So … thanks to the great work of Evelyn Dubuc, who played one of the Council Members in John Carter, all 5 of the Council Members will be at the December 1 Screening of John Carter at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, along with Amanda Clayton, who played the early Mrs. Carter. (Note to MCR, please don’t let your disdain for Stanton’s script move you to be unkind to the actor – it’s not her fault!) That led to some discussion of a possible skit or something along those lines….which in turn led to a slightly more ambitious idea — what if we could shoot a short film (5-8 minutes) in which all of the Council Members would appear in full wardrobe, etc ….. what would that film be? The Council Members are game, pending getting a clearance from SAG which should be easy, and so now it’s time to start brainstorming it.
Here are the parameters:
1. This is strictly a non-commercial fan video which will go up on Youtube and hopefully get some attention, even go viral if we’re really smart about what we do. But the idea is for it to be polished in terms of production value and smartly written and well acted.
2. It would have to be shot in one day, a Saturday, in a green screen studio, and would essentially have to be one scene set in the council chamber. The Council Members would be in position at their desks and the action of the scene would involve someone being brought before the council, and interacting with them. The total page count for the scene should be 5-8 minutes. What we need to figure out is — who gets hauled in front of the Council Members, and why?
The objective is to do something that gets some attention as something cool done by fans in combination with film-makers, and drawing some favorable attention to the fan group and the film. It should be the kind of thing that will get attention on Youtube, and which the entertainment outlets that covered the fan trailers and the creation of the fan group for John Carter would embed and write about.
I will offer my contribution to a possible storyline, at least he seeds of one. What if the person being hauled in front of the Council is a Jasoomian movie critic who didn’t “get” John Carter? And what if he turns out to be a Thern?
We have access to wardrobe and props — not specifically from John Carter but very close, and we have people who could adapt some things to make them even closer. We have a Red Camera setup and an operator and digital tech, and we are on the trail of getting the rest of a one-day, Saturday-shoot crew together. So we have elements falling into place.
What we need are some brilliant ideas for the scene.
If readers are interested in submitting ideas, we’ll take them in any form — notes, a comment, a short story, or in screenplay format.
By submitting them you understand there’s no money in this — only fame and glory — and by submitting them you mean you’re approving them for use in our pro-bono-fan-film, and all you get is credit and glory, which is all anyone is getting.
I’m specifically calling out Abraham Sherman, Pascalahad, Jeff Doten, Crust Bucket, Heinreid, and MCR to submit ideas.
And here is a clip from the deleted opening that shows a bit of how a green screen set like the one we would use, would work ….
One last note … no one is really sure whether this will get off the ground or not. A lot will depend on whether someone comes up with a really, really clever script, as that will motivate people. But for those who don’t live and work in the film biz, do please be assured that this kind of “beg and borrow” short film, shot on a weekend with a budget approaching zero (there WILL BE GOOD CATERING AND CRAFT SERVICES, that much we promise!) is done all the time. So it CAN be done. Will it be? Time will tell.