Sci-Fi 1st Scene Screenplay of BUCCANEERS OF THE ASTEROID BELT, by Jeff Racho

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

After a disruptive technology from a rival entrepreneur destroys a once-prosperous asteroid mining business, the former owner and his crew are forced to steal a spaceship to return home—but the trip doesn’t go according to plan.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Xavier de Guzman
Jackson: Isai Rivera Blas
Jessie: Angelica Alejandro
Eva: Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It tells the story of a once-prosperous asteroid mining business driven to the point of bankruptcy after a disruptive technology from a rival entrepreneur crashes the market for space metals. The former owner and his crew are faced with a decision: eke out a substance-level life in the asteroid belt or steal a spaceship to return home.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama and science fiction

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It hits on a lot of themes pertinent to the present: economic dislocation, worker anxiety, automation, “creative destruction” in the economy. A lot of present-day influences—such as behavioral economics and the author Matthew Crawford—are in the script but there are some hints of John Steinbeck and Richard Llewellyn too. So it’s taking some themes from classic works and seeing how they apply to the present. Plus I think it’s an interesting story and people seem to like the plot.

How would you describe this script in two words?

“Endowment Effect.” The endowment effect is a concept from behavioral economics and it’s a big theme in the script. It’s one of the causes of the protagonist’s conflicts.

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

Probably “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It began as a completely different short story draft in early 2016. I shelved it and came back to it in late 2016 and that’s when the final plot began to develop. I realized it would be too long for a short story so I decided to turn it into a screenplay. I spent a few weeks doing research to get the “science/engineering” aspects correct and had the first draft finished in a few months.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve had four short stories published and am trying to finish up a few more.

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

Tough one – “most times” is probably the album “Led Zeppelin IV” (I used to play the drums) but my favorite piece is probably Beethoven’s 9th.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I’m a horrible proofreader of my own work. Luckily I have a friend who owns a ghostwriting company and she’s also a novelist. She provided invaluable help with finding errors and feedback.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

In my day job I do legal and finance work for start-up companies. It’s a lot like writing: start with an idea and try to bring it to reality. Some of the things I’ve seen in the day job influenced the script.

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

I think it’s a great system. It was a great help finding appropriate contests & festivals and seamlessly handled the submissions.

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

I found out about you through a FilmFreeway search. When I wrote the script I kept thinking of Harrison Ford’s “you can type this – but you sure can’t say it” remark and tried to picture the various characters saying their lines so I like the “recorded performance” aspect.

The feedback was excellent and I really like this aspect of the festival. Good constructive (and honest) feedback is essential to make authors better but many contests and festivals don’t offer any! Your feedback definitely improved the latest draft of the script.

 

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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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audience FEEDBACK: SUICIDE NOTE, 5min, UK, Fantasy/Thriller

SUICIDE NOTE, 5min, UK, Fantasy/Thriller
Directed by Marina Waltz

A surrealist meditation on the many self-inflicted deaths of identity we must courageously endure in order to attain a more complete understanding of who we are.

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October 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 October 2016:

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ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – THE ACCIDENTAL ANGEL
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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

DISAPPEARED – AUDIENCE FEEDBACK of the Short Film. WILDsound Film Festival

DISAPPEARED played to raves reviews from the audience at the January 2016 Film Festival.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

  MOVIE POSTERDISAPPEARED, 5min, Canada, Fantasy/Romance
Directed by Jon Silverberg

On the day he plans to propose to his girlfriend, a lowly shipping clerk finds a fountain pen that cause objects to vanish. He embraces the strange phenomenon as a novelty, until it threatens to impede his romantic plans, and very existence.

Producers: Jon Silverberg, Andy Hodgson Cast: Mackenzie Gray, Philip Granger, Alayna Silverberg

Genre: Sci-Fi/Comedy

Year: 2015

Film Type: Short

Runtime: 5 minutes 30 seconds

Completion Date: March 1, 2015

Country of Origin: Canada

Country of Filming: Canada

Film Language: English

Shooting Format: RED Epic

Aspect Ratio: 2:40:1

Film Color: Color