The 2014 Hit List Announced

The 2014 Hit List has been announced. Our congratulations to all who have been included!

Q: What is The Hit List?

A: The Hit List exists to identify and celebrate the best spec scripts of the year. By focusing exclusively on specs, which are written speculatively, and without pay, the Tracking Board aims to identify and celebrate fresh ideas, new voices, and often some of the best new talent entering Hollywood.

2014 HIT LIST WRITERS:

CATHARINE THE GREAT by Kristina Lauren Anderson
MENA by Gary Spinelli
THE BABYSITTER by Brian Duffield
ONE FELL SWOOP by Greg Scharpf
YELLOWSTONE FALLS by Daniel Kunka
IN THE MORNING BLOOD by Elijah Bynum
SECRET INGREDIENTS OF ROCKET COLA by Michael Vukadinovich
A GARDEN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Gary Graham
MATRIARCH by Eric Koenig
THE TAKEAWAY by Julia Cox
REMEMBER by Ben August
IN REAL TIME by Chair Hecht
BEEF by Jeff Lock
ROTHCHILD by John Patton Ford
WINTER’S KNIGHT by Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton
NORTH OF RENO by Banipal Ablakhad & Benhur Ablakhad
SHADOW RUN by Joe Gazzam
THE STOIC by Matt Venne
ROAD TO OZ by Josh Golden
WEDDING FOR ONE by Kari Granlund
SAVE A BULLET FOR ME by Adam Rehmeier
COOTIES by Frank Longo
THE SHIVERS by Mike Van Waes
AETHER by Krysty Wilson-Cairns
A BETTER PLACE by Brad Ingelsby
THE MUNCHKIN by Will Widger
EDEN by Andrew Godoski
MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES by Anthony Jaswinski
THE WALL by Dwain Worrell
DODGE by Scott Wascha
HUNTSVILLE by Anthony Ragnone II
APRIL 29, 1992 by Sascha Penn
CELERITAS by Kimberly Barrante
EVIL(ISH) by Nic Lishko
UNDERSTAND by Eric Heisserer
THE SEARCH by Spencer Mondshein
BLINK by Hernany Perla
CAT LADY SCIENTIST by Becky Feldman & Courtney Davis
RE-UP by Ian Shorr
THE WOLF by A. Brad Schwartz
PROBABILITY by Saul Gillingham & Toby Gillingham
THE VAGABOND PRINCE by Charles Peirce
DEFECTION by Ken Nolan
IN THE DEEP by Anthony Jaswinski
THE INCOMPARABLE DONALD STRANGE by James Fant & Zach Cannon
ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID by Adam Aresty & Annie Hendy
ARES by Michael Starrbury
ERIN’S VOICE by Greg Sullivan
HOW HIGH THE MOON by Isaac Adamson
THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE by Randall Green
MEMORY OF MAGIC by Max Burnett
MISSING TIME by David O’Leary
APEX DARK by Alex Parslow & Andre Kovalov
TAU by Noga Landau
DINNER IN AMERICA by Adam Rehmeier
PLUS ONE by April Prosser
RUN & GUN by Richard Tanne & Travis Baker
BROKE ASS BITCH by Ali Schouten
CTRL by Jon Sonntag & Thomas Sonntag
DECOY by David Benullo
F*CKING PEOPLE by Theresa Bennett
TERRESTRIAL by Peter Gaffney
BERLINER by F. Scott Frazier
ESKIMO SISTERS by Hannah Marks & Joey Power
HOT AIR by Will Reichel
KID LEVIATHAN by Fred Seton & Peter Hoare
THINGS I SAW BEFORE I WENT BLIND by Ehud Lavski
A CIA AGENT F*CKED MY GIRLFRIEND by Clint Gage, Michael Ryan Truly & Nick Mundy
ANOTHER BOY’S LIFE by Brantley Aufill
COFFEE & KAREEM by Shane McCarthy
DON’T MOVE by Zak Olkewicz
FOG by Cody Tucker
FORGIVE ME by Max Hurtwitz
HIDING LARRY by Tony Elliot
MATCH by Brenda Hsueh
MOONFALL by David Weil
BEST PROM EVER by Carlos Kotkin
BLINK by Larry Lasky
ON THE BASIS OF SEX by Daniel Stiepleman
PILLS by Andrew Bluestone
SAVE THE PANDA by Steve Bencich
SEVENFOLD by Jamie Nash
SITUATION COMEDY by Cat Vasko
SPOOKED by Tyler Burton Smith
THE FIRST RITE by J.R. Phillips
THE ONLY LIVING GIRL IN NEW YORK by Arbi Pedrossian & Carolyn Siegel
THE SHOWER by Jac Schaeffer
WINGMEN by Chris Hazzard & Michael Fontana

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Q: Why is this list different from other end of year lists (Black List, Blood List, Brit List)?

A:  The list began in 2010 with an emphasis on recognizing the new voices in Hollywood. Everyone at the Tracking Board are huge fans of The Black List and the Blood List and everything they do, but they felt following back-to-back years where The Black List identified Aaron Sorkin (2009) and Quentin Tarantino (2008) as picks towards the top of their list, there was a void between the newcomers and the established pros that found it difficult to make an end-of-year list and be recognized for their work. So, beginning in 2010, they started utilizing their spec tracking, and at the end of the year, tallied a voting pool to discover who the best spec writers were.

THE HIT LIST 2014 (cover)Q: What’s with that cover?

A: Every year the cover is made up of some of their favorite lines of dialogue from the Top 10 scripts. Take a peek and see if you can spot some of their favorites.

Q: Who are some of the writers who have been discovered via The Hit List?

A: In our five-year run we have seen well over a hundred writers and projects appear on The Hit List before any others. Here is just a sampling of those more well known writers: Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Graham Moore (The Imitation Game), Aaron Berg (Section 6), Elijah Bynum (Hot Summer Nights), Brian Duffield (Your Bridesmaid is a Bitch), Max Landis (Chronicle), David Guggenheim (Safe House), Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman (Draft Day), Dan Dollar (A Boy and His Tiger), Aron Eli Colette (The End), Stephany Folsom (1969: A Space Odyssey or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon), Brian & Jim Kehoe (You Complete Us), Wentworth Miller (Stoker), Roberto Bentivegna (The Eel), Declan O’Dwyer (Broken Cove), Justin Kremer (McCarthy), Lauryn Kahn (He’s Fuckin Perfect), Mike Jones (In the Event of a Moon Disaster), Matthew Aldrich (Father Daughter Time), Eric Heisserer (Story of Your Life), Ashleigh Powell (Somacell), Sean Armstrong (Comancheria), Michael Werwie (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil), Aaron Berg (Section 6), Lisa Joy (Reminiscence), Kate Trefry (Pure O), Aaron Kendall (Stranded), Andrew Sodroski (Holland, Michigan), Richard Cordiner (The Shark is Not Working). These are just to name a few.

Congratulations to all the 2014 Hit List writers!

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