Screenwriter and Illustrator Collaboration

Full Brain Films is looking for screenwriters and illustrators to join an informal meet and greet on November 14, 2014 to discuss the possibility of a professional collaboration on our new web series, Exceptionals, http://exceptionalsseries.com

We’re looking for experienced screenwriters who write in the genres of drama, super-hero, science fiction, friend-relationship stories and thrillers. Strong female characters are the core of this series, so women writers are our priority here. We are also looking for illustrators for paid work creating black and white graphic novel versions of a few of the screenplays.

During this gathering, you’ll be able to meet some of the lead actors and crew in the series and a few of the other local writers with whom we’ve been fortunate to connect. Food will be provided and you can bring your favorite beverage.

This will be by invitation only – space is limited. Please let me know about your experience and any connection to or interest in our series concept. Don’t worry — this isn’t an interview! We’re just looking for experienced screenwriters who like the topic and would be interested in collaborating with a great cast and crew. For now, this gathering is just to discuss the idea in a casual, informal setting.

Exceptionals, a new web series by Full Brain Films

More about Exceptionals

Exceptionals is a web series about normal people who learn they have extraordinary powers and the complications those powers bring to their lives. This genre is super-hero realism, which is drama and it includes sci-fi and action elements.

The super powers aren’t supernatural. They are often subtle and have biological and/or physical explanations, albeit extreme biology and physics. Most of the characters have mental powers, like telepathy, some have physical powers. There is a downside to all the powers, and much of the drama revolves around how the characters attempt to minimize the deficits and maximize the benefits of the abilities. Many of the abilities are life-threatening.

Vivienne Hayley, one of the Exceptionals in the new web series by Full Brain Films. Follow the series on Facebook.We independently produced the first four episodes, collectively called Part 1: Future Certain, which are about the first Exceptional, Brynne Vaness. We are in the process of editing these. We are also producing Sneak Previews (like trailers) for Parts 2, 3 and 4 — we’re filming “moments” in those that will give people a sense of where the series is going. Our goal is to get investment or distribution to continue the series.

“Up to this point, I’ve been the primary writer and I’ve written all the characters and plot ideas. Moving forward, and considering the length of each episode, and the likelihood we’d have to produce up to 16 episodes each season, I’ll need a team to help me.

Dr. Jean Speerel, one of the villains in ExceptionalsThis is why I’m reaching out to Portland writers, particularly women writers — you may have read that part of our goal with this series is to highlight women in front of the camera and behind. Other than this making us different than most super-hero shows, this just makes good business sense. There are amazing women actors in Portland and they are under-utilized — I have worked with many and we have some incredible talent in this show already — and having women pen their dialogue is vital.

There’s also an untapped market for shows that follow the non-romantic stories of women. For example, there is no discussion in the first four episodes about Brynne’s love interests. The dialogue revolves around ethical and moral dilemmas Brynne faces. I’m not opposed to including love-relationship stories as the series continues, but I find that the friendship-relationship and work-relationship stories are extremely compelling and not explored as much in women-centric shows.

So, my goal now is to find a compatible team of writers in the Portland area who can brainstorm some ideas within the limits of the broad outlines I’ve established (which I’ll explain when we meet). There will be a need to create more characters and new plot ideas. I have an outline for 7 seasons, but the specifics will have to be figured out.”

– Greg Kerr, Member of Full Brain Films and Creator of Exceptionals

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Future Certain – Raw Screen Grabs

These are the uncorrected, raw screen grabs from the web series Future Certain.

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Nan Avant

Nan Avant, Full Brain Films Member and Producer of Future CertainMusic Director and Composer.

Award winning composer, Nan Avant has collaborated with directors, game designers, documentary filmmakers, and animators from New York, San Francisco, New Zealand, Atlanta, Seattle and Portland, Ore. Her compositions have thematic and rhythmic intentions and encompass her passion for classical composers, world music, and electronic contemporary sound design. Nan’s latest concert work premiered in the Celebrate World Music! concert in Seattle, on March 24, 2013. This concert was performed by the NW Sinfonia directed by 2011 Grammy Award Winner for Best Engineered Classical Album and Seattle Symphony member, David Sabee. Tributum by Nan Avant , was composed for Celtic Bagpipes and Chamber Orchestra and is available on the Celebrate World Music! Cd  at Amazon.

Nan’s film scores have won several awards including Gold Medal Awards from the Park City Film Music Festival 2011 for Three Actresses Walk Into A Bathroom directed by Jade Justad and Silver Medal for Excellence for the feature film, Unremembered directed by Greg Kerr in 2010. Her films have screened at festivals throughout the world including Greece, Ireland, New York’s Tribeca and various festivals in the United States. Her music has also played on network cable television and local PBS stations in the Pacific Northwest.

A graduate of California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Piano Performance, Nan has also studied film scoring at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program under the direction of two time Emmy winner, Hummie Mann. Nan contributes articles to online magazines, Scorecast online based in Los Angeles and No Strings Attached E News based in Chicago and has keeps a blog, Nan Avant’s Blog where she writes articles and news updates on film, music and travel. Nan and her husband Walt, live in Seattle.

For more information on the composer visit: www.nanvant.com

Wrong Room, a new short film

A ten minute long, chance encounter between a woman and a man profoundly alters their lives as they share their darkest secrets. This is a new, short film by Full Brain Films. It stars Karla Mason, and was written and directed by Greg Kerr with production design and assistant direction by Wendy Peyton. Nan Avant provided the score for this film. More information will be posted soon about venues the film will show in.

Behind the Scenes

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Unremembered, a physics mystery

Unremembered DVD cover art

Unremembered DVD cover art.

Winner of three best film awards

Unremembered (Indie Fest and Accolade award winner, feature film) is a complex thriller told in non-linear time about a man who has no past. This independent sci fi film follows the alternate reality journey of John Outis (Tim Delaney, Indie Fest award winner, lead actor) over sixteen days as he tries to restore his fractured life history. But the more his dark past comes into focus, the more the lives of his friends, his wife, and his lover are altered.

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As his past threatens to end his future, he turns to Tina Plantes (Karla Mason), a brilliant and unconventional physics professor. Drawn deeper into the bizarre events of John’s life, she discovers a disturbing and far-reaching set of truths about dreams, time, and the power of the human will.

Unremembered is a “sinuous and riveting independent film in the tradition of David Lynch” declares A.G. Nigrin, Executive Director, The Rutgers Film Co-op/ New Jersey Media Arts Center.

Unremembered was made in Portland, Oregon by Greg Kerr for less than $32,000. It features Portland talent with original music by Nan Avant.

Greg Kerr also wrote the screenplay which earned an Indie Fest award for original screenplay.

 

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