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Posted: February 5th, 2010, 10:00pm Report to Moderator
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By Friday, February 12th, 11:59 pm est, you must write a script (properly formatted) 8 - 12 pages (courier 12 point font) on the following theme and genre:

Theme: The Dark -  A complete story that sheds light into the darkest reaches of the mind, into deepest shadows of the imagination and into the blackest void at the end of the universe.

Genre: horror, supernatural thriller, fantasy, or science fiction

Limitations:  The script must be between 8 and 12 pages.  Properly formatted.  All sounds and effects should be capitalized.  Do not include specific songs.  Avoid descriptions of the sets and costumes, unless there are specific items that are required for the story.   No children or animals.  Keep the cast to a minimum.  Try to concentrate more on character than on action.  This is to be a micro-budget script.

Your script must be submitted using this form..

This is not a contest, it is a challenge, so with that being said, up to six scripts submitted will be selected for production and distributed on the Machinima.com network (upon approval by the author of the work).  The only compensation will be "Written By" credit.  It is recommended that your script be written with the target audience of Machinima.com subscribers in mind.  That audience would have a significant majority of gamers.

If you aren't acquainted with Moviestorm, it wouldn't hurt to visit the site here.  Once there check out the packages that are avialable in the Marketplace to get an idea of what sorts of sets and characters are available.  Check out the Favourite or Top Rated videos to see these packages in action.

Bear in mind that props and the actions you can do with them are also limited.   The list of props available are: Briefcase Empty, Sports Bag full of Drugs, Knife, PDA, Megaphone, Shotgun, Badgem Wallet, Drumsticks, Microphone, Glock, Cell (Mobile) Phone, Electric Guitar, Wine Glass, Coffee Mug, Book, Mistletoe, Carol Sheet, Snowball, Spraycan, Magic Wand, Torch (the kind with fire), Sparkler.

This doesn't mean that you can't use other props, just that we can't see them being used.  A very good technique for dealing with this is to mention the prop in dialogue.

The challenge is not supported nor endorsed by machinima.com or moviestorm.com

Timeline The scripts must be received by Friday, February 12th at 11:59 pm e.d.t..  Please do not put your real name on your script, however, please use your real name and real e-mail address on the submission form below.  (After the exercise closes you can either have your script removed or resubmit the script with your name on it).  Please put "(c) Copyright 2010" on your script.

This is completely Free to enter.

This is only an exercise.  There is no prize for winning (after all, we all win if we have fun).  There will not be an official judging for the best script (after all, we all win if we have fun).

All submitted scripts will be posted anonymously for a few weeks before the writers are revealed.

The Schedule:  
2/5 - theme and genre revealed

2/12 - submissions due 11:59 pm edt

2/14 - 12/21 - scripts posted without author's names review, critique, comment, guess who wrote what

2/21 - Author's names revealed.

Please post any questions you may have in this thread.  


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I'm still considering dominating this one with multiple related shorts...


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My initial reaction is that I'm clueless to what this even means. Damn, I thought I was drinking enough, but maybe not.

Looking forward to hearing some more insight on this...


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Write a short script in one of the four genres with a theme of "The Dark".  

Up to six scripts may be selected for production (using Moviestorm to produce them) and will be distributed via the Machinima.com network.
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Thanks, Michael, that definitely helps...a little.  I'm confused about what we can and can't bring into the script though. I guess we're talking about what animation is available for different items?  Not sure, still confused.  Remember, I'm slow...r...e...a...l...s...l...o...w...


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What is a "Glock"?


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What about a vat of acid?

How about a bone saw?

A chainsaw?  A scepter?  Maybe a receptor?

I guess I'll just stay away from props, and make it "DARK"...really dark.

Pia, you need to be in, now, right?


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R, NC17, and X only, please!


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A glock is a hand gun.  

What you can or can't do varies a lot with what you add onto Moviestorm.  Therefore, it is too complex to explain easily.  It's actually best if you watch a few Moviestorm films to see how things are done.

The best place to start doing that is here

http://www.moviestorm.co.uk/community/index.php?page=videos&type=favorites&c=

Suffice to say that if you keep things pretty simple then there shouldn't be any isse.

Try to stick with the list of props given. You can do basic things with the props, shoot a gun, hold a bag, speak or sing into a mic.   The first part of this clip shows the props I currently have and what you can do with them.  

http://www.moviestorm.co.uk/community/index.php?page=videos&section=view&vid_id=103001

It's a long clip and if you continue watching you can see all the gestures that I have but you would probably only do that if you were going to use the program yourself.

Interaction between characters is also limited.  They can hug and kiss, lie on top of one another in bed, have a fist fight.

One other thing you can do is have a look at the marketplace to see what is available for inclusion in Moviestorm.

https://www.moviestorm.co.uk/MSDB/StorePageServlet

There are other things that can be included and if you are that interested doing something different you can have a look at some of these movies which show demos of modifications other people make available for use in Moviestorm.

http://www.moviestorm.co.uk/community/index.php?handler=tags&action=tagsearch&tag=mod

Be warned though, some of these may not actually be available due to various reasons so it's risky to plan on them.

You have a lot of leeway with sets and props that are not interacted with.  I can produce mods of just about anything Google has in it's 3d warehouse and include them in Moviestorm.

I can also produce some special effects, like fires, or even a meteor shower.  I would have limitations where water is concerned though, so running water is out.    

The biggest restriction is the models and their clothes.  The characters.  There can be no children, no overly fat or skinny people.  The models that are available with Moviestorm are the ones you must use.

Hope this helps some.  If you have any specific questions, please let me know and I will try to answer them.  


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What about a vat of acid?

How about a bone saw?

A chainsaw?  A scepter?  Maybe a receptor?

I guess I'll just stay away from props, and make it "DARK"...really dark.

Pia, you need to be in, now, right?



If they are not interacted with - that means not held or used in any way - then I should be able to find them for inclusion.  

If they must be used then you can still include them - only we can't see them being used - it has to be implied.
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Got it...that helps alot, Michael. Thanks!

Sounds fun...let's have at it!


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