Comet Impact

Synopsis: A scientist runs afoul of a military commander on a space mission to first study, and then destroy, a comet on a collision course with the Earth.
Genre: Adventure, Short
Director(s): Scott Weber
  1 nomination.
5 min

So this is it. The end of the world.

Hundreds of comets...

each the size of a small island...

each carrying the force

of 1,000 nuclear warheads...

are about to come crashing... on to the earth.

We only have ourselves to blame.

My name is... Professor Neil Gant,

...I work for N.E.O.,

...NASA'S Near Earth Object Programme.

We track the debris of creation,

...the billions of comets and asteroids

...that still orbit our sun.

And you'll see that America's

very much in the line of fire...

Ourjob is to give advance

warning of potential earth impacts.

I can't sell your solution to the President

and he can't sell it to the American people.

I already let one disaster happen

...and now we face annihilation.

I do not know how this story will end

but it began a year ago,

How do you do little Princess?

How do you do Mr. Kelly?

Ladies and gentlemen this is the Captain,

we hope you've enjoyed yourflight with us today,

we should be landing in Shannon

in about ten minutes.

I'm the Queen of the Beach today,

all the Lords and Ladies said...

Ladies and gentlemen,

the fasten your seatbelts sign is on,

please remain in your seats while we await informa

of a change in weather conditions.

Please do not be alarmed.

Ladies and gentlemen, we will shortly begin

...our descent into Shannon Airport.

Please remain in your seats at all times.

You need to adopt the brace position immediately

in preparation for emergency landing.

Abort landing, pull up, pull up!

This is it, the epicentre.

You've been a participant

in the biggest inter-dimensional cross-rip

since the Tunguska blast in 1908.

I'd like to get a sample of your brain tissue.

Come on guys, you know the movie,

who you gonna call?

Come on guys, is a big movie,

this is a great movie, is Bill Murray.

'Lost In Translation'

'Ghostbusters', is, is 'Ghostbusters'.

Sorry Professorthas before ourtime.

Right... ready? Listen up. Three, two, one...

Three to five miles up directly above our heads...

there was an airburst...

here trees... were incinerated,

stripped to the bone as the blast wave,

...moved vertically downwards.

Identical patterning was replicated in the 1950's.

...during atmospheric nucleartests.

Are you saying the event was nuclear?

No, no, but the effects were caused by

similar shockwaves.

Further out trees were felled because...

the blast wave was moving closer

to the horizontal when it reached them.

So what happened?

This is the expert.

Some people think it was an asteroid made of

rock or metal.

Some say it was a comet made of dust and ice.

Just a couple of hours later it would have

destroyed Moscow or St. Petersburg.

Every living being in a 25 mile radiusjust would

have been killed instantly.

Yeah. In living history this, the Tunguska event,

stands out as a rare, thank God,

demonstration that Doomsday scenario for

the human race... well is a real possibility.

This is Gant, yeah. Hey Frank...


No we've been out in the woods for

the last three days,

we haven't heard of anything,

why, what happened?

I need you to contact my boyfriend,

I can't get through to him on his mobile.

He was meant to meet me at Shannon Airport.

Well... maybe the networks arejust down, so...

No, my mobile works, so does hers.

We were ten feet above the runway

when the wave hit.

We could have aquaplaned into Shannon.

- Are you okay to report? - Yeah.

Well they evacuated the airport didn't they?

Look I, I'm sure that he, he got out in time.

Really I... I'm sorry, excuse me.

No, no, I'm going, I'm gonna try and get

back out there today.

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