screenwriting year 3

all done!

finito!

first module from 3rd year to be done :O

not only did i polish the script to specification but I made some nifty artwork for conceptualizations sake. the first is of the opening scene where the ship accelerates into the planet’s atmosphere, and the second is the main character navigating the hallways of the mining facility. I don’t think any artwork was essential for this module,but a crapton of storyboarding and concept art surely wont hurt my grade.

both images make a bit more sense once you’ve read the story. (the Grey patches on the planet is the mining colony and the protagonist is taking her gun out of her arm hatch.) and as you can tell im a big fan of the day-glo space aesthetic (see metroid, star trek) instead of the dull gritty style more commonly used for space themed story’s. just a personal preference

here`s the final version of the script. still a confusing module but was fun enough. got to watch a lot of movies in the lectures 😀

hopefully the *ahem* inspirations from metroid and alien aren’t too apparent,tried to differentiate myself enough.

Supernova

1.

EXT.SPACE

The camera fades into focus from black. A wide shot of a red planet is taking up half the shot.

An unusual spaceship appears in the foreground, it is very blocky shaped and has a bright color palette, with many runic etchings across its helm. It travels towards the planet fading in its red aura.

EXT. HELIPAD – MOMENTS LATER

The spaceship descends slowly upon the mining station

Seemingly deserted with no active machinery or lights.

The building is devoid of much color save for grays and some red ash near the base and is comprised of hard angles and scratched, rusted metal.

Once it has fully descended, stairs from the underside of the ship folds downwards and PROTAGONIST who is clad

In very bulky armor stepping out.

She takes a second to look around and then steps towards the inoperative cargo doors.

INT. HALLWAY

She slides her hand in the gap in the middle and peeks her head through and glances at the desolate hallway before stepping in.

She enters into the building and walks down an unlit hallway Littered with debris and signs of a struggle. Claw marks Adorn the walls as do bullet holes and various broken piping are spitting out steam at irregular intervals.

As she walks further ahead she passes a door with various biohazard warnings on it. As soon as she does there is a muffled scream heard from the other side.

She takes a step towards the door, and as she does it bursts Open and a man wearing a blood stained lab coat leaps out.

2.

SCIENTIST

Oh god shut the door!

P.O.V. ALIEN fast TRACK-IN

A red tinted view of the PROTAGONIST. With veins overlaying and a fisheye lens distortion

Through the aliens eyes it stares directly at the

PROTAGONIST before scuttling rapidly towards the door.

But As soon as it moves a gun unfolds from a hatch on the

Arm of the PROTAGONISTS suit.

She arms herself with it quickly and shoots the alien with a plasma burst causing it to stop in its tracks mere meters from the door and explode in a gooey mess. With the alien dead the camera quickly transitions to black.

INT. HALLWAY

Little remains of the alien, only a glowing stain where it once stood. The SCIENTIST, a weedy man with blood dripping down from his Head then calms down and catches his breath. He stands up and wipes the mess from his forehead before talking.

SCIENTIST

Thank you so much, if it wasn’t for

You I would have…

PROTAGONIST

Where is the control room?

SCIENTIST

But, huh.  Your not here to save me

Are you?  You’re not the federation I

Guess, I thought that armor looked

Odd. Fine, follow me.

3.

They walk down an innocuous hallway leading to the control room. The SCIENTIST looking at the PROTAGONISTS armor in a puzzled fashion every now and then.

There are various quick shots of the details on the suit, such as the foreign alien symbols, hatches and holsters for unknown objects and the lights on the helmet moving by them scanning random blood stains on the floor.

SCIENTIST

The tech on your suit, what system

Are you from?  I’ve never seen

Anything like it.

She says nothing as she continues to walk. Her metallic

Footsteps echoing over the silence.

INT. CONTROL ROOM DAY

Once they reach the control room she moves towards the window over by the console and places her hand on the glass staring at a cave entrance deep down on the planet’s surface.

It is obviously the area she is looking for as there is a lot of mining equipment close to it and various piping and cables leading to inside it.

SCIENTIST

Listen, I don’t know if you’re a bounty

Hunter or a scavenger after treasure

Or whatever.  But please help me get

Out of here.  There’s a self destruct

System tied to the life signals of

All crew and staff in case of an alien

Infestation like this one.

PROTAGONIST

Okay, hide here and I’ll be right

Back.

She moves over to an ajar door which leads to the outside

4.

Walkways and slides it open.

SCIENTIST

You can’t leave me here!  It’s not

safe!

His words clearly aren’t getting through to her as she has

Already gone outside.  The SCIENTIST then shouts at her

Through the glass window.

SCIENTIST

Fine just, just PLEASE HURRY.

EXT. DIG SITE

The PROTAGONIST is descends onto the dig site through the

Use of thrusters on the base of her boots.

Once she hits the ground she makes her way into the nearby

Cave.  There are dead scientists littered everywhere.  They

Have giant claw marks on their backs and look as if they were trying to get away from the cave.

INT. CAVE

As soon as the PROTAGONIST enters the cave a flashlight

Automatically emits from her helmet.  Her feet squelch against the soft, wet floor of the cavern.

She follows of the trail of piping and mining tools and it

Leads her to an altar with an ominous turquoise light glowing from its ridges and cracks.

Out of her control her suit starts to rumble as a

Scanning beam comes from her chest and reads the altar.

Once the scanner moves back to inside her suit the artifact

Stops glowing and the caverns begin to shake violently.

Wasting no time the PROTAGONIST makes a hasty escape using the thrusters on her boots to run at high speeds.

5.

EXT. DIG SITE DAY

As soon as she reaches outdoors she can see the full extent of the damage occurring to the facility. The supporting

beams are caving inwards and fragments of metal are falling off the structure.

Still on the move she sprints past all the objects falling around her as she makes a running jump for the walkway leading to the control room.

She leaps about half of the distance needed and then flames emit from the boosters on the soles of her boots and propel her closer to the walkway, she only just manages to grab on and get indoors before a large section of wall plummets from above and tears the entire walkway off the side.

INT. HALLWAY

She searches the room for the SCIENTIST from earlier and

Spots him slumped in a corner. She runs up to the body.  As Soon as she approaches him she see’s the claw marks all over His lab coat and his blood flowing onto the floor and down the ventilation grates.

PROTAGONIST

Sorry…

a HUGE THUD! Then makes the entire room tilts on its axis. Knocking her to the ground closer to the dead body. She moves her head upwards as she rises from the floor and catches a glimpse of the SCIENTIST`s frozen, horrified expression.

Along the hallway she spots 3 aliens. They Turn around and spot her too and let out a ferocious roar. They spit acid in her direction.

The acid is easily dodged by the sprinting PROTAGONIST, she

Equips the gun from her arm hatch once again and starts firing at the aliens up ahead.

6.

She manages to hit one causing it to explode but the other two leap up and latch onto the Ceiling.

As she runs underneath she falls on her back and slides

Along the floor aiming her gun upwards at the pair of aliens. She fires upwards managing to take down one of them.

Not wasting any time on the last one she flips back onto her

Feet and sprints down the hallway at full speed as the camera watches her go into the distance.

Still in the previous hallway the surviving alien drops down onto the floor and lets out a distinctive roar from earlier, one which isn’t as aggressive sounding.

A few moments afterwards aliens appear from all the vents and doors in the hallway to give chase down the tunnel after the PROTAGONIST.

The camera will zoom quickly to a close in of her. She glances behind her sharply as she is running and notices

The horde of aliens.

She faces forward again and as she sprints down the hallway she notices a monitor on a pivot attached to the ceiling. It is displaying the number ten in that planets native language.

Just as she runs underneath it a glob of alien spit is shot from behind her and knocks the monitor off and it almost falls on top of her.

The door in sight she runs even faster. Her thrusters emit flames and she shoulder rams the helipad doors with enough speed and power to knock them off their hinges.

EXT. HELIPAD

Once outside she presses a button on her arm and the stairs

7.

Eject from underneath the ship. She runs up them quickly

And they rise back into the ship when she is inside.

Lights on the ship turn and the engines start to heat up as

The alien flood rush from inside the facility and swarm the

Ship. They leap on the cockpit window and the wings and

Start spewing acid all over it.

INT. COCKPIT

The PROTAGONIST is sitting in the pilots chair and pressing

Buttons on the command console as the ship slowly rises into the air. The aliens still spewing on the windscreen don’t stay on for long as the ship picks up speed.

EXT. HELIPAD

A top down view of the mining station shows it crumbling

Into the ground as explosions engulf the base and the aliens leap in the air in a hopeless attempt to latch onto the ship.

The camera pans behind the ship as a sudden blue flash comes from the engine and the ship zooms off into orbit.

The faint cries of aliens are heard as the facility is completely swallowed by the flames of the explosion caused by the self destruct.

FULL SHOT. SPACE

The giant explosion can be seen on the surface of the planet as a tiny speck flickering.  The ship then appears from the planet and zooms towards the camera

INT. COCKPIT

The PROTAGONIST is in the driver’s seat with her hands gripped tightly on the controllers. the ship slows down to a slow drift and she lets out a big sigh and leans back and rests her arms on the side of the chair.

8.

The camera then cuts to a view of behind the chair as metallic shuffling can be heard.  Her helmet is removed and placed on the terminal to the side.

The camera then shifts to a close up view of the helmet which is extremely battle damaged with lots of burn marks and dents. The camera then pans slowly upwards towards

The PROTAGONISTS face revealing a woman with short black

Hair and an aged, scarred face.

A beam of light emits out from her chest armor in a holographic stream to the console monitor.  She looks on with a look of surprise at her suit acting on it`s own once again.

Once the stream fades, a series of foreign symbols appear onscreen.

The PROTAGONIST leans forwards to type on the console and

Then an image of a snow laden planet appears.

PROTAGONIST

Well I guess a colder planet will be a nice change of pace.

The camera zooms outwards from the PROTAGONIST, exiting

The ship through the front windscreen and further out into

Space as it watches the ship fly out into the horizon as the scene fades to black.

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