Field Days

So… Chameleons as a title is dead. The story has morphed into something where our characters are literally more fixed, but the characters are stronger as a result. I’d love to get constructive feedback on what follows. The new working title is “Field Days”.

Field Days is a “nano-punk” sci-fi feature length story set in the very near future.

Here’s the synopsis….

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Research

Hi folks,

A quick update.  For the last couple of weeks I’ve been at a bit of a stand-still with the writing thanks to a bit of a mental health glitch. On the downside, it’s been a bit disruptive with respect to productivity.  On the upside, it’s offered me some insights into the mental state of one of the characters in the Tomekeepers TV series who is currently scheduled to start going into a major depressive episode starting at around episode 5 of the series.  Unlike me, she’ll come back to herself with a transcendent ability before being dragged back into the pit, only to rise again as a personage of dark power.  Unlike her, I will be enjoying the fruits of modern pharmaceuticals to help smooth out the peaks and troughs, and I can’t kill people with my mind.

On a separate note, I recently attended the New Screenmakers Conference put on by the Media Resource Centre at Mercury cinema.  One of the speakers – Allan Palmer (who blogs about screen writing at CrackingYarns.com.au) did a couple of sessions which have made me think very seriously about discarding about ten pages worth of the Chameleons feature screenplay and go back to the planning stage to double check my work.  Between cogitating on Allan’s talks and reading Shawn Coyne’s The Story Grid, I’ve been carving a deeper and truer story out of the monolith that was originally going to top out at over a hundred pages, so it’s now starting to look like closer to ninety.  It hurts throwing work away.  But it’s better to do that than to leave the work overburdened with heavy-handed exposition which doesn’t even relate to the protagonist of the story.  On the upside, this will mean that some of the spoilers for the Tomekeepers TV series will be less obvious, so perhaps that will lead to a few repeat viewings and a bit more buzz around the TV show.

Watch this space.  More updates to follow!

It’s a Ten Page Night…

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.

MOOD: Satisfied.

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.

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.