160mc: CofC initial ideas and influences

why has our character disappeared?

  • murdered
  • abducted
  • lost their phone and doesn’t realise people are looking for them
  • in a coma
  • had an accident and unconscience somewhere
  • on holiday
  • ran away
  • time traveller
  • magic trick gone wrong?
  • occult influnce- black magic/vampires etc

the group sway seemed to be with the idea of a magician. possibly a dissappearing stunt gone wrong or maybe killed of by a competitor? but we realised this had been done before, so to make it good enough to retell we needed to put our own twist on it.

so what about adding in a few other ideas? maybe the magician has links to the occult or is in fact a vampire or time traveller? a sci fi element could make our story quite different. maybe the same person has repeatedly gone missing throughout history, every so many years? but why? and is anyone else involved? a mysterious woman?

although not a movie about magic, the first film that, strangely, sprang to mind for this project was

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – IMDb

i love the slow mo freeze frame scene on the stairs. which i thought could work great on a card trick and the banter of the shady ‘market trader’ could possibly work well for our magicians own speech pattern and drawing in the crowds?

the poker scene shows great tension and the dragged out dealing of the cards could be good for a card trick. i love the pull focus in this scene, which is a technique i think we could also possibly utilise.

going to try and look at more famous films/series that include card games as think we can work out some better camera angles, maybe oceans eleven, the hustle etc.

here’s some homework for me this weekend




jonathan creek could also be a good one to look at and some famous magicians acts. i remember an alternative style magician i used to really like from a few years ago and should probably also look at the filming of dynamo and david blane. in my head i’m imaginging the magicians act as quite dark, if we incorporate the occult books that links in with my CofC offering of a vintage book collection, so maybe the circus of horrors could also be interesting to check out.

I think the reveal about our magician having disappeared repeatedly through time could work like the big reveal about Keyser soze in the usual suspects, from (2.00).


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