Ground Zero →
This mapplet shows the thermal damage caused by a nuclear explosion. Search for a place, pick a suitable weapon and press “Nuke It!”. Although it doesn’t offer the 80-100kt yield that the Trident warheads deliver.
Crieff nuclear bunker goes up for sale →
Abandoned WWII Bunkers →
Possible Location: 'Scotlands Secret Bunker'... →
A nuclear bomb is detonated in Scotland, it is unclear who is responsible and the country has descended into chaos. Amid this a pregnant woman, Carrie, is trying to find shelter for herself and her boyfriend Rob who was badly injured in the blast. She reluctantly turns to her old love, a survivalist called Duncan, who is holed up in a bunker in the Scottish countryside. Carrie, Rob and Duncan have...
Logline: A pregnant woman struggles to find direction after a nuclear blast...
Possible Location: Comrie Bunker, Perthshire / A... →
Possible Archive Footage: Camcorder Guerillas →
Possible Location: Comrie Bunker, Perthshire →
Possible Location: Cragie Barns Bunker, Dundee →
Possible Location: Gauldry Bunker, Fife →
Terrorist link to Loch Lomond blast? →
In this news report ITV say that security sources suggest the blast was from someone with ability to build ‘powerful bomb’. Could be some fuel for the fire here, just so long as I don’t take any stylistic tips from the good people at ITV.
Could do with a filthy explosion like this! Tutorial can be found at Video Copilot.
‘The Silent City 2006’, a Short Film Written & Directed by Oscar Nominated Director Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey) Wow, it’s like The Hurt Locker… but Irish…. but in the future! Inspiring stuff.
'Even Newer Beat Sheet' Response
After Tom produced a rough draft of the screenplay based on the ‘New Beat Sheet’, we realised that we had put too much emphasis on our characters attempting to affect the wider world of the film. I had suggested this previously in a bid to give the story more purpose. Instead, it muddied my original vision of ordinary people dealing with each other when put in these drastic...
Even Newer Beat Sheet
Bomb goes off – a massive Akira-like explosion destroys the Scottish countryside. KABOOM!!!!!! Fight on doorstep- Rob and Carrie are trying to gain access to the bunker. They are not in a happy place. Rob knows he’s dying and is bitter. Carrie is pissed off they are not getting in. Both are worried about the baby. Duncan is inside watching this on CCTV. Duncan’s many...
New Beat Sheet
Nuclear bomb goes off in Scotland. KERCHOW! Carrie and a badly burned Rob are trying to gain access to the bunker. Eventually Duncan lets them in (after he learns of the baby and Rob learns of Carrie and Duncan’s previous relationship) They watch the government emergency broadcast, blaming the attack on the Scandinavian Alliance and saying that a counter attack has just...
Notes on Notes
I agree with most points in Tom’s Yet More Script Notes post. Reduced time scale, all characters having been involved with the anti war movement and Carrie having a previous relationship with Duncan all allow us to get into the nitty gritty of the story faster. The corruption of a symbol of idealism such as the anti-war movement is very appealing to me. It bleeds into the wider theme of...
9/11 Conspiracy Theories →
All over the world fools are poised, ready to let death fly. Machines of death,...– Doctor Who - Battlefeild (1989) By Ben Aaronovitch
State sponsored terrorisim! →
Yet More Script Notes
I’ve done a lot of thinking about what we can do to strip down the story a little and really make the focus be Carrie’s journey (and make Carrie’s journey be a reflection of our themes). The first thing that I’m suggesting is that we drastically reduce the timescale that the film is set in so that what we see all takes place within the first hour after the explosion rather than spreading things...
More script notes...
Primary theme: desire for order (fear of chaos) Secondary theme: desire for validation (or finding the true self/self worth) Allegory: Although our scientific knowledge and technical power is ever growing, our ability to communicate with one another, to reason and make compassionate moral judgements is in a constant state of flux. In a world where we are bombarded with infromation without a...
A Very British Coup →
A great three part drama about a fictional left wing government in power in the UK in the 80s. Nuclear disarmament and a right wing coup, juicy stuff.
Empire online: Documentaries that will scare the... →
I think Why We Fight, Countdown to Zero and Age of Stupid are the key ones here. Lets watch.
Einstein's Monsters →
This book is a really good reference for what we’re doing. And its reallly short.
Just had a really interesting class from screenwriter Mark Grindle. He gave us a lecture on understanding the components that make up narrative in order to better understand the writing process. General Notes; The screenwriter structures a screenplay to make sense for the viewer. Must be in control of the audiences emotions and intelect. Make the audience ask active questions “Who...
Tom and I have been discussing the idea of a short drama set against the back drop of a nuclear explosion for several months now. The original format was to be of three short webisodes with periods of time missing between each ep. We got a chance to have a good discussion on it recently and made some serious headway. The format will no longer be episodic, instead it will be an 8 to 10 min...