TESS THE INVENTOR
Written by Larry Starke
Executive Producers: Jacqueline Gault, Jessica Martins
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Genre: Steampunk, Time-Travel, Family Adventure
12-year-old Victorian genius and protege of Nikola Tesla, Tess Thompson, invents a machine which inadvertently causes every alternate reality to begin merging together – she has broken the Universe, and only she can fix it!
Tess is a 12-year-old genius with no memory of who she is or where she belongs, only a recurring dream about a lightning-flecked portal that may hold the key to her past. When Nikola Tesla discovers her working in a garment factory, he takes her under his wing as his protege. Together they build The Omniversal Oscillator, a device capable of opening a portal to the Omniversal Library, the source of all knowledge in the Universe, where Tess hopes to find information about her parents. But when Tess activates the device without Tesla’s permission, the device malfunctions, and she is transported to a post-apocalyptic alternate reality in the future.
Alone in a strange and fantastical world, Tess builds herself a friend; a steam-powered robot named Electric Bob. They set out across the devastated landscape in search of food - facing mutant dogs, bottomless crevasses, and a version of Thomas Edison who, greedily lusting after the accumulated knowledge of the Omniversal Library, helps Tess build a new Oscillator... and then promptly imprisons Tess. She escapes the castle with the help of an older, alternate reality version of Edison, who seems mysteriously familiar with the young girl.
In a race against the imminent collapse of time and space, Tess launches a plan to sneak back into Edison’s castle to activate the device. But before she can, Edison and his Army capture Electric Bob and the glowing blue key which holds the coordinates to the Library. Using her inventions to get past Edison, she rescues Electric Bob and activates the Oscillator. Tess, Electric Bob, and Edison are all transported to a massive tower set in a vast plain with a swirling energy storm above - The Omniversal Library. An Ancient Inventor inside the Library works feverishly to keep the machinery functioning, but the destruction of the Omniverse is imminent. Tess approaches the Library and the Ancient Inventor guides her as she operates the alien interface, desperately trying to build barriers between the collapsing realities. With encouragement from Electric Bob, she succeeds and Edison fades back into his own dimension.
Tess and Electric Bob open a door into 1898 Steampunk New York, only to find that in this reality, Tesla is a woman scientist named Nikoleen... and Tess's mother.
Official Selection: 2018 MIPTV Kid's Live-Action Pitch presentation
Quarterfinalist: 2018 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch Competition (TV Script Contest)