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Little Alien by Steve Sorenson - Sci Fi, Fantasy - The earth nations are warned to disassemble all nukes; or else! 58 pages - pdf, format

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Synopsis to Little Alien:

The Ruler of the Nexkar continent on planet Tau-Ceti 'e' (a planet recently discovered about 12 light years away) has his people rescuing human abducted by Grey alien flying saucers.

Intelligents from Nexkarians planted in the earth governments and military gives the Nexkar Ruler concerned that the earthlings may nuke themselves before his people can mate and assimilate with the humans. Eighteen-year-old feisty Miss Carol Royal - the Little Alien - is dispatched to save the earth.

Our Little Alien hero is too young to drink or gamble but she has a fake ID. So all is fine in Las Vegas except that she successfully scares the crap out of the humans and brings Peace on Earth, her way!


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"Springtime in Alaska" 8 pages   (Taken from Cold Dead Fingers)

"Little Alien"  (What happens in Area-51 stays in Area-51.)   The earth nations are warned to disassemble all nukes; or else!   58 pages.
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At the start, rather than put 2 Two Nexkarian flying saucers, you could have just put Two flying saucers as we do not know what a Nexkarian is at this point.
Nit-picking, I know.


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I'll give the whole thing a read when I get a chance.


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HyperMatt, Thank you for your short eval.  Your suggestion is valid. I will consider it in the re-write.

As would be view on screen, we will see three saucers. One, that has port windows, belonging to the Grey’s  and the other two windowless saucers rescuing the humans that the Greys abducted.  I went a step further in naming those windowless saucers Nexkarians (for the reader).  The dilemma is that we learn much later of their origin on the Nexkar continent on Tau-Ceti ‘e’ that is 12 light years away.

I got your 2nd msg while I was writing this response. Thank you for your interest in “Little Alien.”  I look forward to your evaluation.

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[color=blue][/color]Take a look at my Scripts "Fire Dancer" 115 pages   (Liken to a "Miss Rambo meets Rounders," with Spiders, Scorpions, and Snakes -- Oh My.)

"Springtime in Alaska" 8 pages   (Taken from Cold Dead Fingers)

"Little Alien"  (What happens in Area-51 stays in Area-51.)   The earth nations are warned to disassemble all nukes; or else!   58 pages.
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Regarding the length, I'm I looking at this as a TV show or a feature Steve?


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Started reading this. Up to the girls joining the army (which I thought was really odd. Why would these fun time girls want to be Private Benjamins? Maybe to be revealed as the story goes on). I thought the stuff with the different colored saucers was a bit confusing and unnecessary for what follows. For me, the story starts with Carol coming out of the hanger. Love the scenes with her and her family. Seemed like a cross between Mork and Mindy and the Simpsons. The strongest thing I have read so far is the friendship between Carol and Sofia; they've got like a Thelma and Louise thing going on. Loved the stuff with the hitchhiking and the Vegas scenes. Hopefully, there is more of this in the second part of the script.
I'll post my thoughts when I'm done.


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I didn't read the synopsis on top, thought it would be best for me to 'discover' the story.


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So these are just my opinions, and it’s the easiest thing in the world to criticize somebody else’s work. As I said, because of the length, I was not sure if this was like a series pilot or a full feature film.
The script has some interesting ideas and some likeable female characters, but the tone shift in parts makes it hard to fully get into the story. There is a lot of themes tangled, that’s why I thought this may be more of a series, and you could explore those things in different episodes.
The story starts with a space sequence which read kind of confusing because of the technical stuff, different colored saucers, human abductions, we don’t hear about this for a long while until very late in the story. Really hard to get lost in the technical stuff, when writing Sci-Fi. I’ve been accused of this myself. This feels like an early draft, and I’m sure you will develop it further. Good on you for posting it on here to get reactions and opinions.
After this, we follow the main character, human looking alien Carol, strolling out of a saucer ship and meeting up with her family, meeting her friend Sofia and going to Vegas. This was my favourite part of the story. The Thelma and Louis stuff and the Vegas stuff. Horn as in ‘Horny’ – that was a funny line. Man those boys were direct – good scene.

The casino scene is the best IMO. I think you could have gone anywhere after that scene, a lot to explore there. It felt your logline was kind of misleading, but I was glad about that. The nuclear war stuff does not really become relevant to the latter part with the Prime. I liked Carol, her friendship, her slob dad and her mother. What would have been really been appealing (for me anybody), this story being a type of sci-fi comedy concentrating on an alien and her best friend, a Mork and Mindy type Thelma and Louise if you will, you’ve got the cool device Tau-Nano. Could be interesting visually, reminded me of the electronic Simon Game from the 80s. But just make sure it does not become a deus-ex-machina.

On a drunken night, Carol tells a reluctant Sofia that they should join the army. The next thing, we are rudely shifted forward in time to Carol and Sofia in the army. I thought that was very uncharacteristic, but it seems that was Carol’s intention all along on her mission for


the Nexkarian race. Her speech the prime surprised me, because she really felt like an Earth girl who enjoyed Earth life and would be a reluctant Nexkarian. Maybe that’s just me reading that.
Some good dialogue, like “get down and push the Earth, help it orbit the sun.” We move to war, where the comedic tone is lost, and we get very serious and deal with trauma of the battlefield. Carol being separated from her arm. This really did feel quite depressing.

Moving to the Nexkar Stellar off planet stuff. It did feel like some kind of heavenly transition. Some interesting (and expensive) visuals in that world. This is where we get a better idea of what is going on. I would argue that a lot of this comes into the story too late, that we are not really focused on human-alien politics but on Carol and her relationships. Finishing the story, it is clear that there is meant to be a strong anti-nuclear message (like Terminator?) I think you have to work it through the story if it is that important, or get rid of it.  

I wasn’t sure if the Nexkarian looked different from human, if they were human looking and you could only tell they were Nexkarian by their Nexkarian attire.

Some visuals are interesting, like an alien hospital on a beach. Others, I wonder how you going to show them, like a moon 4 times bigger, as the moon appears in different sizes depending how close you are too it.

Every slug line should be written in the full format from what I understand. ‘CONFERENCE ROOM -’  should be written something like ‘INT. CONFERENCE ROOM/ HOUSE OF TAU- DAY’

I really liked the climatic flying saucer appearing to humanity scene, I think you are channelling The Day The Earth Stood Still. I liked the cowboy who took a shot.

I would say you need a funkier title than ‘little alien’ - It sounds like a Disney straight to video animated. Pick a title that will draw or at least make people curious about reading your script.

I’ve Pm’d typos to you. Hope some of this is helpful.


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The logline has to refer somewhere to the strong female lead, Carol... I think.


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HyperMatt,
Thank you for your review. You are correct; this is a first draft. I want to find out if this Sci-Fi would work.  It appears it has; from it’s posting here and other places. The responses has been exciting on the originality from other sources than here on SS. This was 58 pages. In the rewrite I have added 15 pages to the front. Setting up a clearer OBJECTIVE for the character Carol. More outer space rescue and battle adventures to include her gutsy piloting through a nebula. When done the script should fall between 95~115 pages.

Your review, along with others from here and elsewhere, gave me insight where and what needs more work.

You mentioned “The Day The Earth Stood Still.”  Little Alien could only relate to that one. Maybe a “Mork & Mindy meets TDTESS!” The message may be similar - {Anti Nuke} - But the message of 1951 didn’t work whereas this current one has the warning from the Alien stating “Don’t piss me off!” That may get attention today. LOL Also landing the saucer in Las Vegas instead of D.C.

The other planet Tau-Ceti ‘e’, although will be Computer Generated CG, I feel will not be expensive at all as most scenes are interior and the exterior shots are on a beach and in two gardens.  The CG will show practically a still shot of the city.

The size of their moon will be surmise by having a foreground action with an oversize CG alien moon in the background over the ocean.

The ending I will need to rewrite to emphasize more of the Nexkarian/American discovery: The Area-51 female MP, the casino Floorman, the US Army Colonel, The Nurse, and the Mother and three year old on the Las Vegas Strip. No one mentioned any of them or discovering they were aliens from Tau-Ceti. Either no one read the ending or I wasn’t clear in the writing of the resolution.

Another point I need to make clearer on the last page is that Carol is now the ruler of the Cosmos.

Steve


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"Springtime in Alaska" 8 pages   (Taken from Cold Dead Fingers)

"Little Alien"  (What happens in Area-51 stays in Area-51.)   The earth nations are warned to disassemble all nukes; or else!   58 pages.
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I would try and limit it 110 pages, 100 would be better.


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You say CG generated planet won’t be that expensive, but computer generated imagery often is very overpriced for what it is. It amazes me that those big animation movies cost as much as 200 million dollars.


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Little Alien is NOT an animation production. Many GREEN screens and modeling - YES. As I said before most of the ACTION shots are on a beach or in two separate gardens and the rest are indoors on the alien planet. But, I'll happily accept the $200 million so I can make four or more other productions.


[color=blue][/color]Take a look at my Scripts "Fire Dancer" 115 pages   (Liken to a "Miss Rambo meets Rounders," with Spiders, Scorpions, and Snakes -- Oh My.)

"Springtime in Alaska" 8 pages   (Taken from Cold Dead Fingers)

"Little Alien"  (What happens in Area-51 stays in Area-51.)   The earth nations are warned to disassemble all nukes; or else!   58 pages.
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Did you ever see the Bud Spencer film 'The Sherrif and the Satellite Kid'? The Tau-Nano remind me of the alien kid's photonic ray device.


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