The Masquerade by Greg Derochie | Script Revolution

The Masquerade

A man with no memory of his real life must escape from an elegant hotel party; a closed-loop virtual world that masks who he is, why he's there, and his ultimate destiny.



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The Masque - novella

The Masquerade is a science fiction mystery about the search for freedom and identity, in the tradition of movies like The Matrix, Shutter Island, and The Adjustment Bureau.

The story begins with an inquisitive man known only as MISTER FOX, who finds himself trapped with 500 guests in an elegant masquerade ball at a luxury hotel. He struggles with repressed memories that a woman at the party named MISS DOE is really his wife. Standing in his way is the mysterious HOST, keeping his guests in the dark while they enjoy the pleasures of the hotel between repeating sleep cycles. Each time Fox awakens he has no memory of the previous cycle. Will he and Doe find each other again? Why are they trapped in this gilded cage? Who or what controls their destiny?

The tone of The Masquerade is mysterious and slightly surreal, like a classic Twilight Zone episode, with a romantic subplot driving the main character toward his goal. While the protagonist struggles through an existential nightmare, the film ends on a positive note of reconnection and renewal.

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Submitted: July 31, 2020
Last Updated: October 10, 2020

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The Writer: Greg Derochie

Greg Derochie is a native of Canada and has worked in Los Angeles for twenty-five years as a visual effects artist, writer, director, and editor. Greg's work is thought provoking while remaining genre-driven and entertaining. His mystery drama SOLITARY has screened at festivals across the United States including Sedona International, Worldfest Houston, Shriekfest, Dances with Films, Palm Springs and others, winning the new visions award at Cinequest and currently streaming on Amazon . His award-winning visual effects works is showcased in movies like Black Panther, Spiderman, Lost in Space, Godzilla, and many others. Go to bio

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