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Originally posted by GENERAL EYES
reply to post by donutviper
I'm trying to think of a way the story can be presented to where - in a single film - a stage is set that everyone can identify with...
The initial setting is going to have to be one that appeals to everyone on some fundamental level.
Maybe initially, the audience will only be able to identify with his character traits and his personal goals (love interest). As far as identifying with the story itself, Albeit far fetched, haha, the audience is having a similar experience to the character by sitting there watching a movie about solipsism and having to digest that whole philosophy just as the character did. I know what I'm talking about is very basic. But I think that an odd story like this has to stay basic in order for the audience to be able to grasp the depth of it on their own. Also, Lello made a good point earlier...the fans will dissect the philosophy and may become disappointed when it gets outta hand. Oh GE...I'm starting to get the feeling that I missed the whole point of your question and I didn't answer it. I'm sorry if I did not.
DonutViper~ just curious if you wanted to go for an earthy, small town kind of revelation, a hyperdynamic city environ where the bulk of the action takes place and then an etheral cosmic kind of ending?
Well, when it comes to this type of destruction, I was thinking we could show a world wide battle between the forces of good and evil and...the struggle to survive man vs nature.(of coarse, the creator orchestrates the nature obstacle) From the observers POV, man is getting his a$$ kicked by visitors from other worlds, nature, and themselves. We could start the story off in a small town but once he escapes from the asylum, given the method he uses to escape, authorities will give chase and not just the local sheriff. Also, once he escapes, not only will the law be after him but the one that claims to be the creator will send his wrath and take matters into his own hands. We could go back and forth from quick death scenes taking place in diverse areas world wide and then going back to our central character trying to settle the same battles. Did I answer that one?
"The Hero's Journey" kind of thing?
The small town is his initial starting point - young man, childhood, the point where we "feels the calling" towards finding the truth and decides to travel - the journey to the realizations - the battle with aspects of himself -and then the reward for his trials - followed by the redemption?
Yes...the heroes journey...the monomyth. George Lucas is a big fan of this formula/format. I think every successful story follows this. It's not just a physical journey but an internal journey as well...which is what you kinda said already, huh?
Well GE, I appreciate you're participation in this project and Lello your help is also appreciated.
I'm sorry...I can't get those silly quotation marks to work right. I tried. Remember that I'm just a lowly iron worker
[edit on 4-6-2009 by donutviper]
We could go back and forth from quick death scenes taking place in diverse areas world wide and then going back to our central character trying to settle the same battles.
I'm somehow seeing her making an appearance towards the end of the film....she's kind of like a "reward" for making the right choices.
Once he has gone through the act of "weeding out" the undesirable - (everyone who tries to tempt him with ideas and choices that our protagonist knows in his heart are wrong/not right)
he finds himself alone - he gets kind of lonely and wants someone to share his new reality with...
So, he and the creator team up and through the teaching of the creator, the man learns how to "create like the creator" does.
Because our hero is a decent man, the creator allows this - and voila - the love interest appears. She's beautiful, innocent, and loving.
The process then begins of the hero and the girl working together creating new things - new types of beauty.
They work together, and a new eden slowly is born.
* I'm overwhelmed with how this would work visually, and it needs a little finesse and fine tuning....for special effects and how to visually show how their love begins to manifest new things.
He lays there in all the earths destruction battered and bloodied...when the creator contacts him again with a tear in his eye...the so called evil God reveals his love to him...still alive and beautiful and innocent as ever
Knowing the destruction of mankind HAD to happen in order for the 2 of them to advance. They both demonstrated the ultimate sacrifice and unconditional love for mankind...advancing them to become Gods. Ok GE...now we're at a fork. Either we can make them Gods and co-create a civilization of their own (possible tag line for the film: This is how Gods are made) or they could be like how Adam and Eve were. Probably the first one, right? Seems to have a little more depth and it answers the age old question; who made God? Remember, nothing is set in stone and that I'm open to your thoughts.