As we gear up for our 2015 Launch Pad Competition, we’ve chosen to take a look back at our 2014 Launch Pad Features Competition. There were so many good scripts submitted that it was truly a pleasure to read and debate our semifinalists, but at the same time it was also incredibly difficult to pick JUST the Top 25. Our mission at The Tracking Board has always been to help young writers, who deserve the attention, to get noticed by the industry and we have always identified other writers that deserve recognition and acknowledgment. In doing so this year, we are excited to announce our top twelve standouts. These are the twelve scripts that missed making the Top 25 by a hair, but no less exemplify the caliber of work that The Launch Pad has come to recognize.
2014 Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order by title):
A FAR STRANGE LAND – John Albanis & Reid Morgan
When the dying wish of an old puppeteer transforms his Heroic Knight and Evil Mafisto marionettes into human beings, they continue to play out their fabled story in the real world — fighting for glory, world domination and the beautiful nymph Calypso. But when Knight falls for a foul-mouthed independent woman, he has to ask himself what his true quest is.
ARMADA – Dimitri Neos
The story of Sir Francis Drake, a legendary English ship commander and “pirate” who stole treasure from the Spanish and eventually served as second command of the English fleet in battle against the Spanish Aramada.
BIG GUN MAN – Garrett Baker
A “Tom Sawyer”-like adventure that follows a young boy who sets out on a journey to find a mysterious treasure his father told him of before dying in an effort to save his family’s farm.
BLITZ TIME – Ravi Satchi
With two weeks to live, a time traveling hitman and his thrill-seeking girlfriend travel back in time to expose the technology that has sped up his aging, and to put an end to the tyrannical empire-building of the technology’s inventor.
CITIZEN JANE – Gregory Joyce
A recently unemployed woman schemes to run for Governor — and lose — so she can use the publicly-funded campaign money to buy her grandmother’s house. But when her unconventional campaign catches fire with the public, she becomes a threat to the powerful incumbent, his cronies, and the status quo. ROCKY meets THE CANDIDATE by way of THE PRODUCERS.
GIRL AND ROBOT – Joel Dorland
In a near-future apocalypse where robots have “glitched” and massacred mankind, a fierce young woman journeys with her stoic android guardian to find a weapon that can save humanity.
SHADOW EYE – Nathan Wilcoxen
In the future, microscopic implants allow the government to monitor the actions of the population, and one rogue cop joins the resistance movement desperate to end the corruption.
WINTER GARDEN – Tucker Hannah
On her deathbed, a Russian mother reconnects with her daughters by telling them a fairy tale. But as the daughters listen, the grandeur of the fairy tale begins to melt away and is replaced by the incredible story of how one woman survived one of the most brutal war events in modern history, the Siege of Leningrad.
Congratulations to the Honorable Mentions!