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So what is this bastard of art and science going to be? A game? An animation? Interactive visual novel? What?
So what is this bastard of art and science going to be? A game? An animation? Interactive visual novel? What?Well, considering the relative distance between everybody, and the difference in equipment, I'd say that film is right out. I believe a cartoon was suggested, which is honestly a pretty good idea. Certainly doable.
Everybody, throw any ideas you have out there. The hardest part for me is starting, but once I do I will actually write something.I have had an idea that I've been toying with for a little while, I don't know if it will suit the needs of what we want to go for, but I'll give it a shot. I've had this idea of doing a noir story wherein the main character is a private investigator...except that he has schizophrenia and is subject to lucid dreaming and hallucinations on a regular basis. Somehow, he uses these mental deficiencies to his advantage as they somehow give him insight to things that would be unfathomable or impossible to see to anyone who was of sound mind. Fittingly enough, he is named Nemo McKay (bonus points if you can guess the reference). He isn't the best investigator and oftentimes, during a case, his methods are questionable; both ethically and legally. He oftentimes gets around these snafus that would otherwise land anyone else in his career in deep shit thanks to a very close friend who is Captain of the police force in the city of Ivy City: known as Graham Lang (and the police force is known as, appropriately enough, the Ivy Squad). The world he lives in is an alternate history that diverges with President Truman deciding against dropping the two bombs on either Hiroshima or Nagasaki...and the Japanese just never quit...so there is a continuing war with them and neither side wants to give an inch to the other. I'd have more, but this is still the area I'm thinking about the most and is very rough and underdeveloped as a result. The main concept that is active, both aesthetically and storytelling-wise is ambiguity. Constantly throughout the story, you will see things that will really unnerve you and/or give you the feeling that something is very off (e.g. furniture rearranging itself with no explanation; either subtly or glaringly, . However, the question you'll always be asking is whether or not the strange things that you witness is due to Nemo's mental deficiencies or if there is something sinister or weird going on that you are not privy to. Also, the city itself is like a third character of the story itself (the first two being Nemo and Graham) in that you get the feeling that it has sentience because of how many hidden layers there are to the city and that if you strip away one layer, you've introduced the entire possibility of there being many more after it. As for an actual storyline, I'm still fleshing the world out more and more, yet I designed it to where many different kinds of stories could possibly be told. If any of you have any ideas for a story, I'd like to see them so we can work on it together.Tell me what you guys think about it.
Everybody, throw any ideas you have out there. The hardest part for me is starting, but once I do I will actually write something.
I'd like to see something short-form happen, like a 2-3 minute gag cartoon, which seems more realistic at this stage than a sprawling epic.
Short-form should definitely be the goal. I foresee the toughest bottleneck being animation since it's more labor-intensive than writing or audio. If we have artists who are up for animating a simple 3-5 minute show then we can go ahead with the cartoon. If not, how do we feel about an audio drama?
I like that idea, Frost! The way you describe it makes it seem like we can actually work on multiples if we wanted to. Of course I suggest starting with one.
I think 2-3 pages would be a lot. People like comedic bite sized things online. At the most 2-3 minutes which is roughly a page or page and a half.
I like this idea, sharing personal stories. I'd be up for helping in this, though I'm not very useful for things besides games and writing.
Dramatic costumed reading of forum conversations, go.
Just think, you can watch a video of someone pretending to be Geo making that exact argument!