Random Screenplay Idea: The Company

Blackbox L5IA TeaseIt’s another one of these. I had a couple of ideas over the summer (vacation time is very stimulating), you might remember Sempa Trupka and today I’m going to talk to you about “The Company”.

This one is a low-budget sci-fi thriller about a guy who gets messages from his future self. I’m imagining something in the vein of Primer or other movies like that. What sets my movie apart though, is the fact, that everything turns to shit, ok it’s kinda like Primer.

The ability to change the past is very powerful and I think that this power would ultimately corrupt the person wielding it, and that’s exactly what I’m envisioning. Imagine what you would do, what crazy ideas you would get or what you were willing to do, to change your life for the better only to realize that by doing that you end up alone and miserable.

It starts with these two friends and their garage, picture Jobs and Wozniak and they have a breakthrough, a new form of computing, let’s say quantum-computing. One of them is really surprised when he gets a message from the future through this device. The prototype is connected to its future version and that’s how this communication works.

The movie deals with moments and decisions our protagonist makes, influenced by his future self he tries to optimize everything. Unfortunately he can’t reverse his decisions and after some initial success the shit hits the fan and the future version is forced to use drastic measures.

The movie deals with love, friendship and business. Unfortunately you can’t have everything and our protagonist turns into an “evil” version of himself, only looking out for his own gain, ignoring everyone on the way, he becomes a version of himself he would’ve hated as a young man.

In the end he has wealth and power but no friends and no-one to love. He the king of his empire but he’s alone and miserable.

I don’t have a fleshed out premise or a story yet but after I finish my current project, I might tackle this one.

Random Screenplay Idea: Sempa Trupka


Sempa Trupka – True Love

As You know, I’m back from holiday. I haven’t resumed writing yet. I have to get ready for school next week, I’m doing this Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting Masterclass and I’m playing a bit of No Man’s Sky. There’s a lot going on but I hope to get started again next week but I wanted to write a post1. At first I wanted to to another featured Screenplay but I’ll wait till September for that, so I decided to introduce a new segment to the blog, I call it Random Screenplay Idea and that’s pretty much exactly what it is. A random idea, nothing fancy, nothing too elaborate, just an idea, the core of a movie, maybe something I’ll explore in the near future, maybe not.

So without further ado, I present: Sempa Trupka.

Ok, a little ado, here’s some backstory/therapy. Readers of my blog know, that my holidays are great for my creativity. In fact, I can track back most of my good ideas and/or screenplays back to a great holiday. Sometimes it’s the place that inspired me (to keep going), sometimes it’s a person that sparked an idea but most of the time it was both. Every script I associate with places and people2. This year is no exception but its a bit different, this year a song is part of it too. The bus driver was really into Tibetan music and one particular song seemed to be playing all the time. Sempa Trupka. Sempa Trupka is Tibetan for True Love and it’s your typical ballad, it’s not better nor worse than what we have but for some reason it stuck with me. I have no idea what the lyrics mean but the title is self explanatory

So on my last day in Crete I suddenly had this idea for a movie based on the song. I’m not sure if it’s a movie I’d like to write (or even see) but the idea was intriguing. Inspired by the song and by what I saw in Tibet, the movie is about this Tibetan boy, his mother loves to sing him to sleep with a traditional song until one day soldiers show up. The family didn’t play by the rules and they have to suffer. The nightmare begins and after a huge ordeal the parents somehow manage to get their little boy to safety. He’s a refugee now and he uses his singing to make other forget their misery. A music producer hears him sing by accident and want’s to monetize they boys talent.

The movie then focuses on how the producer exploits the boy for his own gains. The boy is forced to sing whatever the producer wants. The producer plans his whole life and career, the boy is like a prisoner again, so obviously there are tensions but the producer has one ace, he promises to try to free the parents. He’s obviously lying but the boy/young man doesn’t know that. His parents are long dead. What’s even worse for the boy, is the fact that he’s losing all connection to his heritage.

Finally the boy is able to get rid of the producer and become his own man/musician by turning the song his mom sang to him into a worldwide hit. Guess what that song is called….Sempa Trupka. Obviously there’s going to be a romance as well but the main focus/theme is identity, standing up for yourself and being able to relate to your heritage, “True Love” for yourself and where you came from.

It’s probably not the most original idea and it gets me banned in China but I think it’s a neat little idea. What do you think?

  1. to get myself typing again and get those creative juices flowing.
  2. …and I’m not just talking about the girl who broke my heart that particular year.