A first post in a very long time. Yet another project… Read if you please. Comments are not necessary.
I've been a bitch with updating as of late because, well, Uni is just too basic and ''youthful'' to ramble about. (If your level of caring is set at zero, then read no further; no skin off my arse.) However, I've passed my Intro to Screenwriting course last semester at UNLV and two other film classes I had to take which was just watching films all day for four hours. Cheers! (As for the screenplay
I completed for the former course, well, I'm working on revising it since I'm not totally happy with it even though it was passing academic material. Some people on deviantART expressed interest in it, so I may just have to put it up when I'm done. Right now, it's 46 pages.) This semester, I've managed to get past most of that basic crap and entered Production I, which involves the beginning of making ''mini-short films'' without sound (I've already shot two, but I have no photos or footage to share – many apologies – since I was too involved on the set to take any and also because they were shot on video tape and film stock; photos are a must for next time if I decide to go into more depth later). Anyhow, as a part of this course, while we're not actually making ''real-deal'' short films with hired actors or dialogue, we're required to pitch a screenplay as part of a final project (practical déjà vu of what I did for Intro to Screenwriting)—something we could possibly produce in Production II, which is less of a beginners course and more intense.
For my pitch, which is due in a week, this is what I've managed to come up with:The working title: Oasis' Requiem
(I may or may not keep it; it has something to do with the final scene.)Logline:
Set in 1970s England, a mysterious and anti-social brother and sister move into a new area, seemingly alone, which grabs the attention of the adults around them. It is quickly discovered that they are attempting to hide from the outside world that they brutally murdered their father.
Sounds familiar? Yes, this is far from a ''new'' idea. I can maybe name four or five works that deal with similar themes: Flowers in the Attic
, Our Mother's House
, The Cement Garden
, Nobody Knows
, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
, Ao no Honō
(The Blue Light
) – or the real-life event of the murder of Alex and Derek King's father. However, everything in the world of storytelling is either an imitation of life itself or a remix of a previous work, precisely what is talked about in the well-known web series called, you guessed it, ''Everything is a Remix.'' So I'm not at all concerned by this. In the end, it will really depend on the way the narrative is told, I think.Some more details:
The story begins with brother Isaiah, 13 or 14, and sister Oasis, 11 (who is MTF transgender) as they move into a cheap flat in Kentish Town, North West London.
They are accompanied by no adult in sight, although Isaiah tells the other concerned residents that their mother is in hospital while their father works late hours as a coal miner, which they accept, at first. Life begins to quickly unravel for the siblings when the other residents become more intrusive of their parents' absence and school staff become troubled by Oasis' disturbing drawings of what appears to be a man's corpse and ''his obsession of dressing like a girl.'' Through flashbacks, we eventually learn that approximately a year earlier, Isaiah and Oasis had viciously killed their father and cleverly managed to cover it up.
For years, they lived with their father Sweeney and two mothers in an isolated house in rural East Sussex, South East England (it is revealed that they are half-brother and sister). They rarely left the property or socialised with anyone on the outside and lived under complete dominance where the siblings' mothers were sexually violated on a daily basis. As Isaiah matured, he came to learn that his mother was actually his half-sister kidnapped as a teen by Sweeney, her estranged father (which would make him Isaiah's biological father and grandfather). He also discovered that Oasis' mother was his mother's cousin. When Sweeney decided to torture and leave their mothers for dead, he began to advance on the children, which awakened a darker nature in Isaiah. He coerced Oasis into helping him carry out the carefully calculated and planned murder of their father, and while the first attempt was unsuccessful, as Sweeney was in hospital recovering from his injuries of the first attempt, Isaiah managed to successfully kill him, made to look accidental. To avoid the authorities, Isaiah and Oasis quickly fled to London where their whereabouts would likely be harder to spot in a larger area. However, the authorities in London quickly become suspicious and Isaiah grows exceedingly paranoid…
I'm aiming for no more than 25 pages, but I'll see. Length asides, the plot is simple enough but some of the production problems I may run into (if
it does go into production, not saying it will
) is casting young kids that are talented and disciplined enough (especially for Isaiah because I have a feeling he'll end up being a mega bitch), the authenticity of the time period (which is the 70s) and the locations (and maybe the right season for shooting). I couldn't see this film taking place in more recent times or in the U.S. for some reason so I may just have to wait until after University to try and do anything with the script.
As for the feel of the film, I would really want to go all ''vintage 70s'' with it instead of making it look like a modern film depicting the 70s. The only problem with that is as awesome as it would be to use the real film technology that they used in the 70s, that would be extremely costly given how virtually obsolete it is. For our second shoot in Production I, we shot a less than 3 minute silent segment on a Bolex camera with film stock that we had to purchase from a warehouse that uniquely carried it. 16mm Tri-X 100 foot roll black and white reversal film stock costs about $30 USD, which is 3 minutes (or 180 seconds) worth of footage. I can't imagine how much it would be to purchase stock that would equal over 20 to 30 minutes and have it processed in Technicolor; does anyone even do this anymore? (The only recent film I can think of that was shot on actual film is Beyond the Black Rainbow
, which was shot on a modified Panavision 35 mm camera; I'm not at all sure how expensive that was.) Even if this option may be out, I still think it may be possible to give the film a 70s atmosphere with the use of just a regular digital camera (that is more easily accessible) by using a different exposure during shooting or alternatively, a unique form of post-processing that would make the picture look as though it was shot on real film (you know, that grainy texture).
I haven't managed to start writing the script as of yet—all I have is an outline—so I'll definitely be working on that come December along with conceptual character artwork—just because drawing is my thing, no matter how shitty I think my sketches are.
Apart from this, there may not be any updates for awhile.
Oasis' Requiem © 2013-14 J.D. Night Ghobhadi