An elderly fisherman teaches his grandson that sometimes in order to gain, you must lose something.
“You cannot take what is not necessary unless you are willing to lose something that is.”
A wise phrase, spoken by an even wiser old man in Shark Fin. Don’t let the title fool you; this script isn’t another Jaws or The Shallows, thrillers pitting man vs monster.
Fin’s far more substantial than those tales.
The wise old man in question, Fong, has a lesson for 9-year-old grandson Yeng.
And Fong has exciting material to illustrate his teachings with – his memories as a fisherman. Memories that Yeng wishes to relive himself after he grows.
But Fong wasn’t a fisherman in the ordinary sense of the word. He was a shark finner, albeit a reluctant one. One who understood his job involved taking what is not necessary to take. A shark’s life for its fin.
One who understood his job was a crime against nature. And yet – did so anyway.
But, as Fong explains to young Yeng, nature delivers swift justice in many ways. First, it tormented his dreams with visions of his crimes. And eventually turned its wrath on him.
Sometimes, nature is willing to forgive those who lose… and learn.
What did Fong lose? And will Yeng understand his morality tale – even at his tender age?
A beautiful, highly visual fable which touches on a very real issue today, Shark Fin is sure to impress audiences with a penchant for socially conscious, captivating works.
Our recommendation: take what is necessary, and capture this script today!
Budget: Admittedly, this one’s opulent. But two wonderful options make this worth your while. 1) Clever editing and post OR 2) Perhaps render Fin in CG? Just imagine the festivals you’d win then!
About the reviewer: Hamish Porter is a writer who, if he was granted one wish, would ask for the skill of being able to write dialogue like Tarantino. Or maybe the ability to teleport. Nah, that’s nothing compared to the former. A lover of philosophy, he’s working on several shorts and a sporting comedy that can only be described as “quintessentially British”. If you want to contact him, he can be emailed: hamishdonaldp “AT” gmail.com. If you’d like to contact him and be subjected to incoherent ramblings, follow him on Twitter @HamishP95.
About the writer: Shawn began writing in 2008 as a means to overcome a lifelong reading disorder. After several short scripts, he took on writing his first feature screenplay in 2009.
Six years and several screenplays later, Shawn’s highly acclaimed script Equal Retribution was reviewed and given one of the highest screenplay ratings ever handed out by Carson Reeves of Scriptshadow.com
View full review here – http://scriptshadow.net/amateur-friday-what-doesnt-kill-you/
Equal Retribution has also been submitted to and placed highly in such prestigious contests as The Academy Nicholl Fellowship and The Page Awards. It was also chosen as a top script on Francis Ford Coppola’s website, Zoetrope.
Working with ambitious co-writer Jeff Bush, Shawn’s latest work, Chernobyl was recently completed and is now available for consideration.
Shawn’s script The Right Tract was submitted to the prestigious Kairos prize competition for spiritually uplifting scripts where it placed in the top 10%.
Shawn has written for and been optioned by Nancy Glass Productions, MTV as well as other production companies. Two of his previously optioned screenplays, Reprisal (Thriller) and Till Dawn (Thriller) have both been released and are also available for consideration.
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