Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Location shots for Dice Man horror movie

Here are some location shots I took over the weekend. These were taken just after midday so you can see the sun rarely shines here.



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

Pornstars wanted!

Following closely behind the stilhettoes of Jenna Jameson, we are looking for top rate pornstars who are willing to keep their clothes on (for the most part) in our psychological horror movie.

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 thediceman@geekfabrique.com 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

Main vs Impact Characters

Firstly, thank you Christopher Foster for the following comment:

"Hey. Have you figured out a way around your 'Don't make the movie' suggestion? Because I've had an idea that may help.

Start a new movie with the exact same premise under a different name (basically just change the name).

That way you're not making that movie anymore. Whether you choose to discount all suggestions so far or keep them on board regardless is your call."

I was hoping someone was going to help me figure this one out.  Well done Christopher, let's scrap the previous attempt (holding on to some of the best parts) and start again.  That way we don't make that particular movie!

I've been receiving a lot of great advice from industry pros and potential investors.  I'm going to take a bit more control over the story for a while and create the film that I was originally inspired to make.  That's not to say that we can't continue to vote and roll to get some answers!  In fact here's the roll to find our Main and Impact characters.



That means Stuart is our Main character and Z is our impact character (evil MoFo).  This actually works really nicely!  Check out this brief synopsis based on those characters taking the lead.

It's the last holiday, before the final exams for the psych students of UEL and there is trepidation in the air as the students are faced with the realities of leaving university with large debts.  In particular one student named Z, the group's careless ring leader, is feeling unfulfilled by his uni experience.  He convinces his gang of seven to embark on the ultimate final adventure before they are suffocated by the constraints society will place on them when they leave Uni for good.  The most sceptical of the gang is Stuart Morgan, a foster child from North London who's over zealous nature makes him the least popular member of the group.

With a pocket full of dice and heads full of ideals the group head to a secluded house in the French Alps for a week of alternative living.  The experiment soon turns to chaos as gender roles are reversed and right becomes wrong.  Something or someone is manipulating the group, as one by one they lose all inhibitions and fight for their lives under the new status quo.  Z has turned from careless Mr. Popular to the King of Nihilism and is dutifully followed by the crazed members of the team, who he now protects like children.  Stuart remains sceptical which is mostly due to his jealous hatred for Z, he discovers that Z has been feeding potentially lethal doses of psychotic medication to the team.

Stuart has no choice but try to convince the group that Z is crazy and is posioning them.  Stuart fights to survive and having finally overpowered Z he force feeds him enough psychotic drugs to floor an ox.  But Z fueled by amphetamines, energy drinks and pure rage finally kills Stuart before finishing himself off.  All that's left standing of their "eutopian" society is a secluded house in the French Alps.

Ok,  that's a very rough work in progress.  Stay tuned as we make this into a full story and eventually a screenplay.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Keep on rollin!

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

Confused? Here's how this works.

It has come to my attention that many of you might be confused as to how this blog works.  Especially those who only follow by email and don't receive all the comments.  Unfortunately, I'm using Goggle's Blogger for this blog and it's not well designed for this purpose.

If you've been following the action so far and not read the comments then it might seem as if we've jumped through the process.

Here's a very quick summary;

I came up with the inital film synopsis -> You guys voted for insanity theme -> We decided to include drugs in the movie -> Should we follow a sturcture?  No votes -> One voter suggested we let the readers decide how to restrict the movie ->  The readers came up with story ideas rather than restrictions -> I rolled the dice to see which options we should go with ->  The dice said 'All' ->  I decided to try and structure all the ideas into a plot.

If this doesn't explain, then start here... http://gagdirectors.blogspot.com/2008/10/dice-man-cometh.html

So, as experiments go I think it's been very successful so far.  We have a great deal of interest in the movie.

Shall I;

A. Keep developing the first story draft to the end.

B. Re-work the story opening according to Allin's excellent comments (see below)


Comment by Allin @ http://www.wibbell.co.uk on the last post.

"Ok, Good. It's shaping up nicely..."

"Don't try to fill it with too many BIG IDEAS or the film will very quickly get lost, overcomplicated and confusing to watch."

"You're making a psych horror for the teen market. So strip out anything irrelevant. Take them out now before they get written too much into the core and you get bound by them.
 
I suggest:
- Lose the helicopter sounds. It's irrelevant.
- Lose the ECT equipment. (How contrived is that?)
- Lose the fact the twins are sleeping with each other. That's a whole other complex issue and to do it justice will take half the film. I cannot stress strongly enough that if you keep this idea you will lose the film. IT HAS TO GO!! Just having a pair of twins who dislike each other (needs a reason) is enough. Keep it simple - this is for the teen market, so bickering siblings are something the audience can identify with. As the story grows this can grow to hate and manifest in violence. But incest? You should lay off that one completely!
 
Another thought:
There's many strong reasons why every succesfull slasher film follows the strict formula of 7 teens in a desolate abandoned location being picked off one by one. Trust me on this: There should be 7!
Only really amateur slasher films with stories that get stuck or don't pan out will have 6 or 8 characters.
Check it out with your own DVD collection. Every slasher film (that works) has 7.
Get rid of one of your 8.
 
I look forward to seeing how it shapes up.
 
All the best,
 
Allin Kempthorne"