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A parallel universe story about a woman who returns to her home town after 10 years. This non-linear story grapples with big questions. Is the universe created of multiple verses or is this the altered reality of an unstable person?
What is the Story Genesis:
Kat Albert: The idea for this story came while I was riding my bike on Creek Road outside of Austin. First I was so enthralled by the beautiful scenery that I almost hit a dead raccoon in the road, later a pick up full of rednecks raced by me, and finally I took a branch up to a spooky looking house. Later, I sat in the coffee shop that the protagonist, Megan visits in the story. Each day riding, I built this story about a young woman grappling with her current life when presented the "worm hole" to go back and deal with her choices.
It's definitely written for an Indie budget. The theme of living an authentic life without regrets is a common element and should have great resonance for both women and men. With a sprinkling of magical realism, it has the ability to sparkle along the edge of reality.
It hovered many weeks in the top ten scripts and Talentville and has received positive feedback from several competitions.
After another failed adoption effort, Megan goes over the edge and is institutionalized by her husband, Robert. Upon the news that her estranged mother has died and her Alzheimer-ridden father is unable to finalize the estate, they take off for Megan's home town.
A medicated Megan is a shadow of herself and the strange events that occur seem to be as unclear as her own mental state.
Her life seems to spin out of control and only after we meet Jordan and her other childhood friends do we learn that Megan is special and may have the means to teleport into different multi-verses of the universe to observe and possibly change her life trajectory.
The story opens while MEGAN, 28, rides in a car alongside ESTEVAN, presumably her boyfriend and they crash into a stray deer in the road.
In an alternate universe, Megan’s husband, ROBERT, picks her up from the psych ward of a mental hospital so they can drive back to Texas for her mother's funeral.
In route, they also hit a deer in the road. The pieces are planted, but it will take a while for the complete world t be laid out. What Megan wants more than anything is to have a child, but after several unsuccessful adoption efforts, her husband is not interested.
Meagan rekindles her friendship with a feisty Latina, GINGER and former boyfriend, seen in the first scene, ESTEVAN.
At her father’s nursing home, Megan meets an JORDAN. Later, we will learn that Jordan is actually her friend and fellow time traveler.
As Megan's marriage dissolves, her new found power grows. She re-establishes a romance with her old flame, Estevan, who has a daughter, Amanda.
When Megan goes to Jordan’s old house, she discovers that it is a travel portal to other spaces and times.
Megan uses the vortex to go back and make the decisions she should have made the first time around, and warns her loved ones of the mishaps to come.
In the end, Megan and Estevan are together, and have a biological daughter Amanda.
And for a finale, Megan makes amends with her dead mother and rescues her twin sister in utero.
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COMMENTS...What the Pros are Saying about "Altered."
ALTERED is a science-fiction thriller that explores the themes of regret and self-reliance. THE FIRM meets LOOPER. The concept of the piece is compelling once it is established
"What ALTERED has going for it is a strong message: be authentic to you and make your own decisions or live in regret. The principle is palpable throughout, and is easy forany reader to relate to."
This script’s strongest portion is that dedicated to time-travel. Once the main character figures out what’s going on, she becomes an empowered and active protagonist, immediately making her more likable. At that point, the script also becomes immensely more action-packed. Suddenly, as Megan has found her purpose, the reader becomes curious about her entire past. What caused the tension between Megan and her mother? What was Megan’s relationship like with her father before his memory started to go? How did the relationship between the “Three Musketeers—” Estevan, Ginger and Megan—develop?
The recurring imagery is another one of the script’s strengths. Megan frequently ride her bike on the same path, revisits Jordan’s old house, meets Ginger in the same place--all metaphors for the story’s larger theme of repetition and recurrence.
This theme is nicely demonstrated by the fact that Megan returns to her hometown, and is bookended by the opening and closing scenes of Megan and Estevan in the car. Only, in the first scene, she hasn’t realized her destiny, and in the last scene she has.
The writer does a good job of making the audience root for Estevan and Megan to be together. The final twist about Rose, Megan’s twin sister who died in utero, is excellent.