Thanks for the comment, Kieran. Very insightful. I'm working on some of the issues your brought up as well as other things as I'm brand new to matte painting
. I think I'll be able to get a way with more once I have it in motion. I attached my fastest update. Glad you found my tutorials.
As for what's the short about here you go.
Synopsis and Details:
Lightning In The Bottle is a satirical science fiction docu-narrative that captures the fantastical conjunction of science and nature in which a lowly strikehand is catapulted to upper management above the clouds.
Nikola Tesla once said, “More than 35 years ago, I undertook the production of these phenomena (of lightning) and, in 1899 I actually succeeded, using a generator of 2,000 horsepower, in obtaining discharges of 18,000,000 volts carrying currents of 1,200 amperes, which were of such power as to be audible at a distance of 13 miles. I also learned how to produce such lightnings as occur in Nature, and mastered all the technical difficulties in this connection. But I found that even in the small and comparatively negligible trigger work called for the employment of thousands of horsepower; and this is the great obstacle now in the way of this supreme accomplishment.” Lightning In the Bottle asks what if that obstacle were removed? Funded by a series of barons, including J.P. Morgan, Tesla’s Wardenclyffe tower became the staple of wireless energy for the world and sadly the cause for “The Great War.” Soon after the war, Tesla’s concept of free energy existed for only a brief time before a process was found to capitalize on the wireless energy. A systematic procedure and workforce was created to capture lightning into containment units (similar to oversized Leyden Jars). These measurable units became known as bottles and the persons responsible for their capture became known as Strikehands. Utilizing technology based on designs of both Tesla and his understudy, Thomas Edison, MorganClyffe Utility built an energy empire, but at the price of a peaceful society. A caste system, based on corporate hierarchy, was born. Lightning In The Bottle is a satirical docu-narrative that chronicles the life of the Strikehand and in particular a third generation one named Francis Benson. On a routine visit from the Vice Chancellor of Propaganda and Development, Francis acting upon instinct, saves the VC of P&D’s life. He is rewarded with a raise, thus allowing him to climb up the rungs of the caste. He can now work on the 59th floor.
Also, this is an excerpt from the script. This scene is for the matte painting I'm working on now. Thus far we won for our screenplay at Yosemite Film Festival 2010 and was a official screenplay finalist at Shriekfest 2010.