Wednesday, December 10, 2008
With the screenplay firmly established and financing set to be secured in the states, I've turned my attention back to the blog.
The DIE spin-off graphic novel (this is not the movie)
This is where we get back to being creative as a group. This animatic novel will be created in the same way that we originally started writing the screenplay, but then abandoned because the dice told us too (damn dice!). Examples of what I mean can be seen in earlier posts and here's the prelogue, created by myself.
So the idea is that our villian Andrew Mundi is a copy-cat killer of Z from the film. He's off'd a bunch of his class-mates in the states and is now on death row... My idea is he manages to rip a few heads-off and escape in order to kill the people that put him inside. A little six-sided revenge!
So what happens next? That's what I want to know... please post your suggestions here. As usual everyone gets a credit and the final animatic will be played in cinemas at the end of the movie.
Our community here at The Dice Man blog is growing by the day so here's a little action plan for those who are interested in the dice world.
Dice world is more than just a concept, book or a movie, it's a community. George Cockcroft's dice adventure began life as a subject for one of his university lectures before becoming a cult classic novel. The concept behind the book captured imaginations and a large fan base... what sets The Dice Man apart from other cult classics is interactivity. Communities of rollers still exist today. The book was re-released in 1992 and found it's place on the top sellers-list, sixteen years has passed and it's time to bring the concept to the next generation.
The Dice Man blog - in the spirit of the 'dice concept' challenges the readers to get involved and experiment with 'dice culture'. It's a portal to the world we are creating with the movie DIE and beyond. Each week readers are invited to interact with the community, the film and the challenges of dice culture. Interactive game, graphic novel web series, competitions, web-cams, dice mania and community projects will all be incorporated into the blog as the community and world we create grows.
Flash animated 3D dice, much like the magic eight ball or sex dice. If you can't make a decision then let the dice make it for you. The game will also be packaged as a widget for Facebook and other social networking sites.
Graphic novel web series
A spin-off series of dice related stories brought to life using the latest animated effects made popular by movies such as Persepolis and the I Am Legend series. Readers are encouraged to participate in developing the story for the web series that will play on video social networking sites such as YouTube and as a DVD extra for the movie.
Win a day on set. Win props from the movie. Win signed movie stills... just a few of the prizes on offer.
Live 24/7 feeds from the set of the movie. Bloggers can watch the action or lack of and then comment from the blog. See how a movie is really made!
Photos, videos, music and art from the community of dicers. Readers upload their dice related content to inspire others to do something dicey.
'The dice challenge' - small communities of dicers around the world will get together once a month for a 'roll and tell'. This could include rolling dice to decide on helping out with community projects and raise funding 'roll and raise'. Investors can roll to find the level of investment and the community will roll to pick a project.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
INT. UEL PSYCHOLOGY DEPT (LUKE'S TUTORIAL ROOM) - DAY
POV: close-up antiquated die on a wooden plinth with a glass dome over it.
Now as some of you will know: this was presented to me by my last Faculty as a leaving present...
POV SWITCH: LUKE is standing behind his desk almost silhouetted against the bright summer sunshine outside.
Someone, somewhere seemed to think it was a token of good luck which given the history of dice usage through the ages is something of a curious point of view.
O.C. There is the sound of a door opening. LUKE looks towards the sound.
POV SWITCH: CORIN enters, flustered with an apologetic look upon his face.
I'm really sorry, Professor...
POV SWITCH: seated in an arc before LUKE'S desk are STUART, GINNY, KAYLA, Z, ADAM and ROHINI: there is an empty chair on the end.
(straight in, deadpan)
...apologies unnecessary Mister Hargreaves: as a matter of fact your timing is just perfect:
CORIN looks puzzled as LUKE addresses the others.
One empty chair, one tardy young man: so: what are the chances he'll take the empty seat available rather than pull one from the stack over there and sit quietly alone at the back?
CORIN remains standing uncertain how best to proceed.
Z: just Z...
...indeed...depends on what would you say?
On the kind of person he is.
Quite possibly right, Miss Chowdra: and if he was the kind of person to leave everything to chance?
Then he'd be an idiot...
(straight in, sudden)
Every one starts.
Did anybody else hear that?
There is momentary bemusement for all concerned.
The sound...of several million devotees of "The Dice Man" drawing in their collective breaths at such a blunt castigation of their creed as that just supplied here by one Mister Stuart Hopkins: soon to be Graduate of this Parish.
Too late: Mister Hopkins the damage is done.
Mister Hargreaves: would you be so kind as to lift this glass dome and take the die in your hand.
CORIN puts his rucksack down, frowns to himself and does as he is told.
Now: let us say you have three options...to sit there, take a new chair or remain standing...
What about just leaving?
...that's also a possibility...
...or sitting on the floor?
...and again: or simply do something not listed...so, Mister Hargreaves? Would you be so kind as to roll the die?
CORIN cautiously shakes the die and rolls it onto the desk. It's a four.
It's been a pleasure seeing you, Mister Hargreaves: good day.
But I don't want to leave.
But the die says you must...and if you were "The Dice Man" then you would have little choice having turned your life over completely to decisions made rolling the dice.
Unpleasant profanity aside, Mister...
...Z, just Z...
...indeed, then yes: completely serious...
LUKE picks up a copy of "The Dice Man" by Luke Rhinehardt from his desk and tosses it towards Z: Z catches it and looks at the cover with interest.
...times were every University Student in the known world had their copy or so it seemed: how many gave it a try as a lifestyle? Who knows...but if you're looking for a direct way into Chaos Theory, there are worse ways to try and live your life.
Yeah sure: if you fancy bringing society crashing down around your ears.
What's so great about society?
Eh...it kind of keeps order for a start: I mean who the Hell wants to live in chaos?
Whose order are we talking about?
Sounds like control...
...but there have to be limits, right? Good and evil, right and wrong...
...but who decides?
...that's why we elect democratic Governments.
LUKE cannot disguise his amusement as there is general disbelief directed towards STUART at this.
Well isn't it?
In an ideal world, then yeah: of course.
How about you Professor? What do you reckon?
All eyes turn to LUKE as he looks thoughtfully out at the day beyond the window for a moment.
Ancient Civilisations: Egyptians, Greeks, Romans...all used to fear Chaos...blamed Demons and Gods for it whenever it struck. Some even believed that night time was the result of an ongoing battle between the Gods of Order and the Gods of Chaos that resolved itself in Chaos's defeat with each new sunrise...
LUKE pauses for a moment and then looks back into the room around the expectant faces.
I've always loathed the idea of Order...
Z, ROHINI and ADAM express vindication.
(quelling the noise)
But...why take my word for anything? Take a trip with "The Dice Man" there and see where it takes you.
STUART and GINNIE exchange glances.
Oh and eh...Mister Hargreaves? Feel free to sit anywhere you wish.
This provides amusement for all as CORIN sits down in the empty chair beside ROHINI, somewhat embarrassed.
That's all I can show for now... sorry it's difficult to keep the formatting.
More revelations in the next post.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
And here's a shameless teaser...
Stay tuned next week for an exciting new update to the project and more chances for you to get involved.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
If you're a pornstar (or can recommend a good one) preferably with an English accent, but all nationalities are welcome, then apply now! Either apply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or comment here on the blog with a link to your best work ;)
Please no spam only serious applicants or comments. Thanks
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
I feel it's time to let the dice make some decisions. Forgive me for sounding political but let's get back to basics. Who, if anyone, is our main character? If we are to follow the structural guidelines of the movie making world we need a main character (protagonist) and an influential or impact character (antagonist). Let's look at an example of this in a contemporary movie.
'30 Days of Night' - I thought this was one scary movie, I had to accompany my wife to the bathroom and stand watch for two days after we watched this film.
WARNING - SPOILER ALERT - skip the bold text if you haven't seen the movie.
Main Character - Sheriff Oleson played by Josh Hartnett
Impact Character - Marlow played by Danny Huston
If you've seen this movie you might think Melissa George is the impact character, but the impact character in Horror movies is usually the villian and can be described as the character who has the most impact on the main character. Think about it... Josh and Melissa are in love even though their relationship is over, they spend most of the beginning of the movie trying to avoid each other. It's not until the actions of Marlow and Josh's bid to save Melissa, that they realise how precious their moments together are.
Ok, let's do this;
1. K, is the main character, Ludmilla is the impact character
2. Ludmilla, is the main character, K is the impact character
3. Ginnie is the main character, Stuart is the impact character
4. Mature student is the main character, The Twins are the impact characters
5. Roll separatley to find out who the main character and impact characters are
Main: 1-K, 2-Ludmilla, 3-Ginnie, 4-Stuart, 5-Twins, 6-Mature Student
Impact: 1-K, 2-Ludmilla, 3-Ginnie, 4-Stuart, 5-Twins, 6-Mature Student
6. There is no main character, they all share the role to a greater or lesser extent.
I'll roll the dice on the stroke of midnight two days from now. Keep posted!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Ok, not quite a full treatment, no point in posting 50 pages of film treatment on a blog. So here's the abridged version for starters. Don't forget this is based on the comments received so far on this site - if you don't like something, speak up and we'll discuss the options.
Just like to give a special mention to Joe Mama for inspiring me to knuckle down and write this, honestly I was unaffected by your comment, didn't phase me in the least. If I'm ever in LA we should meet up and go out for a drink or a long walk off a short pier. I'll be right behind you!
Sorry I digress...
Here's the jumping in point, don't forget this is only a first stabb and the first time I've written something openly like this in such a rough form. It makes me nervous to think it may be shot down in flames before it's had a chance to breath and mature. Well here goes;
Eight students - Meet them
Take it for granted that everyone is either a classic beauty or unconventionally attractive. This is a horror/thriller for the teen market, you want to sleep with these people despite the fact that some of them are up their own behinds. They are Psych students! Nothing against psych students, in fact I would love to hear from you if you are one, my wife was one.
Stuart, self-confessed son of a rich man (total lie!) and all round playboy, you gotta love his energy though.
Ginnie, back stabbing bitch with a super quick tongue, she's funny but you'll love to hate her.
K, he's one of those people who has denounced his parents and his name, he's just known as 'K'. Annoying.
Ludmilla, Russian exchange student who is blind in one eye/partially sighted. Boys quite often sit on her blind side just to stare at her chest.
Twins, non-identical brother and sister, one's a psych student the other hates psycho-babble... seem to hate each other but are actually sleeping together.
Mature student, he is an ex-model who has decided to re-educate because well lets face it, he can't model any more.
Final student... you decide.
If you think any of these sound stereo-typical don't forget we're going to strip down all these layers and reveal the primitives within. Plus any character will sound stereo-typical when condensed into one sentence. Ok, enough being defensive! On with the story.
Our students all attend some polytechnic in the UK and we start in the lecture theatre. K is filming the lecture as usual (best way to keep notes), plus he's become a little obsessed using his camera. Its rumoured he films himself and posts it on youtube. The lecture is the last before winter break and Luke the lecturer is telling the students that to really understand psychosis they need to push their own inner boundaries. The group breaks and Luke chucks a book - The Dice Man - at K.
Fast forward to the journey to France.
Six of the team are in K's VW Camper van, they constantly talk psycho-babble or sing along to rock songs, flirt and take the piss out of each. Ludmilla seems quiet. Stuart and Ginnie are following in Stuarts Dad's flash car, actually it's stolen Stuarts Dad died two years ago. On the Euro-tunnel the girl twin heads-off to the toilet on her own, when she comes back she's is completely freaked out by a man in a joker mask. She tells the crowd who have mixed reactions and try to analyse her irrational fear, Stuart teases her about having an imaginary sex friend and accuses it of being "just a rape fantasy".
K and male twin have shared the driving so K has almost finished reading The Dice Man. Ginnie has been banging on about having an alternative experience and testing their inner boundaries... so to impress her K suggests The Dice Man method of leaving decision to the roll of the dice. It's a split decision with some sceptics.
The team hit France and paranoia sets in, they constantly hear the sound of helicopters above the car and van, but can't see anything (ala. Goodfellas). A roadside stop and K, catches Stuart and Ginnie at it... He's jealous. Ginnie comes up to him later and hands him a die, which suggests she had rolled to decide to sleep with Stuart.
Night time and the team are finally winding up the mountain roads after an exhausting drive. They can't wait to get to the house, which when they arrive is cold, dark and in the middle of nowhere. Ludmilla seems the most freaked out, she blames it on not being able to see in new surroundings.
We've reached plot point one, which could be described as the new world order... It's at this point that we define a new world and the characters have to deal with being out of their comfort zone.
K with the help of Ginnie, manages to convince the team that whilst in the house and for the rest of the trip they should live by the dice. He appeals to their sense of adventure and inquisitive Psych nature. Eventually all agree, some a little reluctantly. They throw to see who sleeps where and some have to share beds. The process is broken by Ludmilla who has found a shallow grave in the garden, whilst having a cigarette outside. While arguing that it's just someone's dead dog, the corner of a dress reveals more. They roll the dice and are forced by the first major dice decision to dig up the grave. It's the body of a headless girl and the lack of rigour mortice/fresh blood suggests that the body hasn't been there long. Ludmilla loses it the most and runs off into the woods... Male twin follows.
An argument breaks out over what to do with the body. Stuart suggests they roll for it. Eventually it seems like the dice are the only way to resolve the issue and becomes the best option. You decide what happens here!
Ok we need to build on the story and the characters emotional state as we get to what's known as the midway point. The midway point is where the whole plot turns on it's head. So look out for it. Here goes.
Some group members decide it's time to break open the alcohol (who can blame them, I would). Whiskey, champagne, wine, beer... roll the dice. Inhibitions and tongues start to relax, the shocked group members (apart from K, twin male and Ludmilla, who are absent) are dealing with the situation as only Psych students know best, they talk about it.
Meanwhile, our absentees are in the woods (night-vision on), through the trees we see Ludmilla who doesn't notice a man in a jokers mask coming up on her blind side as she squats at the bottom of a tree, shivering. What ensues is a horrific rape scene between said joker and Ludmilla, all the time filmed by mysterious POV cameraman....
Does he roll the dice to decide to save her, watch, join in or get help?
I've just realised that this has turned into a very long post... I'm sure the MTV generation has already tuned out. Perhaps we should split this up. I'll continue in a couple of days, in the meantime keep commenting and discuss the sketchy parts. I realise some of you aren't going to like it much so please be constructive with your criticism.
Once they reach the house it never gets light again.
In basement of the house they students find ECT equipment and decide its a good idea to shock people into telling the truth.
The dice games reach a pinnacle when the female twin eats her dead brother, who she's secretly in love with.
The dice tells two of the group to behave like rabid dogs and they never break character even seeming to have dog like strength and agility, as they pray on the weak members of the team.