You know how I write screenplays in addition to reviewing movies? (You didn’t? Click here then) Well it turns out I don’t suck at it! I just found out this week that my script, The Wild Helicopters of the Outback (which is based on my short story from this anthology) won first place in the Family/Teen/Animation category of the 5th Annual Story Pros Awards.
Wild Helicopters is about a young Australian aerospace engineer who defies convention by befriending one of the pesky, artificially intelligent helicopters who steal power from her family’s floating wind farm. I started adapting it into a screenplay because an Australian animation company was looking for scripts. Even though I originally envisioned Wild Helicopters as live action, I figured the odds of getting it made that way were pretty slim given how many helicopters were in it, so I thought: why not go for it?
Sadly the animation company I wanted to submit it to went belly up before the script was done, so in lieu of any other likely companies turning up in my Google searches I decided to submit it to Story Pros for some exposure (Coast Guards had almost won with them a few years back, and I had a coupon). And I won!
Winning this contest is a pretty big deal. I get a bunch of money, a buttload of software and services, and (the best part) readings from producers and agents and stuff. Here’s hoping some Australian producer will like it, not care that I’m not Australian (Canadian is sorta almost as good, right?!) and make it into a movie with real live helicopters (well, not really live, but really not animated).
Cross your fingers! I sure am. If you’d like to read Wild Helicopters, Story Pros will shortly be posting a Winner’s Circle with a link to the script.
P.S. – Special thanks goes out to Meghan Lightle, who gave me story notes on the first draft.