In many respects, the story-line of Chameleons is a modern retelling of the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, where Orville Braithwaite stands in for Orpheus, Candice stands in for Eurydice and our big bad represents the shepherd/satyr Aristaeus. The Orphean storyline is allegorical, and the ending might not be quite as disappointing. Another change is that in the original Orphean myth, we primarily hear the tale from Orpheus’ point of view. In Chameleons, the focus is squarely on Candice’s journey, and while Orville will be her guide out of the “underworld,” the choice at Cerberus’ gate will be her own.
For those of you not familiar with the classic Greek myth, Wikipedia offers a brief overview.
In case you’re wondering… yes – Orville is an intentionally similar name to Orpheus, and it’s no coincidence that Candice’s name has the same ending as Eurydice. Candice is also the name of a character I created in a flash fiction piece called Cybabe, although this one lacks the aiming reticles on the eyeballs, the eight-inch rippers and the chain-mail dress of the original Candice.
Cue the Beatles tune…
Well this has been a productive night! I set myself a target of 10 pages worth of screenplay writing and I’ve hit the mark nicely. The beat that I wanted to hit has been clubbed well and good, and I have a nice little cliff-hanger for myself to think about for the next day or two before I put fingers on the keyboard again. The total word-count for the screen play is up to around 11,100, and I’m up to a total of 50 pages of actual script (i.e. doesn’t include the title page). Yes – there may have been a few rounds of Battlefield 4 between the first five pages and the next five, but sometimes the creative juices need some dopamine inhibition to really start flowing.
Our entry has been officially accepted into MyRodeReel. Please activate your networks of flying monkeys and use your powers of persuasion, coercion or telempathy to make them click the VOTE button at the link below! Voting closes on July 3rd, and IP addresses are logged (1 vote per household, in other words) – but the people’s choice award is worth the effort, so please spread the word!
Just a quick bit of news – I’ve dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on a new Tomekeepers script – just a 3 minute short for submission to the ever-expanding (and incredibly generous) MyRodeReel short film competition. For any amateur film-makers out there, I can’t recommend this competition enough. Last year there were four prize categories and $70K worth of gear given away. This year it’s more like $200K of prizes over 19 categories. If we happen to be good enough to win a major prize, it throws the team’s production capabilities forward a long way! Like they say – you’ve got to be in it to win it, so wish us luck! On a separate note,
There’s a people’s choice category, so once our video is up, we’ll be asking you to vote up our entry. I want to offer a huge shout out to Rode Microphones for their generosity in supporting film-makers in this way. Their contribution to making production-quality gear available to mass markets has a huge impact on the ability of film-makers that don’t have huge studio budgets to make good quality content at an affordable price. And they’re an Australian company to boot!
But in the meantime, please engage with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter or on the main production blog, tell us what you want to know more about and generally get involved. I’m still working on back-story short stories, but the ideas for the Chameleons feature are starting to flow again. I’m not making any promises on production/release dates at this point, as the script is still in progress and I’m working full time… but other distractions are starting to take a back seat and the creative juices (which taste a little like raspberry, if truth be told) are gushing forth in quantity!
One final request… if any of you know anyone in Adelaide who can hook us up with some unoccupied warehouse or retail space which we could use for standing sets, or would be willing to host an occasional bit of filming in a residential space, please reach out and let me know. Thanks in advance!