TV SCI-FI BEST SCENE Reading: ESC.(APE) ONLINE, by Christopher Kerr

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

A ragtag ensemble meet up in a Virtual universe – becoming the people they want to be, experiencing risk and adventure there. But their leader’s all-consuming thirst for revenge threatens dire consequences upon both their online, and real-world, personas.

CAST LIST:

Man: Zazu Oke
Kestry: Courtney Keir
Ezra: Marissa Otto
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Kieran: Isaiah Kolundzic
Payton: Allan Michael Brunet
Jay Gee: Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your TV PILOT screenplay about?

This pilot episode is a high-impact, action-adventure – swiftly setting up its unique dual-universe premise; introducing the ensemble cast, and demonstrating, in particular, the ace skills of protagonist Kieran; a natural *PILOT*. See what I did, eh? Pilot.

The series itself goes on to reveal the importance of Communication – tackling along the way topics such as the duality of man, online misogyny, substance abuse – as we follow one character’s plunge into dark, all-consuming, vengeance, and another pair’s chance at finding genuine happiness together: all to the backdrop of big kick-ass space battles.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Set in both an in-game sci-fi universe, and a near-future real-world, ESC.(APE) ONLINE was envisioned as multi-genre from the off. Obviously, there’s action / sci-fi, and drama. But digging deeper into the themes of even merely the first season, there’s clearly romance, and comedy, to counterpoint those darker elements, as well.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

The premise is an engaging one, giving modern audiences the sort of entertainment and layered intrigue they’ve come to expect from quality TV shows today. However, there’s more than just that. January 2018 saw the first $1m (real-world money) Massively-multi-player-online-role-playing-game [MMORPG] battle in history. And May will see EVE Online celebrate its 15th birthday.

ESC.(APE) ONLINE offers a window into this phenomenon just as it’s on the cusp of hitting the mainstream audiences, as well as simultaneously providing a mirror into our contemporary lives and socio-politics.

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

Game. Changer.

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

Back when ‘home-theatre’ meant whatever analogue signals one could temporarily apprehend on what was essentially a piece of sticky-tape-and-rust, I had a fantastic transfer of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968) on VHS. Wore it out completely.

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

Initially ESC.(APE) ONLINE was a Feature idea; based on two acquaintances who, some years apart, let MMORPG addiction wreak devastation upon both their personal and professional lives. The idea buzzed about in my head for a few months in that form. It just didn’t seem to click for me, though; the multi-genre concept, and intended narrative, too restricted – and possibly even too obvious – as a film.

When a Production Company I was developing an early relationship with passed on a different Feature of mine, stating they were currently more interested in TV series, I thought I’d push my luck. Came up with the series outline and drafted this pilot episode in around 10 days, asking them would they be interested in that instead.

They weren’t. But, you know… even with mainstream appeal, it’s not going to be for *absolutely* everyone.

7. How many stories have you written?

Depends on *your* definition of a story! I like to make every e-mail typed, anecdote told, Tweet sent, or Facebook comment posted, a story in its own right. Well, maybe not Twitter – that forum is, really, more just the local crazy person shouting into the void, isn’t it?

Discounting those particular narratives – as well as some ghost-writing I’ve done, and script-consultation work? – I have something in the order of a dozen stories I consider ‘complete’; with another 3 or 4 on my development slate at the moment. The dozen range from original Feature, to TV pilot (plus series outline), to Short Film, One-Act Play, and even some Spec TV episodes.

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

‘2017 Wrapped’ suggests that would be “You And I” by Ingrid Michaelson. Knowing me, this seems unlikely. Though not for the first time this week, I will have to admit, “life is always better with a uke”.

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

It was always going to be difficult to instill a sense of threat, or risk, to the characters in a setting which is – after all – just a computer game. This is, potentially, why no-one has cracked the MMORPG TV series format as of yet! The solution I elected to apply became an integral part of this unique premise, but added additional hurdles to the mix, too. Foremost was plotting out each of the main character’s arcs (and secrets), so they behaved consistently throughout in their actions / relationships, but clues could start to be planted from the get-go as to where this was all heading. I ended up with a full eight-episode outline just in order to weave together a basic narrative for the journey I wanted the audience to join along in….

And, along the way, I fell totally in love with one of the characters. A character initially concocted as little more than a cheap foil to the protagonist ensemble. The entire season arc was adapted to incorporate her story, now, also (and set her up as a season two antagonist).

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

My dogs: two little mini-schnauzers. Actually, I tend to write at least one of them in to just about every original work I pen, even if it’s just as a character name.

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

I’m a big fan of FilmFreeway, and use it – rather than my own website these days – as my primary online folio host. Super-easy to find interesting festivals / competitions through it, and submitting projects into those is as simple as a couple of clicks. I’ve recommended the platform not only to fellow writers, but also some Directors and festival organisers I know.

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

Sci-fi, innit? Though I’m versed working in other genres, sci-fi is where my own original works tend to naturally gravitate. Via FilmFreeway it was easy to find the Fantasy Sci-Fi Festival, and submit my project. Ultimately, I was hoping to rally a bit of PR, some industry recognition, maybe even an extra award under my belt for the CV; it all helps when it comes to selling a spec, landing a commission, or a foot-in-the-door for a staff gig.

With regard to feedback as a service, I feel in general it can be something of a double-edged sword. Primarily, of course, feedback is a subjective thing: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Furthermore, it’s very easy for feedback to deflect unique, experimental, or even subversive projects back into just routine, formulaic, fare. With this in mind, I didn’t order any additional feedback, and only took the default offered. Happily, I can report that what I did receive was fair, professional – even somewhat encouraging. Thanks for that!

 

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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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2017 – Best SCI-FI Feature Film Screenplays (read loglines)

Read the best of SCI-FI Feature Films for 2017.

ONCE UPON A DRAM (OH), by Prince-Odira Ewuzie-Phandira

DARK DAY OF THE SUN: EMERGENCE, by Jeff Jones

JOSEPH, by Mirandola Gonzaga

TERRATOO RETURN TO EARTH, by Joe Koger

BLACK HOLE, by Zeeshan Rizvi

HOME, by Peter L. Brown

STAR WARS HEART OF THE BLADE, by John Travers

ADAM EVE AND TYRONE, by Howard Tubbs

YATRI, by Sashen Naicker

THE FLUTE OF PEACE, by Gunel Asgarova

BLONDE, by George Pacich

TELEPORTED, by Robert Holton

THE KEEPERS, by George Muchiri

THE PHAROAHS CURSE, by Nabeil El Leisy

ALIEN DEATH DRIVERS, by Paul Owens

THE HIGH ARENA, by Daryl Smith

THE DELOS SOCIETY, by Juan Antonio Garcia

THE STANZA HEARD AROUND THE WORLD, by Douglas G Cala

SPACESHIP EARTH 2120, by Joe Dicicco

SIGNALS FROM ABOVE, by Robert Chapman

TANGLED SPIRITS, by Eric P. Granger

SEAGULL, by Kate Kulin

RUCKUS GIRL, by Bruce Burnett

HUMANITY ORIGINS, by Zlatan Mustafica
TIME WARRIORS, by Jeff YatesP

ROJECT GEMINI, by Jason Lan

THE QUANTUM REALM TRILOGY, by Glenn Garritano

THE KING FROM SKY, by Ibomcha kolom

GENESIS, by Alex Nava

THE CATALYST, by Taonga Chundu

FROM HEAVEN TO EARTH THEY CAME, by Robert Householder

FIGHT OR DIE, by Patrick Parkinson

SOLDIER OF TOMORROW, by Shannon Giedieviells
CAPTAIN GAGE, by George Estremera

TRANSHUMAN, by Alistaire Quantz

SCROLL BACK, by Jay Stamatis

THE MEMORY WAR, by Adam Pachter

ULTIO VAGABOND, by Eddie Franke

THE CUT, by Christopher Kerr

ALMOST EARTH, by David Christopher-Turner

THE OTHER HAND OF GOD, by Marco Rampin

SIVALIZATION, by Dr. Peter Gall

THE ARK, by Roni Brown

CODE NAME PANDORA, by Charles Cooper

THE CATACOMB RULES by Gary Smiley

UNKILLABLE, by Ade Adepegba

THE PRIME MERIDIAN, by Ben Guyatt

AFTERLIFE APOCALYPSE, by Glenda Victor

MARTIAN FRONTIER, by Jack Hoj

THE PURSUIT, by Alex Hunt

ALIEN ANONYMOUS, by Michael Masley

WAYFARERS, by Arnon Z. Shorr

WARRIOR, by William Lawlor and Will Harper

OVER UNITY, by Rick Reynolds and Adam Wideman

OVER UNITY, by Rick Reynolds and Adam Wideman

THE CHESHIRE, by Anna Jennifer Frankenfield

ONE-EYED JAXX, by John M. Light

THE ENCOUNTER, by Norman Ray Fitts

EXTINCTION, by Kimberly Hart

INTERGALACTIC SMACKDOWN, by Eric Weinstock
DREAM VACAY, by Edward Leech

THIRST, by Greg Rempel

DART, by Scott Harper

GLOBAL REPORT, by Andy Noble

THE TIME JOB, by Thomas Tinnerello

ORIGINS, by Michael James

THE DEVIL’S RANCH, by Zack Van Eyck

DRAGOON, by Garth A. McCarthy & Robert Jordaan

THE MAN FROM THE SHADOWS, by James B. Brandt

TIME SLIPS, by Edward J. Rubeo

CHASING WHITE INFINITTY, by Claudia Marinelli

GRAVITY, by Gajendra Babu Santhanam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2017 SCI-FI/FANTASY Stories, Screenplay, and Short Films

Submit your Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay & Film to the Festival: http://fantasyscififestival.com

 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – DREAMDALES DARK HEARTS
July 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Roberts

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – A DAY IN CONNECTED LIFE
July 2017 Reading
by Michael E. Lucas
ACTORFANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay – THE FLUTE OF PEACE
July 2017 Reading
by Gunel Asgarova

festival posterA SPACE GOD APPEARS, 10min, USA, Experimental
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festival posterSTRANGE BEASTS, 5min, UK, Experimental
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterECSTASY BOULEVARD, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterA MONSTER CALLED CHARLES, 15min, UK, Fantasy/Drama
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festival posterSUICIDE NOTE, 5min, UK, Fantasy/Thriller
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festival posterREAL ARTISTS, 12min, USA, Fantasy/Drama
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festival posterTYSVAER WARS – A STAR WARS STORY, 4min, Norway, Comedy/Action
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festival posterSTAR WARS: TRIALS, 5min, USA, Action/Adventure
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festival posterPLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER, 27min, France, Fantasy/Romance
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Audience Feedback: IM PERFEKT, 7min, Hungary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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  MOVIE POSTERIM PERFEKT, 7min, Hungray, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Directed by Zsuzsanna Koszti

The short film aims to show a date in 2046. How the technology can shape our lives in an everyday situation. What if someone else controls your senses.

Film Type:Short

Runtime:6 minutes 53 seconds

Completion Date:June 15, 2016

Production Budget:11,800 EUR

Country of Origin:Hungary

Country of Filming:Hungary

Film Language:Hungarian

Shooting Format:Sony F55

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

FILM CREW:

Producer: Emilia Gacsalyi Boglarka

Key Cast: Laura Dobrosi

Key Cast: David Hajmasi

Key Cast: Andrea Petrik

Cameraman: Andras Mar

Assistant Director: Attila Pluhar

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WATCH 2016 FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS and the FEEDBACK VIDEOS of EACH SELECTED FILM

ACTORDECEMBER FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from December event
ACTORDECEMBER FEMALE Directors Film Festival
Best of the Dec. 22, 2016 Fest.
ACTORDECEMBER LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 1
Best of the Dec. 7, 2016 Fest.
ACTORHIGHLIGHTS LA FEEDBACK Film Festival – Day 2
Best of the Dec. 8, 2016 Fest.
ACTOR11 FILMS/11 COUNTRIES NOVEMBER 2016 Film Festival
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ACTOROCTOBER THRILLER/HORROR 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event
ACTOROCTOBER ACTION/CRIME 2016 Film Festival
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ACTORSEPTEMBER DOC/COMEDY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from September event
ACTORHIGHLIGHTS September 2016 SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival
Best of the Sept. 22, 2016 Fest.

 

December 2016 Fantasy/Sci-Fi Films/Screenplays/Stories

Submit your Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay & Film to the Festival: http://fantasyscififestival.com

Watch the best of Fantasy/Sci-Fi in December 2016:


festival posterHELIO, 20min., USA, Sci-Fi/Action
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festival posterMARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND, 16min., USA, Fantasy/Adventure
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ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE PINE CONE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE LAW OF PUNCTUALITY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Joy Lin
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MYSTIC MORNING
December 2016 Reading
Written by Craig Fleming
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BUREAUCRACY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sharmini Kumar
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BARGAIN
December 2016 Reading
Written by David Brin
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TINK
December 2016 Reading
Written by Edward Ybarra
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – UP FROM THE DEPTHS: THE RISE OF MEGALODON
December 2016 Reading
Written by William F. Molnar
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – ZOMBIE TURKEYS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Andy Zach
ACTORBEST SCENE TV Screenplay – TALATRICS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Cecilia Copeland
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – LITTLE GIRL BRIDE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Kris Pajarito
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – CARE AND CLEANING
December 2016 Reading
Written by Robin Kenny
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – LIVING PROOF
December 2016 Reading
Written by Herschel Medlin
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – ESCAPE FROM PLAIN MIDDLE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Carolyn Reese

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

November 2016 Fantasy/Sci-Fi Films/Screenplays/Stories

Submit your Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay & Film to the Festival:http://fantasyscififestival.com

Watch the best of Fantasy/Sci-Fi in November 2016:

ACTORSHORT Story – THE QUANDARY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Ann Barlow
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE BURIED MOON AND HER DAUGHTER
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rena Dunsworth
ACTORTV PILOT BEST Scene Screenplay – ARMS OF MORPHEUS
November 2016 Reading
Written by John Christopher Thomas
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – BRAZILIAN FANTASY
November 2016 Reading
Written by Melissa L White
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF MADELEINE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Eve Noel

festival posterMIDNIGHT WALK, 4min., Australia, Thriller
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ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – CHILDREN OF CHAOS
November 2016 Reading
Written by Kara Dueck
ACTORSHORT Story – HILDA’S LAMENT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORNovel Transcript – GUARDIAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Marc W Johnson
ACTORNovel Transcript – BECOMING HERO
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Finelli

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Read the best of 2016 SCI-FI Feature Film Loglines

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CLICK the links and read the best of SCI-FI Feature Film Loglines for 2016.

THE MADNESS OF ETHAN DONALDSON, by James Banner

ESCAPE TO PLANT B346, by Thomas Thorpe

WIRED, by Caroline Mariejeanne

ADAM EVE AND TYRONE, by Howard Johnson

ANOTHER DIMENSION, by Jeffrey Pier

UNDEAD HEARTACHE, by Paul Rose

ONLY HUMAN, by Wes Gray

THE AGE OF RESURRECTION, by T.R. Dass

BLOTEFLY, by Vaughn Jennings-White

JUSTICE LEAGUE MARTIAN WARRIOR, by Tosin Omotayo

THE FABRIC OF TIME, by Jared Hall

PURE BLOOD, by Tosin Omotayo

JAMESTOWN, by Edward H. Spruill

FEEDBACK, by Stuart Haag

ALL THE CREATURES, by H. Turk

AXPLAR, by Jelena Janjic

CLARION, by PR Mitchell

HARMONY AE, by Justin Bredahl

ROBOTOPIA, by Chad Bowman

THE SPACE DRIFTER, by Shaun Jooste

PAPERCLIP, by Marshall White

ROME OF THE DEAD, by Sherwin Allen