BEST SCENE Screenplay Reading: COSMOSIS OF WORLDS, by Richard Trask

Adam Chapman, 1.4 million years ago, on planet Longon, gets hurt in a rock climb and dies during a hernia surgery. His (random) exact replica self, Mark Meyhee, born on Earth in 1989, is also a rock climber. Mark is married to Mary; both are young attractive academic nonscientists. Like Adam Chapman, Mark gets hurt and has a hernia surgery, but he doesn’t die. In anesthesia, he experiences a three-hour time lapse, in effect a time-travel into the future. By this he discovers the phenomenon of Consciousness Everpresent (his term). Mary calls it the Eternal Life of Here and Now: that is, we have continual successive births as ourselves, with a seamless awareness but only of the current life.

CAST LIST:

Narration – Carrie Schiffler
Mary – 21 – Barbara Bergeron
Mark – 20 – Michael Ruhs

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Top 15 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenplays of 2018

Watch the screenplay readings of the TOP scripts of the last year.

STORYTV PILOT Screenplay: SOL by James FOx
September 2018

ACTORFANTASY 1st SCENE Screenplay – ENTANGLED
March 2018 Reading
by Sharon Powers
ACTORTHE FIRST A.I. PRESIDENT – FANTASY 1st Scene Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bernard S. Smith

ACTORWinning SCI-FI 1st Scene Script: POLE by Robert Dodrill

ACTORWinning FANTASY 1st Scene Script: FORGET ME NOTS by John Dummer

ACTORSCI-FI 1st Scene Screenplay: APHELION by Karl Van Allen
August 2018

STORYSCI-FI 1st Scene Screenplay: JUBILATION by Meghan Fitzmartin
September 2018

STORYSCI-FI 1ST SCENE Screenplay: CHASING MONSTERS by Daniel Katz
October 2018

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – VIRTUALLY FINE
January 2018 Reading
by Gil Saint
ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by Jade S. Bokhari
ACTORRAY IN SPACE – Sci-Fi Short Screenplay
April 2018 Reading
by John Celona
ACTORWinning FANTASY Short Screenplay – MAYBE TOMORROW I’LL SEE YOU by Steve N. Bradford

ACTORWinning SCI-FI Short Screenplay – BRAD ACTUALLY “Trial by Trial” by Caleb Quinn

STORYSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay: THE DANCE OF THE DESERT by Colleen Asbury
October 2018

ACTORSCI-FI Short Screenplay: ALGORITHM by George Deihl Jr.
August 2018

SCI-FI Best Scene Reading of STAR WHORES AND THE IMPOTENCE RAY by Joel Karlinsky

 

Logline: When complete planets of males lose their sex drives, a team of intergalactic prostitutes investigate and discover a deliberate ploy by a megalomaniac.

CAST LIST:

Ondine: Kyana Teresa
Libido: Gabriel Darku
Narrator: Matt Barnes
Tobi: Nick Hendrik
Phil: Scott McCullogh

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

 

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival Testimonial – September 26 2018

Wow! Thank you so much. I’m excited to see the reading. It will definitely help. Lots of fantastic feedback here the I will definitely keep in mind for the next draft.
Thanks again for selecting it and I’m happy you enjoyed it.
– R. Dodrill

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WATCH Winning Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay and Story Readings:

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SCI-FI Best Scene Reading of The Son of Gun by Matt Mendez

 

In a post-apocalyptic America, mystery shrouds the death of a high ranking officer and the family he left behind.

CAST LIST:

President Hayden – Shawn Devlin
Narration – Salma Dharsee
Gunner Jr – Omar Aufi
Maddix – Sean Ballantyne

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Winning SCI-FI Short Script – BRAD ACTUALLY: TIRE BY TRIAL, by Caleb Quinn

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy

The continuing adventures of the greatest hero in the universe, Brad Callahan, and of his sister, Christine, who doesn’t trust him.

CAST LIST:

Christine: Kelly Seo
Vega: Laurel Galt
Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Brad: Sam Fazli
Newton: Abbas Wahab
Judge: Shawn Devlin

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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