Magic Dragon by E W Helmick | Script Revolution

Magic Dragon

An officer in the US Coast Guard investigates mutiny on a fishing trawler and discovers a sadistic boat captain unleashing a nightmare of abuse on his young coed crew who signed on as summer staff.



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There are two kinds of fear that every person is born with. The fear of falling, and the fear of drowning. They’re instinctive, and they’re very real. Imagine if someone had the power to control the lives of people using one of those fears....drowning.

A sadistic fisherman, Captain Bruce Donner, has advertised for years in north American newspapers; “The voyage of a lifetime on board a fishing vessel, off the sunny coast of California.” His catch? Young coeds looking for adventure and a rewarding summer job. His intent? A relentless barrage of chaos as Captain Donner unleashes a merciless nightmare on his crew of young graduate coeds a thousand miles at sea on his fishing vessel, the “Magic Dragon.”

The story unfolds through the eyes of an officer in the United States Coast Guard, Chief Russell Martin. Martin, struggles with his own merits of heroism, and his own warranted fears of the ocean, as he attempts to follow in the footsteps of his deceased father, a decorated, respected commanding officer.

When he receives an urgent call one night that there has been a “Mutiny” on board the Magic Dragon, Martin is swift to put his crew into action. Boarding the Magic Dragon, he finds the crew members beaten, hog-tied, and malnourished. Donner claims they refused to work, got out of control, and threatened his own crew and vessel.

District claims it was only a labor dispute, and lets Donner and his crew go. Martin however can’t shake his own conscious, and begins an in-depth investigation. What he finds is terrifying. Donner has repeated his acts of abuse and control, over and over again, each time returning to port crying, “Mutiny,” on five other occasions!

Is it really Mutiny? When you’re a thousand miles at sea, no one can hear you scream. Mutiny would be your only hope.

While Martin searches for clues, and fights a stagnant bureaucratic agency, Donner has again advertised, and assembled his next crew of students.
It is only then that Martin uncovers the shocking past and his own personal link to this madman. It was Donner who was responsible for his father’s accidental drowning years earlier.

Racing to alert his crew and the students, Martin is too late. The Magic Dragon has once again left port, and headed for the open seas. Against his own supervisors authority, Martin assembles his own crew and follows Donner.

Captain Donner has summoned Chief Martin, and now, the past will reveal the annals in a battle for honor upon the high seas. But for four graduate students, their nightmare has just begun.

“Magic Dragon” is based on a true story, that took place at the Coast Guard station in Long Beach. The story reveals the gridlock of a government agency, and the horror of numerous repeated events of abuse by captain Donner and his crew.

Submitted: June 2, 2021
Last Updated: June 2, 2021

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The Writer: E W Helmick

7 time award winning screenwriter, filmmaker, endurance swimmer and chef - Producer & Director of the award winning film Take Your Dream on Amazon Prime which received ( ) best documentary best inspirational film best editor Australian Continental award among numerous others world wide Helps aspiring writers learn the craft of screenwriting through his online course, Paramount Screenwriting ( ) Principal & author of Movie Reviews at Way Out West Media Entertainment Group ( ) Lover of caviar, black stout and an 1845 Partagas maduro cigar - preferably all at the... Go to bio
Agent: Dora Whitaker
Law Firm: Donaldson and Califf
Lawyer: Michael Donaldson
Manager: Whitaker Entertainment

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