NOVA: First Flight by Rachel Fischer | Script Revolution

NOVA: First Flight



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As peace talks aim to end a longstanding war between a dying Earth and space-station Colonies, fighter pilots from opposite sides must band together to investigate the disappearance of a civilian freighter.

The year is 2284. During a pitched space battle, our main characters Aleksey (of Earth) and Benjamin (of the Space Colonies) unknowingly face-off and seemingly kill one another. Aleksey crashes to Earth, while Benjamin spirals out into space and for a moment it seems like the end of them both. We move to a civilian cargo ship, the Adelaide and it’s desperate Captain Dave, as he frantically hides a valuable diplomatic pouch. On the command deck, Mia, Benjamin’s sister, frantically calls for help to no avail.
A week later, we’re in an Earth hospital and we learn Aleksey survived, but she’s now facing forced retirement. Her commanding officer, Noah, thinks she’s burning out, but Aleksey’s desperate to stay in the fight. She returns to her family ranch to recover. We move to the Colonies where Benjamin’s just been released from the hospital. He retires against the wishes of his mentor, Rockaway, and struggles to figure out what he wants. He learns Mia and her ship have gone missing and immediately suspects Earth. He agrees to return to the service in order to lead the investigation to find Mia.
Noah decides to give Aleksey one last chance to prove she’s still capable and assigns her to investigate the disappearance of the Adelaide alongside a Colonial Officer. Aleksey learns there was an Earth intelligence onboard the Adelaide and Earth is desperate to find him. Aleksey and Benjamin, each unaware of who the other is, run into one another and in the midst of their flirting, awkwardly realize who the other is. They struggle to figure out how to work together as they search the Adelaide’s slip at the Colonial Port, as prejudice and secret agendas on both sides complicate their attraction.
Their arguing is cut short when they are attacked by several mysterious men and find the remains of the destroyed Adelaide. Meanwhile, we catch our first glimpse of the those responsible when we see the other remains of the Adelaide on board a mysterious ship and witness their search for the diplomatic pouch.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

WINNER - Filmmatic TV Pilot Contest 2019
FINALIST Screenplay Festival 2019
SEMIFINALIST Finish Line Screenplay Competition 2019
Quarterfinalist Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest 2019
Quarterfinalist Fresh Voices Screenplay Contest 2018
SEMIFINALIST Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards 2018
SEMIFINALIST WeScreenplay Diverse Voices 2019
WeScreenplay Professional Reader - Script- Recommend x2
Stage32 Professional Reader - Writer - Recommend x2
Quarterfinalist Stage32 Sci-fi & Fantasy Contest 2019

Submitted: April 1, 2019
Last Updated: July 5, 2020

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The Writer: Rachel Fischer

Rachel spent her childhood getting into trouble on a working cattle ranch and joined the Army Reserve after high school. She has served on multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, first as a civil affairs specialist, then a medic and finally as a combat pilot, flying Chinook helicopters. She, and her pilot Tucker, were just accepted into the WGA’S Veteran’s in Writing Fellowship in 2020. Rachel writes emotionally charged character-based action, adventure, sci-fi and mystery/thriller. Her pilot NOVA has been a semi-finalist and finalist in multiple contests (Filmmatic, LAISA, Diverse Voices, etc), and her goal is to develop and staff in television, as well as film. Go to bio

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