What can we say? STS is totally ahead of it’s time.
For instance, take “Ultimate Weapon“, by Bill Sarre. A sweet little SF piece that we reviewed back in (cough) February 2014. We’re thrilled to announce that the script’s now been announced as a top six finalist for the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. And who knows where it’ll go from there? So folks, you’d better pick this one while you can. ‘Cause it might be off the market soon!
(Do we know how to pick ‘em, or what?)
A dying patient with an unusual story tries to explain to his doctor why he should fear the ultimate weapon.
Time travel stories can sometimes feel pretty stale. There’s always someone going back to kill Hitler (or Hitler’s parents, or Hitler’s dog – you get the idea.) Or do something else, like stop the Kennedy assassination. Or kill John Connor. You know, boring stuff like that…
And it could be argued that all – or at least most of it – has been done before. Like zombies, it’s a genre that’s been done many times… to the point where it can be hard to find something fresh.
While The Ultimate Weapon doesn’t have a gimmick like Looper or Twelve Monkeys, this is a quality piece that has heart: focusing on the story of Abe – a dying man in a mental institution who claims to be from a horrific future. Sent back to stop a research lab, Abe fails… and now spends his remaining days telling his story to skeptical psychiatrist Dr. Simon.
A lot of the script is low budget – consisting of conversations between Dr. Simon and Abe. There are FX aspects, scenes of future warfare which could be tricky…depending on how they’re done. But if you’re in the mood for a good SF/Time Travel tale, this is one that you should crack open for consideration…
About the writer: An award winning writer, Bill Sarre has had scripts place both finalist and quarter finalist with Page and Bluecat. Another short of his, The Grieving Spell, was recently grand prize winner of the London Film Awards. Bill can be reached at Bill.sarre “AT” gmail.com.
Budget: Moderate (or expensive, depending how FX heavy one wishes to get)
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