Any screenwriters here?
I really want to adapt the Elliott Rodger Manifesto into a screenplay but I don't know where to start. The reason I'm interested in doing this is because it's such an interesting story but the parts of it that interest people aren't the things about the story that are actually interesting. Someone is gonna make a movie about him (the story is too good to pass up) but it's either gonna be some sort of bullshit cautionary tale or portray him as a "tragic" character. Nobody is going to focus on how he was born into an elite Holywood family or how his parents bought him a Lambo and tried to fly him to Vegas to fuck a hooker before they even thought about counseling.
Any advice? I'm totally serious about this.
Try this half-baked approach.
Two approaches for the same idea/concept/theme/situation is pure bullshit fantasy, the other is stark brutal reality.
Elliot meets a girl. First scene, he totally fucks her or kills her with his laser vision. The next scene, the harsh truth.
I told you it's a half-baked approach, didn't I?
Do you want to actually have the shooting in it? Is that your ending?
It could be a twisted coming of age story. But would glorify him too much. Very hard to do a movie on someone like that.
Your main theme would be isolation. Explore what lack of love does to a person. Start from there. Think about the point where Elliot stops being a sympathetic victim and becomes a deranged would-be serial shooter.
Can't Dodge The Rodge
I think the perfect ending would be him, packing all his guns, looking at the mirror for the very last time...Deep sigh, he leaves his house, closes the door and then closing credits.
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I want to make something campy but not TOO campy. It can't be realistic because this story is in and of itself not realistic. Imagine stylized, Fincheresque shots of Rodger walking down the red carpet at the Hunger Games premier seething with hatred while "Monster" by Kanye plays in the background. I want the tone to be like Larry Clark's "Bully", one of my favorite films, where the audience will be disturbed and uncomfortable but also darkly amused.
I'm not going to take the hipster route and sarcastically glorify him but I'm not going to spell it out that it's wrong to murder people. The opening scene will be friends and family sobbing hysterically at the scene with a VO from the last few pages of the book
>sarcastically glorify him
I say, leave the movie without any implied opinions, just show everything the way it is and make audience make it's choice. Or you meant something like Nightcrawler?
How about you not be a fag for once in your life instead. Go get laid faggot.
If you want deep psychological insight in to his mind and what kind of thought processes that lead up to everything then there is a guy named Jordan B. Peterson that really, really, really nails it better then anyone else. He articulates it just perfectly.
Here you go
You should also watch his Harvard lectures. I know its a bit much to ask for you to watch these but I can assure you, if you are serious about this shit then watch this shit because its gonna take you deep down in to the resentful mind and what dynamics and processes that lead to it and so on.
The Supreme Gentleman is my favorite meme of 2014.
What I'm saying is if I write this I'm not going to take the route a lot of people on this site would take and sarcastically portray him as some sort of anti-hero ("The Rodge") because it's not funny and overdone.
A few more things I thought up:
-The movie will end with the shooting as described. After Rodger shoots himself their will be a montage of his family and the families of the victims grieving with another voiceover from Rodger. "After Hours" by the Velvet Underground will play over the credits.
-The title of the movie will be "A Life of Pleasure and Sex", which is a phrase he uses to describe the life he wants to live at UCSB, after seeing it in the movie Alpha Dog.
-Rodger will be portrayed as a sniveling pussy, there's no other way
-There will be sparse voiceovers throughout the movie, taken directly from his manifesto, since so much of the drama is internal. He's a self-absorbed person so a voiceover is the only way to carry this over.
-This kid was from an elite Hollywood family so there will be some serious Hollywood production values. No "indie film" bullshit, lots of sweeping shots of LA and Santa Barbara. When he goes to Morocco and Paris I want it on location. Since I know nobody will ever film this I'll go as hard as I want.
>The movie will end with the shooting as described. After Rodger shoots himself their will be a montage of his family and the families of the victims grieving with another voiceover from Rodger. "After Hours" by the Velvet Underground will play over the credits.
This will ruin the movie. It will turn it into Uwe Bolls Rampage, all meaning will be lost and it will be unnecessary long. It should end like this, only without this cheesy song at the end >>50570379
Everyone knows what happened anyway
I'd make it very nihilistic, like a Takeshi Kintano film. Minimal music, shots that hang around too long and him crying and screaming a lot.
I'd build it around the alienation he felt and try to give insight into his fucked up values.
Your angle seems better suited for a story based on him and not about him. I just can't see anyone going for this unless you go the typical lifetime movie route where you basically pander to people's idea that he was just an angry virign.
>-The movie will end with the shooting as described. After Rodger shoots himself their will be a montage of his family and the families of the victims grieving with another voiceover from Rodger. "After Hours" by the Velvet Underground will play over the credits.
>Rodger will be portrayed as a sniveling pussy, there's no other way
There has to be some sympathy for him. I watched an analysis of how his dad and step mom fucked him up.
You clearly have no understanding Elliot Rodger or the events, you always have no idea how to write a good screenplay
fuck off and enjoy being a failure, leave this story to someone who actually knows what they're doing
Hi OP, I already casted it for you, enjoy
BTW: you're doing it wrong, it should be a comedy.
Yea I mean it was clear he had no idea how to write a screenplay he even said it himself, I always find it hilarious when someone says they are writing a script or trying to get a screenplay together and they write in specific songs they want to use at certain parts and always have a clear title laid out. Like you have no idea how making real movies works do ya?
Don't buy into the typical media portrayal of him being a monster, but don't go overboard on trying to make him sympathetic. Research and show him as he really was and what lead up to the attack. There were a lot of factors involved, but the primary reason was neglected mental illness.
Also, don't show any aftermath of the shooting, everybody already knows that part, they want to see him alive. End the movie with him shooting himself. You could reference the scene in taxi driver where Travis pretends to shoot himself, but Elliot actually does it
He should have Elliot doing the voice over of his actual plan while showing the killings, to contrast what actually happened to what he wanted to happen.
I read his entire manifesto and I can confirm that his parents didnt buy him a lambo and his parents didn't send him to Vegas to fuck a hooker.
he did have a life coach/councilor and he inherited a BMW from his mom's boyfriend
So I take it you've bought the rights to his manifesto? : )
Chapter 27 would be an analogue film and that sucked. The second hand embarrassment of a loser is too much to bear
How do you inherit shit from your moms bf? Did he die and it was written out??
Also is the name of the life coach public info? If so I bet that guys career could easily get fucked after this kid.
Do the whole movie like this scene from 500 Days of Summah
>casting Donald Glover in anything
I bet you like his "music", too.
As far as I can remember, his mum just bought him the car. Don't remember anything about it being "inherited".
Also there was no life coach that I can recall but he did go to see a couple of councilors at various points, they are barely mentioned though.
>get the idea to use Down to the River to Pray as the opening of my short film
>script evolves based on this sole choice
>get heavily into writing it, extremely attached
>find out O Brother Where Art Thou used the song prominently
>people will think I just copied it from that movie
Hating life right now
>I really want to adapt the Elliott Rodger Manifesto into a screenplay but I don't know where to start.
first you have to buy the film rights to the manifesto. Because Elliott is dead you might have to contact his parents and ask them.
Well I doubt he intended on his son being a kissless virgin at 22 despite having money, resources, and a BMW.
It just worked out in his favor because a story about a kid like that who was getting laid all the time and never doing anything except partying and drinking would be boring as fuck.