Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Trauma Poster

This is a concept for a poster that's being considered as one of a number of possible rewards for supporting a forthcoming Kickstarter effort to raise funds for a book written by Dr. Peter Bernstein titled, Trauma - Healing the Hidden Epidemic.

The Phoenix

The Phoenix

Last Veteran's Day I co-wrote, with Sheldon Bermont, the lyrics to The Phoenix, a song about PTSD. Shel is a hugely talented singer-songwriter based in Petaluma. Google him or see him on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alB6xmjK4ls. Here's a video I just completed to accompany that song

Friday, August 10, 2012

Sun Flower

This concept was one of six finalists in the 2012 Fresh Voices Pitch Competition.

Working Title: Sun Flower

Time: 2250

Location: Deep space, mid-way between Earth and Mars

Concept Summary:

Travel between Earth and Mars is now routine, even mundane. The moon is an artist’s colony populated by rich dilettantes and environmental zealots. Mars is a largely uninhabited desert that accommodates a massive, sprawling nuclear test complex that has become critical to Earth’s survival. Earth has long since depleted its own resources and relies on Mars for its survival. In the red planet’s vast desolation, facilities too dangerous to exist on Earth produce extremely powerful, concentrated isotopes that fuel the nuclear power plants back on Earth.

The isotopes produced on Mars are transported to Earth in an inter-space caravan that shuttles back and forth between the two planets.

Fueled by the same isotopes that make life on Earth possible, the shuttles make an 8-month round-trip between the two planets - hauling supplies to Mars and returning the precious isotope to Earth. Because the isotope is so radioactive that only small quantities can be transported on any individual journey, hundreds of shuttles run continuously.

A typical shuttle resembles a weightlifter’s dumbbell, except these dumbbells have grossly miss-matched ends. On one end a tiny globe houses the crew. At the opposite end a much larger pod houses the isotope shrouded by considerable shielding. The two ends are separated by a long, narrow, rigid tube. The shuttle design is supposed to isolate the crew from the radiation. In practice, the design just prevents them from dying sooner than later. After a few trips the shuttles themselves become highly radioactive.

The shuttle drivers are known as Lukes since over their short careers they accumulate significant radiation poisoning leading to various forms of leukemia and grisly deaths. To induce people into a job that is virtual suicide, Lukes are paid extremely well. Despite or perhaps because of the danger, driving a dumbbell attracts quite a few men and women - outliers who do not fit into the rigorously ordered societies on Earth.

Half-way between Earth and Mars is the Sun Flower, a space station so named for the splay of giant solar panels – each the size of a football field - that radiate from one end of a mile-long cylinder. The Sun Flower is a wide-open “town” that provides for the needs of the Lukes with a hotel, a brothel, an extreme sports arena, and a high-stakes casino. On the Sun Flower, shuttle crews experience a temporary reprieve from the boredom of the Earth-Mars journey. with booze, sex, gambling, and various novel ways to taunt a quick death in lieu of the inevitable slow one that comes from driving a dumbbell.

One day the communications from Mars cease. The isotope shuttles don’t return. Cut off from their energy supply, Earth begins to degenerate into chaos. Military teams sent to investigate Mars are never heard of again. Soon communications from Earth cease. The inhabitants of the Sun Flower are marooned in space. Isolated, they must discover how to survive on their own.

© Stephen Rustad, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Zombie Jamboree

Here's a little eye candy. I'm working a new screenplay about zombies. It's a ways from being complete but I wanted to whet any whistles that were dry for lack of a recent posting. Stay tuned!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Aristotle's Witch

Adventure | Fantasy | Romance
She’s one Hell of a gal.
When a two-thousand-year-old witch won’t hand over the ultimate book of spells to an ancient fraternity of sorcerers, the sorcerers recruit an unsuspecting forensic scientist in a plot to kill her. The plot backfires when the witch and the scientist fall in love.

MEGAN FAUS T, C.E.O. of General Integrated Electronics, the world’s most successful maker of  smartphones. Her secret: the phones are powered by magic incantations that Megan has taken from Aristotle’s Grimoire, an ancient book of powerful spells that Megan stole from the book’s namesake, Aristotle.
PONTI, one of an ancient fraternity of seven sorcerers known as the GNOSI, hires SCOTT FARADAY , a forensic scientist, to investigate what Ponti supposes to be the GenIE smartphone manufacturing facility located in a remote desert. Megan appears in the desert an effort to thwart Scott’s investigation.
Instead, the two become trapped in a subterranean labyrinth where they confront a fire-breathing dragon sent by Ponti to kill Megan. The battle with the dragon heralds a spellbinding series of adventures that culminate in a final battle between Megan and the Gnosi for possession of Aristotle’s Grimoire and perhaps the future of the world
CONTACT: steve@rustadmarketing.com

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