Over the holidays, I have come up with an idea for a short film called "Kaiser Fate", which draws from a rather expansive project I have been working on for quite some time.
It details the development of a mad dictator called Kaiser Fate, showing formative moments of his childhood that transformed him into the man he is today.
"Kaiser Fate" is an alternate-history science fiction piece with fantasy elements and a dark feel. It is aimed at an adult audience.
The film is a complex narrative that alternates between the present, when the Kaiser is leading the assault against a small town in Hungary, flashing back regularly to key impressions from his youth, his strongest memories tied to his ferocious behaviour in present day. The goal of the film is to show, with no more information than is needed, how a man can be made evil.
The two time-lines are stylistically divided. Both are drawn in a stylistic, semi-realistic approach, though the actual rendering of the scenes is more realistic in the present-day sequences while the flashbacks are more abstract. The flashback scenes are also compositionally exaggerated, and contain much stronger mood lighting. The visual style of the flashback scenes will be quite creative in their construction, whereas the current day time-line will draw inspiration from science fiction artwork from publications such as ImagineFX and Exposé. These will be the triggers for inspiration regarding rendering, lighting and composition in the "real world" scenes.
"Kaiser Fate" contains three major characters, Kaiser Fate himself, his father, Kaiser Fé Tournier, and Hatticus Doomsbury. Kaiser Fé Tournier only appears in the past sequences, while Kaiser Fate and Hatticus Doomsbury change looks and forms as they age.
By next week, I intend to have a rudimentary pre-production pack put together for display in my five minute pitch to be given on the 12th of March.