Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Oh. My. God. #5

Yes indeedy. Things have been quiet on the OMG front recently but Monsters has done it again.

I made it through to the Screenwriters Festival Scriptmarket 2009 based on tagline and synopsis for Monsters alone. Yes! (Punches air.) You may recall the trouble I had getting the synopsis done, if not you can read about it here, here, here and here (that's in date order).

The next thing is a meeting on June 11th in That London.

Better make sure that I've got Tec and Running wrapped up by then (to go with Air) so when they say "what else have you got" I've got a good answer.

Oooh. It just occurred to me that you might like to read the tagline and synopsis. Would you? (I'm not sure I want to tell you - I just read it again - it's a bit boring.)

Manchester 2065AD. After terrible epidemics fifteen years earlier, Britain has been left in "post-war" poverty. The country is run by the Purity trying to eradicate "S.I.D", a retro-virus that turns people into monsters that die insane and in agony.

Chloe Dark, 16, wants to make life better, defeats the school bully using Jujitsu. She works with Miss Kepple, the school Purity teacher, so she can join the Purity herself. Then her friend Melinda disappears, like two other teenagers before her.

People around Chloe tell her she can't do anything; she should leave it to the Police and the Purity. But she can't, though she doesn't know what to do. The Police interview Chloe and she admits Melinda was pre-occupied: if only she'd realised!

Fighting the bully inflamed Chloe's back trouble; she goes to her chiropractor, Ali. He scans her back but, after she's gone, discovers she's growing wings: she's an S.I.D infectee. He's scared; he should report her but the Purity kills freaks publicly.

Ali deletes the scan in panic but it's too late. Someone monitoring the medical network has noticed and knows Chloe is a freak. Her kidnap is ordered, and Ali's death.

Ali decides to tell Chloe's parents but when he meets them her father is violent and won't believe him. On his way home Ali is run down by a lorry and killed. Meanwhile Chloe is attacked by the men who took Melinda; she manages to escape, but only just.
The tagline was something like: The coming-of-age story of a girl who’s turning into a monster - literally.

Props, guys and gals, to Dave Turner for making it to the Top of Twit Parade - I agree with his sentiment completely (including defending their right to talk garbage - not that they'd offer me the same freedom) though I don't Twitter.

What's on the turntable? "King of the Mountain" by Kate Bush from "Aerial CD1: A Sea of Honey"


Scaramanga said...


Congratulations my good man.

Those OMG moments always come at the perfect time for me.

Hopefully there will be many more OMG's for you in the near future.


David Turner said...

Aw, thanks very much. Though I take no credit for it. The public have spoken!

Congratulations on Scriptmarket. I'll see you at the festival!

Paul McIntyre said...


Love the idea for Monsters - you've talked about it for a while now, so it is interesting to read what the premise is. Before now, I imagined it as Heroes, but about, erm... Monsters.

potdoll said...

Hey well done!

Adaddinsane said...

Many appreciations for the congrats.

Paul: It started life as a Buffy replacement, then I was re-inspired by Heroes, then it got whittled down and transmogrified into what it is today.

David: Not if I see you first (ha-ha!). Anybody else going to SWF09?