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Virtually Fine



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In the future, an experimental device can change anyone's worldview. But at what cost?

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When the entire world seems to be crumbling down, a guy named Miller finds a way to ignore this fact through a VR simulation. An escape or maybe a clever way to change your own fate for better? This is a big question that hits you straight in the face from the very start of the amazing story written by Gil Saint and adequately named Virtually Fine!

For Miller, the dystopian world where aliens are invading earth and absolutely destroying the world as we know it doesn’t exist. Instead, the destruction is replaced by clowns, balloons and smiling faces that don’t have a care in the world. The easygoing language turns this screenplay funnier and pleasing to read. SO although the main focus is the potential damage caused by the rapid development of technology, Saint manages to present it in a way that’s sure to make you giggle here and there. Even though the idea of someone choosing to see a perfect world instead of the reality with some VR glasses might sound somewhat extravagant, it is not that absurd. After all, it is fascinating how through VR, everything people see is manipulated and transformed into something entirely different – so why not use it to see what people would rather see than the actual reality? Even if it is to hide the fact that the world is under an alien invasion.

If you think about it, Virtually Fine turns the famous movie They Live upside down. Unlike there where the main character uses special glasses to see the aliens & the reality, here, the main character uses VR glasses to “unsee “ the reality.

The way Saint writes is absolutely fascinating. If the scenes themselves are completely insane – for example, when Miller sees a supermodel but in reality, it’s a woman covered in blood – the sarcasm used to describe them accentuates the craziness of this dystopian world. It makes it harder not to feel bad about this poor man missing out on life.

The dark comedy Virtually Fine might be hilarious, but at the same time, it is profoundly sad. After all, a man is in such despair to avoid the real world that he resorts to technology that shows him what he wants to see. Miller is not fine and he only finds his happiness in this virtual world. So the final question that just might pop in your mind is this. Is it better to be virtually fine, meaning to basically ignore the entire reality? Or is it better to face the harsh reality heads on with the risk of losing absolutely everything but potentially being awarded with something much more?

After being introduced to Saint’s world, let’s hope that this virtual reality does not come true – honestly, it would be more worthwhile to see an alien invasion than clowns. If the scenario happens, let’s just hope we’ll end up being just fine.

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Virtually Fine
In the future, an experimental device can change anyone's worldview. But at what cost?

In Gil Saint’s darkly acerbic short screenplay, Virtually Fine, the future is anything but A-Okay. It’s a nightmarish, dystopian hellscape that makes the ruthless wastelands of Mad Max and the melancholic metropolis of Blade Runner come across as positively Rockwellian by comparison.

Meet Miller, a dorky, asthma-inhaling citizen of a world filled with hooded mutants, lizard women and destitute humans desperate for help of any kind. For theirs is a world on the brink of collapse. Both figuratively and literally.

Miller lives with his seclusive, and despondent wife Jeannie in a dreary apartment building. While Miller may be unhappy with their circumstances, he still desires to be connected to his wife. But all she seems interested in doing is watching the soul-crushing news via her ‘Eye Implants’. And on this particular day, the news is about as bleak as a black hole.

A floating holographic image of CNN hangs between them at the table. Miller moves his food around, trying to ignore the audible headlines of the day, as read by a DISTORTED NEWS VOICE.

Panic as the Emperor-Elect tweeted out a surrender
of Earth today to an intergalactic militia force from
the Qaxar System.  We should expect an invasion by Friday.
Hashtag, HELP!

As Miller winces the story away, and tries to make eye contact with Jeanie to no avail, we hear his voice...

I don’t recognize my life.

Despondent and forlorn, Miller meets with a shrink to vent his worries.

Unsurprisingly, the therapist is of the virtual variety, and therefore is about as empathetic as a Speak & Spell. Instead of actually providing advice or even a smidge of compassion, the shrink encourages Miller to try a new form of therapy. A radical treatment, that doesn’t so much help the patient cope with reality, but rather changes their reality all together.

Loading! (normalizing now; unbuffers) I understand. 
Have you given any further thought to my offer?

I’ve tried V.R.

Not like this you haven’t. 
It’s an experimental new system.
And the best part is, it gets results. 
My colleagues tell me it’ll replace
chemical anti-depressants within the year.

At least the pills taste good. Like strawberry milk.

What if your whole life could taste as good as those pills?
What if-
(buffers again)
(a moment; un-buffers)
--if you had the chance to be happy again? 

Miller takes a hit off his inhaler, mulling it over.

It won’t feel virtual.  It’ll feel real.

Perhaps, too real. Not only does this new experimental treatment alter Miller’s perception of the world around him, but entirely transmogrifies reality into something freakishly distorted. A perversion of palpability that transforms his gloomy existence into something grotesquely cheerful. Preventing Miller from comprehending what’s really going on around him, and the real corporeal consequences therein.

Gil Saint’s twisted tale of a dismal dystopia will leave you feeling breathless. For filmmakers influenced by psychological movies that are ominous, caustic, and disturbing, this is the perfect script for you. This can also be a compelling vehicle for experimenting and exhibiting your burgeoning expertise in VFX.

Don’t miss out on this story. It’s a virtual gem that’ll leave your audience feeling anything but fine.


Review by Jeremy Storey
Submitted: February 13, 2018
Last Updated: August 11, 2019

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The Writer: Gil Saint

I'm GIL SAINT, an award-winning screenwriter who specializes in genre entertainment. My work has garnered acclaim on the festival circuit, most notably at the prestigious Austin Film Festival, where my short script "Virtually Fine" was named as a script semi-finalist in 2017. The following year, my other script "The Deliverer" was honored as a script finalist at the 2018 International PAGE Awards. Both are available to read on this site. I currently reside in northern California, but I LIVE on the page. I'm working on a few new scripts at the moment (aren't we all?), all of them short films. I don't have anything against feature-length stuff, I just haven't had a feature idea I wanted to... Go to bio

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