Project Brief 4 pitch script
‘Jack’ [codename] is a member of ACP – an international organisation tasked with acquiring, containing, and preserving items of anomalous cause or origin. He is a field agent who crosses the globe to secure various objects that are brought to the attention of the organisation. Unbeknownst to him, Jack is collecting the body parts of an ancient Egyptian God, Osiris, which have been scattered and hidden throughout our world. However ACP are not the only covert organisation searching for the remains of Osiris. Via an online platform containing text, image, sound and video, we join Jack as he begins to discover the significance of the items he’s collecting and realises the magnitude of the events that are about to unfold.
So what is ACP?
The ACP agency is a worldwide, covert organisation that operates beyond state jurisdiction. They are supported and empowered by a coalition of nations with one simple goal – to acquire, contain, and preserve items/artefacts/phenomena of anomalous cause or origin. These anomalies can either present a threat to international security or an opportunity to advance human kind.
The goal of the agency is to maintain peace worldwide and to protect human independence from extraterrestrial, extradimensional, and anomalous influence.
In order to do this, ACP have a number of divisions within the organisation, each tasked with various jobs, from the Alpha Division’s field agents, to the administrators of the Delta Division, to the highest ranking officials of the O Division.
As a field agent, our protagonist, who goes by the codename ‘Jack’, is routinely sent out to collect artefacts of concern to ACP. However on one particular mission, Jack and his team are attacked by another group.
The ACP team capture one of the attackers and bring him back to ACP headquarters along with the item they were sent to retrieve (ACP 131 – which looks to be a metallic arm of sorts).
We discover that the attacking group belong to an organisation called The Church of the Broken God. They believe The Arm Jack collected is a part of the ancient Egyptian God Osiris. The dangerous nature of The Arm and the events that took place on the mission get the attention of ACP’s O Division, these are the highest ranking officials of the organisation.
Ultimately, a number of artefacts are found and examined. We discover that The Church of the Broken God intend to resurrect Osiris in order to fend off an impending attack by aliens.
Why? A bit of back-story: Thousands of years ago, a battle ensued between the Gods of the Earth, who at the time co-existed with humans. Osiris defeated the other Gods who planned to take over Earth and enslave the human race. They subsequently retreated to outer space where they’ve been residing for the past 8000 years. Now they intend to return to Earth to take it over. The Church of the Broken God think Osiris is the only hope human’s have of defeating the alien invaders. Thus they’re attempting to resurrect him. ACP, on the other hand, believe resurrecting Osiris would put the human race at risk and believe humans should battle the aliens themselves.
This is where our story ends, leaving the audience to decide for themselves what happens to Jack, Osiris, ACP, The Church and ultimately the human race.
(THE REST OF THE STORY IF THE CLASS ASKS: We believe Jack decides to join The Church as he too believes Osiris is the only way to save the human race. Ultimately the aliens come to earth and a battle proceeds between the alien invaders and Osiris and the humans. Osiris and the humans win and the surviving aliens retreat back into out of space.
However there’s really no set outcome, the audience can take what they want from our story and make up their own minds.)
So how’re we going to present our story?
The story will be presented on an online platform via a wiki website containing various reports as written up and published by ACP. The website is supposed to be the official and secure database of ACP which contains the official reports of all operations carried out by the organisation.
The story will be told via a host of various reports outlining the acquisition of the items, reports of the attack and break-in, and all other events that take place in the story. Various other reports that are unrelated to our story will also feature on the site in order to give it authenticity as the database of the organisation. For example, reports on items unrelated to the God will feature, as ACP has numerous divisions and operatives, all tracking down a host of different items and cases. Jack and the team following the ‘Osiris case’ are simply one arm of the organisation.
Despite the plethora of seemingly random reports, links from report to report will guide the audience through the story and through the maze of ACP reports.
The publishing of the reports will be scattered, occurring across a number of weeks, allowing the audience to follow the narrative as it plays out in real-time. So, for example, a new report will be published each day or couple of days.
This method of presentation will create a story that feels more ‘realistic’ to the audience. Instead of sitting in front of a screen and watching actors spoon-feed you a blatantly fabricated story, the audience will be exploring these ‘authentic’ documents themselves as though they’re employees of ACP exploring the agency’s database. Thus, the audience guides themselves through the story.
We’re also exploring the possibility of setting up a log-in system in order to access the website. If this is possible, the audience will be individually assigned a division of ACP that they “work for” and they must use their “employee log-in” to access the webpage. At this stage, however, we’re still exploring this avenue to see if it’s possible to set up such a system.
None-the-less, the website will contain a mix of text, images, sound and video. The text will form the reports as well as emails, notes and other messages that ACP send and receive. The images will largely consist of photos of the artefacts collected and of other key materials and people. The video and sound recordings will also capture action from the field, as well as vlogs and messages recorded by the operative’s pre and post mission.
Here is a simple prototype we’ve created. The final project will contain of a plethora of reports and will include a wider range of media (image, sound, etc).