SCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – RAY IN SPACE, by John Celona

 

Genre: Sci-Fi,

Extraterrestrials stranded on Earth live in people’s pools.

CAST LIST:

Crosby: James Murray
Narrator: Val Cole
Ray: Fabio Abreu
Vikki: Vanessa Quaglaira
Colonel: Nick Wicht

Get to know the writer:
 
1. What is your screenplay about?

Extraterrestrials stranded on Earth live in people’s pools. A routine mission to the planet goes awry when an alien shuttlecraft mistakenly lands in the financial district during a busy day, creating havoc. Three extraterrestrials escape the ship and take refuge in pools where they can exist as pure atmospheric air is deadly and harmful. Contact is attempted with the mothership yet this transmission causes a power grid blackout and now the Pentagon and CIA become involved. The male alien Ray who has been beamed onto the planet from the mothership is sweet on the female alien Vikki who seems to prefer the comforts of people’s pools and water tanks over returning to her home planet, thus ignoring Ray’s warning that time is running out.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

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

The movie is an exciting adventure, full of intrigue, romance and desire as well as current thoughts and ideas about alien visitation, abduction and the future of mankind. We identify with the principal characters and hope for their safe departure while rooting against the CIA operatives trying to capture and contain them. The budget is mid-range, approx. 10 million tops as the CGI demands are kept to a minimal.

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

Action and the unknown future.

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

Tarkovsky’s Solaris, followed by the Soderbergh remake with G. Clooney.

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

One year. This short screenplay uses tropes from my award-winning feature-length screenplay Lady Smoke (California Film Awards, Oregon Film Awards and more). Ray in Space is considered from an idea to create a TV series of numerous episodes. The basic backbone for the screenplay comes from the John Cheever story The Swimmer, made into a film with Burt Lancaster. The metaphor of using swimming pools to denote steps to home is a premise.

7. How many stories have you written?

About 12.

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

Any music by James Brown, incl. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.

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

Time. Always time.

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

Creating music-compositional software, producing live electronic music with my trio The Krells, authoring graphic novels and audiobooks.

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

Very Good. No issues.

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

Good meaningful feedback. And I was hoping my work would be selected for one of the readings, something I am very, very enthusiastic about!

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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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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival – Thursday May 31, 2018 – 9PM (Toronto)

The FEEDBACK Monthly Film Festival is back for 2018.. Our home is The Carlton Cinemas, located in the heart of downtown Toronto at 20 Carlton Street. The event runs from 9pm to 11pm.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a festival twice a month in Toronto in 2018!

Tickets for 2018 are PAY WHAT YOU LIKE. Purchase your tickets online via Paypal or Credit Card. Tickets are first come first serve.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at festivalevent@wildsoundfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 70 out of its last 72 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 9pm sharp!


FIRST ACT PROGRAM


THE FLOWER GATE, 15min., Israel, Fantasy
Directed by Kristin Gorell

‘The Flower Gate’ is a magical realist and feminist short film metaphorically exploring oppression and destruction by telling the story of an Israeli-expatriate woman returning to Jerusalem for a visit, only to be confronted by the impact of her choices. Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, ‘The Shadow’.

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RENDEZ-VOUS, 2min., Canada, Fantasy
Directed by Jimmy Boutry

In a manor out of time, a man begins to paint a canevas.

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PHARMA LAB TRAINING VIDEO: 1, 9min., USA, Fantasy
Directed by Joseph David Bowes

A training video gone wrong for the government’s new pharmaceutical testing facility!

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TRUMPETS IN THE SKY, 12min., Belguim, Sci-Fi
Directed by Robin De Cock

In a near, dystopian future an earshattering sound has plagued the world for six months. Gabrielle and her deaf son Raphael struggle to survive in a a society on the brink of collapsing since the start of “The Horn”.

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SECOND ACT PROGRAM


METTA VIA, 12min., Canada, Sci-Fi
Directed by Warren Flanagan

Set in the future It tells the story of a young woman who wakes up in a mysterious ‘temple like’ room and must figure out what her purpose is there. This in turn leads to her memories being unlocked and the true purpose of the temple, the strange sentient machines that surround her, and ultimately her final destination.

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THE SUPER RECOGNISER, 11min., UK, Sci-Fi
Directed by Jennifer Sheridan

It tells the story of Scott (Jacob Anderson), a seemingly normal young man with a very special talent. Thanks to his exceptional skills of 90% facial recognition, Scott has been recruited to work in a secret government initiative. Under the watchful eye of his tough-talking supervisor Agent Williams (Ritu Arya), this Super Recogniser is over-worked and under pressure as he spends hours seeking terrorists and criminals captured on CCTV cameras. However, Scott starts to question everything after he believes he sees ‘himself’ on the monitors.

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SOLUK (BREATH), 5min., Turkey, Sci-Fi
Directed by H. Yagmur Kartal

In a dystopic future, there is a shortage of oxygen. People are breathing with gas masks. A thief sneaks into an old man’s house. The thief finds a plant in the house he enters. The old man realizes that he can get maskless oxygen at home thanks to this plant and special fan. The film deals with the struggle of two people for the sake of having this plant that supplies oxygen.

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AFTER WE HAVE LEFT OUR HOMES, 8min., UK, Sci-Fi
Directed by Marc Adamson

Under a dictatorship that has banned music, a man hides a recording until he is caught and imprisoned. Whilst paying for his crimes he stumbles across a repository of confiscated items, leading to a series of events that will forever change the city.

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The event runs from 9pm to 11pm on Thursday May 31, 2018

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Kierston Drier. Showcasing a festival twice a month in Toronto in 2017! 

Director BIO: Marc Adamson (AFTER WE HAVE LEFT OUR HOMES)

Director Biography – Marc Adamson

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After graduating from the BA animation production course at the Arts University at Bournemouth in 2010, Marc began working in the art department for Dredd (2012) as a pre production concept artist, right through to post production, completing many matte paintings to create the striking look of Mega City One. After the completion of Dredd, he has gone on to work as a VFX artist and concept artist on tent pole projects such as Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy as well as smaller indie films like Woman Walks Ahead and Kill Command.

Marc has also directed short form content for TV and web. He likes to regularly take time away from commercial work get involved in short film projects. His films have screened at festivals around the world and earned him a Royal Television Society award for best undergraduate animation, a finalist position at the Ciudat De Palma awards and a Vimeo Staff Pick.

Marc currently resides in Bournemouth, freelancing for various post production companies whilst developing a new short film & a feature.

Short Film: AFTER WE HAVE LEFT OUR HOMES, 8min., UK, Sci-Fi

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Under a dictatorship that has banned music, a man hides a recording until he is caught and imprisoned. Whilst paying for his crimes he stumbles across a repository of confiscated items, leading to a series of events that will forever change the city.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Sci Fi
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 12, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    Cinemascope
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color

Director BIO: H. Yağmur Kartal (SOLUK)

Director Biography – H. Yağmur Kartal

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She was born in Istanbul in 1990. She started her career as a cinematographer at the age of 14 when she attended cinema. The experience he had with his short films there with his friends turned him into a passion for himself. He tried to test a lot of techniques as a practitioner who tends to curiously learn all the technical information in the cinema and wants to tell stories of all kinds. This interest in cinema has gained a new dimension in 2009 by winning the department of visual communication design at Kocaeli University. During his university years, he also received a lot of attention in his field and made double major in radio, television and cinema department, adding a lot of information such as telling a lot of things on a square, figurative graphic filling, color information, advertising and animation. In this way, he never tied his connection with the cinema in the academic field. In 2013, he began writing film critiques and analyzes for a while. These articles have been published in sites like Cinematic World, Kuledibi, Other Cinema. During this time, she gained experience by studying various post-production companies in summer. In Studio Piano he worked as a editing assistant, and in Visual Focus he created TV programs. In 2013 he was featured as a fiction assistant in the movie “The Rest Room” and was selected as the best short film in Cannes. In 2014, he completed the radio, television and cinema department, second place in the department, and visual communication design in the same department as the fifth. Shortly after his graduation, he started to work as an editing assistant in Sinegraf, the company of Osman Sınav. The Red Apple left his job with the end of his line. Soon after, Digiflame started to work as editor in the animation section. After working in the Animation Department for about 3 months, he switched to the VFX department where he worked as a supervisor assistant. He left his job in 2015 and started to work in the field of Communication Sciences in Kocaeli University. In 2016, VFX coordination group Genius Park for a period of about 5 months, even if the arch for the first time in the business life, gave the pause. Still continuing his graduate studies, he directed the film “Soluk” short film and the medium-length animated documentary Filmin named “Toy maker Hidden Hidigars”.

 

Director Statement

Yağmur Kartal Filmography
– İstirahat Odası / The Resting Room (editing assistant)
(Cannes Film festival / best short film award – 2013)
*Psişik Celil ve Kişisel Devrim Antolojisi / Psychic Celil and personal Revolution Anthology- Assistant director /
Editor / Colorist (2016)
* Recycled Plastics (Pagder) / Stopmotion – public spot –
Director (2014)
* Kenosis / Fiction short footage – Director (2014)
* Yuvaya Dönüşen Plastikler- Pale / fiction short footage – Director (2017)
* Oyuncakçı Saklı Yadigarlar / The Toymaker; Hidden Holies / animated Documentary film – Director (ongoing)

Short Film: SOLUK (BREATH), 5min., Turkey, Sci-Fi

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In a dystopic future, there is a shortage of oxygen. People are breathing with gas masks. A thief sneaks into an old man’s house. The thief finds a plant in the house he enters. The old man realizes that he can get maskless oxygen at home thanks to this plant and special fan. The film deals with the struggle of two people for the sake of having this plant that supplies oxygen.

 

  • Film Type:
    Short, Student, Other
  • Genres:
    Sci_Fi, Post-Apocaliptic, Distopic, Shortfilm, Environment, Nature
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 10, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Turkey
  • Country of Filming:
    Turkey
  • Film Language:
    Turkish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: METTA VIA, 12min., Canada, Sci-Fi

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‘Deliverance is initialized’.
Set in the future It tells the story of a young woman who wakes up in a mysterious ‘temple like’ room and must figure out what her purpose is there. This in turn leads to her memories being unlocked and the true purpose of the temple, the strange sentient machines that surround her, and ultimately her final destination.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    SCI FI, DRAMA, Mature, Esoteric
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.44:1
  • Film Color:
    Color