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



GENRE:
Adventure | Fantasy | Romance
TAGLINE:
She’s one Hell of a gal.
LOGLINE:
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.

SYNOPSIS:
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

Copyright, Stephen Rustad, 2012 | WGAw


Monday, July 2, 2012

LIMBO



GENRE:
FANTASY | ADVENTURE
TAGLINE:
Where the dead can still help the living
LOGLINE:
High Tech entrepreneur, BRECKLAN GREEN, finds himself in LIMBO facing choices that won’t just determine his fate, but will have a profound affect on the lives of hundreds of complete strangers.


SYNOPSIS:
After he suffers a cerebral hemorrhage, BRECKLAN GREEN finds himself in a seedy travel agency managed by MR. PETRA who is deeply unimpressed with Brecklan’s worldly achievements in technology and business.
Petra sends Green on a journey of discovery under the care of STYGIA a blind elevator operator. Stygia introduces Brecklan to people and places that in life had no place in his single-minded pursuit of success: an African refugee camp, a military outpost in Afghanstan, a decrepit senior care facility, a pirated yacht in the Persian Gulf, and a bombed out basement in Chechnya.
As his encounters unfold, Brecklan discovers that, though his body lies comatose in Beverly Hills, he still has the power to change the lives of the people half-way around the world for the better, and in so doing perhaps change his own fate.


CONTACT: 
steve@rustadmarketing.com


Copyright, Stephen Rustad, 2012 | WGAw

Monday, June 25, 2012

FAMILY OF MAN


GENRE:
ACTION | ADVENTURE | FANTASY | ROMANCE

TAGLINE:
In 9,000 B.C., a boy and his cat fight a hideous evil.

LOGLINE:

A Cro-Magnon boy who treks the forests of Paleolithic Europe with a Saber-toothed tiger as a companion must choose between his individual freedom or the responsibility of leading a Cro-Magnon village in a fight for survival against nomadic cannibals.

SYNOPSIS:

In 9,000 BC, GANS, a Cro-Magnon boy, watches his father die. His father’s last words: “find our people.” Not long after, Gans saves a saber-tooth kitten, MAVE.


The two orphans share an unusual bond: they can read each other’s minds. Together, Gans and Mave grow to maturity exploring the primeval forest during upper Paleolithic period of the Pleistocene epoch.


During one hunt, Gans and Mave encounter a tribe of Neanderthal men, led by UBEL, who dress as bears and hunt other men for food.


Gans and Mave inadvertently lead Ubel and the Bear-men to a village of Cro-Magnon hunter-gathers, and FIL, a young girl who captures Gans’ heart.


Now, Gans must choose between his independence and saving a tribe of strangers who he was born to lead. 








Copyright, Stephen Rustad, 2012 | WGAw

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

HUMAN TRAFFIC COP



GENRE:
ACTION | ADVENTURE
TAGLINE:
All it takes to halt the traffic in woman is a badge, and a grudge.
LOGLINE:

A kick-ass Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent with anger management issues topples an untouchable French diplomat who heads an international ring that traffics in women for the sex trade.

SYNOPSIS:

JENNIFER RODRIGQUEZ’ mother was kidnapped and forced into prostitution, Rodriguez escaped a vicious Puerto Rican pimp, smuggled herself into to the United States, and enlisted in the Army by the age of seventeen.

Today, Rodriquez struggles to cope with the symptoms of severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that stem from both her childhood and a tour of duty in Iraq. When transferred to the Port of Oakland by a sympathetic supervisor, Rodriguez uncovers an international ring that traffics in women and forces them into prostitution.

With the help of a disillusioned C.I.A. agent with a score to settle, Rodriguez goes deep undercover into the Marseilles underworld to expose the head of the sex-trafficking ring - a prominent French Politician and head of a United Nations subcommittee on human-trafficking.

CONTACT:
steve@rustadmarketing.com

Copyright, Stephen Rustad, 2012 | WGAw

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

RED RIDER


GENRE:
ACTION | ADVENTURE | ROMANCE
TAGLINE:
The Queen of Black Ops Meets Her White Knight.
LOGLINE:

When her target risks his life to saves hers, it melts the heart of a cold-blooded I.R.A. killer.

SYNOPSIS:

Red-haired MICAELA FLANNERY is a veteran I.R.A. assassin who specializes in making kills in rush-hour traffic from a speeding motorcycle. Micaela is contracted by the Russian Mafia to terminate a minor American Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, WILLIAM DONOVAN.

The hit goes wrong, leaving Flannery unconscious and in mortal danger. Donovan, unaware that he was Flannery’s target, saves her life. Pressured by his clients, RIORDAN, Micaela’s operator, decides he must “tie off the loose ends,” and kill both Flannery and Donovan himself.

Now that Flannery is a target as well, she has no choice but to make an uneasy truce with Donovan. Together, Flannery and Donovan battle Riordan, the Russian Mafia, and Chinese Agents to unravel a scheme involving a corrupt American entrepreneur who intends to sell secret American stealth technology to the highest bidder.

CONTACT:
steve@rustadmarketing.com

Copyright, Stephen Rustad, 2012 | WGAw

Monday, May 28, 2012

YAHWEH



TITLE:
YAHWEH
GENRE:
ACTION | ADVENTURE | ROMANCE | HORROR
TAGLINE:
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
LOGLINE:

An angel is sent to earth to stop an atheist from publishing all the names of God. If the angel fails, the world ends.

SYNOPSIS:


An angel,  EZEKIEL, is dispatched to prevent DR. MAYFIELD PARKS from fulfilling an ancient SANSKRIT PROPHECY which foretells that, once mankind catalogues all of God's names, the world will end. Ezekiel (ZEKE) meets and falls for ANABEL SERAPHINA, Dr Parks’ assistant.
The DEVIL sends his favorite minion, ABBADON, to insure the success of Parks’ project. As Parks’ computers compile the list, the Earth is ravaged by natural disasters of biblical proportion, Abbadon takes Anabel hostage and taunts Zeke to rescue her.

Zeke descends into Hell and confronts Abbadon. A legion of HELL HOUNDS attacks Zeke. At the pivotal moment, a cloud of SERAPHIM comes to Zeke’s aid.  Zeke trades Anabel’s life for the final name of God.
The prophecy proves false. Dr Parks’ computers self-destruct. Abbadon realizes his master has been duped in order to demonstrate God’s primacy. Abbadon and Zeke wage a furious battle, a giant fissure swallows Dr Parks’ lab, the computers, and with them, all the names of God.


Copyright, Stephen Rustad, 2012 | Registered WGAw