.:Screenplays and Soundtrack

March 6, 2008 at 6:54 pm (editing, production, screenwriting) (, , )

Greyscale 4.0… still underway.

Yes, more changes, but they only come when the story would be bettered (in my opinion) for it. I had gotten 88 pages in to my first draft, and realized that the antagonist (well, the most visible one) was horribly underdeveloped. So, I restructured the plot, changed up a few roles, added a couple characters, and the script is starting to get closer to being where I’m hoping for it to be for a finished first draft.

Other than Greyscale, there are other incredibly exciting potential things happening on the horizon, but both are far too early in the planning stages to divulge any information of note.

Battlefield is set to continue on March 16th if weather permits and schedules line up. Filming the last 20% of the series has been pushed back 3 times now, so I’m hoping to don the helmet again and wrap this up… Ironically, the ending has been shot, but there are a few scenes missing from the last 4 chapters, so I can’t go on and edit what I have. Also, I’m needing a soundtrack…

Lastly, ChristianFilmmakers.org put on a 24-Hour Contest that Daros Films entered (as well as FutureLight Studios… which is to say, my friend Austin was also on the team). We put together something very fun, but ultimately we were edged out by time. Out of 71 entries, we placed 4th. And by 4th, I mean we got the 2nd highest score (top 2 had a 23.5/30, and 3rd and 4th at 23/30). Later I was told that if we had re-recorded all our music (we did that to some of the music, but ran out of time to do it for all), our score would have been bumped up, but that’s just the nature of the 24-Hour contest.

So, thanks to Austin, Marisa, Jason, and Brandon for putting together the short film Soundtrack.  We had a great time making it, and will be posting an updated version with bloopers when time allows.

It was the first time I had been a part of a musical short, and it had been years since I had done a comedy… so this was a refreshing change. Check it out and keep looking for updates!

-Ryan

P.S.  Check out MovieZeal… they do a much better job of keeping up with movie trailers and reviews.  I still post some reviews every now and again, but I am lacking the time to write about trailers.

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.:New Feature Length Screenplay – Greyscale

February 11, 2008 at 12:30 pm (greyscale, screenwriting) (, )

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
~Theodore Roosevelt

There are some creative endeavors that I know exactly how the idea was sparked.  There are others that just climb into my subconscious, mill about for a while, and then explode forth without warning.

Thursday night I visited a local film making group for the first time, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the different people that attended, but I believe that about 3/4ths of the way through the meeting, I became heavily, heavily distracted.

Why?

I have a new idea for a movie.

 Not a 20 minute Smugglin’, or a 37 minute Return to Volition… or not even an ill-fated 55 minute The Script.  No, I have my eye on a 90-100 minute Greyscale.

While I did just reference not biting off more than one can chew, and how The Script never made it past two completed scenes because of difficulties with procuring location and time passing… Greyscale will hurdle over these logistical problems, and even finish up nicely, if things work out.

What’s different?  Well,  this time I’m not including any locations that I know I can’t feasibly procure (or have to pay for).  I’m trying not to include more roles than I know people who could (and would be willing to) fill.

I’m not fully ready to give a plot synopsis, but I will say that the term Greyscale holds great significance to the plot.  Of the few people that I have told the general idea of the plot, they say things like:

  • “Oh, that sounds like The Giver.”
  • “Oh, that sounds like Pleasantville.”
  • “Oh, that sounds like Children of Men.”

I can assure you that it is very much unlike those (although I haven’t seen Children of Men).  But, I will go against my own advice and tell you what movies that parts of Greyscale could be compared to (or has drawn inspiration from).

  • Dick Tracy
  • James Bond
  • Sin City
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Cloverfield/War of the Worlds
  • The Matrix

Like I said, just parts… I’m not having Neo fight the Cloverfield monster while wearing a yellow trenchoat that shows against a black and white setting while going by a number for a codename and then realize some of the supporting cast were really just in his head… 😉

I’m excited.

-Ryan

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