Splashdown by Don Stroud | Script Revolution


A mysterious space capsule adrift in the Pacific Ocean pulls a disillusioned Air Force pilot into battle against a shadowy paramilitary force hell bent on utilizing the astronauts' otherworldly cargo to enslave humanity.



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Sometimes the secrets of the heavens... should stay secret.

1967. The Vietnam War rages. Young Navy pilot Patrick Maguire hopes to avoid the conflict by entering NASA's fledgling astronaut program.

While sailing with his mother and father before he ships out, Patrick witnesses a mysterious space capsule plunge into the ocean. They race an oncoming storm in an attempt to aid the pilots. But while Patrick investigates the damaged capsule, his parents are taken prisoner by an extra-governmental military force that unexpectedly arrives on the scene, led by the menacing Director Greene.

Impersonating one of the soldiers, Patrick inserts himself into the heart of the high-tech warship in hopes of freeing his parents. Shock after shock follows, as his subterfuge uncovers the cabal's other-worldly origins, their inhuman experiments, and their ultimate goal: the overthrow of all humanity.

With a hurricane raging, his parents in peril, and the fate of mankind at stake, can Patrick stop Greene and his masters from destroying the world?

All Accolades & Coverage: 

2022 Page Turner Genre Screenplay Contest - FINALIST
2022 LA Sci-Fi Film & Media Festival - WINNER - Europa Gold: Unproduced Screenplay
2022 LA Sci-Fi Film & Media Festival - WINNER - HG Wells Silver: Best Screenplay
2022 LA Sci-Fi Film & Media Festival - WINNER - Leviathan Platinum: Best Drama Screenplay
2022 MidWest Weird Fest Feature Screenplay Competition - 2ND RUNNER UP
2021 Multi Dimension Independent Film Festival - Best Screenplay - WINNER
2021 25th Annual Fade In Awards (Sci-Fi) - Semifinalist
2021 FilmQuest Screenplay Competition - Semifinalist
2020 Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival - FINALIST
2020 4th Annual Stage 32 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenwriting Contest - Semifinalist
2020 Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition - Semifinalist
2019 12th Annual StoryPros Awards Contest (Sci-Fi) - Semifinalist
2019 Cinequest Feature Screenwriting Competition - SECOND PLACE
2018 Stage 32 4th Annual Feature Screenwriting Contest - FINALIST
2018 Scriptapalooza - Semifinalist
2018 PAGE Awards Screenwriting Competition - Semifinalist
2018 Screencraft Science Fiction Screenplay Competition - Semifinalist

Submitted: April 16, 2022
Last Updated: November 4, 2022

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The Writer: Don Stroud

Hailing from the wilds of North Carolina, I spent my formative years making my own comic books and toys. After a lengthy career in the software industry, I decided to dust off my artistic dreams and get back to creating. I became an editor in Hollywood, working on low-budget horror movies and award-winning documentaries. But after time spent playing with other peoples' toys, I decided to craft my own, and transfer the stories in my head to the written page. Over the last several years I have dedicated my energies towards screenwriting, producing some award-winning original screenplays in the process. My goal is to sit in a darkened theater and see my work up on the big screen. Go to bio

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