Logline: A TSA Agent is forced to relive a tragedy over and over, as he desperately searches for a way to end the cycle.
I wrote this script in three days for round 2 of the NYC Midnight Screenwriters Challenge (2011). The writers in my heat had to write a fantasy short featuring an airport security guard and the a natural disaster.
I don’t know what process the NYC Midnight organizers use to come up with their parameters for each heat, but I have a hunch it involves skimming newspaper headlines. Given the recent string of storms and tornadoes, combined with the footage from airports hit by these storms, I’ve got a pretty strong hunch as to where the parameters for this round came from.
The day round 2 started, I had to drive to Michigan for work (4 hours there, 4 hours back). During that time, I mapped out three entirely different stories in my head. When writing fantasy, your stories can range from entirely new worlds to the magic and mystery of the world we live in. In the end, I opted against the “dragon airport” idea (which would have been TONS of fun, mind you) to go with something a little darker.
Yeah. Jerod writing a dark story. Go figure…
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