Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The future of DIE!

In case you missed it 'DIE' is the movie title. Cashing in on a little of the SAW action.

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.

Interactive game

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.

Web cams

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!

Dice mania

Photos, videos, music and art from the community of dicers. Readers upload their dice related content to inspire others to do something dicey.

Community projects

'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.

Keep rollin!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


We have a first draft.... infact we have a second draft! Thanks to the scribe John Stanley we have an excellent script. Here's a taste;



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?


That depends...

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.



Hear what?


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.




(straight in)

Too late: Mister Hopkins the damage is done.

(to CORIN)

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 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, 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?


(sarcastic) 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.


Thank you.


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.



(smiles enigmatically)

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.