My main goal with telling this story was to present an alternative solution to our flawed criminal justice system.
I started by asking the question: "What would happen if we secretly tested the morals of prisoners to determine whether or not they've changed? Does the truth of their character emerge from the actions they take?"
These questions formed the storyline for Fugitive Zero and I decided to tell it as an exciting thriller to make accessible to a wider audience. By doing so, I was able to combine two classic movies, "The Truman Show" and "The Fugitive", to weave a new and exciting film for today's audience. One that would spark debate on a new vision for the criminal justice system.
The 110-page feature screenplay for Fugitive Zero received the award for Best Thriller Screenplay at LA Film Awards in 2019. Los Angeles Film Awards (LAFA) is the first festival to receive 400+ five-star reviews on FilmFreeway, out of over 8,000 film festivals.
Writer: Joe Lam
Awards: Best Thriller Screenplay
Congratulations on winning Best Thriller Screenplay. Our jury loved your work on Fugitive Zero and we hope you take pride in it.
Fugitive Zero is an original dramatic action, crime thriller with an unexpected psychological twist. The strength of this thriller is its unpredictability and the twists and turns it takes. The plot begins rather benignly as what looks like a typical crime or prison thriller, but then in the first act, the plot throws the audience a major curve with the introduction of the Fugitive Zero program. From then on, it's a compelling cat and mouse game between the protagonist hero and the foes.
"The script brings an inventive story to the forefront with dynamic characters and a plot that continuously surprises. The characters all feel unique with their own motivations and goals combined with realistic dialogue that expressed their personalities. The conflict is interesting, developing both internal and external conflicts in new and exciting ways and providing the opportunity for strong personal growth."
"Overall this was a great screenplay. I really enjoyed the story and the entire script is loaded with nonstop action from start to finish. This was a very fun script to read and I can see it being entertaining to watch.
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