Cecil's Woods by CJ Hatch | Script Revolution

Cecil's Woods

When construction of a gas station threatens his home, a young boy hiding from the world on a densely-wooded interstate median must unite his unique animal friends and a struggling town to save "Cecil's Woods."



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Top 14% of discoverable projects Coverfly ranking
Top 15% of Comedy projects Coverfly ranking
"Featured Screenplay" Finalist, Catalina Film Festival 2022
"Official Selection" Animalis Fabula Film Festival 2022
Finalist, StoryPros Awards 14th Annual - 2021
Quarterfinalist, Scriptation Showcase - Features + Shorts Category 2021-2022
Quarterfinalist, Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards Season 6
Semifinalist, Stowe Story Labs Programs and Fellowships Application 2022

Compared to hits like MOONLIGHT KINGDOM and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, this small cast, limited location dramedy screenplay begins with a young boy, orphaned and traumatized by a car crash, hiding from the outside world in woodlands trapped between the lanes of a rural interstate highway. Over the course of a blissful summer, The Boy befriends the unique local fauna while healing the land and himself.

When he discovers plans for a gas station/rest stop to be built on the site of his forest home, The Boy is forced to reveal himself to a group of "Seagull Scouts" who name him "Cecil," after a character in a campfire ghost story. Refusing to tell anyone his true identity, The Boy is remanded to the Scouts' orphanage where his kind heart, pithy sayings, and adventurous spirt helps a small town and its residents find their way after being left behind by the modern world.

Cecil unites humans and animals to protect "Cecil's Woods" from the destructive development. A "final battle/woodland chase scene" ensues, before the ecologically fragile land is given ecological protective status and named "Cecil's Woods."

Cowritten by Kevin Renshaw.

From WePlay Screenplay: "Simply put, the concept is insanely odd, yet intensely entertaining..."

From Nicholl's Fellowship" "Intriguing and provocative."

From Screencraft: "...charming... verisimilitudinous and authentic."

All Accolades & Coverage: 

Top 16% of discoverable projects Coverfly ranking
Finalist, StoryPros Awards 14th Annual - 2021
Semifinalist, StoryPros Awards 15th Annual -2022
Quarterfinalist, Scriptation Showcase - Features + Shorts Category 2021-2022
Quarterfinalist, Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards Season 6
Quarterfinalist, Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition 2021-2022
Quarterfinalist, Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards 2022

Submitted: November 30, 2021
Last Updated: September 12, 2022

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The Writer: CJ Hatch

A multi-decade broadcast and print journalist turned PR pro, CJ branched out a few years ago into the long-form literary world with the publication of HURRICANE RON (a 2015 Crime Fiction Lover "Ten to Taste" ), for which he was approached to adapt into a screenplay as a vehicle for a well-known actor. That endeavor is in the top 4% of Coverfly's discoverable projects and is on their Red List for several months running. HR is a Top 10, in the Table Read My Screenplay Genre Screenplay Competition Summer 2022 , Quarterfinalist in The Script Lab - TSL Free Screenplay Contest 2022 , Quarterfinalist in the WeScreenplay Feature Contest 2022 , Quarterfinalist in the Emerging Screenwriters - Genre... Go to bio
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Lawyer: Camille M. Miller

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