Interview with Screenwriter Joshua Ashburn (A Brief Word on Hypersleep Studies: Chiliagon)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Joshua Ashburn: On the surface this story encompasses the perspectives of three different major characters. It tells the story of Amos Laraighn, who is tasked with inventing the CADOS machine; Captain Ryan Pierce, who is the Captain aboard the very first interstellar trip and the first crew to use the CADOS long term; and finally, Elaina Martin, who is suffering from an extraordinary condition with dangerous side effects.

Deeper than that though it is a very philosophical tale, delving into big questions of existence, faith and survival.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It’s definitely Science Fiction, but also cerebral and philosophical.

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

It has everything a good movie needs, danger, suspense, terror, love, and humor. It will make the audience think about the meaning of life, the infinite complexity of the human mind, and the limitless expanses that lay out in space.

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

What’s Real?

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

John Carpenter’s The Thing

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

The story has been there for a long time, in various iterations, but I wrote the screenplay in about four months.

7. How many stories have you written?

A bunch, only a few that I’ve finalized enough to go public with, but I have tons of great stories.

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

“We Are The People” by Empire of the Sun

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

Time Management was a huge obstacle. While I wrote this I was also working full time, going to classes to get a state license, helping to run a family business on the side, volunteering as a scout master, and being a husband to my wife and father to my four kids

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

I’m a devoted family man

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

FilmFreeway is great, I’ve had nothing but good experiences with it.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

The feedback that I initially received from the Fantasy Sci-Fi Festival is the most thorough and helpful feedback I’ve received from any festival thus far. I plan to eventually enter the novel competition as well in hopes to get the same high quality response.

The French Toast Scene

Two gifted young scientists must build a computer capable of creating believable dreams in hypersleep as part of a top secret colonization plan before their former friend now nemesis squashes their chances. Almost 400 years later, Captain Martin must escape a nightmare of her own.


Babs: Norma Dunphy
Narrator: Esther Thibault
Pierce: Dan Cristofori
James : Isaiah Kolundzic

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By matthewtoffolo

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

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