Dave is a naturally timid and unambitious man, yet he is also very intelligent and friendly. He can be considered good looking but is in a lower league to Michael. He and Grace are completely compatible in terms humour and interests. The environment he has grown up in is a ‘Dystopian’ version of society that has a lack of morals and intelligence, superficial and ugly.
Everyone but Grace is despicable and unattractive in his eyes, either because it’s all in his mind and has a warped sense of love, or his environment is just so bad.
Dave will be cloned into 3 different people, a homeless man, a house husband and a business man.
When he is homeless, he is a heavy drinker, mostly either due to his boredom or depression. Once he meets Grace, he decides to stop drinking and becomes much happier about life. Even a random attack from an abusive male on the streets is not enough to ruin his mood. He now finds a reason to do better, as well as even finding himself a job interview.
He also is a house husband, who has finally got hold of his dream girl. However he still show signs of shyness which restricts him from going out and finding work. He is happy to do all the house work for his wife but most of the time he is playing video games. He even tells his wife that he wishes that she did not have to work, so they can stay together all the time. He has dreams of starting a family with his wife, but she is not certain that it would be the best plan until he gets a job.
Whilst a business man, he is far happier as he is ambitious and earning his own money. He begins an intimate relationship with Grace and this is where they are most comfortable with each other. They get along perfectly like they always did, but this time he is not lacking in any aspect of life. Though he is now well educated and a hard worker, he is still a nervous character, which will go on to be that aspect of his personality that is seen as undesirable in that line of work.
Grace is a beautiful, smart and ambitious woman but is also self-conscious in terms of social norms. She and Dave are perfect for each other, however like some beautiful women; she was originally pressured into finding a spouse who is wealthy, confident and attractive. She does deep down want Dave, but certain factors make her unsure about him.
In each story, she is always friendly and will always care about Dave. In the first story, she is a social worker who helps the homeless and she is from a more working class background. The second story she is the main character’s wife and is the provider, who begins to grow tired of Dave’s attitude and wrongfully begins to fall for the neighbour, a single father who is also a fireman. In the last story, she finally falls for Dave for real, but still likes to flirt with the third party.
Grace is a decent woman, but she is also young and quite immature but does not ever mean to hurt Dave, the fact that he becomes enraged at her is a problem that lies with him, and possibly the third party.
The Third Party
The third party is Dave’s natural rival and opposite. He is good looking, muscular and confident but is also extremely obnoxious and arrogant. He also loves Grace and always manages to win Grace’s affection despite both not deserving her and not appreciating her once she is there. He is the typical bad boy and is Grace’s vanity crush.
In the first story he is a violent thug who just happens to have a car. He is a muscular alpha male who likes a drink and a fight, making him seem like Hercules in the eyes of a working class woman. The second story he is actually a decent person, a father and a fireman, perfect husband material. In reality he is just as arrogant as ever and has designs on Grace, showing very little respect for house husband Dave. The final story, he still has not changed and is now the boss of the company that Dave and Grace work for. This time his fancy looks, dancing skills and confidence is not quite enough compared to Dave, as he is now happy, has a good job and is compatible with Grace in terms of personality and interests.
I don’t want to show the third party’s good side as I do not know how typical cock-sure player can chat up women in clubs. It is annoying how they can talk about uninteresting nonsense and still benefit from it. Also because this film is from the viewpoint of the main character, who can only sit around and watch as his love interest becomes misty-eyed over this man’s gibberish.
Police enter a mysterious house after receiving a call about a disturbance in the area. Once the police enter the house they see pictures of a woman plastered all over the hallway. They then enter a room where they hear shouting to find a man pointing a gun at an unrecognisably mutilated woman next to the dead body of another man. After police attempt to talk sense into the man, he shoots the woman in the head and turns the gun on himself.
A title sequence follows containing a montage edit of a special forensics team entering the house dismissing any other personnel and collecting various samples. Mention a bit about the killer and victims also. Cross-cut with newspaper articles mentioning government’s denial in cloning trials, memory implantations, ‘the company’ paying millions of pounds in compensation to the victims and other controversies.
The story begins with a homeless man going about his everyday life, finding food and drinking alcohol. He then settles down in an underpass where he is approached by an attractive woman. She says kind words to him and she takes him to a homeless shelter where he can spend the night. They both have a nice conversation in the shelter and they immediately click. She tells him she has a boyfriend but she is also not too happy with him. She then leaves in the morning and he goes back on the street. He goes about his normal day life and chooses not to drink. Everyone is being nice to him and he is happy.
Suddenly an obnoxious man attacks him in the underpass for no reason other than being “a tramp”. He sees the woman again in the shelter where she offers him pain killers, insisting that he does not exceed the correct dosage. Later in the morning she tells him that she has got him a job interview. He shops with her to get all the right clothes and later on he goes for the interview. The male interviewer seems friendly towards the homeless man, but the female interviewer is not impressed. He then goes to the shelter again but Grace is not there. He stays the night much to the dismay of the staff there. He then phones Grace when she tells him she is getting married, which is what annoys the homeless man. She also tells him that she will be at the shelter tomorrow but will have to leave early.
He then begins drinking again and goes into shop to get more pain killers; the clerk refuses so he attacks her. He also robs another shop and steals a knife. He then goes to the shelter where Grace is waiting for a lift. The homeless man has already overdosed on pain killers. He then sees Grace’s fiancée parking outside shelter. He then kills the fiancée and later Grace and goes onto sit on a street corner whilst sirens are getting louder.
Start Sunday night both parties are getting along. Husband asks his wife if she ever thought of having children, but wife somewhat dismisses him because of her interview tomorrow. The next morning his wife leaves she gives a half-assed kiss to her husband.
The fact that he is a house husband is established immediately showing his daily activities such as doing his chores, cooking food, hovering.
Wife comes home after an unsuccessful interview to dinner. She is slightly put off by his cooking and makes a remark that angers the husband.
Doorbell rings and wife opens the door to her new neighbour who she is physically attracted to. Neighbour invites her round to his house for a get-together. Later that night the two go to the neighbour’s house for the get-together. The neighbour wonders why the man is there jokingly but invites them both in. The neighbour walks off with the woman and the man is on his own. Later on the man is still alone but the neighbour approaches him and begins to boast about himself. Whilst the men are talking the wife is talking to some of the women who begin to make fun of her stay-at-home husband.
The next day he wakes up and his wife has left without saying goodbye to him. He is beginning to feel bad about the previous night and begins drinking. Whilst using the hoover, he causes a mishap which causes him to injure himself, so he throws a tantrum and destroys the hoover and some ornaments. When his wife gets home she has an argument with him, telling him that he is too immature for her to even consider having a child with. She bursts out the house to go and see the neighbour. Again he goes on to attack the both of them.
Business man is happy and is on his way to work. He stops off at local coffee shops where he is charming to all the staff. He then is in work where he sees the woman of his dreams. They then begin talking and begin to hit it off. He then invites her out for a drink and she agrees. He is out with the woman and they are getting along and they both share a kiss. He is also at the psychiatrist where he talks about things finally being great. She tells him to beware of obstacles.
They are in work the next day where the third party has become the new boss. The woman is looking at him smiling and she is attracted to his looks and laughs at his jokes. Third party begins talking to her and ignoring man. During the boss’ presentation he states that he will be streamlining the staff to save money, meaning that some temporary staff may have to be let go.
The man goes into the boss’ office where other higher members of staff. He is being asked very difficult questions and is being intimidated. He then leaves the interview room and seems stressed. He then sees his girlfriend and she tells him that they will go out later to take their mind off it.
Once they are both out they bump into work colleagues and are asked to go to a nightclub with them. The man seems reluctant but agrees to go with her. Whilst there, the man is trying his best to have a good time despite his lack of interest in the music. He then begins trying to dance but is put off when he sees his boss and his friends laughing at him. He then stops dancing and walks to the side. The boss then walks over to his girlfriend and begins dancing with her, making the man jealous. He goes to the men’s toilet and has a provocation with a promiscuous woman. When he is outside, his girlfriend is still talking to the boss. At the end of the night they are outside the club and his girlfriend hugs the boss goodbye, she asks the man if he is ok when they start walking home, he says yes and carries on walking quietly.
The next day the man is called into another interview with the boss where he is told that he is not the right man for the job and is not offered a permanent contract. He then later finds out that his girlfriend was which makes the man feel unhappy once again. The man then says he desperately has to leave and rushes out of the building.
Whilst in a bar, the man is drunk after constantly drinking all day. The time is reaching 5pm and the bartender tells the man that he may still have a chance with the woman as it is not the end of the world. He becomes convinced and decides to go to the office to try and find his girlfriend.
The girlfriend is currently shouting at her boss for firing her boyfriend. The boss begins asking her why she goes for him and tells her that he and she were always meant for each other. He begins sexually harassing her and the man catches them at this moment, thinking that everything is consensual. Then his rage begins again.
After a psychopath escapes justice by committing suicide, he and his victims are cloned and unknowingly put through multiple tests to determine if the killer inherits similar traits to the original.
Hello, my name is George Leon and the purpose of this video is to pitch my film idea: Simulation.
My main role will be that of a Director and I will also co-produce and co-edit with Robert Morley.
The film is Drama/Sci-Fi/Thriller in genre and set in the very proximate future. It is between 30 minutes and 1 hour. I believe this duration is required in order to tell such a complex story that is designed to enthral and captivate the audience.
Its unique selling point: A science fiction clone film that explores various contemporary social issues. We will argue that it is different to everything that has already been explored with regards to cloning.
Its intended audience: above 18 (due to adult themes), appealing equally to fans of drama and science fiction.
The film will be visually presented through 3 separate stories about a homeless man, a house husband and a business man and express how obstacles within these contrasting lifestyles prevent him from happiness with the woman of his dreams, as well as put him into competition with a third party. The audience will learn that these 3 people are clones put through a simulation to determine whether the replica can replicate the violent traits of the original. Amongst this we will cover the background of ‘the company’ behind the clones and establish its superiority and intervention within the film.
The backgrounds of the stories vary to demonstrate how the clones of the serial killer perform in different walks of life. The homeless man lacks wealth, the house husband lacks ambition and the businessman does not lack anything but certain things happen to him that will make him just as unable to be happy as the previous two.
Main themes include jealousy, attraction, obsession, lust, self-worth, women’s advancement and men’s demotion, pressure of achieving dreams, crimes of passion, shallowness, sexual selection, wealth, and the difficulties of a naturally timid man trying to make it in a cruel world. Presenting life’s influences through different stories shows how the above factors can drive certain people to behave in certain ways. The Sci-Fi element is used as a tool to allow these scenarios and clones to happen.
Simulation features a variety of social and sci-fi contexts that it questions beneath the concept.
Science Fiction contexts include: Will a clone inherit similar traits to the original when put into a similar situation? Is it morally right to clone people for the purpose of experimentation? If a person is cloned and implanted with memories, will his original genetic code still influence his actions? Does cloning erase the dark side of a person’s mind or are they free to develop their own personalities based on this ‘fresh start’? Will biological memories conflict with implanted memories? Is it morally right to experiment and eventually destroy clones even though they have killed?
Social contexts include: Is Misogyny nature or is it influenced by experiences? Is sex and attraction the most important thing in the world? If so, can this dream be achieved by an unlikely individual even with obstacles? Does one need ambition and wealth to survive and live a happy life? What makes a man? Can a homeless man still get his dream date, even if he tries to do better? Can an unambitious and lazy house husband maintain his dream girl even with competition and his wife’s stresses? Can a business man who has already got ambition, wealth and the girl, be able to handle the emasculating experiences and failure?
As I director I looked at almost every mainstream clone film and created something different in story yet similar in influence.
Films that involve the themes of cloning: The Island (clones are used for organ harvesting), The 6th Day (explores the outcome of society if cloning was an integral part), Bladerunner (androids who are created purposely for labour are expendable human-like clones with a rebellious nature), Moon (cloning for the purpose of cheap labour), Replica (cloning a serial killer to find the killer himself), The Stepford Wives (creating robot copies of wives for the perfect spouse) and Total Recall (conflict of implanted memories with real ones).
In Simulation: Our characters are cloned for the purpose of experimentation.
The organisation in our film is inspired by those in films such as: Resident Evil (omnipotent Umbrella Corp), The Cabin in the Woods (monitoring, full control and intervention), The Matrix (Immense control of humans), Truman Show (controlling what happens in his life).
In Simulation: ‘The Company’ is a wealthy yet mysterious organisation that conducts various social experiments to no limit.
Our main character is inspired by the serial killers/violent characters as see in: Se7en (killer had a hatred for the world), I Saw the Devil (hatred for women), Silence of the Lambs (Buffalo Bill was psychologically insane) and Rec, A Serbian Film and Martyrs (all for their portrayal of ultra-violence).
In Simulation: A serial killer with a personality disorder, lacks confidence in himself and has violent traits. His upbringing has severely corrupted his mind and always finds himself to be the centre of hatred.
Each simulation is based similarly (almost an opposite perspective) to films that portray various social issues such as: The Inbetweeners (based on losers who attempt to get girls but fail), Leaving Las Vegas (giving up on life/self-destruction), Loser (eventually getting the girl at the end), Stepford Wives (fantasy of having a perfect wife with no self-awareness), Cleanskin (jealousy and hate), The Bow (jealousy), Never Let Me Go (woman falls in love but is rejected).
In Simulation: Our stories can be briefly looked at in the treatment.
As a director I also looked at these films in terms of the tone and look they portray, for example, the sinister cinematography and colour-grading of ‘I Saw The Devil’ – deep colours, crushed blacks, nothing pretty yet artistic. The use of music and setting to achieve the overall tone like in Se7en – felt like a constantly raining dystopian city with a mysterious and seedy tone. Furthermore, the overall feel in Leaving Las Vegas, how the combination of editing and composition takes all of the glitz and glamour of such a grand city.
In Simulation: See test shots.
We looked at films that include multiple storylines and narratives such as Pulp Fiction, Cloud Atlas, Run Lola Run so that we can structure our final edit appropriately and so that it comes together without disorientating the audience.
We plan to submit to various festivals, maybe Vimeo (hope for a staff pick) and Local art centres such as the Warwickshire Art Centre, Birmingham Electric Cinema for degree show.
We noticed a lack of decent independent British Sci-Fi films so our film has potential internationally as well as domestically. Potential film festivals that we can submit our film to include:
The International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival – http://www.horrorscifi.com/info/ (60+ for feature, shorts less than 60 minutes)
Sci-Fi London Film Festival – http://www.sci-fi-london.com/submission (minimum 61 minutes for feature, 15mins max for short)
FANTASTIC PLANET: Sydney International Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival (Shorts less than 45, anything higher is feature) http://www.fantasticplanetfilmfestival.com/submission.htm
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival – http://thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com/index.html
Boston Sci-Fi Film festival – http://www.bostonsci-fi.com/node/11
Toronto After Dark Film Festival – http://torontoafterdark.com/2012/
Baltimore 46 Film Festival (Science Fiction Society) – http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsfilmfest.htm (accepting films under 52minutes run time)
Each of these festivals have submissions for feature length (over a certain time) and short length films (below a certain time).
Budget + Skills audit
Instead on shooting abroad, we are filming domestically with the main focus on story, characters and equipment.
Canon 5D Mark III with 25-105mm camera lens – £2500
As a director I am going the extra step to obtain the Mark 3 iteration because it performs much better than its predecessor in low-light conditions. Certain shots in this film will be shot in darker conditions, and at higher ISOs the Mark 3 is far superior.
Memory card(s) – £50, Camera Bag – £50, DSLR Microphone – £130, DSLR kit to be borrowed from Uni (£500). Production costs £2000 minimum covering locations, props, casting, catering and effects.
I pioneered the basic concept involving the cloning aspect and the 3 different stories acting as simulations. Rob developed the idea based on his experience, research and added enough depth to make the film desirable to make. We can only do this film whilst working together.
We have worked as a duo in all of our past projects and our partnership will make this film possible. By having a specific role, me directing and Rob writing enables us to work together and trust each other toward the completion of our joint vision.
I am very passionate about the idea coming to life and feel that I am more confident enough to direct the film. Past experience with a digital film and video HND has given me enough experience to take on this role.
We think the idea is original. Sure, films about clones and cloning have been done, but none have taken this particular route.
Plan/schedule of work
Pre-production – Janurary/February 2013.
Production – March/April 2013.
Post-production – April 2013.
I believe that Sci-Fi is the most thought provoking genre and with this film I intend to mindfuck the audience with a variety of intertwining scenarios and concepts. Unique concepts fascinate and intrigue me, hence this idea of clones and their simulations.
Our project is viable because even though the film as a whole is very complex, each story is linked to each other and when taken apart in the script, it is in fact simple and achievable.
Passion is what drives us forward and seeing such a concept being put into reality makes us very excited.
I feel that exploring Jean Baudrillad’s theories surrounding images of violence and the comparing of reality TV shows to snuff films assisted me into creating a more specific idea. Debord’s theories also helped me to home in and fine tune my idea. Perhaps in the future if I am ever struggling with an idea or trying to establish a good point to expand on I can look at the theories and writings of various theorists and philosophers. It was also interesting to see people’s fascination of gore as well, since it is also a form of media no matter how disturbing it is. The artefact also enabled me to improve my editing skills as I worked hard to add in a variety of twitches and frame drops to symbolise roughly shot footage – if you’re killing someone you would probably focus less on video. Most of all I found the feedback from the class seminar very helpful, it enabled me to focus on what other improvements I could do – something I would simply not have thought of by myself. Looking back at my work I could have paid more attention to the rise of gore sites in parallel to the advances in the internet; possibly more video recorded violence and killing and established a link between them. All in all I think my artefact did well to demonstrate that serial killers can be seen as a spectacle, something that I had hoped to achieve.
The spectacle artefact was a little tricky to show to the class because I worried that the content may have been a little peculiar for some (even though it probably looked more fake than anything). My goal was to make the artefact look like a snuff film, as opposed to make it look beautiful. It had to be filmed in one long take so the acting had to be satisfactory throughout. Moreover various effects like noise, artefacts and colour correction were added in to give an effect of a legitimate, but crappy tape recording. I received an adequate amount of feedback which helped to improve the artefact a great deal more.
Originally I had a very deep drone as the ambient/background noise but it was too quiet to even notice, and feeling that it was not tense enough I found an even creepier track to put on. The idea was to make the audience feel as uncomfortable as possible; as one study had previously suggested that low frequency sounds induce fear or awe in the viewer. Whilst it was a requirement for me to use full diegetic audio, the added audio did sound like the sounds that would have been captured during the real recording. Perhaps the high pitched sound effect when the victims head is shown could replicate the killer’s ruthless screaming.
The ‘Ministry of Defence’ evidence tape-style start was actually influenced a lot by the start of Cloverfield (2008). The content in the title sequence had to suggest that whatever was in the artefact had to have happened not long ago – this was achieved in After Effects. Since I had some experience with the program it was not too difficult playing around with composition and animation.
The biggest suggestion I received was that the ending was.. well, there was no ending. It was too abrupt. Even though this was intentional – assuming that after something gruesome happens on an evidence tape (as you seen in the movies) the video player is usually paused when someone says something along the lines of ‘I’ve had enough’ – edited to an effect similar to a VHS being paused. Whilst I thought this was pretty cool, it didn’t go well with the class. The original ending was at approximately 01:43 in the artefact, and was extended by about 11 more seconds. The new ending featured a violently edited serial killer staring into the lens showing off the victim’s bloody head before showing ‘end of tape’ and powering down – it was now evidence tape from start to finish. However with this ending the artefact felt much more complete as opposed to the sudden stop of the original.