Logline: A subterranean bug-monster, in human disguise, lays down the foundation for invasion, only to be seduced by the evils of capitalism and friendship.
Synopsis: Caliper, the arthropod Goeote, rises up from the "Lake of Re-Emergence", in his new human form. His mission is to infiltrate human society, and plant seeds for an invasion by the All-Mother and their subterranean brood. The surface tempts Caliper with the deliciousness of money, power, excess, debauchery, and independence. He must come to grips with who he is, in a world more alien than he ever could have imagined.
Chris Donald GriffinWriter"Mansion of Terror" (short film), "Grow the Fuck Up!" (short film), "A Match Made in Heaven" (short film), "Christmas Stuffing" (short film), "Those Hidden Amongst Us: Bar Tab" (short film), "There can be only One" (short film), "Pillow Fight" (short film).
Genres:Sci-Fi, comedy, dark comedy
Number of Pages:94
Country of Origin:Canada
Boobs and Blood International Film Festival, 2020Los Angeles, California
October 3, 2020
Won “Best Sci-Fi Comedy”
Genre Celebration Festival, 2020, Round 2Tokyo, Japan
December 5, 2020
Nominated for “Best Feature Screenplay”
Back in 2009 I created Angry Bear Film Productions as an entity to produce my films under.
Before anything, I started out performing improv comedy. My goofy imagination eventually branched off into writing, and then filmmaking.
I have written/directed/produced seven short films. I wrote eight feature screenplays, and I co-wrote two other feature screenplays. In addition to this, I wrote three tv/streaming pilots.
Comedy has always been my niche, but I’m also a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan. My feature screenplays range from dark comedy, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. My screenplays range from ultra-low-budget to sci-fi epic. I write the kind of stories I enjoy watching on screen, and reading in books and graphic novels.
I’ve also been fortune to have worked with some amazing cast and crew over the years, many of which I worked with time and time again. I had some talented and fun writing partners as well.
I also have a background working in film and television as a Lamp Operator in the lighting department. I’m a member of IATSE 891 in Vancouver, and a member of IATSE 873 in Toronto.
I attend a couple of writers groups in Toronto. A Sci-Fi/Fantasy group, and a Horror Writers group. Most of the members of these groups write short stories and novels, but they are awesome writers, and give useful feedback.
The Sci-Fi/Fantasy writers group has grow a lot over the years. They have published numerous anthologies. A number of their anthologies were designed as writer challenges. The challenge to members of the group, was to write/edit a short story - based on a chosen theme - within a day. Even though I'm a screenwriter, I couldn't resist the challenge.
The theme of this challenge was "Colony". With no planning, and no idea what I was doing, I wrote a short story called "Colonize This". To my surprise, I received a fair number of compliments on my twisted tail.
This spring/summer of 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, I decided to adapt my story into a feature length screenplay. I held an online table read with my sci-fi/fantasy writer buddies, and we had a blast. I never expected much from this story, but I thought, if people like it, I might as well do something with it. Entering it into a couple of competitions seemed to make sense to me. So here we are.