Sentient Australia Review - Draft Three

Sentient Australia Review – Draft Three

Sentient Australia - Draft Three

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Draft Three of Sentient – Australia – A 42 page Pilot script, is ready for review. Click on the latest draft of the Pilot script (left) to view.

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The red storm

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When an alien lifeform unleashes a holocaust on humanity, a Navy diver leads the survivors in a fightback against an ever-evolving, ever more frightening version of us, ‘The Sentient.’

Elevator pitch 

A Navy Diver wakes up in a recompression chamber to discover Sydney engulfed in a terrifying red storm and an alien lifeform preparing to invade.


Inspired by the Sydney 2009 red dust storm.


Sydney Harbour and HMAS Penguin.

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15 Responses

  1. it was very captivating reading, i was pulled in the story and i forgot about the time 😉 towards the end i had to concentrate more on the different characters but i shall be back to give it another go !

  2. Re Joe’s review, HMAS Penguin is actually called HMAS Penguin.

  3. Some common review points:
    1. Readers are not comfortable with Dowd calling out for help.
    2. Readers like the Commodore as a woman and when I proposed she be Dowd’s ex wife, liked that a lot more.
    3. The issue with the Chinese must be provoked by an act by the US President and a mine blowing up a Chinese ship which the US denies. The mining of our harbours is about tit for tat. Ditto, the Chinese deny all knowledge.

  4. Response to Keith Melton’s review.
    Firstly, thanks so much Keith.
    Re MORE HUMOUR – This kind of work needs gravity, a weight to them to maintain the tone. it’s a serious situation. There is humour but just not too much.
    Re MISSING dialogue, page 31 – Nice spot. Grammar error. Shall fix now.
    Re making sense of the dialogue Page 31 – ‘What the fuck was that?’ (is a response to the Q, ‘were you here for the storm?’ The second ‘What the fuck was that?’ (is an endorsement and exlamation stating, yeah what was that?).
    Page 20, why was Dowd asleep? In the prior scene an alien storm just vapourised humanity. Some of us survived. Some have been driven crazy, some are crying, some are unconcious.
    Why is Freisler so focused on Dowd? The Q is, does it seem incredulous or can you buy into it enough to take the journey?
    Scene 11 – The look of the aliens. They are taking over human bodies and rebooting them. They will be thinner as they discard our intestinal track.

    • Keith Melton says:

      “The Q is, does it seem incredulous or can you buy into it enough to take the journey?”…. I can buy into it (at least in theory, depends on actors selling it of course – it`s in the eyes!)

      And thank you, both for the hero points and the sympathy on the rugby result! As you know I am involved in politics here in UK and, to cheer me up as I sat sadly in front of the TV, my lovely wife said “Look for the good side… at least the Prime Minister won`t benefit from a `winning team bounce` – there will be nothing to hide the pain of a potential Brexit!” Shrewd observation – and it did cheer me up!

    • I found this script much more readable and engaging than the previous draft. It still has a few problems, but it’s a great improvement. The teaser works well as an opener, and the action flows much better and in a more believable way. Some of the motivations still need more work or greater clarification, and there are a couple of unsupported leaps that need to be fixed, but overall, a good step forward.

      I’ll email my notes to you shortly.

  5. Two comments have come to me regards the Commodore stating she is red hot to go after Dowd but readers cannot see why. I am tracking this to see if we have a problem.

  6. I think this script is a definite improvement. I am glad that Commodore is now a female and thought before that script was a bit too male dominated. It’s fast paced, and can be great always depending on the execution. As I was reading it, I was wondering who was playing what roles and has that been decided? The same with the crew – has that been worked out? I was wondering who the DOP was etc On a personal level I am glad that Beata does come into the episodes later and that she is tough and fit. As a female over 50 (without sounding like I am standing on my usual soap box), I like to show that mature aged women can be fit, smart tough and have a face that isn’t full of filler.


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