FANTASY/SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading of SPACE TRUCKERS, by Michael D’Ambrosio

 

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Mercenary Mike Colby leads a crew of space truckers against their evil corporate boss (his ex-wife), and the hostile aliens she connives with to control the space trucking industry. Things get rough when Mike falls in love with the captain of the space truckers who seek their independence from the corporation.

CAST LIST:

Carnak: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Mike: Brandon Knox
General Asher: Charles Gordon

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

Mercenary Mike Colby, formerly of Galactic Special Forces until his divorce from Gemini the CEO of a major company in a cut-throat space shipping industry, works a alone since their split. When Gemini’s competitors attempt to make a treaty with hostile aliens from another sector to pillage her freighters, she hires Mike to make them a better offer. Concerned by the alien presence in their sector, Mike accepts the assignment. He has an ugly history with the aliens from his days with Special Forces and expects trouble.
When his meeting on the alien ship turns hostile, Mike battles his way off the ship with a teleport module that allowed the aliens to reach their sector. With his ship crippled by alien fighters and in tow, Mike’s pleas for backup are rejected by Gemini.
One of Gemini’s freighters, piloted by female captain Tisch, rescues Mike, despite Gemini’s orders to stand down. Tisch believes Gemini was behind her father’s death and is intent on gaining her revenge. What begins as a budding romance between Mike and Tisch becomes an ongoing battle over his prior relationship with Gemini. Infuriated over the thought of a romance between the two, Gemini seeks to ruin them.
When Tisch is kidnapped by the aliens, the crew kidnaps Gemini. Mike arranges to trade the module for Tisch with Gemini coming to ensure the deal takes place. Mike uses a dummy module with an explosive to make the trade with the aliens. As expected, Gemini betrays him again and strays from the plan. When the module explodes and destroys much of the control room, Mike uses the real module to return to the ship with Tisch. Gemini is injured and left on the alien ship, pleading for Mike to save her. Feeling pity for her, Mike returns to save her. Alien soldiers trap them, intending to kill them. Tisch, urged by Julian’s instigating, returns to the ship armed and rescues both of them. Gemini reveals that she didn’t kill Tisch’s father but had the affair that led to her divorce with him. Now it’s Mike’s turn to be stunned. He reveals to them that it was mercenaries for a rival company that killed Tisch’s father. He convinces Gemini to take on Julian as a partner and weed out the spies in her company. Tisch drops her vendetta against Gemini and opens up toward Mike, allowing for a normal relationship.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Space Truckers is a sci-fi or futuristic action story with some fantasy revolving around the aliens.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I believe the viewers would be drawn to the characters and their issues. The humor between Mike and former Special Forces partner Wilmer changes the pace at times. It has the feel of a Guardians of the Galaxy and Fifth Element blended.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Space Truckers seems straight forward, otherwise I’d say something like So Screwed in reference to lead character Mike Colby.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Independence Day. I’m a big fan of Centropolis Entertainment and producer Roland Emmerich.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Almost a year.

7. How many stories have you written?

Seven movie scripts with three of the stories also adapted to pilots for TV series.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

‘Stranglehold’ by Ted Nugent

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The toughest obstacle in finishing Space Truckers was how much or how little romance to include in the ending.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Science, particularly what revolves around space and the future.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It was easy to work with and to store my projects. The difficult part is maintaining the latest rev of scripts before sending them out.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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