...is a science-fiction screenplay about a brilliant but oh-so-broken young man working in a genetic research laboratory who discovers an intelligent signal from a primordial intelligence that has been deliberately encoded in the DNA of a recently-discovered species of Abysal-zone fish. It was written by me, with generous and regular assistance by Phillip Shannon, starting around the beginning of 2000. It was completed in 2001, and the copyright is registered as of May 31 of that year. Phil and I met once a week, every week, for many months to hash out the details of the plot, but the actual writing was done by me. The original idea was that Phil and I would share credit as coauthors on 2 seperate screenplays--one to be conceived and written by me and one to be conceived and written by him, with both of us collaborating on the story of each. His project, however (tentatively titled Cocawar) has stalled, and until its finished I'm leaving my name on Static as sole legal author, with a generous nod to Phil for his help. Hopefully this page will light a bit of a fire under him. :)
Static has garnered favorable reviews at Zoetrope Virtual Studios, but has had no serious interest. I have not tried very hard to sell it, frankly, and don't think I will anytime soon. I am proud of having written it, however, and I learned a lot in the process. If it doesn't sell as a movie script, I've been toying with the idea of adapting it as a graphic novel. Graphic novels are a whole lot cheaper to make than movies, especially in the sci-fi genre.
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Static is a longish screenplay at 129 pages, but not terribly so. Anyone who would like to read it is welcome to do so, and I'd love to hear any feedback that you might have.