With the announcement of the Top 10 finalists for the 2014 Nicholl Fellowship announcing last week, we wanted to hold off on posting the list until we had more than writer names and script titles. So we spent a little time procuring the loglines, as well as a little brief info on each of the writers. The subject matter and writers are both diverse once again, and from what we hear, there isn’t a project on here that doesn’t already have a lot of buzz around town! Congrats all around!
(A UK based writer, Baron has written, produced, directed and appeared in a number of short films over the years. Our favorite is not exactly a film, but is a hilarious look at which are better… Cats Vs Dogs)
THE SCIENCE OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER
A neuroscientist trapped in the wrong job and the wrong relationship finally decides to turn his life around – but when he discovers his wife has cancer, he becomes determined to save his marriage. “The Science of Love and Laughter” is a powerful comedy-drama about love, loss and companionship.
Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles
(Los Angeles (Brophy) and Austin (Miles) based writers hit the market with a previous spec draft of “United States of Fuckin’ Awesome” in 2013, and appeared on The Hit List in 2013)
UNITED STATES OF FUCKIN’ AWESOME
The Hangover meets Drunk History. When Jefferson finishes writing the Declaration of Independence, Washington and Franklin take him out to celebrate. After a night of debauchery they realize the document’s missing. If they can’t find it in time for the Continental Congress, there won’t be an America.
Robert D. Cain
(An experienced independent producer and consultant with over 20 years of experience in international entertainment development with his company Pacific Bridge, this is Cain’s first screenwriting credit)
The true story of the U.S.-Soviet Space Race told from the perspective of Yuri Gagarin, the peasant farm boy who became the first man in space.
(LA native who developed his Nicholl script “Road to Oz” for a year with husband and wife team Nellie Bellflower & Michael Mislove (Finding Neverland) before selling it to New Line for producer Beau Flynn)
ROAD TO OZ
Based on true events, “Road to Oz” details the experiences of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum which led to him writing the beloved American fairy tale as he draws inspiration from the people he meets, specifically his sickly, fatherless niece, Dorothy.
(Another UK based writer, Iqbal recently completed her Masters at the London based National Film and Television school, where she developed her Nicholl script “The Death Engine.” Prior to earning her a spot in the top 10, the script was also short-listed for BAFTA Rocliffe’s New Writing Forum.)
THE DEATH ENGINE
In a world where forever never ends, Lily lives the perfect immortal life. But when she’s diagnosed with the “melancholia,” the incurable desire to die, she pays “The Death Engine” for the perfect death. But how can her assigned Reaper do his job when he’s fallen in love with his client?
(A NY native, Jacoby has previously written the upcoming film “The Circle”, and is currently developing a handful of new projects)
After living anonymously for millennia, Cain and Lucian, two men cursed in the Bible to walk the Earth forever, face off today as one seeks redemption and the other seeks to end his curse by triggering the apocalypse.
(An Australian writer, whose previous draft of Samarasinghe’s Nicholl script “The Caretaker” went wide across town almost a year ago to the date and landed him reps and producers to continue development)
Amid a violent robot uprising, a doting caretaker android must betray her own kind and switch to warrior mode to protect a young girl across state lines to a safe harbor.
To help Greece win its independence from the Ottoman Empire, Lord Byron leads an eclectic group of adventurers on a sweeping and perilous quest to recover a legendary treasure guarded by an ancient family of the first werewolves.
An egotistical man’s accidental death triggers a hereditary curse that turns him into the living dead. He has until his body fully decomposes to get his ex-girlfriend to teach him the meaning of true love or he won’t make it to the afterlife.
(A resident of Charleston, SC and Ohio State grad, West is a tech writer and editor turned screenwriter with “Moonflower” being her first, but certainly not last, awarded script)
Although temporally separated, a luthier and a cellist find the means to enhance one another’s virtuosity and engage in a rather outré September passion.