Colonize This

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 Griffin
    Writer
    "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).
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, comedy, dark comedy
  • Number of Pages:
    94
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Boobs and Blood International Film Festival, 2020
    Los Angeles, California
    October 3, 2020
    Won “Best Sci-Fi Comedy”
  • Genre Celebration Festival, 2020, Round 2
    Tokyo, Japan
    December 5, 2020
    Nominated for “Best Feature Screenplay”
Writer Biography - Chris Donald Griffin

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.

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Writer Statement

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.