So basically we are going to rip 'Sin City' off.
If I didn't post it everyone who read about and/or seen our short film would pin it down anyway.
I guess drawing the Crime/Detective genre from the hat aptly pointed us all in that direction from the start. We wanted to create a desolate urban story, something that dealt with hyper-violent and vulgar themes, but retained its believability.
The distinct visual style of 'Sin City' would lend itself to the story of Little Red Riding Hood amazingly well -blowing up the red on a reasonably neutral (if not completely black and white) background. It has also been used by another recently released Red Riding Hood adaptation, which I guess we could cop some flack for but I'm willing to take it. We had vision as to how to make our film aesthetically powerful, we'll stick to that vision and see if we can pull it off.
The narration element was used throughout the entirety of 'Sin City' as it will be in our movie. This we thought would be an easy method to transcribe the original story into our new grittier modern version, and reach the level of detail we are hoping to achieve in 4-6mins.
Our characters in essence are quite similar, but maybe that's just a reflection of the stereotypical cynic detective.
We also looked at crime dramas from modern cinema, particularly Scorsese's 'The Departed'. Its use of troubled protagonist and shady mob-boss contributed a lot to our characters. The relationship between whom, we developed in a pulpy style modeled on Quentin Tarantino's movies. We are aiming to keep the viewer engaged by chopping the story up to a small degree and letting it all pan out as we go deeper in.
Lastly, what I wanted to do now that I had access to one of the fancy new Steady Cam's from the department was try build a few shots based on one really long take. Something I loved about 'Children of Men' and 'Kick-Ass'. Not going to be on the same scale (being that Children Of Men's longest shot is nigh on 5minutes continuous action-packed footage) but I'll give it a crack.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saGaBJMqQo8 -Children of Men ridiculous shot.
*Kick-Ass scene not one long shot, but the seamless transition is pretty sweet. Definately where I want to go with the action scene from our movie.