January 2016 1st Scene Winner: GUNNISON by Daniel Duane

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Written by Daniel Duane


Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Supernatural

A sniper who hunts an Air Force colonel for humiliating her on a botched cover up discovers he’s masterminding one himself when a man hunt for two gunman leads to the capture of an extraterrestrial pilot being held prisoner.


NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
MYERS – Katelyn Vanier
HENDRICKS – Dan Cristofori
DOCTOR – Lorne Hiro
MULLIN – Geoff Mays
MOTHER – Holly Sarchfield

Get to know writer Daniel Duane:

1. What is your screenplay about?

My goal for the next draft is to do a cross between Bonny and Clyde and Avatar. A colonel searching for the cure of a virus that transforms humans into their alien counterparts hunts a pair of gunmen who hold a teenage alien hostage. An alien whose mind might be the key to saving humanity.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The themes conveyed within the story are relevant and shouldn’t be ignored. People need to be reminded of the past. I believe in the phrase “History repeats itself” and no matter how much we avoid it, history always catches up. It’s like a broken record.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Almost there.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

My favorite movie is Schindler’s List. I think it really set the tone for a lot of filmmakers over the past twenty years.

5. This is a very tight, emotionally engaging and fun screenplay. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Since 2013 or 2014. I don’t remember!

6. How many stories have you written?

I’m working on my 11th draft.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The current state of our world and politics. I do base my stories on news headlines and feel some social issues that are still prevalent today have been put on the shelf to be disputed later.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I’m not accustomed to writing contained stories in which the protagonist overcomes all odds to defeat (or kill) the antagonist, so it was difficult to decide which characters would triumph. Also, I still need to work on my writing style because I think I confused some readers.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Photography, health and exercise, graphic design, traveling.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

The festival was affordable and the feedback I got was tremendously helpful. I’ll use the feedback to refine my writing style in the next draft.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t procrastinate and don’t give up.