Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Come see prize-winning Sawyer script performed

On Friday, November 27, 2009, Robert J. Sawyer's television pilot script for Earthfall will have a staged reading by professional actors at the National Film Board of Canada's Theatre at 150 John Street, in the Entertainment District in downtown Toronto.

I wrote Earthfall as a pilot for an hour-long episodic science-fiction TV series; it's not currently sold to anyone, but I'm proud of it. The pilot episode is called "Vanguard," and here's a little synopsis:
Toronto cop Hannah Wong arrives on the scene of a hit-and-run, unaware that the victim’s body houses an alien being that has been on Earth for 3,000 years. As the victim dies, the alien transfers into Hannah’s body, beginning a battle for whether Hannah or the alien will control her destiny.
(Actually, there's a lot more to it than that!)

The script will be read using some of the top actors working in Toronto, and after the performance a moderated discussion about the script will be held, with audience participation welcomed.

The Earthfall pilot script beat over 150 TV pilot-script submissions in the WILDsound Screenplay Festival.

I'm delighted to have won this competion, but I'd also like to tip my hat to the other finalists. The six pilot-script finalists were:

by Rich Hynes
Ronkonkoma, NY

by Robert J. Sawyer
Mississauga, ON

by Shawand McKenzie and Steven Van Patten
Hackensack, NJ

by Will Phillips
San Francisco, CA

by John Betz, Jr. and Randy Reese
Rochester, NY

by Clark McMillian
Bowie, MD

Tickets for the evening -- which will also include readings of two other short scripts -- are just $6 in advance, or $8 at the door. More info is here.

This is a good month for me for scriptwriting (thirty years after I started my degree in Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson!). On Sunday, I head down to L.A. to spend a week at the FlashForward offices, gearing up to write my own episode of the TV series based on my novel of the same name
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At November 03, 2009 3:28 PM , Blogger John F said...

Does having Flashforward in production increase the chance that Earthfall will be picked up. also, I know that some of your other work has been optioned.

Are you poised to become the next Michael Crichton or Philip K. Dick? :-)

At November 03, 2009 3:34 PM , Blogger Replicant.CA said...

This is amazing news and hope to make down to Toronto for the reading.

At November 03, 2009 3:45 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

John F: it couldn't hurt. :)

At November 03, 2009 4:32 PM , Blogger K. W. Ramsey said...

Well it's about time you started using your degree. I mean, sheesh, what have you been doing in the meantime?

Oh yeah, that whole prize winning author thing, right.

Hehehe, seriously though, congratulations. Hopefully I'll get a chance to come out and hear it read.

At November 04, 2009 9:16 AM , Blogger Silverfish said...

Now that's pretty cool.

At November 11, 2009 12:13 AM , Blogger dan said...

That's a double wow in my books.
Hope to be there.

At November 11, 2009 1:22 PM , Blogger ScientistKathy said...

Having a show in production helps, but having Flashforward in production helps A LOT. Great show, super transition to a tv series.

I'll be at the reading!


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