MAGE has been submitted for the 2024 NRDC Climate Storytelling Fellowship, which includes one free evaluation as part of the application. Independent evaluators have offered constructive criticism on length and characterisation, and the following perspectives with respect to the story's strengths, prospects and potential as a film (this feedback has been edited to omit plot spoilers).
Blcklst Evaluation #1:
"Mission Assurance Gaia Experiment" is an ambitious and cinematic sci-fi fantasy adventure that dazzles on a visceral level. The budget would be at a blockbuster level, but the results could be as well. The topical relevance of the themes here is clear and thought-provoking, with an epic scale. The script not only explores the important issue of climate change, but goes even deeper into human consciousness. It can be somber, but the script allows for the possibility of hope as well, and that is important. Right from the beginning, the script is filled with numerous breathtaking imagery and visceral thrills. It's easy to see the cinematic potential here, with a global scale and a scope that attempts to encompass the human experience itself. The script does a lot of world-building, and it is easy to imagine sequels and prequels coming out of this franchise.'
Blcklst Evaluation #2:
'The script is extremely vivid and visual, painting a detailed picture of what the film is supposed to look and feel like. The writer is fantastic with world-building and creates an engaging setting that transports the reader to this oceanic world. Necro is also a great antagonist, and sets the stakes for the film, creating tension and suspense in every scene that he’s in. The social significance in this script gives it a much-needed timeliness as well and makes an interesting statement about how humans are treating the planet and how much will need to change for Earth to have a sustainable future. On top of that, the writer is also great with action, and many of the set pieces and sequences feel high-octane, riveting and suspenseful, which also helps bring out the impressive nature and uniqueness of the characters, specifically in the climactic final sequence. Finally, Ambra being the protagonist of the story is a great way of easing the reader into this world, considering that many of her questions and concerns would be similar to the ones that the average reader would have. The stakes that come with her human life regarding her family help ground the story as well and make sure the plot doesn’t feel too fantastical.'