.: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.


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.



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