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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Dark

imageThe Dark is a six episode anthology series masterminded by writer and filmmaker Michael Cornetto and the February One Week Challenge on SimplyScripts. Writers were challenged to write an eight to 12 page horror, supernatural thriller, fantasy, or science fiction script on the theme of The Dark. The only guidance they were given was to create “a 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”. To add to the pressure, they had just one week to do it.

Six of the scripts, by six different authors, were then selected to be made into machinima movies. 

(Note: these movies deal with mature themes and are not suitable for younger viewers.)

The first of the six, The Dark: Issues, was released in mid-November. Written by Pia Cook, directed by Michael Cornetto, and featuring the voice talents of Moviestorm regulars Jorge Campos (act3scene24) and Lucinda McNary, it looks at sexual addiction. In the author’s words, “longing for love can drive you to do bad things”. It’s shot in Moviestorm, and has an unusual visual style, combining black and white with flashes of red and a cel shader to evoke the feel of a Frank Miller comic. Michael notes that he didn’t use the red cutout filter from Moviestorm. “That gave me the idea and I really wanted to use it, but unfortunately I couldn’t get it to do what I needed. As a matter of fact, no red cutout filter could and I had to do a bit of niggling post production in order to get it to look that way.”

Full script for Issues on SimplyScripts (pdf)

The second in the series, The Dark – The Environmentalist, by James Williams was released in early December. A young girl alone in her parent’s plush ski retreat gets a visit from a malevolent stranger.  Again directed by Michael Cornetto, this has a noticeably different visual style, which is one of the things Michael specifically wanted to achieve with this anthology. Also shot in Moviestorm, it uses washed out, faded colours to create an eerie feeling. Although the opening is somewhat cliched, and an obvious homage to Scream, the story develops quite differently.

Full script for The Environmentalist on SimplyScripts (pdf)

Look out for more in the series in 2011: the next will be It Gazes Back, due for release in January, hopefully followed by One For The Road in February or March. You can find out more about The Dark anthology on Facebook or follow the production of all six movies on the discussion board, which includes stills, previews, music clips and more.

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