Screenplay Progress and Other Updates

Hi folks,

Just a few quick updates for you all.

Firstly – I’m about 45 pages into a feature-length screenplay for “Chameleons” – originally a standalone story and now a “Prequel” for the Tomekeepers milieu, which might get split into a couple of episodes of TV.  That puts me at roughly half to a third of the way through.  With the story beats still to go, it’s probably closer to a third.

Secondly – a huge thank you to those of you who have already voted for our entry in the MyRodeReel 2015 People’s Choice awards.  For those of you who haven’t voted yet, PLEASE DO SO NOW!  If you believe in what we’re trying to do here, please also consider asking your friends and family to check out this blog, like/share our page on Facebook and go cast their own votes for us on MyRodeReel.

Finally – I’d like to invite anyone interested in writing on this project to step forward.  Sadly, I can’t dedicate my efforts to this project full-time, so I need some other people around me who can work collaboratively to build out the Tomekeeper’s milieu and populate it with fully realised characters and action.

Episode themes and outlines will be provided, and as long as people are willing to stick to the premise of the show, I’m not likely to be too heavily critical of whatever people produce as long as it’s in an appropriate screenplay format and can be shot on what passes for a budget in our project (which currently amounts to a lot of goodwill and an occasional pizza).  On the upside, the deadlines for this work will be pretty flexible – typically up to 2 months per script, which is a lot more than writers would get on a fully-fledged TV show.

I also reserve the right to do some editing and polishing on the final product, but the primary credit for the script will go to the person who writes it.  If (and hopefully when) we do get picked up for a network/streaming production deal, I’ll make sure people are recompensed accordingly.

To be clear, I’m primarily looking for screen-writers.  The “show-runner’s bible” is in progress and already has a lot of meat on the bones.  However, good suggestions that enhance rather than redirect the direction of the show will always be considered.  What this show is NOT about:

  • Vampires/Werewolves/Marvel-style Mutants
  • Teen romance/adventure – we’re producing a show for an adult audience that some teens might find watchable, not a teen show that adults might enjoy
  • Aliens, alien invasions, alien contact – that’s a shark we’re not yet ready to jump.

What this show IS about:

  • The human and organisational relationships between politics, media and technology
  • Examining in a meaningful way how a post-pandemic society can go from surviving to thriving
  • Considering different attitudes to value and access to information
  • Exploring group dynamics and conflicts in an interesting and thoughtful way
  • Following the lives of a group of young adult (20s) survivors in a frontier world full of modern technologies.
  • Exploring the impacts of emergent nanotechnology and its implications if not properly governed

If that sounds like something you’d be interested in helping out with, sign up on the Tomekeepers Supports Group on Facebook and post a message to that effect.

That’s all for now!  Thanks for reading.

The Tomekeepers: NightFall #MyRodeReel2015 Entry is now official. NOW WE NEED VOTES!

Hi folks,
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!

GO VOTE!!!

Another Tomekeepers Short coming up!

Hi folks,

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!

Episode Scripts in progress!

Hi folks,

A quick update… I’ve finished the synopsis for Season 0 Episode 1 (S0E1) and will start turning that into a script as of tomorrow night. 🙂

I’ve also given some guidance to the other guys on the writing team about what I need from them, and we’ll hopefully be setting up regular chin-wags to pitch ideas about plotting out our season 0 and 1 in more detail. Anyone wanting to join the writing team should do so soon. Jump over to https://www.facebook.com/groups/tomekeepers and let us know you’re interested ASAP. 🙂

Preview Video – it’s UP!!!

Hi folks

It’s been a while since I’ve posted in here.  I’ve had a couple of busy weeks with my day job (including quite a bit of after hours work) and had to let the body recover from the rigours of preparing for OzComicCon.  (Apparently I’m not a teenager with inexhaustible stamina any more…)  A big thank you to everyone who chatted to us at OzComicCon – we had a great time telling you what we’re trying to achieve, and some of the feedback we received is going into shaping the project further.

Over the last few days/nights, I’ve been trying to get the finishing touches completed on our “Before the Tome” preview/teaser video.  Sorry it’s taken so long to get these videos up – I told people it would be up earlier than this, but between a few software crashes and quite a bit of rework (and the aforementioned day job) it’s finally done. Clearly my computer isn’t quite as powerful as I thought… all the green screen stuff bogged it down no end. Still… it’s done, and I’m proud of what our cast and crew have achieved, basically for zero cost.

Hopefully the end product serves to intrigue our viewers and make them wonder about what happens next. While this effort is exposition heavy, we’re hoping to drive the story forward through our characters and the great cast who will play them.

Next step – back to the writing room to script Episode 0.1. It’s outlined, and in progress. 🙂



For future reference, the links are as follows:

Vimeo 1080p (Full HD):http://vimeo.com/jeremyhuppatz/tomekeepers-beforethetome-1080p
Vimeo 720p (SD):http://vimeo.com/jeremyhuppatz/tomekeepers-beforethetome-720p
YouTube 1080p (Full HD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccD3Dg1Uqm4
YouTube 720p (SD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc6FrQPujG0

Anyone wanting a copy on a USB device who lives in Adelaide, touch base with us and we’ll see what we can do.