Interview with Winning Screenwriter David Dalessandro (UNEARTHLY)

 1. What is your screenplay about?

In 1902, a naval ship encounters an alien intelligence on the Galapagos Islands. After the naval ship is attacked by crab-like creatures, the science officer on board dissects one of creatures and determines is not a creature of nature, but man-made. The Naval commander decides to find the maker of the ‘mechanoids’ and steal the technology. When the science officer unexpectedly discovers the a space craft, he is taken aboard, where he meets what appears to be a human who calls herself ‘Athena.’ He learns she is a simulacrum and represents a alien race that has used the Galapagos for centuries as a laboratory. The science officer is sent back to the ship to convince the Navy to leave. After numerous battles with the mechanoids, the remaining Sailors plan a final assault on the space craft. They fail and the science officer learns that the aliens are trying to save the Earth, which they already know, through time travel, is a dying planet. He is rescued and a Naval Inquiry believes none of what he has to say and classifies the deaths of the sailors as a maritime disaster. Ultimately, it’s “about” the clash of ‘cultures’ with wildly different understandings of the world.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Science fiction.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a twist on the traditional alien invasion story, where the aliens are either bent on destruction or totally benign. . The script contains numerous battle sequences to appeal to a younger demographic along with intellectual discussions between Athena and the science officer.for those interested in speculating about alien visitation and why creatures exist on the Galapagos but nowhere else on Earth. I’m not aware of any science fiction film that combines these two aspects.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?


5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

The Godfather

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

two months

7. How many stories have you written?


8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Atom Heart Mother Suite by Pink Floyd.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I have always loved Jules Verne stories and was fascinated by the challenge of having humans from 1902 trying to understand concepts such as DNA. robotic devices and space travel, things we modern humans take for granted. Creating the alien was also a challenge, because so many cinematic versions exist, I decided to go in a completely different direction, by having the alien appear to be a human female. Balancing the action sequences with the quieter moments was difficult to maintain story pacing.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animal rescue.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Excellent. Easier to use than Without a Box.


Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

In 1902, a US Naval crew encounters an alien entity, with both tragic and surprising results.


Flynn: Brandon Knox
Narrator: Angelica Alejandro
Caleb: Charles Gordon
Redfern: Gabriel Darku

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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