN.
Writer: Jonathan Stuart
Genre: Comedy
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Top 10 – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: THE CHOKE ARTIST – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Jonathan Stuart
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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TRANQUILITY BASE

Logline: Kept under wraps.
Pitched as: LORD OF THE FLIES meets 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.
Writer: Daniel Turkewitz
Genre: Sci-Fi | Thriller
Representation: Signed with: Energy EntertainmentBrooklyn Weaver
Signed with: APADavid Saunders
Availability: SOLD TO TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX AND SCOTT FREE PRODUCTIONS!
Details: Top 10 – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: TRANQUILITY BASE – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Daniel Turkewitz
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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FASCINATION 127

Logline: In order to save his daughter’s life, an ex-con must complete the biggest heist of his career: steal famed musician Jim Morrison’s coffin, find a rumored key to a treasure inside, escape from the crime lord out for his blood, and return the coffin before it is exhumed and sent to the United States in less than 24 hours.
Pitched as: OCEANS 11 meets HEAT.
Writer: Alex Carl
Genre: Thriller
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: SET UP WITH ALTERED.LA AND PUNCH MEDIA!
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: FASCINATION 127 – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Alex Carl
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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MICKEY STANTON AND THE LEGIONS OF DARKNESS

Logline: When a commander of the underworld leads an unholy invasion to the surface, three lowly gas station attendants will battle his vile horde to stop them from wreaking havoc across the entire planet.
Pitched as: CLERKS meets ARMY OF DARKNESS.
Writer: Robert Cornero
Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: MICKEY STANTON AND THE LEGIONS OF DARKNESS – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Robert Cornero
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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20 MINUTES SOUTH

Logline: When five-year-old Ryan accidentally kills his own brother with their father’s gun, it rips a hole in the family that never heals. Twenty years later Ryan returns to his blue-collar hometown to make amends, but his reunion with old friends threatens to demolish the fragile new life he’s built for himself.
Pitched as: GOOD WILL HUNTING meets PUSHER.
Writer: Talia Gonzalez
Bisanne Masoud
Genre: Drama
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: 20 MINUTES SOUTH – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Talia Gonzalez and Bisanne Masoud
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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THE DEVIL’S HARVEST

Logline: Based on real events. When three high school seniors go missing while filming a promo at a struggling local farm, investigators recover video files from a home PC revealing their final harrowing days….what they recorded had not been seen for over 200 years.
Pitched as: REC meets THE THING.
Writer: Stephen Isles
Genre: Horror | Thriller
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: THE DEVIL’S HARVEST – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Stephen Isles
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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STERLING

Logline: An assassin cyborg goes against company protocol after he discovers that his latest mark may hold the key to his humanity.
Pitched as: BOURNE IDENTITY meets I, ROBOT.
Writer: John Suetmeier
John Kelley
Genre: Sci-Fi | Action
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: STERLING – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about John Suetmeier and John Kelley
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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FIRE FIGHT

Logline: A disgraced fire captain and a group of loggers struggle to survive in the remote wilderness after discovering a blaze that literally has a mind of its own.
Pitched as: PREDATOR meets BACKDRAFT.
Writer: Trevor Mayes
Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: FIRE FIGHT – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Trevor Mayes
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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THE SHADOWED

Logline: An outlaw must team-up with a company of Texas Rangers to do battle with the resurrected ghosts of vengeful Navajo braves besieging an isolated border town… but to defeat the unearthly Dark Riders the outlaw will finally have to face up to his former misdeeds.
Pitched as: UNFORGIVEN meets ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13.
Writer: Ken Miller
Genre: Horror | Western
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: THE SHADOWED – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Ken Miller
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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BLOOD RUSH

Logline: A geeky college freshman must fight for his afterlife when he discovers he’s pledging a fraternity of vampires.
Pitched as: THE LOST BOYS meets ANIMAL HOUSE.
Writer: Scott Patch
Genre: Supernatural | Thriller
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: BLOOD RUSH – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Scott Patch
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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NEWTON’S LAW OF EMOTION

Logline: As a young Isaac Newton pursues the affections of a headstrong princess, he seeks to uncover the principles of love using his new system of mathematics. Meanwhile, British spies set their sights on Newton when they learn his equations may predict the future.
Pitched as: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE meets DA VINCI’S DEMONS.
Writer: Eugene Ramos
Genre: Romantic Comedy | Drama
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: NEWTON’S LAW OF EMOTION – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Eugene Ramos
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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BUTCHER HOLLER

Logline: When her security job drags Iraq vet Eliza back to the mountains she once fled, she must battle a cult of horribly disfigured snake-worshiping mountainfolk and her own lack of faith to save a child from a sacrificial ritual.
Pitched as: DELIVERANCE meets SILENT HILL.
Writer: Dan Shea
Genre: Horror | Drama
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: SOLD TO UNDER THE STAIRS ENTERTAINMENT!
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: BUTCHER HOLLER – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Dan Shea
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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FIRST LIGHT

Logline: Released from Purgatory, a tortured soul is given a human body and 24 hours on Earth to accomplish a dangerous mission for a shadowy spirit, risking eternal damnation to save his now grown-up son and a woman he’s fallen for.
Pitched as: CONSTANTINE meets GHOST.
Writer: Douglas Stark
Genre: Supernatural | Thriller
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: FIRST LIGHT – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Douglas Stark
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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THE JAGUAR’S FANG

Logline: When contact with an expedition on the trail of a mythical treasure is mysteriously lost, a paratrooper, a gentleman thief, and an archeologist must join forces to save the missing people and the treasure, or risk losing them forever to the sinister forces bent on the same prize.
Pitched as: INDIANA JONES meets THE MUMMY.
Writer: Mikko Tormala
Genre: Action | Adventure
Representation: Currently unrepresented
Availability: Project is available
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: THE JAGUAR’S FANG – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Mikko Tormala
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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DREAMSHIP

Logline: A headstrong teenager must enter the secret world behind the clouds to rescue his little sister from the clutches of an evil villainess who plans to create nightmares that never end.
Pitched as: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN meets THE LAST STARFIGHTER.
Writer: Paul Zeidman
Genre: Fantasy | Adventure
Representation: Signed with: The Mikael GroupSean Butler
Availability: Project is available
Details: Semifinalist – 2013 Launch Pad Competition
Direct Link: DREAMSHIP – TRACKING
Profile/Bio: Read more about Paul Zeidman
Why You Should Read: Insert that info here.

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