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Somehow I didn't enjoy it. The creatures came out of nowhere and the emotions were forced. The initial conversation could have been better where they could have talked about death or ghosts or something like that (as a foreshadowing).
The writing is pitch perfect and an enjoyable read. Wasn’t necessarily overly horrific — bugs come from nowhere and overtake a ship? I’m going to give it a pass as a horror but it felt more like an action drama.
But I liked what you did with the hand sanitizer. Probably is going to be the most imaginative use of the required object in this week’s challenge.
I’m wondering why he didn’t go for the ejector button sooner. Could he have not made it out once the jet turned upright, or was he too far down at that point?
Still, a minor quibble on my part. Great effort on this.
Best of luck, Gary
An utterly mediocre writer who somehow still falls bass ackwards into getting some of his scripts produced.
Well, this had quite a good drama backbone for an only five pages script. Very good. The SF angle was also strong although I would have liked to have a better description of the black tiny creatures (I imagined them as mini blobs for now,,, but how do they attack etc.). While the idea of sinking with no chance to escape is scary on its own, the script as a whole didn't feel like a horror-centered plot.
The presentation was very clean and the story was well-structured. Merely not strong in the genre. I need to think here. However, cool stuff you brought to the table. Good job
For a situational story it’s good. This doesn’t really stand out as a horror genre to me. You did fine capturing one of the scariest ways to die . Drowning ... Like someone else said, I would have liked to know more detail about the creatures.
I’m sure if his superiors catch him sprinkling sanitizer on the controls of a 30’mill jet fighter, he will be flying rubber dog sh** on a cargo plane out of Hong Kong . Lol I’m just kidding, I’d say the controls can handle a little hand san. I just wanted to quote Top Gun . Lol
Pulling of the ejection handle underwater creates a neat visual . I just wonder if the canopy would actually clear underwater or turn the crew into diced kabobs.
Him using the sanitizer as a message in a bottle was sad. If I had to put a label on it. I would call this a sci fi action .
I didn’t really find a payoff so to speak. What I mean is ,what did they accomplish? They sat on the runway. The creatures attacked. Then they took off and crashed . Lt is toast and Petey sends out a message in a bottle . (Don’t take that as me saying your story is simplistic. I just put what I saw in short terms.) Your writing is FAR from simple.
Your writing kept me engaged... You def know your way around a script . I think you just rushed a little on story.
Hm, it's a good effort but all the pieces didn't quite gel for me. I think it's the horror stuff seeming shoehorned in. You have these creatures show up and I was gearing up for some kind of survival horror battle between pilots and evil things.
But they don't really play into the story beyond an excuse to have the plane crash. Feels more like a straight drama with this guy struggling in his last moments to connect with his daughter.
Torn on this one as the whole ‘payoff’ at the end is telegraphed in the opening scene.
Its competently written - when I opened it I thought ‘Why didn’t I use an aircraft carrier lol - and wrings the emotion out of the 5 pages Technically it’s a drama with some mystery swarm lol but I won’t ping you on that (can’t after letting nearly all the Rd 2 ones pass as ‘Comedy’ LOL)
Fuck sake, you almost made me cry - I have only ever cried twice in my adult life, once when my dog died and again when Dobby died - Since having my son, anything to do with father/child relationships really gets my emotions going - I seriously almost cried during the animation "Sing" when the Dad gorilla was super proud of son gorilla - what's wrong with me?
Ahem, anyway... beautifully written, you brought me into the characters and into the world nicely. I could see everything and I liked what I saw.
Hmmm, technically you used the hand gel bottle, not the hand gel itself, soooo.... I'm pulling your chain, nice use of the hand gel
I haven't got a lot to add really - I enjoyed it
P.S Congrats on winning the "Most expensive short" award for round 3
Nice. A real flow... well, I only read three pages and to be honest I got high enough from the fumes I don't need to finish. You're talented.
However, in this 5-page challenge your flow drops on page 5... in particular, I found this to be quite bad:
Suddenly, the cockpit glass explodes upward, followed quickly by Petey, still harnessed to his seat.
You had to finish within 5 pages, so it's excusable for what is otherwise - for 72-hours work - a masterclass in screenwriting. if you had time to edit you could have played with your action lines a little more, like the first here:
An aircraft carrier, surrounded by a full task force, sails along under the bright light of a full moon.
Surrounded by a full task force, an aircraft carrier sails beneath/under the bright light of a full moon.
I like it though. Should score high. Not much of a story, but you're never going to get War and Peace in five pages.