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Saving Lolita



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A black ops program that talks to dolphins and orcas is endangered when the cetaceans go on strike until their demands are met: freeing Lolita, the orca held captive for 50-years in a tourist attraction.

Navy SEAL Commander Rip Tide is in charge of implementing a below-the-radar impossible missions force. He's an old school kinda John Wayne cowboy who gets things done but isn't very PC about it, especially with the ladies. After a botched up clandestine assignment that gets his foot blown off, he's reassigned to work with an old acquaintance down in Miami. Professor Dylan Mare and Tide use to work together training dolphins to work for the Navy. It included teaching them how to be suicide bombers. Tide didn't like that part and got himself transferred out of there. Now he's back and discovers three things: 

1) Mare has seen the light too and no longer uses cetaceans of any form to kill themselves for Uncle Sam. 
2) Mare's daughter Ariel is all grown up and is worthy of Tide making a fool of himself over-- and she's strong enough to put him in his place.
3) Professor Mare has learned to... talk to the cetaceans. He's invented an electronic device that allows them and us to communicate effortlessly.

That device is key to getting an orca called Johnny to work with them-- and the Navy-- on any future operations because Johnny has told them flat out if they want his help-- or the cooperation of any other orca or dolphin-- Lolita has to be freed first. Or they'll take what they know to the Russians.

Freeing Lolita involves the covert loan of a Navy heavy-lifting helicopter, a nighttime assault on the Miami Aquarium (a fictional placeholder for the real Seaquarium), and a state-of-the-art solar powered e-catamaran to hide Lolita and Johnny on their long journey to Puget Sound via the Panama Canal.  

Not all goes well, of course. In fact, thanks to Russia's expertise at hacking, one of its nuclear submarines is waiting for them on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal to hijack the technology-- including the orcas.

Luckily Tide and Ariel's courage, Johnny's fearless protect-the-pod-at-any-cost instincts, and Lolita's 50-years of pent-up hatred and need for revenge, prove to be too much even for the big bad Russian Navy. Although the cat is demasted in the ensuing battle and nearly sunk, the orcas team up to tow the listing vessel and its battered crew up the Pacific coast and into Puget Sound. Lolita and her family find each other and is accepted like a long lost Biblical son, er daughter. But instead of slaps on the back and warm hugs, the orcas welcome the prodigal daughter by leaping out of the water, over and over again around the cat. Rip and Ariel, standing outside the damaged cabin and now sharing a life-and-death bond, kiss for the first time as orcas jump out of the water over and over again ensuring a happy ending-- and an environmental action franchise.

You can learn more about the history of captive orcas and the process used in writing the screenplay at

Swimming off the coast of New Zealand with "Killer" whales.

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The Writer: D.C. Copeland

Hello, thanks for taking a look at who I am. Hopefully you aren't here because you were “misdirected,” that you want to find out more about just who this D.C. Copeland is after reading one of my loglines. I'm an artist, a muralist, and a writer whose canvases and stories are for the most part writ large across time and space. While in college at the University of Miami , I co-founded Ecology Action of Florida . That sense of saving the environment can be found in many of my works. While creating works of art and fiction, I supported myself and my family as the Warner Bros Pictures Florida Field Rep for Publicity and Promotion for nearly 20-years. During that time I got to know many... Go to bio

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