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Dream Raiders concept art

Here’s the second piece of digital art I’ve created for “Dream Raiders”, the first being the spiral image that may be used as a symbol for Project Nautilus.

In this piece, Lily enters the dark forest that is one of her many dream realms…

Dream Raiders concept art - Lily

Dream Raiders concept art - Lily


Project Nautilus Candidate Profile: Cartwright, Lily

Profile by MAJ Arnold Pendrak, Special Operations Division

Lily Cartwright (Subject) is the most powerful dreamer the Project has found at the time of this profile. However, her potential as Project operative requires further assessment. Subject suffers from mental instability as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Subject was 12 years old when she was kidnapped by Randolph Murch on Feb. 14th, 2004. For nearly six years, Subject was caged in Murch’s basement where she suffered unspeakable mental and physical torture. Subject reports that she took refuge in her dreams and learned to control her dream world. Subject also reports that she escaped the basement after killing Murch in a dream. The Baltimore Coroner’s autopsy revealed that Murch suffered a fatal coronary failure at the approximate time that Subject claims to have made the lethal transference.

Subsequent studies have confirmed that Subject is indeed capable of Targeted Lethal Transference (TLT). Project handlers recommend extreme caution when dealing with Subject, whose moods and behavior are unpredictable. Though normally quiet and withdrawn, Subject may prove to be a danger to herself and everyone around her. Proceeding to Level 2 testing.

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Dream Raiders

This weekend I wrote an outline for “Dream Raiders”, a science fiction movie divided into twelve 8-10 minute episodes. The story is about a man who is dying from a brain tumor but becoming a powerful lucid dreamer. He is recruited by a top secret agency to stop an invasion of Sleepwalkers, mysterious beings who can take control of a dreamer’s mind and body.

I don’t plan to start filming another movie until “Bloodwood” has gotten around and I’ve seen what other options are out there, but developing “Dream Raiders” will give me something creative to do in the meantime. Because much of the story is set in dreams, there’s opportunity for all kinds of cool visual effects that are scaleable. I’m toying with ideas like creating one dream sequence with Machinema and other mixing animation and live action. If I have to do most of them myself, it will be a fun way to experiment and learn some new After Effects tricks. If there’s a budget to hire professional VFX artists… the sky is the limit.

Now I just need to put a “coming soon” graphic on… and finish writing the darn thing.

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Fantasy vs Sci-Fi

I’m still undecided on which project to pursue after Bloodwood. Looking over the script for Fallen Sky, I realize it would be very hard to do with a small budget and still have a fantasy feel. It could work as a gritty urban drama if I want to take it that way. On the other hand, my sci-fi idea based on dreams could be shot on a limited budget if I develop it the same way as Bloodwood, by writing the story around locations and FX that are easy to find or make.

Sci-Fi films tend to be more successful than fantasy, with the notable exceptions of LOTR and Harry Potter. And those already had loyal fans from the books. Original fantasy is hard to sell compared to sci-fi, at least according to my former lit agent.

Midsummer Nightmare and Bloodwood 2 are also options,  even though I’d rather my second feature be something besides horror. Still, I think the best plan may be to enter scripts into contests and see what wins and/or gets attention from producers.

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