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    TZM/RBE Short Stories

    The idea behind "TZM" or "RBE" Short Stories is to provide a "Narrative Frame Work", or "Narrative Structure" with which to then create Further elaboration of, and expansion of the narrative, to convey ideas of a fully functional RBE Type 1 Civilization.

    (Maybe I'm getting "too wordy")

    Imagine a 30 second commercial for an RBE Type 1 civilization.

    The 'short story'/screen writing is the narrative.

    Once you have the short story/script you can then story board, sketch, plan the visual character interactions, camera shot sequences, then you bring on the actors &/or actresses, then they: rehearse, practice countless times. Then the actual visual 'recording' takes place, then the post production. (I've oversimplified all the process)

    Instead of waiting for TVP to create a script, develop, and flesh out their movie project, I'm betting everyone else can do more livelier projects.

    The idea is to decentralize the stories, so everyone can participate, and instead of being a passive 'consumer', you become an active 'producer'. The actual process of "Mastering" the skills will take a while, that's a journey of it's own - the Pyramids weren't built in a day.

    It all begins with a story.

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    Hi Sol. You are right about not waiting, the time is to act
    I've been working on some scripts and ideas. Recently I was a bit of help for the plot for Waking Up by Harald Sando.

    In October I published a short story -this might not be as short as you want it to be- on the Zeitgeist Media Project. It's called "RBE short-story: Dystopia Fred". I first wanted it to appear on the TZM blog (fiction is apparently also accepted), but it got refused because of the reason that it would fit more in the zeitgeist media project site. It took quite a while to get it on the media project site, because of the bugs on the site, and the site has a big issue that the latest additions don't appear on the main dashboard (you have to use search to have the latest posts).

    So, if you want to, please check out "RBE short-story: Dystopia Fred". And let me know if it's acceptable, I'm not a native English speaker so forgive me for the limited vocabulary.
    I've got some more ideas for scripts or (more action-packed) short-stories about NL-RBE, and I'll get to it.

    A nice platform to post the produced works is http://www.rbestories.org/. It's kind of better than on the media project, where it gets lost between the non fiction work.

    I have no experience in story-boarding or even other aspects of the movie scene, but I think I have the creativity to come up with some nice stories.

    Sol, do you intend to start a project? Or create a platform for contributors?

    Grz

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    Last edited by CarlGabriel; 12-04-2013 at 04:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlGabriel View Post
    Sol, do you intend to start a project? Or create a platform for contributors?
    Eventually yes. I have other priorities currently. I have to be selective with my time. Cheers!

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    It's an interesting idea. I don't know if it's absolutely necessary though if the ultimate goal is to create a 30 second television spot.

    And, from what I remember, television commercials don't operate through scripts. They're far too short. When writing movie scripts (I've taken a class on script writing) a single page is equivalent to a minute of screen time (because of it's page structure, large gaps, and it's not all dialogue.) A paragraph of text takes approximately 30 seconds to read, and it would be terrible practice to have a person read for the full length of the 30 second commercial.

    What we would want to do if limited to 30 seconds is share a vision without introducing any political rhetoric. That common vision is what appeals to the masses. Politics has become stigmatized and people have come to associate it inherently with corruption and the desire for power. And we can learn a great deal from these multimillion dollar marketing budgets: they never portray the competition in a negative light (unless they're political and we don't want to associate with them), instead they portray themselves in a tremendously positive light; they resort to many manipulative emotional tactics (which is why I've always hesitated to consider this option), appealing to power, sex, belonging, hunger; they coerce the viewer into believing that they wrest all power and that the company is a submissive by-standard, conveying an ideal product which no one in their right mind would turn away.

    It's all very very manipulative. I don't think it would be to our advantage to use any of their tactics. We should, if for no other reason but strictly for principle, renounce all of those tactics and take an entirely unique approach to the matter. We want to make it abundantly clear, right off the bat, that this is not an ordinary commercial and we have no associations with the status quo. Think of this 70s anti-war ad, it's unlike anything else:




    Although this subject would be far more appropriate for someone who has experience in marketing or advertising, in film we're told that all movies are lies; it's our duty as film makers to make it believable. To some extent, our constant exposure to film has made us submissive to the will power of the art form--we would never enjoy a good movie if we spent every second looking for faults and criticizing trivialities (although others make it entirely impossible to overlook glaring problems.)

    So, if we're going to portray the RBE on screen, we should be working with graphic artists. I should take the opportunity now to state outright, that the conceptual drawings of the circular RBE city we've all seen appears very cold and authoritarian--in the sense that it's far too reproduced, inspiring images of the cookie cutter tenement structures common to the Soviet Union. We've come to interpret freedom in this nation with diversity because we believe diversity is choice. It's ironic in a sense what little diversity or choice we have in this society, but it's the mere perception of it that matters not it's practice. We perceive that we have the possibility of choice in this nation, all we need to do is "earn" it through labor (thereby transferring responsibility onto the individual.)

    I don't have the remotest clue how we can portray this visually on the screen, but it would be nothing short of a work of art if we manage to do it effectively without resorting to common practices. We really need someone with experience in television and/or advertising on here.
    "The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. " --Friedrich Nietzsche

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    I haven't read this yet, but the online novel Manna, by Marshall Brain (founder of 'HowStuffWorks' website) seems to deal with many of the issues of social decay and capitalism and automation that we Zeitgeisters like to think about. Thanks to member djfasching for pointing out this story in a different thread.
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