Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Ink": horror film about a comatose child taken by nightmares: did I encounter this script with Project Greenlight?

Ink”, an indie film by Jamin Winans (2009), may be low-budget inspiration for “Inception”, as a horror film;  it might also have roots in classics like “Jacob’s Ladder”.  It also reminds one of the world of David Lynch.  The main "phantom" also reminds me of “Slender Man” and maybe the Dark Night.
Ink is a monster character, covered in black drapes (diapers?), with an elongated nose and distorted face (maybe from neurofibromatosis) who comes and kidnaps a little girl (Quinn Nunchar) from suburban Denver streets.   (I thought, this film was made three years before Aurora.)  In the meantime, she lies in a coma in a hospital, while her father John (Christopher Soren Kelly) seems more concerned about his business merger than with behaving properly to keep custody of her after a divorce. 
The film jumps among reality layers, using sepia tones (not that effectively), as the demons or warriors (one has his eyes taped over) try to take Emma forever into the world of the “Incubi”. I would suggest a truer color focus for the “normal reality layer”. 

The idea that the content of dreams can cross over to reality (e.g., the Christopher Nolan film) is certainly interesting, invoking the idea that people could communicate telepathically. 

The official site is here. The distributor, Double Edge Films, offers some super elaborate frills with the DVD purchases.  I watched it on Netflix. 
There are two short films included, “10 Minutes Behind the Scenes” about how the film was shot without financing, starting in 2006.   After showing his first audition, he says no one would even read the script when he tried to get an agent.  I believe I had heard of this script somewhere, maybe when I entered (Miramax) Project Greenlight in 2004 (with “Baltimore Is Missing”, which is conceptually not so different), or maybe when I was living in Minneapolis and mixing with IFPMSP and a screenwriting group.  And there is “Coffee with Chris and Quinn”, at the Berkeley Café in Denver.  (“Feast”, by John Gulager, won the writing contest in 2004, and I would see it in 2006 at a screening at Landmark E Street in Washington. "The Battle of Shaker Heights", by Efram Potele and Kyle Rankin, won the 2002 contest, and I think I saw that in Minneapolis.)

As for the color schemes (and for that matter, the blurring of the edges), IFPMSP did a lot of workshops on film stock when I lived in Minneapolis. 
Anyone who remembers Project Greenlight (I recall two contests in 2002 and 2004) is welcome to tweet or Facebook me about the scripts in the contest.  At one point, there was supposed to be a party in LA, but it never came off as far as I know. 
Wikipedia attribution link for skyline of Denver by Hogs555, Creative Commons 3.0 Share Alike license.  This is the view of Denver I remember when staying there at a HoJo motel in 1973.  I was also there in 1994.  My first experience with the city was as a KU grad student in 1966.  Second picture is from a train show.  


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