|Winning Screenplay – ESCAPE TO PLANET B346
Written by Thomas Thorpe
Genre: Romance, Drama, LGBT
Attempting the precise flyby of a black hole, untrained survivors of a lethal virus arrive in an uncharted region of our galaxy searching for refuge, but encounter an ancient race intent on eliminating outsiders.
What is your screenplay about?
A transport ship carrying settlers to a distant planet heads towards a black hole. A virus contracted in the Centauri System has wiped out the crew and most of the passengers. Two survivors attempt to navigate the ship, but miss the planned flyby trajectory and end up in an uncharted part of the galaxy. Finally arriving at a habitable planet, William and Elizabeth land in separate escape pods far apart.
William tracks his missing wife, but discovers glucose processing plant run by Coel, one of a few remaining overseers left by an ancient race.William is drugged and wakes up next to the owner’s dead body. Accused of the killing, William is held hostage by the notorious overseer, Afon and learns that his wife may have been taken to the capital city Ronna to participate in a blood transfusion purported to save Domed, young leader of the planet’s native race and who has contracted a similar virus.
What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Sci fy, adventure, thriller, suspense
Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
Truely unique story, with the subtext of finding one’s place in the universe and making the choice between health, wealth or happiness.
How would you describe this script in two words?
What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
Two years, adapting from my novel which was written ten years ago.
How many stories have you written?
Eight published novels, four feature screenplays
What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
Star Wars theme
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Adapting novel to the visual medium.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Astronomy, space exploration, golf, movies
What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
Hearing the reading, receiving excellent feedback.
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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Camera Operator: Kierston Drier
Casting: Sean Ballantyne