BEST Scene Screenplay Reading: Princess Pain, by Michael D’Ambrosio

Marina is a cold-hearted courier of contraband who likes to play rough. Her life as a loner is just fine until the delivery of a flash drive with stolen weapons technology ends her alias and makes her the target of a power-hungry militia leader who wants her alive, and his sultry assassin lover who wants her dead. The action-filled chase across the sector with two unlikely allies melts the ice off her heart and leads her to a secret that changes everything she ever stood for. Nothing is easy with Marina as she drives everyone crazy with her anger-driven arrogance and stubbornness, including Britt, the militia captain, who falls in love with her.


Balthus – 3 – TED POWERS
Sonia – 2 – ETHEL ABRAY
Jerrold – 2 – DANIEL JONES


Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Kyle Drier, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Hugh Fraser, Andy Camp, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

Feature Film Video Pitch: Space Truckers, by Michael D’Ambrosio

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

In a futuristic time, a mercenary, Mike Colby, is paid by his ex-wife and CEO of a galactic shipping corporation, Gemini, to deliver a treaty to militant aliens in their sector. Having a history with the aliens, Mike, takes on the job to find out how they got into this sector. When he meets with the alien general, he notices an odd device attached to their control panel that projects an image of all the space stations in that sector. When the alien general rejects the treaty (no surprise) Mike uses a series of flash and incendiary grenades to escape WITH the module. He escapes in his beat up shuttle and pursued by alien fighters. His ex-wife refuses to provide backup for him and leaves him to die. One of her female captains, Tisch, rescues Mike against her orders escalating an existing feud between the two. Making matters worse, Mike is smitten by the captain and determined to win her over. Upon their return to headquarters, Mike is drawn into the feud between them. In addition, the aliens threaten to destroy the shipping corporation if they don’t return the module. Mike hopes to maintain peace between them but Tisch believes Gemini is responsible for her father’s death and Gemini, who hoped to rekindle her relationship with Mike, is jealous over his interest in Tisch.

Why should people know this story?

It has a little bit of everything – spies, aliens, comedy, dysfunctional romance, horror, a sidekick, and a character for everyone.

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

Can’t Win.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Independence Day – Centropolis Pictures

How long have you been working on this story?

Over a year.

How many stories have you written?

Eleven novels (published), two short stories (published), six screenplays (none sold yet) and one TV series (13 episodes, also not sold yet).

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted something different that people could relate to. While the plot is simple for lead character Mike Colby (exterminate the aliens before they exterminate us), his ex-wife and the girl he courts complicate everything.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love futuristic movies which exploit complicated human issues

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

You need perseverence and the ability to objectively evaluate your story. Is it really marketable or just something you feel strongly about? Can I make others feel the passion of the story or do I hope that they’ll just like the characters? Is there a significant character arc in my characters to make this filmworthy and can it be done with a reasonable budget? These are things you need to consider before writing a story.

Feature Film Pitch: Space Truckers, by Michael D’Ambrosio


Written by: Michael D’Ambrosio

Type: Feature Film

Genre: Sci-Fi (futuristic action)

Logline: A mercenary struggles with his ex-wife and a new paramour while battling aliens.

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