Story Concept: Conclave
Story Concept: Conclave
Collectively it is called The Magnavox.
It is everything there is: galaxies, suns, planets, moons, the history and the past. From the times lost to history of lone wanderers and ancient magic, to the present of bold struggle against oppressive regimes, to the grim future of stalwart survivors against incredible odds. The threads of legend and destiny unite every warrior, soldier, humble hero, wizard and rebel who has ever lived.
This is one of a thousand tales, a thousand tales contained in its telling. For no life, good or ill, exists without affecting the paths of others.
These are the tales of The Conclave.
They came from the depths of the void.
In the years following humankind's discovery of The Chaos Emeralds, a source of unlimited power, the species experienced a scientific golden age in which is was discovered that the principal of the universe was energy, not physical laws. With no constraints to advancement they crafted a worldwide utopia of technology&
On Dark AdaptationsKilling Dreams or Nurturing Them?On Dark Adaptations4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
I've been accused in several instances now of ruining or killing childhoods through my proposed reimaginings of classic shows and franchises as well as my interest in 'darker' versions of the same. It's a concern that has dogged me for some time as I try to strike a balance between darkening and deepening a concept without destroying the fundamental enjoyment of it or making it morbid.
Here I'll try to describe my thoughts on the matter, why I make reimaginings the way I do, and why I feel I'm attempting to nurture dreams, not kill them.
This is not meant as an attack and I'll alter it if I learn otherwise, but this is my explanation for now.
1: My Stories are still Dreams
When I reimagine Sonic say or when I support wholeheartedly American McGee's reimagining of Alice in Wonderland this is because these tales are still essentially dreams. Regardless of how dark a story becomes it remains quintessentially a dream; a looking glass land to inspire the im
Story Concept: HollowStory Concept: Hollow4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Holidays Story Series
Story Concept: Hollow
Welcome to Sunken Acres: a placid little town in the Midwestern United States, population one hundred and seventy seven sturdy, solitary folks. Not much goes on here for most of the year. There's a police department and a sheriff and a local fire station but the province hasn't seen a good anything in years. Crimes range from the local gang (just the one) defacing public property, improperly parked autos, and sometimes a coyote sighting. In fact if it wasn't achingly so boring Sunken Acres might just be the nicest place to live anywhere
At least until Halloween.
Inexplicably on that one night of the year a rash of very elaborate, very inventive, and oftentimes disturbing pranks, some of which defy conventional reason of what is humanly possible. People have discovered their cars in trees; their homes filled with candy, and have been menaced by terrifying monsters that leap from the shadows or bizarre occurrences
Some Video Game Story IdeasGame IdeasSome Video Game Story Ideas4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Game Type: RPG
A film crew arrives at an abandoned mansion, The Eventide Estate, to do a documentary on the horrific legends surrounding it. They interview the creepy caretakers, do some light investigating and then prepare to stay over in the grand bedrooms of the house itself to get the full experience.
But in the middle of the night there is a piercing scream! One of the crew has been murdered while he was sleeping and when the survivors leave the house to find help they discover the door locked, the windows bricked closed.
There's no choice remaining. Banding together they must travel deeper into the house to find a way out, but within the twisting maze of passages, unexpected and vast underground basements and crypts they unravel the horrific truth behind the events that corrupted the house, its grounds, and threatens to spread its influence beyond.
Each one has a special ability, but one that comes from an unexpected source. The Photographe
8 Ways to Make Your Story LiveAs humbly as I can I'd like to present a series of suggestions to help your stories, be they cinematic or otherwise, come to life. These work for me so results may vary.8 Ways to Make Your Story Live5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
8: Realistic Dialogue.
People are spur of the moment since our brains operate that way, assessing immediate information and crosschecking it against past experience. Unless we're on a stage or in front of a camera we do not talk like stand up comedians or feel the need to be overly clever. People speak on the whole to communicate, either their desires or direction or their attempts to understand a situation. The funniest and most dramatic moments I think are accidentals, seemingly spontaneous outbursts that betray a characters true thinking no matter how guarded he's been in the past. Characters should talk like they don't know they're in a story. Exposition should be delivered very sparingly since lengthy explanations are both boring to read and in the context of a story boring to hear. We don't typically lay into som
Reimagining:Shadow th HedgehogReimagining:Shadow th Hedgehog4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Story Reimagining: Shadow
Shadow the Hedgehog had been wandering the world for some time with only scattered memories of being trained to speak by a young girl while he was in prison. The reason for his imprisonment he's unsure of, but he does know someone the girl (he's forgotten her name) saved him from a terrible fate and taught he fairness, kindness, and the value of beauty through her artwork. This seems in direct contrast to his natural inclination and skill at using firearms and fighting, something his body is conditioned and trained to do.
His final most vivid memory is the name she gave him. Shadow.
Interested in recovering his past but also hesitant to do for fear of what dark secrets lurk in the fog of amnesia he has been traveling quietly and stealthily across the country, pursued by mysterious red robots as well as the forces of a militant private military called The Guardian Unit of Nations (G.U.N) who sees him as a threat. Earlier his frustration at being denied answers
Love Your Enemies in Your StoriesThis morning someone commented on a youtube trailer I made for one of :iconfleetlordreach:'s original story ideas.Love Your Enemies in Your Stories2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The story line of Dixie and the Dragons is the alternate history of the Civil War in which The South domesticated dragons to fight on their side giving them an advantage, at least until The North followed suit.
The comment was simple but it stayed with me:
'Um... which side is the audience supposed to support?'
This morning was also Palm Sunday, one of several major observances at my church leading to the commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth: the redemption of all of humanity's sins through the perfect sacrifice of the creator of the universe.
By way of a Lenten observance I decided to watch the movie Passion of the Christ, a movie that till today I'd only seen once. It's an incredibly harsh story, which follows since it basically blow by blow (literally) pres
Story Concept: Freak LegionStory Concept: Freak Legion3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Story Concept: Freak Legion
Legends persist of nightmarish creatures that lurked in the shadows and manipulated mankind to feed upon his flesh, blood, and spirit. Likewise tales have risen in popular consciousness of the rugged heroes and heroines who using ancient techniques and weapons vanquish these beasts in human shape or otherwise.
But what's less well known is that these tales are the truth, distantly remembered.
Man is not so unchallenged as ruler of the planet Earth.
There are things older and darker that are constantly trying to wrest power from the upstart species that tore control from their grasp with silver and fire and wooden stakes.
This war has lasted since the beginning and it still rages today.
World governments have long known of this secret conflict and many actively engage the services of the many centuries old organizations who battle these monsters on their own ground. The Templars, The Malleus, The Ekusoshisuto, The Surat Al-Falaq and others tirelessly str
Story Concept: Far From CuteStory Concept: Far From Cute4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Welcome to Adoraborealis: the happiest place in the universe.
This is no idle boast. It is the most joyful, prosperous, friendly location in all of reality by function and design. The prime species, Fluffykins, are kindly, generous, fun loving and utterly guileless with a nigh fanatical devotion to good will, sharing and friendship. The deity-like being Pixxie has long maintained the perfect harmony of the seasons and weather as well as personally devoting what time she can to solving her subjects problems. Everyone is content with their lot, live peacefully in their means, and regard each other and life in general with equity and jubilation. Even the unruly fauna of The Hinterlands is rarely enough of a nuisance to break the day-to-day celebration of life.
Adoraborealis is the brainchild of animator/visionary Marlowe Sterling, who wasn't quite expecting his children's show Wonder-Full to be so successful. Some how this little guileless series has found an audience among every key d
Mobian Freedom HymnMobian Freedom HymnMobian Freedom Hymn4 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
O Mistress Freedom, toil we for thy grace
Dark clouds of war cannot obscure thy face
Swords in our paws we march into the fray
Night may surround, but dawn will bring new day!
Stand we as brothers, sisters on this field
Mountains will fall before we ever yield
Though we may face a multitude of foes
For every hero lost our fury grows!
Even if walls should fall or voices fail
Should we forget and tyranny assail
O Mistress Freedom set our hearts aflame
Never for once will mobians be tamed!
Raise high the standard, let its wings unfold
Guide thee our soldiers on that lonely road
Each generation heed the call to fight
Till evil's strength is broken by thy might!
Why Alienate A Demographic?Fair warning. If the following words cause blinding rage do not read further.Why Alienate A Demographic?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
'Friendship', 'is' and 'magic'.
Consider yourself warned...
As you may know (and trust me it's a surprise to me more then anyone) I actually really enjoyed Lauren Faust's re-imagining of the My Little Pony series, although that like came slowly and reluctantly.
The reason was that the trappings of the show were clearly geared in large part towards a demographic I do not encompass. I am neither pre-teen nor a girl and the combination of colors and 'cute' elements all skewed towards attracting that age group and gender. It might seem that I'm the one being stereotypical but the truth is that marketing companies oftentimes utilize specific aesthetic to supposedly reel in viewers of a certain distinction. This might not always work but when it does its assumed to be a success on behalf of the brand.
However to me Friendship is Magic at times reached beyond this arbitrary line. There were inside jokes tailored tow
Sonic Freedom Fighters:HistorySonic Freedom Fighters:History6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Sonic: Freedom Fighters
Based on the television show Sonic the Hedgehog
And the Archie Comic
As well as the proposed show by Matthew Sullivan
Adaptation by Dan Oles
The events of Sonic Freedom Fighters truly begins in the deep past of future Earth. These occurrences in the show would be learned through flashbacks and historical recounts.
The Great Schism
Earth in the far future.
Mankind has reached a cultural peak and even animal life has evolved to a greater intelligence. Their crowing achievement was the rediscovery of an ancient civilization predating known humanity. This collection of green power stones seemed capable of harnessing and controlling elemental energies. Human society sought to contain and control these energies, but their erratic nature led to the power stones being nick named The Chaos Emeralds.
Then the alien Xorda arrived. Apparently the original civilization which discovered the chaos emeralds before man had used them for evil
Sonic the Musical: Album 1Sonic the Musical: Album 14 years ago in Drama More Like This
Sonic Freedom Fighters Opera
In the tradition of The Protomen
Album 1: The Engineer's Assistant
1: The Edge
Julian Ivo Kintobor recounts the history of his people to a recently invented robot he's cobbled together between his grueling work as a breaker; salvaging pieces from the enemy Mobian war machines brought down into his bunker city. He relates briefly the Xorda invasion and the ongoing struggle with the Mobian enemy. Finally he recounts his own life, building a criminal network to see how people tick and reading up on famous dictators for inspiration. The Edge relates to the tipping point in his personality, from wanting to better his people to despairing of mankind and wanting power and control. It also relates to the edge of the table he slowly coaxes the robot to by degrees until it willing follows his orders and smashes to pieces on the floor.
2: The One Who Will Save Us
Julian's father justifies his brutal treatment of his son by comparing it to forging a weapon with heat an
Video Game Adaptations Can Work!Video game adaptations: the very word conjures horrific visions of box office flops or just rancid pieces of cinematic waste.Video Game Adaptations Can Work!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Wing Commander, Mortal Kombat Annihilation, Tomb Raider Cradle of Life, Prince of Persia, Super Mario Bros, Silent Hill, Doom, Max Payne, Dead or Alive, Final Fantasy The Spirits Within, House of the Dead, Street Fighter, Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil, and Tekken among others have been soundly panned across the board by critics and theater goers alike as being unfaithful to their source materials and all around amateurish and poor quality productions.
But comic book adaptations are in general the blockbusters keeping the industry afloat, so 'adaptation' doesn't seem to be the primary stumbling block.
The issue I feel is a bunch of mistakes related to lack of care and consideration for the video games as well as storytelling itself that leads to adaptations failing on two fronts: first as the films the fans of the games want to see, and secondly as films anyon
How to Make Me Care in StoriesThe following four qualities are not requirements by any means for me to enjoy a story in any medium, but they certainly help to let me invest myself deeper into the plot and characters. Perhaps there are more qualities, but this summed them up nicely to my satisfaction.How to Make Me Care in Stories2 years ago in Personal More Like This
An addendum to the journal on How Not To Make Me Care in Stories: http://jarredspekter.deviantart.com/journal/How-Not-to-Make-Me-Care-in-Stories-352011785
1: The Heroes at a Disadvantage
This is a sadly dying art, but one that got me interested in storytelling at a young age. The triumph over adversity is a classic but for me always compelling story to experience, and in order for the triumph to feel earned and victorious there must be an element of risk. A lot of modern day tales seem to feel the audience will not accept a hero/heroine who is not a flawlessly skilled fighter, possesses super human abilities, or is prophesied to be the only hope. The truth is however that as 'cool' as it is to watch our protagonist cle
Do You Want a Franchise, or a World?There's a difference between a franchise and a fictive universe.Do You Want a Franchise, or a World?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
When George Lucas dreamed up Star Wars, when Tolkien devised Lord of the Rings, when Roddenberry conjured Star Trek, and numerous other visionaries lay pen to paper or started the reel on a camera their initial thought was not 'I can probably make a lot of money off of this idea by selling merchandise.'
To clarify Lucas thought his strange throwback experiment movie would make so little money he bet Steven Spielberg a portion of the merchandising rights to his impending flop in favor of an investment in the clearly about to be more successful film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. As for Tolkien he barely intended to publish his private writings made principally to test out a language he had invented, and Roddenberry thought after his original Trek show was canceled following lackluster initial impact that that was the end of that.
To each of these people the world was crafted before the franchise because the fran
Story Concept: TroikaStory Concept: Troika3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Story Concept: Accrual
The world was dying, or at least that was the popular belief.
Scientists predicted a final conclusion to not only the human species but also all life on Earth due to the ravages of pollution, overpopulation, global warming, and the unbalancing of the ecosystem. This fear was summed up as the Terminus Theorem and found recognition even among enemy nations. The super powers of the world pooled their smartest scientists and most powerful technologies to solve the issues before it was too late.
And to that end they developed Guardian, an artificial intelligence system and satellite network which would monitor and adjust every aspect of the bionetwork. For a time this seemed to work. Ice flows returned, pollution regulated and human behavior in general was minimized thanks to Guardian's demands being accepted as law by all major governments.
But then something began to go wrong. Storms worsened, population centers became the subject of blackouts and the erratic (somet