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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

End Point – Short Script Review (Available for Production!) - posted by David M Troop

End Point (pdf format) by Chris Keaton

A lone astronaut must save the Earth from colliding with a black hole.

Space. The final frontier. A place where no one can hear you scream.

Since 1902’s “A Trip to the Moon,” the movies have been fascinated with our vast and mysterious solar system. Whether we’re battling steel-fanged aliens on distant planets, experiencing close encounters here on Earth, or helping a lost E.T. find his way home, the possibilities are as endless as space itself.

In Chris Keaton’s science fiction drama “End Point,” we find the Earth (once again) facing certain doom. It seems our beloved planet is on a collision course with a black hole.

How can the Earth escape being sucked into a vacuum of nothingness, you ask?

Captain Bradley Rev answers the call and makes the ultimate sacrifice to save the human race.

As we join our hero, he is interviewed (presumably for the last time) about his mission. In an emotional scene, Captain Rev addresses the world and has a final conversation with his own grandson as the countdown begins.

WARNING! WARNING! The collison detectors sound the alarm. Can Captain Rev deploy the quantum accelerator in time and save humanity from certain destruction?

Like “2001 A Space Odyssey” and “Gravity,” “End Point” explores the subject of the lone astronaut drifting in space, facing the end. Captain Rev is a hero we all aspire to be and one all actors dream of portraying.

Directors who were raised on science fiction films and are technologically savvy would be encouraged to apply. It’s a chance to film your own “2001” and an opportunity to reveal your secret “if I could build my own spaceship” blueprints.

Pages: 6

Budget: Moderate. You’ll need a convincing set. This is no “Plan Nine from Outer Space.” You don’t have to go crazy, but you’ll want some detail to give your film the right atmosphere. Also, there’s some FX at the end which could be tricky. Of course, if you have green screen capability, you’re good to go.

About the writer: Chris Keaton is an Air Force veteran living with his family in sunny Arizona. He’s primarily a screenwriter, but he does love diving into prose. He has had several short screenplays produced and go on to win awards. He’s optioned a few features screenplays and currently has a thriller feature in post-production. A young-adult novel based on one of his screenplays is soon to be released. You can see some of his projects on his website, Chris-Keaton.com or follow him on Facebook at Facebook.com/ChrisKeaton.

About the reviewer: David M Troop resumed writing in 2011 after a twenty-five year hiatus. Since then, he has written about 50 short scripts, two of which have been produced. Dave would like to make it three. He is a regular, award-winning contributor to MoviePoet.com. Born on the mean streets of Reading, PA, Dave now resides in Schuylkill Haven with his wife Jodi and their two lazy dogs Max and Mattie. He can be reached at dtroop506 “AT” gmail.

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3 Comments so far

1.

Mark
June 9th, 2015 at 7:29 am

I realise to get the background across some exposition was required but the first 2-3 pages had very on the nose dialogue.

The it all became very Interstellar.

A nice read and I did start to feel for Rev at about page 4 but the similarities to Interstellar took me out of the story.

2.

KP Mackie
June 9th, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Pretty cool mental pictures inside that spacecraft.
The subplots added some terrific emotion.
Well done. 🙂

3.

Bryan Moylan
August 3rd, 2015 at 10:40 am

Chris Keaton,

My name is Bryan Moylan. I’m a senior at the Art Institute of Phoenix.

I’d like to use your short and make a Senior Narrative Film out of it with your permission.

Bryan Moylan

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