Since I posted the final scene of the odd, noirish pseudo-sci-fi thriller Killer Green here last night, I thought it was about time for a recap.
On the 27th of February, I was in Baltimore scoping out the office that has since become my company’s first outlying workspace. I stayed at the Embassy Suites, and let me tell you…this project might not have happened otherwise. Between the hours of 5:30 and 7:30 PM, if you present your room key to the bartender, beer and house drinks are free. Yeungling is their tap beer of choice, and I didn’t argue.
The idea was born of conversation of Twitter, the micro-blogging site. I really have no idea what we were talking about, but it ended up with the title Killer Green, and the idea that some crackpot pseudo-scientists would be running around the country making gasoline out of recently dead bodies. There’s a lot more to it now (thankfully) but we decided it should be called Killer Green. Someone suggested that we get a warped version of the classic “Killer Queen” done as a theme song, and I was off to the bar - and the races.
The characters were loosely developed from people on Twitter. Usually I only took their name, but in other cases, there’s more. For instance, Terence Smelser is a buddy I met on Twitter - he and and his wife Helen are the truck-driving team in the movie. There’s a wide variety of folks involved, reading, playing parts, and following along to encourage me.
It took almost exactly 60 days from the first typed word to the last. I posted scenes as I wrote them. What is complete is rough - has a few slow spots and plot holes - but is surprisingly coherent and … even more surprisingly…I think if someone else had written the same story, and the movie was made, I’d be in line to watch it.
I’m not going to post the entire screenplay here. You can put Killer Green in the search box on the upper right of My Home Page and get all the episodes. There’s a link under Screenplays at the top of the main page that has a big chunk of the beginning. What I AM going to do is start searching out some folks who’d like to fund and produce it.
I’d like to find them on Twitter, or through this blog and my main blog. I’d like the entire project, start to finish, to owe its life to Social Media, Twitter in particular, but in any case, I’d like the movie to be made…so the next phases begin. Editing, cutting, reshaping, and marketing. All the things I hate…Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, if you are on Twitter, check out the following folks with enough sense of humor and interest to lend their names (and sometimes more than just names) to the story:
@Morticia626 - Delilah
@TerenceSmelser - Terence
@HelenSmelser - Helen
@TehKrizz - Skeeter
@GregVerdino - Professor Gregory Verdino
@AmandaGravel - Amanda Stone
@ChrisBrogan - Sheriff Cicero Brogan
@JamesGoodmanHW - State Trooper Goodman
@Paisano - Paisano
@Dathar - Kurt
@PsychoMule - Mule
@Thomas Sullivan - Sully
@Nil17 - Becci
@RebeccaCoffey - Rebecca Coffey (News Reporter)