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  • Writer's pictureViknesh Silvalingam

My science fiction screenplay will include these 3 elements

Updated: Mar 22

In my last blog post, 3 key takeaways from making my first feature film, I hinted at the genre of my next project, Sci-Fi!

Not to give too much away about the plot, but the story centers around a murder in the metaverse AI world. (Pretty much what I normally write about, Crime and Passion...

Currently, I'm in the screenwriting phase of the project. Writing a science fiction screenplay involves imagining and creating a world that does not exist, and the elements that make it up are critical in telling an engaging story that captivates the audience. Here are some essential elements that I'm considering for my screenplay:

  • Exploration of Social Issues: Sci-fi films often use futuristic or alternate settings to explore and comment on contemporary social issues. These can include politics, environmentalism, ethics, discrimination, or the consequences of technological advancements.

 It presents a dystopian future set in the year 2027, where humanity is facing the threat of extinction due to global infertility.
"Children of Men" explores themes such as hope, the value of life, political oppression, and the consequences of a society without a future.

  • Scientific Concepts: Science fiction often incorporates scientific principles or speculative theories. It can involve scientific advancements, genetic engineering, cloning, quantum mechanics, or the exploration of new scientific frontiers.

This is depicted through the rotating centrifuge in the Discovery One, allowing the crew to experience gravity-like conditions while in space.
"2001 Space Odyssey" illustrates the concept of generating Artificial Gravity on spacecraft by rotating certain sections.

  • Themes of Humanity: Sci-fi often explores what it means to be human, the limits of human potential, or the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence. It can delve into existential questions, identity, morality, or the nature of consciousness.

The film blurs the line between what is real and what is imagined, creating a sense of confusion and uncertainty.
"12 Monkeys" explores the nature of reality and the subjective nature of memory. The main character's experiences are fragmented, and his sanity is called into question.

This is my first-ever stab at creating a film in this genre and by incorporating these elements into the science fiction screenplay, I aim to create a compelling story that would engage the audience's imagination and leaves them wanting more.


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