posted on Feb, 23 2006 @ 04:45 AM
Just an update on the project...
Springer has approved my use of the ATS name in the film, free of charge. Thank you so VERY much, Springer (and, as a brief spoiler, ATS will be how
the main character is found by the Tesla/Marconi secret city, AND how he's tracked down in the secret city by the Federal government (no fault of ATS
- they catch him online, and track his IP - he gets stupid and just HAS to brag on ATS *laugh*). I may also need a fake username of "TeslaFreak" to
be in chat for the film project... I'll let you know if I need it.
The plot outline is about 60% done, and once it is finished (hopefully within the next day or two), I will be sending a copy out to those that have
expressed interest in helping with the film (specifically scripting it), both on here, and from my own group of non-ATS friends (yes, I have those as
well - although, they may end up joining the site after they fully realize how much of an inspiration my discussions on ATS regarding this very topic
have been an influence in the film plot). So far, I have two of the three lead roles cast with VERY enthusiastic people (who I've been writing the
parts for), one of which is a huge Tesla fan, and the other is a huge sci-fi/conspiracy theory fan. I feel that these people will carry the roles
better than I could expect.
The final lead that I'm looking for is the female romantic lead. She is a brilliant physicist, and the granddaughter of both Tesla and Marconi
(interesting plot twist - those involved will learn all about it, and those not involved will have to wait until I release the film to learn about
it), and basically the unspoken leader of the secret city. She's an attractive, tough, redheaded woman, who wants romance, peace, and has a secret
desire to kick a little butt.
Additionally, I've decided on a style/look for the film (very 1940s retro, ala "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" (or any random 1940s-1950s
sci-fi robot/technology film), yet with a healthy dose of current and future technology - the secret city is roughly 500-750 years more advanced than
the society we know, but mostly (they do have spies on the outside) based on Tesla and Marconi's work - they may still use tubes, but it's still
vastly more advanced than us).
The real world look will be, well, real world... I'm planning on having the US government (who is tracking the lead character to the secret city)
using F-14s, F-15s, Apaches, Stealth Fighters, Stealth Bombers, and even bringing the X-11 (I think that's it's designation - the new multi-config
next generation stealth fighter/bomber/interceptor) into play.
I've also decided on music choices for the score of the film, and having heard the music posted here in podcasts, I feel I have a good chance of
locating my music artist here. I'm looking for a very modern/high tech music feel, while integrating old 40's style big band/swing music. Kind of
like Brian Setzer meets Rob Zombie/NIN/VNV Nation/Apoptygma Berzerk. I think VNV's "futurepop" style is great for this film, but I'd need more
big band/swing influence. Note here that I DO want all ORIGINAL music (to avoid royalty costs). I could do it myself, but, since I completely
demolished my old music computer by trying to mix too many tracks with too many effects and fried the entire machine, I'm currently about $4000 (I'm
going VERY high end) away from my desired perfect audio/video creation computer (my current machine, while decent, lacks the juice to do things
properly). So yes, with this, I'm calling all you audiophiles out there to try and create the music sound I'm looking for. One thing I can offer
is the possibility of working on future films with me, hopefully with a budget - if this project turns out well, it will be getting as much screen
time as I can get for it - Sundance, IFC, local film festivals, bookings at several local theatres that LOVE to play indie films, etc. If this film
turns out well, and I have offers to make more films (with an actual budget), I'll be VERY faithful to my entire production/cast team, and make sure
I don't leave anyone behind (as a side note, I'm actually trying to court Lions Gate Films with this project).
If I end up getting this film noticed, and get an offer for a real budget, I assure you, anyone following with me will be getting paid, and anyone
involved in this film will get paid as well, if this film makes a profit (I'm not expecting it, but a man can dream, can't he?)
Anyway, a few final sum-up points and notes before I go too long...
I'm looking for a female lead.
I'm looking for a composer for the score.
I'm looking for CG artists (and if anyone knows Bryce 5.0 and can teach me, I'll be quite greatful - I have a copy of the software).
I'm looking for people who are willing to take a chance on a nothing project, and help to make it a great project.
Some have already volunteered, and trust me, I got your U2Us, and will certainly be in touch (as soon as the script outline is complete).
I have a feeling that others are willing to volunteer, yet not certain if they want to or not - to you, I can say that at the least, it'll be fun and
exciting, and at the most, it could lead to a career in films, if this project is successful.
I do have many other ideas for films that would be of interest to the community here, but this film is taking the number one priority at the moment.
I feel good about this film, as everyone who has read the basic plot outline (same as I posted earlier in this thread) has loved the concept. I think
this could end up as an indie blockbuster - maybe not mainstream, but in the indie world. My goal is to get it screened at Sundance and various other
indie film festivals (IFC holds one a year, various NYC groups hold them once a year, and even locally, here in Baltimore, I'm certain that I can get
it screened, at least for a night, at both indie theatres in the city, and can enter them in several of the annual indie film festivals here in
Baltimore (we are, after all, home to MICA and JHU, both of which have phenomenal film departments, not to mention the critical acclaim of Barry
Levinson, John Waters, and others (as well as the popularity of Homicide: Life On the Street and The Wire, which were both set here in Baltimore),
which makes for a HUGE film community here. All that said, I have plenty of chances for exposure, and thus, plenty of chances for success.... who
knows, it may even get invited to Cannes (I really don't have the cash to fly to France, though).
Who's excited about this? It's really going to happen! (those that U2Ud me before, need not do so again - I already have you in mind) U2U me and
we'll get everything set up!
(Edit to fix spelling errors)
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