03 March 2010, 05:25 AM
MIND MELTERS...FROM MARS!!!
The antagonistic entity of this concept is a swarm of extraterrestrial
parasites that turn their hosts into mindless, bloodthirsty zombies.
This concept utilizes dark night scenes accented by strong
environmental lighting; deliberately cropped shots to enhance
anticipation and intrigue; and ”startle” shots to keep the audience on
the edge of their seat.
Fade in to an extreme close up of a man’s sleeping face, a
hat covering his eyes.
Cut to wide shot of the outside of his
squad car, revealing him to be a sheriff taking a nap on the
side of a country road behind a billboard.
Suddenly, a streak of light across the sky illuminates the
tree covered mountain side. An explosion shakes the
forest as a strong gust of wind blows through the trees.
Fade in to an extreme close-up of the sheriff openning his eyes,
he has been startled awake by the blast.
Fade to black.
Fade in from black to a wide shot from behind the sheriff as
he creeps toward a smoldering crater.
Fade to black.
Fade in from black to an extreme close-up of the sheriffs
face, shrieking out in terror.
Cut to black..
Cut to a medium shot of a man sitting on his couch,
wearing a robe. The room is dark, the only light comging
from his TV set, infomercials can be heard. The man is
noticeably drained, eyes glazed over; attached to his neck,
a large parasite pulsates.
Pull-focus to his wife as she groggily enters the room from
behind, curlers in her hair, rubbing her eyes.
WIFE: “You pass out in front of the TV again, Harold?”
HUSBAND: *No response*
WIFE: “Harold, answer me!”
Cut to a floor level shot, the camera follows a parasite
scurrying along the floor toward the woman’s bare legs,
the scene quickly flashes out to white.
Fade in from white to a slowly panning medium shot from
behind the couch, as the camera moves, the heads of the
husband and wife are revealed sitting beside one another,
parasites attached to both of their necks.
Cut to low shot from behind a young girl playing with toys
in her bedroom. Something quickly skitters across the
floor in the foreground out of focus. The girl turns to the
sound of a dog whimpering.
Quick zoom to girl’s face as it fills with terror.
Cut to a high wide shot of suburban neighborhood at night.
A sudden gust of wind picks up trash from an overturned
trashcan, blowing papers across the asphalt.
Long shadows slowly begin to enter the frame.
Camera slowly pulls back to reveal a foot land on one of
the papers. The figure continues lurching down the street
at a eerily slow pace. More and more figures begin to fill
Fade to black.
Successive close up shots of the faces of the small group
of survivors, a fade to black between each one before
cutting to the next.
A wide aerial shot reveals the group to
be huddled together, facing outward, clutching their ad hoc
weapons and torches. An army of parasites closes inward
around them as the camera slowly pulls away.
Cut to black, fade in title: “Mind Melters”
Wipe in sub-title: “...From Mars!“
03 March 2010, 05:38 AM
This revised script came from feedback from the team that the pacing of the initial script wasn't "trailer" enough; too many origins, not enough action, etc. This revision also includes an element from an early concept wherein the parasites merge with machines, as well as humans.
Scene 1: NEWSCAST
Camera slowly pulls back from a distinct, old, TV set tuned to the evening news. An Anchorman is on-sccreen.
Anchorman: "...The area was evacuated yesterday and all citizens are believed to have left for surrounding cities..."
Misc Man running across lawn toward camera, trips/falls directly in front of camera, face twists in pain/terror as something attacks him from behind.
Anchorman: "...are still looking into what the cause is of all this madness..."
Low shot of infected lawnmower on top of Misc Man attacking them on the ground.
Scene 2: HERO INTRO
Anchorman VO: "...not safe...leave the area immediately..."
Various angles of deserted streets; doors left swung wide open, broken windows, overturned cars, trash in streets.
Cut to wide panning shot with hero outside into deserted neighborhood
Hero: "HELLO?!! Where IS everyone!?"
Quick shots of creatures quickly dashing around in the shadows, from behind building to building, in windows; the camera cuts in closer between each shot.
Close up of zombie foot stepping on piece of trash in the street, Hero can be seen out of focus in background.
Close up of zombie feet shuffling, dragging an axe behind them.
Cut to black
Scene 3: Crater/Hunter Intro
Anchorman VO: "...We don't know where it might have come from..."
Wide shot: Mountainside, night time, stars twinkling in the sky. A large comet streaks across the sky, and continues burning longer than it should. The comet comes closer then slams into the mountains.
Long shot, Low angle: In the woods. A yappy little dog runs toward the camera with Hunter drunkenly jogging behind, struggling to keep up.
Long shot, High angle: A smoldering crater can be seen in the background. Hunter's dog runs into crater, Hunter stops at crater's edge, slowly begins to crouch down inquisitively.
Extreme close-up of Hunters face, screaming in terror.
Fade to black
Scene 4: Workout Guy
Anchorman VO: "...it's still unclear why they are here..."
Cut to POV of man putting powder into blender.
Cut to low shot of parasite on blender, man reaching down for power button.
Cut to close shot of face as he screams in terror, the blades of the blender spinning loudly followed by a grinding sound.
Cut to wide shot of the outside of the apartment, slow zoom-out, silhouettes of a struggle can be seen in the window. Something smashes into the drapes from the other side, blood begins to pool.
Scene 5: VIGNETTE: Exploration/Creepy/Teaser Shots
Anchorman VO: "...don't trust anyone..."
Low long shot: Interior, girls bedroom. Girl sitting on floor, playing, in the background. Two sets of feet in the foreground. Girl looks up from what she is doing as her face turns to confusion, "What's wrong with your guys's faces?"
Shot from inside dark tunnel/drainage pipe looking out as Hero peaks in with flashlight, back-lit.
Close up shot behind a parasite, Misc Woman walking slowly towards it, investigating.
Close up shot of Hero looking around a dark room with flashlight and something runs past doorway behind him.
Low shot, Heroine in foreground looking around room scared, ceiling fan parasite slowly lowers from ceiling toward her.
Long shot: Hero exploring cavernous, dark, murky tunnel with flashlight(SLO Creek downtown/Cuesta Park).
Hero in room/hallway, exploring walls with flashlight, freaky blood/biomass covering walls/ceiling.
Scene 6: Workout Zombie
Anchorman VO:"Be careful who you trust."
Wide shot of Hero as he comes across Workout Guy in front of his apartment, behind a car.
Workout Guy: "help me....please...."
Medium shot behind Workout Guy: Something is wrong with him, he is dirty and covered in blood and biomass.
Medium shot, behind Hero, he slowly moves toward Workout Guy.
Medium shot: Workout Guy zombie(Mouth-in-neck) slowly walks toward camera, head slowly rocks backward revealing a large mouth in his neck.
Scene 7: VIGNETTE: Survival/Escape Shots
Camera follows from behind as Hero is running down hall, looking over shoulder back at camera and whatever is chasing him. He barely makes it through a door and slams it behind him.
Close up shot of Heroine standing against wall around the corner from long hallway, something scary slowly lurks down it towards her.
Close up side shot of Heroine in closet, hand over mouth in fear, light comes in from crack under door, shadows shifting from other side.
Medium shot, external of house, open kitchen window. Parasite climbs up wall and into window.
First person camera, dollying backward up stairs: Hero & Heroine being chased up winding stairs of parking structure.
Wide shot: Silhouettes/shadows on alley wall. Zombie attacking Misc Man. Awesome sound effects.
Close up Heroine, face and body are pressed against a door making sure nothing can come in. Door begins to shake and she begins to cry hysterically.
Medium-wide shot: Hero walking down deserted road with shotgun, scared, shifty eyes.
Upside down Camera follows parasite as it crawls along ceiling toward ceiling fan.
Low shot: Heroine stabbing at something at her feet with long pole.
Camera slowly come around corner and reveals feet of Misc Man on ground laying on ground. Feet convulsing/shaking.
Misc Man crawls out of dark room toward camera, scared out of his mind, then a something grabs and pulls him back in.
Scene 8: VIGNETTE: Action/Attack Shots
Slowly zooming medium shot: Heroine sitting in car looking out one window intently, frightened, is startled when creature runs up to and slams against another window.
Close up shot of Misc Woman slowly backing up against bars, then arms grab her from behind
Close up, side shot, Heroine face-to-face with zombie.
Monster's first-person POV as Misc Man falls to the ground on their back shooting/defending themselves.
Long shot: Silhouette Misc Woman running along top of mountain/building being chased by 3-5 zombies, their silhouettes show off their mutated forms.
High angle: An army of parasite-zombies close inward around the survivors as the camera slowly pulls away. A wide aerial shot reveals the group to be huddled together, facing outward, clutching weapons and torches.
Successive close up shots of the faces of three survivors. Fade to black between each one before cutting to the next. First Hero, then Heroine, and then Hero's Friend. The Camera holds on Hero's Friend's face, slowly zooming in, as his eyes fade to black.
Cut to black
Scene 9: TITLE CARD
Scene 10: NEWSCAST/EPIC REVEAL
Cut back to the news cast as it continues, the newscaster has changed his tone because he is now a zombie.
Anchorman VO: "...There is no longer any cause for alarm. Return to your homes..."
Pull back out of the TV, reveal TV is integrated into Tower Goliath's(electricity pylon) leg as it pulls forward and away, rampaging through the deserted streets of the small town.
Anchorman VO: "...Everything is better now..."
04 April 2010, 10:35 PM
B-Movie: Storyboard Animatic: http://www.vimeo.com/10760431 (http://www.vimeo.com/10760431)
Storyboards by Jason Fuhrman, editing by Tyler and Mason Hiteshew. This is an animatic we put together using the frames from our CG Society B-Movie Challenge storyboards to get a better feel for the pacing.
Storyboards by Jason Fuhrman.
http://www.soniczen.com/b-movie/images/storyboard_001_thumb.jpg (http://www.soniczen.com/b-movie/images/storyboard_001.jpg) http://www.soniczen.com/b-movie/images/storyboard_002_thumb.jpg (http://www.soniczen.com/b-movie/images/storyboard_002.jpg)http://www.soniczen.com/b-movie/images/storyboard_003_thumb.jpg (http://www.soniczen.com/b-movie/images/storyboard_003.jpg)http://www.soniczen.com/b-movie/images/storyboard_004_thumb.jpg (http://www.soniczen.com/b-movie/images/storyboard_004.jpg)http://www.soniczen.com/b-movie/images/storyboard_005_thumb.jpg
04 April 2010, 10:37 PM
B-Movie: Live Animatic with Audio: http://www.vimeo.com/10711593
Shot and edited by Tyler Hiteshew; Audio design by Patrick Reynolds. This is a rough live-action animatic for the CG Society B-Movie Challenge. We're using it to make timing and editing decisions in pre-production. Patrick put a fresh cut of audio on this over Easter weekend; the difference a quality audio track makes is amazing!
04 April 2010, 10:41 PM
B-Movie: Motion Tracking Test: http://www.vimeo.com/10711434
Shot by Tyler Hiteshew, tracked by Eric Renshaw using Syntheyes; uber-rough test model by Jason Fuhrman using Maya. This is a proof of concept before moving forward with this technique for the CG Society B-Movie Challenge
04 April 2010, 11:31 PM
Creature mutation concept art by Jason Fuhrman.
Militia Guy/Gun Store Owner
04 April 2010, 11:32 PM
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