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Monday, January 11, 2016

Attention all Science Fiction Fans! (Especially Those Near NY!) - posted by wonkavite

Do you like true speculative stories? Are names like Niven, Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein and of course Dick (giggle) familiar to your eyes and ears?

Then boy, do we have an event for you! A “hard core” SF injection to warm your heart… before winter brings you to your knees. And a chance to mingle with others in the industry…!

Hear ye, hear ye:

The 4th Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival erupts in New York City from Jan. 13 to 17 (in other words, coming darned soon) – complete with 80 movies from creators from more than 20 countries.

Most of the movies will be shown at Village East Cinema, 189 2nd Ave., with some films and related events held at Lovecraft Bar, 50 Avenue B, at Avenue B and East 4th St. (Yep, that’s right. Lovecraft Bar.)

In fact, the festival’s opening reception and “Blade Runner Party” will be Jan. 13 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Lovecraft.

This exciting event will feature the “world premiere” (actually you can see it here) of actress Joanna Cassidy — Zhora in the 1982 movie “Blade Runner” — performing a snake dance (according to the festival website.) “The feature films will be accompanied by a series of shorts, panel discussions and ‘Q&A’ sessions with filmmakers, all grouped according to theme or format, such as documentaries or animation.”

Tickets can be purchased on the easy-to-use festival website at $20 per movie, all-access day passes for $35 or four-day passes for $100.

If you’re a true SF fan, we suggest you jump on this one soon. And – if you’re an SF fan on a budget, visit Groupon — at — for discounts.

Check out the website for tickets and a full list of the films to be shown: Catch some of these right now, and you’ll be able to tell your envious SF friends that you’re the bleeding edge one who saw ‘em first!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Infinite Possibilities – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

Infinite Possibilities

“Rescued from a life of poverty, an adopted inner city girl turns to Quantum Physics – to save both herself, and her old family.”

Science-fiction has stretched its wings over the last 100 years.

While pulp mags imagined the possibility of extraterrestrial life and conjured swashbuckling adventures on planets far, far away, more recent SF focuses on what counts. Hard core “what ifs”, and human/political issues. That’s what the true classics were about. At least the heavy weight literary names: Asimov, Heinlein, Niven, Clarke. And this that last particular surname comes to mind…

In her short Infinite Possibilities, screenwriter J.E. Clarke tackles income inequality and its effects on a little six-year-old named “Tamara.” An impoverished inner city girl, Tamara’s got a less-than-ideal life. She’s got big sister Keneisha and not much else. But as bad as that scenario is, it soon gets way worse. On one fateful day, the police burst into their living room with guns drawn. Keneisha and boyfriend Ryan are elbow-deep in drug activity – caught red-handed in a crime. Ryan whips out a gun and fires. The police shoot back – with deadly skill. The aftermath leaves the place a mess. Keneisha and Ryan are gone. The only living survivor, Tamara, is thrust into the social service system. The only life she’s known… ripped to literal pieces.

Six months later, she’s adopted by college professor Bill Bradley and his wife, Sarah. Turns out, Tamara’s an avid reader and a math whiz – both thrilling surprises for her new parents. Sarah tells Tamara, “We have a very nice house. I hear you like reading. There’s lots of books in our home… Everywhere.”

Tamara’s agreeable, but there’s more, “You’ll also have a sister.” Seven-year-old, blond-haired Annabelle. “I already have a sister. I don’t need her replaced.” Tamara soon finds she has no choice. And her acceleration up the income ladder may come at an immense price.

So where does this political drama dip into Sci-fi?

Well, Tamara’s new opportunities let her learn things she never knew. But can any girl just walk away from her old life… and the sister she loved with her heart and soul?

Not a chance. Fortunately, Tamara’s a very smart girl. And she’s inventing things that may have use…

Movies that study facets of the human condition are a staple in the SF genre. Soylent Green addresses overpopulation and the world’s food supply. Blade Runner questions human mortality (is it a good or bad thing?); The Hunger Games confronts society’s collapse; and Star Trek’s Mr. Spock sheds light on what it’s like to be human.. experiencing emotions and feelings; no matter how distressing they be.

The scientific aspects of Infinite Possibilities explores the “what if’s” of what could happen – if certain technologies exist. As for the political issues – IP is an examination of the cost of income inequality in today’s lopsided world. What opportunities do humans and society lose – personified by every newborn child? That’s a terrific question – especially if you’re a die hard SF director, with a classic humanistic take.

Pages: 17

Budget: Low. There are no foreign planets, aliens, spaceships, or caped heroes. Actors needed to play 6 year-old and teen versions of Tamara and Annabelle. Plus a handful of supporting characters. Basic locations… except for one highly functional —

C’mon, you didn’t think I’d ruin the suspense by blabbing, right?

About the Writer: Known for her unique characters and plots, J.E. Clarke has placed QF and SF for feature lengths in Page, and has two feature length films optioned for 2015/2016: limited location horror “Containment” and SF feature “Stream of Consciousness. More of Ms. Clarke’s work can be read at She can be reached at janetgoodman “AT” yahoo.

About the Reviewer: California über reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working on an animated feature.





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Friday, July 10, 2015

The Final Level – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

The Final Level

“Two warriors fight for their survival in a wicked game with deadly adversaries.”

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock throughout 2015, you’re aware that Sci-Fi is really a big thing. As of July 1st, Jurassic World’s grossed $520 million in the US alone. And newcomer Terminator: Genisys is up to $17M worldwide. Each a blockbuster in its own right; which is surely no surprise. ‘Cause who doesn’t love an adrenalin-pumping monster or robot flick… especially in these summer days?

Which is exactly the appeal of Jeff Bush’s riveting short, The Final Level. It’s a simple concept with non-stop action… limited location, but wild FX.

The protagonists: Gladiators Ayreon and Olzon – clad in leather armor and armed with plasma shooting guns. They’re trapped in a room and fighting to the death… creatures attacking on all sides.

What creatures you ask? Well, they’re something called the “Myygen” – “arachnid in appearance, with twitching, dripping whip like tails.” The Myygen come in different sizes (all equally lethal, of course.) They shoot a “moist, sticky web” of slime at their human targets – loaded with venom that burns. Poisons. And kills.

As their ammunition dwindles, Ayreon and Olzon retreat to a lift – one that promises them swift ascent to freedom. But as elevator engines start to rumble, the Myygens attack with a vengeance – blocking off the valiant warriors’ escape.

Why are Ayreon and Olzon there? Can they survive the onslaught? And if they do – what horrors await them just above?

Needless to say, this is one script that requires FX/CGI. But in these days of affordable tech and software – that’s far from an unreachable dream. Look at Cloverfield and District Nine – two films that proved that wild FX can be done effectively… and relatively cheap. If you’re a director that aspires to work in the SF field, grab Final Level and run with it. It could be your passport to even greater things!

Pages: 8

Budget: A small challenge, but imagine the fun with FX/CGI. Two lead testosterone-fueled actors, a female with a distinctive voice for voiceover work, plus a few extras.

About the Writer: A veteran writer with almost a decade of experience, Jeff Bush has written 15 shorts, and 2 features – with 3 more in the works.

Partnered with writer Shawn Davis, Jeff has another film due to be optioned by Nancy Glass Productions/MTV, and a cowritten feature due for production in August, with release towards the end of 2015. A stickler for details and format, Jeff’s tastes run toward the horror/thriller genre… almost always with an R rating! Reach out to him at dreamscale “AT”

About the Reviewer: California über reader/reviewer KP Mackie is working hard on an animated feature.





All screenplays are copyrighted to their respective authors. All rights reserved. The screenplays may not be used without the expressed written permission of the author.




Monday, April 6, 2015

A Line in the Sand – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite

A Line in the Sand

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. – The Dalai Lama

“A Line in the Sand,” a short screenplay by award-winning screenwriter (and graphic novelist) Tim Westland, describes a gritty dystopian future, a civilization on the edge, at a crossroads — a dramatic, high-tension moment that could either rescue mankind from itself or cause our society to unravel completely.

The story takes place in 2037, and like all the best tales of futuristic dystopias (e.g. Blade Runner, The Matrix, etc.), “A Line in the Sand” is a masterful blend of two things: First, it’s a rockin’ good sci-fi story (complete with all the trimmings — UltraMarines, exo-suits, and high-tech weaponry) with a somber gloominess about it. This is one possible future that we hope never comes to pass. And secondly — it’s totally plausible. It could come to pass. “A Line in the Sand” pits religious fanaticism against nuclear madness. It’s like a headline from today’s news — projected twenty years into the future. Scary, to say the least.

There’s a third thing that ramps up the emotional impact of this script — more than anything else it’s a story about people. Specifically two people: two men, both warriors, but radically different nonetheless. One is a military man trying to save the world; the other a fanatical religious terrorist trying to tear it to shreds.

They meet on a California beach at sunset after the terrorist group has destroyed a nuclear reactor. It’s a horrific scene. As UltraMarine John Hawkins says, it’s “going to stain this coastline for the next ten thousand years.” While he combs through the rubble on the beach, he stumbles upon a lone survivor, one of the terrorists. The man is badly injured, “covered with festering radiation sores.” Hawkins could kill him right then and there. Why not? An eye for an eye and all that. Among the horror and the wreckage, what’s one more death?

But the damage is already done; one more death won’t make things right. And Hawkins is a compassionate man. So when the injured terrorist asks for a favor – the chance to enjoy one last sunset – Hawkins carries him to the beach and props him up against a rock at the water’s edge. As they listen to the waves crash against the shoreline and watch the sun touch the horizon, the two men share philosophies: one contemplating a grim future, the other with not much future left.

But which is which? And, the terrorist’s storyline isn’t quite yet. It turns out there’s still some life radiating within him.

Is the Dalai Lama right? Without compassion can humanity survive?

Maybe Hawkins should have killed him when he had the chance….

Pages: 6

Budget: Moderate-to-high. Some futuristic scene setting may be required, but with some creativity (or some CGI), they could be simulated.

About the writer: The co-writer of the acclaimed graphic novel Chasing the Dead, Tim Westland received first place for Balls Out in the NNYM 15 page contest. A moderator at Moviepoet, he’s an outstanding writer with an eye for the details. His IMDB page can be found here.

About the reviewer: Helen Magellan (a pseudonym) is a successful screenwriter with several produced short scripts under her belt.





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Friday, April 26, 2013

Star Wars Episode VII Treatment? Fan Fic? - posted by Don

Thanks Albert for the heads up on this. I agree with Albert, “I have NO IDEA if its genuine or fan-fic, but thought it was interesting. ”

This treatment found here:, is entitled, “Episode VII – An Immortal Legacy” and has Michael Arndt’s name on it.

I’m more inclined to believe this is a piece of fan-fic that someone has put Arndt’s name to to see how far it goes. The characters from the original trilogy have far too large a role in this treatment. Also, it reads exactly how I and a million other Star Wars fans would want the story to play out.

Talk about it on the discussion board.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Stranger Things Episode 5 Disconnect - posted by Don

Thanks to Earl Newton (Creator / Executive Producer of Stranger Things), we have the script (in pdf format) to Stranger Things Episode 5 Disconnect.

When their prize reality star goes missing, a monolithic network enlists the aid of the entire world to find him.

Written by Earl Newton. Story by Earl Newton and J. C. Hutchins

The rundown:
Watch Disconnect
Read the script (pdf)
Check Out the scripts to previous episodes of Stranger Things, the only science fiction anthology shot in High Def.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dante 01 - posted by Don

Just as the Bale scifi flick Equilibrium managed to slink quietly in and out of theatres before blowing out on DVD, Dante 01 is doing the same thing. Dante 01 was released early last year in Europe. Didn’t see a screen here in the states. Odd, considering this was written and directed by Marc Caro, who wrote and directed the cult classic The City of Lost Children

It just dropped on DVD today. You can ‘Flix it.

Here is the Synopsis:

At the edge of the galaxy, drifts Dante 01, a hellish space station designed to contain and study the worst of the criminally insane. After an unidentified mute inmate arrives on the ship, he begins to reveal frightening alien powers, and both captives and crew must decide whether he’s a monster or a Messiah.

From the acclaimed co-director of the post-apocalyptic The City of Lost Children, Dante 01 is a “visually riveting” (Lisa Nesselson, Variety) epic that takes sci-fi films to a whole new dimension.

Check out the trailer. Note: it is in French and there are boobies at the 26 second mark, so don’t get all freaky on me, ok?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Aileen – a short film by Michael Cornetto - posted by Don

Check out Micheal Cornetto’s Aileen, a playful look at the world of internet dating. This was a 2005 entry into Tropfest Australia.

Aileen was written and directed by Michael Cornetto. If you are curious to see how the sausague was made, you can read the two page outline/scriptment thing here (in Word Doc format).

Discuss the Short film

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Power Plays - posted by Don

PC’s script, Power Plays (pdf format) has been filmed.

“A congressmen scheduled for the witness stand before the senate investigative committee is target for all sides of the political spectrum.”

Short, Thriller, PG-13 for nudity

You can also listen to the script here

Shout outs and such can be made on the Discussion Board

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