Screenplays by Stephen Arthur
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black comedy provides a surreal caricature of psychosomatic neurosis and
magical thinking in the world of struggling wanabee screenwriters and
struggling wanabee producers—an idiosyncratic view of the comical
despair of independent film production far from Hollywood in the 1980s.
1985. A historical record of the screenplay-writing process on a typewriter in the 1980s. Hardcore science fiction movie script uncompleted and turned into the treatment for The Prometheus Effect.
1983-88. A homicide detective pursuing a serial killer enters a world of nuclear terrorism and chemical pollution insidiously affecting our minds, with a message and metaphor for the modern world.
1982-83. An astronomer who searches for love the same way he searches for stars gets entangled with a female journalist who doesn’t believe in love and is profiling the antics of his backfiring relationships. Comedy.
1980. Dark farce with surreal and absurd elements and a homemade atomic bomb.
1979. A cult deprogrammer establishes a new cult for the purpose of exposing it all as false; problem drama; psychology; faith; skepticism.
1977. A psychiatrist experiments on himself with a drug that produces schizophrenia. First three pages are lost.
1985. Believe it or not, this story was actually written PRIOR to the publishing of Carl Sagan's Contact (1985) and Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park (1990), which used the same major plot elements that were first written here, but this story also takes things much, much further than did Sagan and Crichton.
1984. A betrayed female scientist acts to prevent nuclear war in the cold-war era of Regan's "Star Wars". Originally intended for Daryl Hannah.
1983. TV series. A man confronted with his younger clones feels regret and self-loathing and embarks on a crusade to change their characters while on the lam from a sinister eugenics organization. Based on the short script Take Two.
1981. Classic comedy. The underdogs are alarm installers; contrasting and parallel actions between the rich, clean homes and “behind the scenes" in the crawl spaces, wall passages, and attics are developed to the hilt.
1982. Taking place in the present day, an old man confronted with his younger adult clone experiences self-loathing and a vicarious change of character through his effect on the younger clone -- psychodrama in the Twilight Zone. The story starts with the developments 30 years before that led this man to arrange for women to give birth to and raise clones of himself.
1981. Mission Control and psychedelics: a pioneer is on a voyage into inner space. A silly parody suitable for Saturday Night Live.
1979. Science fiction speculating on the future. Designed for production as a student film. Four drafts are included, from earliest rough draft to final draft, showing the evolution of a screenplay.
have a Master of Fine Arts in cinema (film production) from the
University of Southern California in 1981.
I authored six feature screenplays, a few shorts, and many
treatments during a time that you could still try to pitch a development
deal. Three options were sold in Los Angeles. Later I got a Master of
Science degree in Neuroscience. And then I directed fine-art animation
short films for the National Film Board of Canada.
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