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The Hatch (Short Film Screenplay)

Updated: Feb 27, 2023


With their world unraveling around them, two boys are placed in a subterranean "safe room" by their mother in advance of an onslaught by marauding bands of desperate people in search of food and water.

Our Review

The emotions of Ry and Xan are palpable as they spend days trapped in a safe room, with no word from their parents. With danger lurking outside and only bland food to sustain them, the characters are pushed to their limits. Ry holds on to his promise to his mother, while Xan descends into desperation. We can see the toll it takes on Ry as he struggles to keep his wits about him and stay alive, even as he fears the worst for his parents. It's remarkable that they have survived this long. The script draws us in, keeping us on edge as we wonder about the fate of Mandy and Dale. Whose judgment was correct, Ry's or Xan's? And what will happen when Xan finally opens the hatch? This is a movie-worthy script that promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Best of luck with it.

Writer Biography - Ed Vela

After an unremarkable career as a stage actor, Ed Vela started writing plays in the late 90's (having a few works & collections of works published). Ed bridged into screenplay writing in the early 2000s. The Hatch marks his latest in over a dozen short screenplays he has written in addition to a couple of full-length screenplays and several TV pilots.

Writer Statement

I write, therefore I AM!

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