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Sci-Fi Best Scene Reading – THE REBORN, by Andrew S. Fisk

 

Genre: Sci-Fi

A world-class scientist is abducted by six people he brought back to life….and transformed into invincible warriors.

Cast List:

Carl: John Fray
Ellen: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Paul: Gary Graham
William: James Dooley

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The founder of the world’s leading biotech company steals DNA from six people who have died. He grows them from mere cells into adult human beings in a matter of months. But they escape from his control and create their own society. They evolve into invincible warriors known as The Reborn who want immortality…and revenge against their creator.

They are opposed by the Techno Crimes Unit, a multi-national military force. The leader of the TCU and the scientist who created the Reborn have been friends for years. But they each have their own dark secrets to deal with that will push them into a war.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This is hardcore science fiction. It is set in 2030 Silicon Valley and follows the traditions of Frankenstein and Blade Runner.

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

The Reborn has incredible visuals, particularly when the warriors are created in the laboratory, escape and go on a rampage. It also deals with the elemental forces: life, death and the possibility of rebirth.

The Reborn are interesting villains. Some are fanatical while others question what they are doing. They break into a museum, read a poem called Saisei (The Reborn) written by a Japanese poet eight hundred years ago. They believe it defines their destiny.

The high-tech gadgets in this movie are something everyone would want in their garage. Much faster and flashier than a Tesla.

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

Mind blowing.

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

A tie between Blade Runner and Forest Gump. An odd combination, I know, but I see something new every time I watch them.

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

Months and months. At some point I lost count of all the rewrites and restructuring. But it was necessary and made the screenplay that much better.

7. How many stories have you written?

Six feature screenplays, two TV series and ten short films.

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

A tie between “Gimme Shelter” and “Rainy Night In Georgia.”

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

There are a lot of elements to this film. I had to figure out how to show the savagery of The Reborn and their individual personalities, the camaraderie of the Techno Crimes Unit soldiers who fight against them, and the romance between the leader of the TCU and a scientist who works for the biotech company where the Reborn were created. The influence of other cultures (particularly Asian) had to be introduced, as well as 2030 technology.

This is probably the first science fiction film you’ll see where the male/femaie leads are both biracial. At the end, one character has to decide whether or not to bring another character back to life who has been murdered by the Reborn…or obey the laws of nature and let them go.

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

The outdoors, hiking, kayaking in British Columbia, Belgian beer, college football. The team I follow most is Stanford University, where I was an employee for five years.

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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

Winning Feature Screenplay – THE LAST PRISON by Richard Geiwitz

Watch the Winning AUGUST 2017 Screenplay. 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy,

Judith, known as the “Mother Creator” by her robots, faces a takeover when the robots feel they are not being treated fairly.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Judith: Mandy May Cheetham
R-14: Angelica Alejandro
Reeve: Ryan Yusep
Alain: Peter Mark Raphael
Joshua: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The story follows Judith, a robotics genius who designed and programmed robots to mine a moon of Saturn, which is uninhabitable to man. The bots are designed to think independently and problem-solve. There are three series: administrative, worker and repair. The workers begin to resent their assigned role. They want more input into running the colony. The administrators disagree, citing their assigned programs. There’s a worker’s strike, exports stop and Judith is sent to face her creations, wondering if they are now smarter than she.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The main genre is Sci-Fi, but social and political as well.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

 This screenplay should be made into a movie because it will be an entertaining drama set in another world, while also being thought-provoking. It looks into the future of man versus machine, creator versus creation, but also takes a look at society today.

How would you describe this script in two words?

 Frighteningly possible.

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

 “Network,” the most visionary film of all time.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

 It was written in the mid-eighties. If I recall correctly, it took about 6-8 months. My inability to land an agent put it on the shelf for a long time. I converted it into a novella, but didn’t sell it. I recently turned it back into a screenplay, updating certain technical aspects and reworking dialogue. Maybe the third time is the charm.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written ten feature screenplays, three short scripts and two treatments. So, far, they’ve won or placed in 71 contests. There are a few other scripts from the past I might update along with new projects in the works.

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

 “Pride” – U2

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

 Technical issues. Computers, programs and robotics were different in the 1980s when this was first written. Researching the recent rewrite was fascinating. Also, creating the future as envisioned today. Of course, this is a more social issue story than scientific. So putting the Bible and Plato’s Republic into outer space was interesting.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love Asian culture, philosophy and architecture. I’m fascinated by the Feng Shui design of ancient cities in China and Japan. I love watching movies and TV series from around the world, stories you can’t find in Hollywood.

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

It’s easy to use and actually fun, like shopping on Amazon. There are a lot of festivals to choose from. It’s easy to search for festivals and the many filters save a lot of time.

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

I’ve always liked the feedback. It really points out what needs another look. Other scripts I’ve entered haven’t won, so I was completely shocked when this one did. I had to read the email a couple extra times before I believed it.

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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