“All Earthly Constraints” Character Breakdowns

DARIUS (late 30s-40s) is Emily’s evil boss at the ice cream shop. He’s a natty dresser: cardigans, bowties, elbow patches. He’s greying a little around the temples. He gives off the vibe of a professor who enjoys taking out his personal failings on the undergrads. He’s the kind of guy who would make the perfect villain in a movie. He looks like he just got finished building a Mind Obfuscation Ray and mounting it on an asteroid.

JOHN (20s – early 30s) is the self-styled leader of a group of “struggling” screenwriters who review each other’s work. John wears all black, hair product, and big wide-lapeled collars. He’s always scribbling notes in a little notebook. He’s a fanatic about parliamentary procedure and critiques taking place in strict counter-clockwise order. John thinks he’s cool. John likes to lecture people about “what sells” in the “industry.”

EMILY (20s) is a struggling screenwriter who works in an ice cream shop (but don’t call her “struggling!”). Emma, the lead character in Emily’s screenplay, is a struggling screenwriter who works in a coffee shop. But Emma is also secretly “Emmageddon,” a superheroine who brings down doom upon her enemies with the razor-sharp wit and impeccable manners of a Jane Austen heroine. (In outer space, on an asteroid hurtling towards the Earth.)

DYLAN (20s) is another struggling screenwriter in Emily’s writers group. Dylan likes “Emmageddon.” Dylan likes Emily. Dylan lacks confidence. Dylan is afraid to let anyone read his writing- until Emily and Emmageddon force him to break out of his shell.

“All Earthly Constraints” (short script)

“All Earthly Constraints”
Short screenplay (29pp) by Ryan M. Moore.
WGAw registered #1483396

See below for synopsis.

Third draft.
Second draft.
The script (very much a first draft.)
The song in the script (mp3).
The other song in the script (mp3).

Emily is a struggling screenwriter who works in an ice cream shop (but don’t call her “struggling!”). Emma, the lead character in Emily’s screenplay, is a struggling screenwriter who works in a coffee shop. But Emma is also secretly “Emmageddon” – a superheroine who brings down doom upon her enemies with the razor-sharp wit and impeccable manners of a Jane Austen heroine. (And the whole thing takes place in outer space, on an asteroid hurtling towards the Earth.) It’s not a comedy.

Emily’s writers group thinks her script is self-indulgent and masturbatory. Except for Dylan. Dylan likes the script. Dylan likes Emily. Darius, Emily’s boss at the ice cream shop, doesn’t like Emily. She’s always late, she has an attitude, and also her screenplay “Emmageddon” is a revelation of Darius’s real, actual plot to use an asteroid-mounted mind-erase ray to destroy the ambitions of all struggling artist-types everywhere, and rid the world forever of the plague of unrealistic artistic aspiration. Darius wishes they could all just accept it and be happy at their day jobs. He’s a humanitarian, really.

But Emily and Dylan disagree. So does Emily’s alter-ego, Emmageddon (she keeps the suit in her closet). And so they must confront Darius to once and for all decide the fate of all struggling artists everywhere (but don’t call them “struggling!”). And they must confront him with the razor-sharp wit and impeccable manners of Jane Austen heroines, in outer space, on an asteroid hurtling towards the Earth!

“Let It All Burn Down” 2nd festival acceptance (and other news)

The “Let It All Burn Down” video has been accepted to the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and will be screened there in late June!

Also, stay tuned for news on the two projects I wrapped recently, and am currently editing:

“The Picnic,” a 10-12 minute dramatic short, and a little something I’m calling “Scenic Beach Fantasy in G (with Unicorn).”