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Astral Plane

A female music composer travels to a parallel dimension but brings something with her.

  • Catarina César
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    Short Script
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Writer Biography - Catarina César

Catarina is a trilingual independent screenwriter and filmmaker.
She grew up in a small village in the suburbs of Portugal. She has travelled the world in search of better opportunities, cultivating strong and deep connections with people, and collecting a plethora of stories, where fiction is mixed with reality.

She holds a master’s degree in Executive Production and Audiovisual Management from the University of A Coruña (MPXA) and a degree in Cinema from the University of Beira Interior (UBI). Her professional life is divided between the UK, the USA, Spain, and Sweden with a wide range of skills from Writing, Development and Pre-production in the office, to experience on Set as a Script Supervisor and PA.
Currently, she is working as a production liaison for the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival.

She writes episodic series, Features, New Media, Short-Films and animation for all budgets, genres, and targets. Her stories are usually focused on social issues, with strong female characters, based or inspired by scientific discoveries, cosmic, and esoteric beliefs that reflect the world around us.

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Writer Statement

This short screenplay is inspired by a real astral projection experience but more than an esoteric experience that went wrong it is essentially about a concern that affects us all. - This is a message of hope, screaming that our soul travels between worlds, therefore, Death does not mean the end.

Like most people, the death of a family member marked me when I was young. I had intense dreams of this person visiting me, three days before her tragic death and today I still believe she was truly there, talking with me from a coma. Not saying “farewell”, but “see you later”.

Elements of Sci-Fi horror should embellish two types of fear: The real fear of losing a person we love and accepting the loneliness. And the fear of the unknown that we face as immigrants travelling abroad because our country cannot offer us a future.

As a director, I wanted to explore spiritual and metaphysical topics with more realism while introducing the feeling of emptiness and misplaced that I feel in my home country Portugal. I take this approach in a simple conversation phone conversation which it's supposed to introduce the bad side of Portugal that nobody talks about. A good Linklater moment of crude reality that contrasts the SciFi/fantasy elements within the story.

I would contrast reality and parallel dimensions within the image. The reality with natural light and the observational style of cinematography, while the parallel dimension is the extreme opposite with strong colours and fake lighting. However, as we move forward within the narrative, this difference between the two worlds becomes almost unclear. This should mirror the emotions of the character who loses track of her own reality after she loses her best friend and then her grandmother.

Astral Plane is also a window for Spiritual Cinema made in Portugal. It is my small contribution that responds to the lack of spirituality that we live in nowadays.
Nevertheless, as a director, I do not believe in the current trends of women-in-horror, women-in-scifi or women-cinema. I believe in women making all genres and types of cinema.