Sci-Fi Winning Short Screenplay – THE VOLUNTEER, by Christopher Michaels

Winning Screenplay – THE VOLUNTEER
Written by Christopher Michaels


NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
JASON – Jason Martorino
WADE – Brogan Caulfield
BLONDE – Kelci Stephenson


Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery

The Volunteer is about a man, who witnesses the beginning of the end for man kind.

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The Volunteer is about a man, who witnesses the beginning of the end for man kind. After he is grown up and lives underground with a totalitarianism rule he decides that his group needs to fight back, so he heads up to the surface for the first time not knowing what he will find, to help him fight.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science Fiction/Action/Adventure/Mystery.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay not only introduces elements that have been seen before, but a brand new world of mystery, and the unknown. It forces audiences to wonder what is going to happen next. It also pulls audiences in within the first 5 minutes.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Frozen Unknown.

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

There are actually two that I’ve seen the most throughout my life. 12 Monkeys and Back to the Future. Both stories involve mystery, ask question and are trying to prevent a dangerous life changing event. Both use humor, and fear of what lies out there to hook the audience in.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This particular screenplay was written on a rainy day. I was sitting down to watch 12 monkeys again when it hit me about a frozen tundra.

How many stories have you written?

Right now I have written 2 pilots, 3 short screenplays, and I am working on a third pilot.

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

I have a few songs that I really love.

U2 – Beautiful Day
Train – All American Girl
Imagine Dragon – Radioactive.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

This was the first time I wrote a short without having anything really planned out. I just sat down and started to write the script. Part of it came to me because of the experience of going on a cruise line (in the very first part of the script). The other parts of the script came to me from my own experiences of camping. I would always run into the most interesting creatures when I camped in Wisconsin. Plus being out in the wilderness you never know what you are going to run into. Part of it also came from playing video games and the experiences of the creatures.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am a big movie lover… I get out with my friends on $5.00 Tuesday to see lots of movies. On the side I partially run a meetup group called the Cineaphiles, music lover, bookworms. We go to movies a lot, especially with summer coming up. The next one up is Alien: Covenant looking very forward to this one.

Video Games is another thing, that I love to do. My younger brother is graduating with a degree in video game programming and I love to play them. The most recent one being Zelda: Breath of the wild. It also helps fuel my imagination.

The outdoors. Being in Chicago when the weather is nice I try to get outside as much as I can, it helps me think, and just enjoy and clear my mind. Plus the weather fascinates me. It can be sunny here one minute and literally as I was writing this it clouded up. It’s now sunny again.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I had been entering other scripts in this festival in the past. I love getting the feedback plus you guys have always been wonderful. You are well known and I look forward to see what comes of this.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Get to know the short film: CRADLE, 11min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS

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Logline: A man risks his body and mind to right a terrible wrong.

A young man walks in to a dingy and seemingly abandoned building with nothing but a chair, a notebook and a backpack of supplies. He looks like he’s been walking forever. After looking over the bleak surroundings, he sets up his chair in the middle of the room and begins to prepare himself.

After downing a large amount of food and water, he reaches into his pocket and retrieves a notebook. The notebook is filled from cover to cover with hand-drawn symbols, equations and notes.

Near the end of the book are several pages containing patches, each with a hand-drawn value next to them. The young man takes a patch with the value of ‘1’ written next to it and applies it to his neck. He takes a deep breath, closes his eyes and then…

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Film Type: Short
Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 11 minutes 20 seconds
Completion Date: September 1, 2016
Production Budget: 20,000 USD
Country of Origin: United States
Film Language: English
Shooting Format: RED
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Film Color: Color

David Holechek – Director’s BIO. Short Film “CRADLE”

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS

David Holechek is a filmmaker from Los Angeles, CA. He has either produced, directed or edited six feature-length releases and over a dozen short films. In 2016 he served as director of photography for the SXSW Official Selection ‘Smiling Man’ that went on to screen at over 60 film festivals around the world. His 2012 short film, ‘A Finger, Two Dots Then Me’ has screened at over 80 film festivals around the world and won over 35 awards including the CINE Master’s Series Award and the Heartland Film Festival’s Crystal Heart Award. David also shot, produced and edited the feature film ‘Ragamuffin’ – based on the life of renowned singer/songwriter Rich Mullins that was released worldwide in 2014 through Millennium Entertainment. He has edited over 100 hours of broadcast television shows including Animal Planet’s ‘Pit Bulls and Parolees’, Fox Sports’ Emmy-Nominated ‘Replay’ and the award-winning profile piece ‘A Soldier’s Story.’ He co-owns and operates Duality Filmworks. Company production, editorial and VFX credits include ‘The League’ on FXX, ‘Family Tree’ on HBO, ‘Startup U’ on ABC Family and ‘Hollywood Medium’ on E!.

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Get to know the short film: ON SUNDAY, 6min, UK, Sci-Fi/Drama

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS

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An old man and his dog make their routine walk to the isolated clifftops of deepest Cornwall…but this time they’re not alone.

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Director Statement

ON SUNDAY is a my paean to the science fiction films of my childhood. I wanted to create a simple film that told a story in its own time and captured the sense of wonder I feel is lost in many of the films released today.

‘ON SUNDAY’ took 5 years to complete – mainly because I did it ‘Gareth Edwards’ style taking on around 90% of the films production and post production myself and having to learn around 5 different CG packages from scratch in order to create the ship wreck which features in the film.

This film is a thank you to my Dad, who actually features in the film. Way back in 1984 he hand built a cabin bed for my bedroom and underneath this, made from wood, flashing lights and copper piping he’d constructed a spaceship cockpit. I was 6 years old and via fuzzy VHS’s already indoctrinated in the ways of the force, last star fighters and Xenomorphs – my dad used to censor the scary bits by recording Sunday Cricket over them. The finished cabin bed was a fledgling geek’s dream come true.

31 years later I thought it was past time to repay the favour and build him his very own spaceship.

Get to know the short film: 1950 DA, 7min, France, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS

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Axel is a child who dreams only of one thing: space travel. Left out by other children who do not understand him, Axel takes refuge in his world by observing the stars. Everything is accelerating the day when an asteroid, 1950 DA approaches the Earth and receives the extraterrestrial life signal.

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Sébastien Tulard – Director
Sébastien Tulard – Writer
Laurence Lascary – Producer

Film Type: Short
Runtime: 7 minutes 29 seconds
Completion Date: April 1, 2015
Country of Origin: France
Country of Filming: France
Film Language: French
Shooting Format: RED
Aspect Ratio: 2:35
Film Color: Black & White

Sébastien Tulard – Director’s BIO. Short Film “1950 DA”

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS

Started his career an editor and then a motion-graphic designer. Then found his place on movie sets as an Assistant Director. He work on feature films like “La journée de la jupe”, “Erreur de la Banque”, “La Rafle”, “Rien à Déclarer”, “Monte Carlo”, “Sherlock Holmes 2”, and “De l’huile sur le feu”.

Now he writes scripts and make shorts because he has things to say about his life and the life of others, but mostly because he is a movie buff.


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Get to know the short film: THE EARTH SURVIVE CODE, 10min, China, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS


A girl from another universe is being chased by a mysterious man. When her spacecraft crashes in a residential area, she is saved by a technician. Trying to escape, they meet a group of special soldiers who fight with the stranger, but are defeated. At this crucial moment, a ninja appears and fights off the man. When the girl and the ninja look into each other’s eyes, some past memories between them come back into their minds.

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Film Type: Short, Web / New Media
Runtime: 9 minutes 30 seconds
Completion Date: March 6, 2016
Production Budget: 60,000 USD
Country of Origin: China
Country of Filming: China
Film Language: Chinese
Shooting Format: RED
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Film Color: Color