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#21 Pumpkinhead

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Posted 16 November 2003 - 03:47 PM

I didn't realise that Saganot has only ever made this one post... and that was a year ago now :)
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Posted 16 November 2003 - 04:01 PM

haha! Classic :)

I know it's not XCom but I want to say how wrong you could p[ossibly be Ki-tat :D Ever since LOTR was written there's been speculation about its similarity to WWII and religious implications of the book. Tolkien has repeatedly said that this is not the case and that it's just a fantasy story. A damn good one at that :)

And Fox whatever happened to the two of us getting together some time to discuss this?
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Posted 16 November 2003 - 04:51 PM

Tolkien in fact once said that his own Country (UK) lacks "proper"
Heroics and that he didn't like the "Arthurian" legends because
they focused too much on Christianity.
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Posted 16 November 2003 - 07:22 PM

I like to think of myself as the solution to that dilemma... I'm British, I have no religious beliefs whatsoever and I'm just waiting for the chance to do something heroic :)

On a side note We Love you Tolkien! (and Tammy)
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Posted 17 November 2003 - 03:55 AM

Why is everyone talking about Tolkien and religion when this is a thread about an X-Com Movie script??  :)
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Posted 17 November 2003 - 06:44 PM

Because we're all Geeks (duh!). :)
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Posted 19 November 2003 - 02:01 AM

It's a little off-topic... :hmmm: I came in here to talk actually about an X-COM script and all I get is crap about Tolkien :dontgetit:
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Posted 19 November 2003 - 04:16 PM

People have lost faith. Poc got our hopes up and then dropped us. We don't expect an X-COM movie at all anymore. :)
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Posted 21 November 2003 - 11:39 PM

Hey calm down Pumpkin head! We all love XCom but none of us are 2-dimensional enough to only love XCom! Topics go off-topic, it happens, it's not a big deal...
I read over the link you put up. It's good stuff but it's only a part of the story, it's kind of like a 'Starship Troopers' kind of thing if you follow my meaning. I think with an XCom film, it's not widely enough known to jump in at the halfway point. You'd need to start at training day and just include the first 'Oh my god what just happened' encounter. Thing is though, if you work in this way you run the risk of writing up material for a good 50 films!
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Posted 22 November 2003 - 04:54 AM

Veteran, good to see you.  Good to see you all actually, it's been a while.

Here's the deal with Fanfic/Moviescript on my side:  I'm in college right now, and unfortunately have no time to write anything.  Here and there I open up word and right a paragraph or two, nothing big.  Come this summer though, I will have nothing to do at my dad's house in FL but sit by the pool and drink Corona and write my story  :).  After that is done, I would like people to read it, have it get popularity or whatever, and Veteran and I (and other collaborators who wish in on it, like Pumpkinhead) can start work on it.  

I don't know how you all feel about this, but I am serious about this script.  I aim high with it, and I want to see it into a movie some day.  Video Game movies are the new craze these days, and I don't see why number 1 PC game of all time can't be one of them.  I want the script to be serious as well, I don't want it to be a "Starship Troopery" type movie, where the line between fact and fiction is clearly drawn.

Pumkinhead - I liked your script.  It is a good writing, but there were just two things I didn't like very much (constructive criticism - you are a strong writer):
1. The beginning is too gruesome.  When you try and take your average audience, people are going to be turned away at the beginning when young children are being slaughtered on the screen.  They will have a negative view for the rest of the film (provided they don't straight up leave just then).  You need a strong beginning of course; there needs to be action, but something that leaves your viewers amazed at the action, and asking questions too.  You need to blow them away, and have them be begging for more.
2. You started the movie in the time in the war when X-COM has already formed, and has seasoned veterans.  This is fine I suppose, but in my opinion you need to take your audience on the ride that the first X-COM soldiers went on.  The only inherent problem with this is the fact that you probably wont finish the whole story in one film.  A duology (more likely a trilogy) would be needed.

I am actually nearing completion on my next story chapter, my slow but sure progress over the past couple of months have pushed me close.  I just need to finish up one combat scene and it will pretty much be done.  I'm sure you will all like it, it describes the X-COM combat training center  :).  I've spent a lot of time on it too, so hopefully it pays off.

Sorry I haven't been around too much, I'm mainly on AIM, so if you want to IM me on there and tell me to get my ass into the forums, please do so.  Screenname: A Is Da Man

Thanks a lot guys, I'll try and drop in a bit more.  Keep chuggin, don't let X-COM die!
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Posted 22 November 2003 - 05:50 AM

@Fox & Vet:
The reason I started mid-way in X-COM's construction was that my aim was to write a singular movie, because even if you write a trilogy, you have to always prepare for the fact that the first might not make enough money and the company won't want to sign up for the other 2 :) The Matrix only got signed for 3 because the first absolutely raked it in at the boxoffice! It would never have been a trilogy if the first had flopped...

@Fox:
I hear what you're saying with the beginning being a bit gruesome... I'll explain my reasons for it however:
  • I was aiming for a 15+ film!
  • If aliens really were attacking the earth, I'd say it would be pretty damn gruesome :)
  • Lastly, I thought it was a good way to introduce the audience to the situation the earth was facing at the time of the film
  • PS - I'm a horror fan... :)

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 12:46 AM

Pumpkinhead, on Nov 22 2003, 01:50 AM, said:

@Fox:
I hear what you're saying with the beginning being a bit gruesome... I'll explain my reasons for it however:
  • I was aiming for a 15+ film!


  • If aliens really were attacking the earth, I'd say it would be pretty damn gruesome :)


  • Lastly, I thought it was a good way to introduce the audience to the situation the earth was facing at the time of the film


  • PS - I'm a horror fan... :)
I understand you need to introduce people to the situation on Earth, but showing children gettin slaughtered right at the beginning isn't really the way to do it.  Granted it is likely children were killed in the war in such ways, allude to it or just leave it to the imagination.  You don't want to lose viewers over this, and I guarantee, you will.  It's going to turn this movie into something like Freddy vs. Jason, where maybe like 5% of movie goers will like it.  We need to keep it open to people of all kinds.

Maybe you should write a fanfic?  It will help you realize what you really want in the script, I know mine is helping me.
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Building: Nuke it.
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UFO: Punch a hole in the bridge, then send in a second bomb to nuke it.

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 03:54 AM

I've updated my (partial) script: X-COM: The Movie

It's basically the same script, but I've just reformatted it for the web to make it easier for everyone to read... :)

I was gonna add a banner like the one on my UFOpaedia, but I really can't be bothered :)

Any suggestions are welcome as always...
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Posted 06 January 2004 - 03:00 PM

I'm willing to try help out, when I get some more time this week I'll have a read through what others have done and see what happens

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 10:47 PM

I've missed too much to add a constructive comment here... But Matrix was never meant to be a trilogy. It was just made so because it was so popular :)
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Posted 07 January 2004 - 12:57 AM

Pumpkinhead, on Nov 22 2003, 02:50 PM, said:

The Matrix only got signed for 3 because the first absolutely raked it in at the boxoffice! It would never have been a trilogy if the first had flopped...
@Vet:
That's exactly what I said :)
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Posted 08 January 2004 - 01:54 PM

Pumpkinhead, on Jan 6 2004, 03:54 AM, said:

I've updated my (partial) script: X-COM: The Movie

Any suggestions are welcome as always...
Hey Pumpkin,

The reformatting does make it easier to read. I enjoyed reading it and although it makes a good fic, I'm not sure it would make a good movie at this point. Some critique:

1) I have to agree with not having a wholesale slaughter to kick it off with - boy's arm on fire, good effect, goo spit, good effect, but it might be wise to allude to the deaths offscreen rather than showing a burnt arm and an acid-eaten face. Imagination can fill in the blanks.

2) Movies have to show, not just tell. Although the exposition sequence with Rookie's guided tour of the base is OK to read, on the screen I think it would come across as boring - there are kids in trouble! Has the skyranger landed? will the rescue succeed? Why are we here listening to someone explain the H corridor layout? Making her good looking only helps a little.

It's important to have the base layout worked out, sure, but it's not important to have a character tell us all about it when there's a plot/story to be told. And by told I mean shown.

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 09:47 PM

I'm going to start having a lot of free time now, I'm going to start working on my fic again.
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Blaster Launcher tactics: a brief guide.

Building: Nuke it.
Orchard: Nuke it.
Underground bases: Nuke large rooms first.
UFO: Punch a hole in the bridge, then send in a second bomb to nuke it.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 02:50 PM

Well, the closest thing i've ever seen to an X-COM movie was the one released by Boba Fett Films as was mentioned earlier. The closest thing i've ever actually DONE was a movie I made a couple days ago in a game called The Movies. It's my first one tho so its not that good.

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 09:39 PM

I made an indie film based on the X-COM game. If you want to watch the trailer, go here:

I also made a spinoff series to explain how the whole organization got together. Watch that here: http://www.rising-suspicion.com/

I want to raise funds to re-make the film into a hollywood production. If anyone is interested in helping, let me know. The trailer shows what I could do with $10K. I have the full movie available if you wish to watch it. The movie won two film festival awards and two Telly Awards.

It's worth investing into.



View Postsaganot, on 23rd November 2002, 12:10pm, said:

Hello everyone,

I've been trying to write a movie script based on Enemy Unknown but I know I won't have fully the time required. Therefore anyone who wants to cooperate with me in this work, just write an e-mail.

Sagi





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