stream of meteors, with a tail spanning three quarters of the earth’s surface, hurtles towards the planet. Impact is imminent but scientists reassure the community they pose no danger and will burn up in the atmosphere.
The meteor shower puts on a spectacular light-show, illuminating the northern hemisphere’s night-sky and delighting crowds.
When dawn arrives an eerie red haze engulfs the land.
Unbeknown to the scientists, the shower carries a guest, frozen deep in the rock, a deadly, alien parasite that is awoken in the fiery entry into the atmosphere. As the red tide drifts to earth, the parasite begins to infect every living thing north of the equator then quickly spreads across the land bridges into South America, Africa and throughout the South East Asian archipelago.
The effect is immediate. At first, the infected experience euphoria but awakening desires are followed by cravings then a dramatic loss of all restraint. In just one night, the very worst nature of humanity is unleashed wiping out billions and leaving only the islands of the southern hemisphere untouched…. for now.
he premise for the beginning of, ‘Journey of the seeds’ was honed in the site’s Think-tank group. You can view the summary page of the work done by the group by clicking-through the image below.
he saying goes, ‘There’s nothing new under the sun’. That may be true but rather than perceive it as a bad thing, let’s explore whose shoulders we are standing on.
Our premise pays homage to three classic films.
ay of the triffids starts with a meteor shower that bedazzles humanity but renders the populace blind. Only a few survivors can see and must battle armies of carnivorous walking plants. The Triffids are slow but they have real tone, (I had a mother in law like one of this once, she was slow but very dangerous and did criminal things to lasagna).
n 28 Days later, a man awakes from a coma to discover London’s population wiped out or converted to flesh eating zombies, (the kind that move really fast and are really hungry). Director, Danny Boyle’s discovery that fast zombies are better than slow ones, won me from the first bite but this movie pays homage to, ‘Day of the triffids’, whose protagonist also awakens in a hospital to discover a world that bites.
n ‘Forbidden planet’, (one of my all-time, favorite films), we discover a planet where a hyper-intelligent race has discovered a way to simply dream into existence their material requirements, (many teenage girls still live on this planet).
The super intelligent beings’ dreams become reality and they never have to work again however things go very wrong when the monsters of their minds come alive one evening, leading to the entire race being wiped out in one night. Their secret greed, hate and desires bring about their own destruction.
Journey’s premise presumes that the parasite’s impact leads to all inhibitions being freed and every wanton act imaginable being perpetrated without restraint. The entirety of the human species with the exception of a few island nations in the south is wiped out in just one night.
The DAY ONE project
he Think-tank team did the heavy lifting. I suggest all participants read their work.
We also have film reference so we know whose shoulders we stand on. Knowing genre and what has gone before is important. Now we task the Writers’ team to write a 30 second to 4 minute scene depicting any event from day one in the northern hemisphere from the first viewing of the meteorite storm to the silent dawn.
We also recommend that your work end on a cliffhanger, something that has the audience viewing the work saying, “Come on, don’t end it there, what happens next!?”
The work you create will be posted along with a title, synopsis and tagline of your choice that describes the work. Film-makers and concept artists from all over the world will be invited to create your work.
Whatever is created will be featured on the site as well as our Vimeo channel as your contribution to the DAY ONE project.
- Your work should be created in a Final Draft output or its equivalent in feature film screenplay format. If you are use to writing novels or in other formats and are not familiar with Final Draft, please Google the software and feel free to ask other Writers on the site re screenplay format and rules
- Presume one page equals one minute of screen-time unless you have a dialogue-rich work, (dialogue can easily double the time count per page)
- Film-makers from anywhere in the world may choose to create your script
- More than one film-maker may choose to create a version of your work. In other words, a London team or a Madrid team may seek to create a version of the same scene
- Film-makers may choose to create hybrids of a number of works. If this is the case, each writer or writer team must be credited and if you see any work where that is not the case, let the HOD know and I will ensure you receive credit
- Moral rights do not apply because it is impossible in such an open-source project to control how ideas are employed. (Moral rights apply to how a work is interpreted)
- You may create more than one scene
- Your work will be featured either on the site, via link to an external page or via link to your own site
- Each work summary including title, synopsis and tag will be listed on a completed projects page on the site, (please ensure your title, synopsis and tag are short, sharp and sexy and by sexy, we mean sexy writing)
- The creation of a scene by a writer or team does not mean it will be made
- When creating scenes, remember, the film-makers creating this work have zero budget. That means you have to be clever about how you craft the work. That doesn’t mean we won’t see talented FX make up artists or FX post people or a DP with clever lighting etc work on the project and create clever outcomes. It just means that your idea to see Clive Palmer’s recreation of the Titanic crash into the statue of Liberty may not be possible this time around. Remember, low means low
- It is understood by all participants that since we are participating and collaborating voluntarily that the scenes created by the writer as a script or as a film-maker as a completed scene may appear on any of the participants own sites free, for their own promotion
- A writer may request their name is removed from a credit but may not refuse permission for a work’s display or seek to injunct a work because they disapprove of a film-maker’s interpretation of their scene
Please submit your scenes to email@example.com as PDFs. (Ensure they are in Final Draft or equivalent format).
To provide a common Q and A reference we have created a forum for the project within the Writers’ group. Please post your questions in the forum. If moderators spots something they can answer such as a formatting Q, please feel free to answer without reference to the HOD.
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