Submission Samples from the Sci-Fi Genre


Logline: Finally, the long awaited screenplay based on best selling author Fred Saberhagen's novel, After the Fact, becomes a reality. Tagline: The future depends on one man...

Synopsis: Graduate student Jerry Flint is shanghaied to prevent a presidential assassination, thrust into an unfamiliar world with a wanted man's identity, and faced with solving the ultimate paradox: how does he prevent the assassination of President Lincoln without changing his own future? When Jerry drives to Springfield, Illinois, to interview for a position with Dr. Pilgrim, he has no idea that he is about to be catapulted into the distant past to become a time-traveling secret agent. Worse yet, he has to piece together his instructions from scattered fragments of information and incomplete messages. Jerry manages to dodge bullets, personal entanglements, and the suspicions of John Wilkes Booth to put him next to the President at the fateful moment. But the question remains: will Pilgrim's ambitious sceme be Jerry's ticket home or lead him to a future he doesn't know? "After the Fact" screenplay WGAW# 1493939 Copyright 2011 by James Alton Willis

Title: Ipsemet Bellum

Logline: A college student with autism embarks on a personal vendetta after his college work causes him to snap. He becomes the object of a city-wide manhunt as he targets those who betrayed him.

Synopsis: Salvatore Pasquale, a college student with Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to cope with the pressures of life. He reaches a breaking point after a violent altercation between his only two friends, beautiful athlete Amanda, who is his one true friend, and practical joker Vladimir. Salvatore quits his college course, buys himself a gun and goes on an unplanned vendetta against all those who have ever betrayed his trust. In an attempt to help save him from a terrible fate, Amanda involves the police. But when a bounty hunter takes control of the situation, Salvatore's fate hangs in the balance.

Title: 2020-TGA

Logline: THREE STUDENTS AND A UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT KIDNAPPED! When Molly Wheeler finds out her older sister is kidnapped by fanatic human-sacrifice Mayans, she's determined to do whatever it takes to rescue.

Synopsis: In the year 2020, college freshman Molly's arc (journey) begins with her feelings of inadequacy and near suicide, and then defiance of a domineering, religious mother's insistent demands. After many obstacles, at the end of ACT II Molly wins the worshipful respect of the Maya by using the latest high tech 2020-TGA technology to read the mind of Gukumatz, the high priest. She and roommate Jenny convince him that Molly is the goddess Ix Chel, and are able to rescue everyone. At the end of ACT III -- Held in the university stadium, the news event covered internationally, Molly and Jenny win honors and accolades for valor [if you brave it, they will come]. I've worked with Stallone, Jessica Tandy, Norman Jewison, United Artists, Warner, etc.

Title: Emily and Haley Master of the Universe TV Series:

Logline: When Emily and Haley play a prank on their school bus driver, they jump-start the ride of their life with less than one chance in a billion to save themselves and planet earth.

Synopsis: Two aliens are on a secret mission to earth but their cover is blown by kids (Emily and Haley) and they flee earth with a school bus lodged in the cargo bay of their space craft. Emily and Haley and the other kids must find out why the aliens took them away and how they can get home again. The parents enlist the help of the federal government Mrs. President/ Home Alone Security to bring back the children safe. After two unsuccessful attempts to rescue the kids by Special Agent Fudgerock and by General Rucker, the aliens call for help from the mother ship. Subsequent SERIAL episodes deal with the break of this impasse.

Title: Rogue Group

Logline: A Rogue Group of government agents are tasked to explore the Earth's surface to determine if it is life-sustaining.

Synopsis: ROGUE GROUP (1 hr. Sci-Fi/Action) In the vein of Stargate and Star Trek, WWIII's survivors have been forced to go deep underground to reboot society. With resources running out and totalitarian rule building great discontent, our Rogue Group of government agents are tasked to explore the Earth's surface to determine if it is life-sustaining. What they find up above is far more frightening than anything they could have imagined.

Title: Portal Kings

Logline: Two worlds connected by a portal, two brothers pitted against each other, super human abilities and the ultimate power to rule both worlds and the chance to become a king.

Synopsis: There is the world we know and then the world through the portal where people live and look like us but are genetically gifted with abilities beyond human capacity. A young boy from our world falls through the portal into another world where he is brought before a chief and welcomed among the people. The family who takes him in has a son just around the boy's age; they become as brothers. The super human powers that these people posses is inspiring to the one who has discovered them. He journeys back through the portal to the real world and then returns, older, stronger and with trained men. His intention is to harvest the peoples abilities and use them for his own gain, he wishes to become a King, ruler of both worlds. The story is filled with betrayal and fantasy, amazing human strength and the will to defend what is threatend and to fight back.

Title: Deviant

Logline: In a remote region of Alaska, an ancient legend comes to life, and must kill to remain free...and survive.

Synopsis: When disaster strikes a top secret government project, Alaskan guides Jack McKenna and Esai No-dogs must face the reality that a terrifying creature, long thought to be myth, is suddenly on the loose and willing to kill anything in it's path. Skeptics at first, the guides are soon confronted with grisly evidence they can't ignore, and forced into an unlikely alliance with an eccentric anthropologist and his highly unconventional team of researchers. Determined to prove the existence of the creature before shadowy government forces can bury the truth, the group embarks on a desperate expedition that not only threatens their very survival, but ultimately reveals a shocking new scientific discovery that will change the world forever. WGA Registration # 1540976

Title: Renegade Mars

Logline: When a cataclysmic explosion kills millions of citizens living on the Moon, Earth Intelligence sends two of its best genetically enhanced Space Agents to Mars to track down the killers.

Synopsis: When an explosion kills millions of citizens on the Moon, Earth Intelligence sends two genetically enhanced Agents to capture the Martian Renegades blamed for the disaster. But Space Agents Marshall and Ajax learn that Mars is on the verge of war. The Agents quickly become disillusioned by the savage tactics of the Mars Colony army and fall into a trap set by the lovely Renegade leader Tania. As Mars descends into the chaos of war, Tania enlists the suspecting Agents to join her mission, ultimately landing them on a secret base on a moon of Jupiter. Tania finally wins over the Agents and together they uncover the truth, but are then captured by General Ares, the fanatical Mars Colony leader who plans to conquer the solar system. During the climactic space battle over Mars, Ajax sacrifices himself so Marshall and Tania can escape. Ares' spy on Earth, whose identity is revealed in the finale, forces them to fight through Earth's planetary defenses before they can reach safety.


Logline: Earth has already been colonized. A Space Patrol is returning to evaluate their previous work. Recreates the first enounter about 6,000 years ago between us and these ETs.

Synopsis: Introducing the main character G.E.O.D. (pronounced "Gee-odd") as the General Expeditionary Operations Director of a Space Patrol exploring this solar system. Earth people are used for various experiments such as with genetic engineering resulting in mutations and an innate memory of those events. The small settlements became the first Earth cities. When their experiments got out of control, the Space explorers destroyed as much as they could of their visit. Yet, one defaint crew member has been marooned here since then. This immortal one has been using us to confront the Space Patrol when they return to this planet after 6000 years. Thus the story begins with their arrival. The alternate responses will lead to either planetary obilivion, or a postive fulfilled desiny. [WRITERS GUILD REGISTRATION NUMBER: 120729. This screen play is being processed for a copyright by Library of Congress.]

Title: When We're Back

Logline: A young boy born on a military starship withstands the dreadful world of war where the only choice you have is to fight or surrender and being back from mission is your only reward.

Synopsis: A military starship is sent far away from the Earth with a mission that is much more complicated than just a "seek and destroy" one. The soldiers pay with their lives for such complexity, the war lasts for years and there's no light at the end of the tunnel. The moral is extremely low. Many of the crew get back to the hypersleep vault escaping from the grim reality and this exodus is about to get total. Nick isn't a superhero. Just a little man born on the ship, born a soldier. Deprived of his childhood and even of the right to life, the orphan of the space fights, being torn apart by the call of duty and the hate to the very essence of war. A blind chance hurls Nick into the hell of a hostile planet giving him an opportunity to become the key to the enemy defense. Doomed but unsubdued, Nick goes into action... The right to life? He'll get it. Later. If he's back...