Pitch/Story line: A rapper and a local Metal band are in a turf war regarding drug trade routes in a Los Santos inspired city, culminating in a rap battle with medieval fantasy lyrics, themes and language.
Characters: Rapper [an Eminem-like character] (and a rap group for the movie), band members of a Death Metal band [lead singer is an Ozzy Osbourne-like character], supporting cast and characters.
Locations: Los Santos/Los Angeles (California) type city, scenes would most likely be shot in Los Angeles or a similar city.
Main locations within the city would be: bars, the beach, several streets and miscellaneous locations throughout the city.
Reasoning/Info: The story line itself is based off of five answers received during a social task where we, the students, got to know each other better. The five answers we agreed upon as a group were GTA V (Grand Theft Auto Five), Breaking Bad, Rapping, Medieval Fantasy and Metal, Rock + Punk (music genre/s).
From GTA V we pulled action, car chases, heists/crime and Los Santos. The theme of drugs is from Breaking Bad (a TV series), as well as GTA V, the rap elements (Eminem/rapper and rap battles) were inspired by the Rapping answer.
The content of the final rap battle, as well as the communication throughout the film, is inspired by Medieval Fantasy, specifically dark and gritty RPG games such as Dark Souls as well as real life Medieval and Feudal times. The words thy and thou are included in the dialogue, which should indicate the type of language style used.
The reasoning behind the second group of main characters, the Metal band, would be the Metal, Rock and Punk answer. To contrast one genre (rapping), metal is included. This could possibly create an interesting and fresh dynamic, specifically in regards to the way, musically, the rap battles would play out. The metal band would most likely supplement their verses with guitar riffs, growls/screams and drums, while the rap group would perhaps have a beat boxer, electronic music or pre-mixed beat to back them up.
The contrast of musical styles and sounds could create an interesting audio-related experience. Not only would the audio contrast, but the visuals as well. Lighting, set-dressing and costume changes between the two groups would create an interesting back and forth to help keep the viewer engaged with the fast pace of the film.
Demographic/Target Audience: The language, visuals and story are mature and the film itself is intended for young adults (18-30). Musical styles and current trends that appeal to the targeted generation\s will be taken into account and used to the film’s advantage.
Images, Visuals and Musical Styles:
Rap: Scenes in the rap battles would include shots of single characters in high contrast to isolate them from the groups during pinnacle moments in the battles and the story.
Metal: The visual and audible styles between rap and metal will be distinct, so the viewer is able to easily distinguish who is saying what, where they are and why.
Locations: Gritty ‘downtown’ and urban areas with de-saturated colour palettes to help contrast the striking high contrast bar and rap battle scenes (with punches of saturated colour in the bar scenes to help reinforce focal points).
Conflict/Story: Major story arcs and conflict (rap battles) will take place in bars and busy streets.The bright lights contrasting with the slow fading of day into night helps transition the scenes closer and closer to the climax of the film. The movement and increase in foot traffic/people on the streets and inside the bars as the movie progresses should lend a claustrophobic quality to the shots. The scenes would move away from wide shots to closer and closer camera angles, closing in on the characters (mimicking the story line as everything begins to culminate in one final rap battle).
Positive Scenes: Positive scenes in the movie would take place in areas near water, usually during the day. However, the changing of day to night paired with an oncoming storm ever present in the back of shots will foreshadow the climax of the film (rain, thunder and lightening would most likely be present during the final rap battle).
Musical Styles: The Metal band’s music will alternate between aggressive/confrontational (combination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e87YFaWdiaE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkFqg5wAuFk&index=30&list=PLhQCJTkrHOwSX8LUnIMgaTq3chP1tiTut)
…and depressive/mournful (combination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2A0o4iXoPE). The styles will switch between those two moods/styles depending on the scenes.
The Rap group’s style would progress in a way that mimics the mood of the film and the dark topics. The lyrics and feeling of their verses would be depressive, almost mournful and backed with a repeating beat. The style would be similar to this song (Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio and L.V.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6voHeEa3ig
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