Deus In Machina

A failed programming prodigy recovering from the death of her mother eyes her comeback with new AI software that shockingly claims to be the voice of God.

  • Michelle Fenn
  • Project Type:
    Short Script
  • Genres:
    Sci Fi, Dark Comedy
  • Number of Pages:
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • First-time Screenwriter:
  • Student Project:
  • Oz Indie Film Festival

    March 25, 2023
    Silver-Best Sci-Fi Screenplay
  • Top Shorts Film Festival

    May 29, 2023
    Best Screenplay
  • Top Shorts Film Festival

    Best Sci-Fi Screenplay
  • Los Angeles International Sci-Fi Film Festival

    Best Short Screenplay
  • 4theatre selection.

    Best Sci Fi Screenplay
Writer Biography - Michelle Fenn

Michelle is an award winning producer, originally from a small town in Massachusetts, where her sarcasm and love for Tom Brady had years to flourish.

Michelle first studied at Emerson College for Stage Management, then graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BA in Film/Theatre. She recently decided the world didn't have enough Bostonians running their mouth and hopped back into the writer's chair to create chaos.

Her writing style smashes genres together and dismantles archetypes, creating a mirror of how crazy the world is in real life. She champions female driven stories with complicated, and flawed, protagonists, often leaning towards dark comedy and supernatural elements. She strives to make films for all the lost souls that go to the cinema to find themselves.

In her spare time, she has combo horse girl/athlete energy by riding horses, playing flag football, and hanging out with her dogs.

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Writer Statement

Believe it or not, this isn’t a story inspired by A.I and chatbots gone rogue, or Microsoft’s creepy romantic technology. A.I in this story is used as a way of trying to answer the question of “What happens after we die?”

In August of 2021, Covid rocked my family, landing my dad on a ventilator while simultaneously triggering early onset Alzheimer's in my mom at the age of 61.

During the time while my dad’s life was in the hands of a machine and my mom stopped recognizing me, I did something I had never tried before; I prayed.

While I consider myself a spiritual person, I am, at best, a “participation trophy” religious person. I had only ever been to church a handful of times with an ex-boyfriend (weird date spot, I know.) I always felt out of place, like the people around me could smell the hypocrisy and heresy of me joining their Sunday rituals.

But still, during those weeks I found myself thinking, “If God truly did exist, surely he would answer me?”

What if you wanted something so badly, your subconscious created it for you? Does that make it real? Or better yet…what if you could connect to the afterlife, would you share it?