After the death of his partner, a fisherman is tormented by a life changing decision he must make.
Good stories are about people. The genre’s just window dressing. Aliens: an SF adventure about the mother/daughter bond between Ripley and Newt (and a boatload of pissed off Marines and Xenomorphs). The Shining: an artistic dissection of one man’s descent into madness. And Jaws? Honestly, the film’s as much about Brody as the titular character.
The same could be said of Shark Dreaming. The story follows Sharkie – a grizzled middleaged fisherman. Sharkie doesn’t have much in life: a run down bait shop, whiskey, and his fishing boat, Shark Dreaming. Not idyllic, but at least it’s routine.
But even that can’t last forever. Sharkie’s world is turned upside down when his long-time friend and partner David dies… leaving behind his eight year old son Jimmy (and naming Sharkie guardian.) As the time to accept or reject the position nears, Sharkie finds himself tormented with doubt. Is he capable of raising Jimmy as his own? Does he even want to?
Less about sharks, and far more about people, Shark Dreaming is a humanistic tale about examining where one is in life – and the ability to make a change.
About the writer: An award winning writer, Bill Sarre has had scripts place both finalist and quarter finalist with Page and Bluecat. Another short of his, The Grieving Spell, was recently grand prize winner of the London Film Awards. Bill can be reached at Bill.sarre “AT” gmail.com
Budget: It depends how you want to do it, and what you have at your disposal. The cast is tiny: three main characters. The main location is a shack – with a few exterior beach shots. You *will* need exterior shots of a fishing boat and potentially some underwater scenes (though there could be creative workarounds.)
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