A BITE TO REMEMBER

A HORROR FILM

BY

GERALD CHONG

A TRUE STORY

Events in this fictional horror story are based on real-life events that occurred during Chairman Mao's "Great Leap Forward."  It is a story of adversity, overcoming personal obstacles, being the first to uncover a dark, ancient secret, and reflects the American Dream from an unlikely place.  It features original and unique voices, amazing life experiences, and is comparable to such movies as "Alien," "se7en," "Frankenstein," "Dracula," etc.

- What is this story’s theme?

- Why make this movie now?

 

- Why must the audience watch this movie?

 

LOGLINE

Famine, cannibalism, and vampires in ancient China

1-PAGE SYNOPSIS

 

- During the ultra-violent Warring States period in ancient China, the emperor decides to initiate a "Great Leap Forward" in order to put his kingdom ahead of his rivals.

- The Emperor (President Trump) decides to pull two thousand troops out of "Syria," thereby abandoning its only ally in the region.  This allows the terrorist group "Islamic State" to regroup, and many of the "Kurdish" allies of the Emperor are massacred by the "Russians," while others are taken as prisoners and slaves. 

- Due to unforeseen circumstances caused by Nature, the Emperor's plan to leapfrog the "Russians" backfires, which leads to widespread famine throughout the kingdom. 

- The "Russian Czar" sends vengeful "Kurds" to fight their former allies, and the Chinese are driven up toward the mountainside, where the battles continue. 

- Famished peasants in the mountainside desperately resort to cannibalism, and in one particular village, the people unwittingly eat a family of "Kurdish" vampires with alien origins.  This turns them into vampires, and the trouble then begins... 

3-PAGE ​TREATMENT

President DONALD TRUMP tries to downplay and distance himself from the resignation of BRETT McGURK, presidential special envoy to the global coalition to counter ISIS, late Saturday. McGurk submitted a letter of resignation on Friday in protest of Trump's decision to immediately begin removing troops from Syria, according to a State Department official.

 

Trump announced on Wednesday that ISIS had been "defeated" and it was time to bring troops home. The announcement came in direct opposition to his own military leaders. including McGurk, and ignored calls from many Republicans to keep troops engaged.

"We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency," he tweeted.

 

McGurk, 45, follows Defense Secretary James Mattis out the door. Mattis resigned earlier this week over the same decision to pull troops from Syria. He will serve until February.

Mattis specifically referred to the importance of relying on McGurk's "Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations" in his resignation letter.

 

McGurk's resignation is effective Dec. 31.

 

McGurk, who served repeatedly as a government official in Iraq since 2004, informed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of his decision to leave Friday night.

 

Trump tried to downplay McGurk's exit, saying he planned to leave next year anyway -- and pointed to him as being an appointee of then-President Barack Obama in 2015.

"The Fake News is making such a big deal about this nothing event!" he tweeted.

 

McGurk was going to retire in early 2019, but he made the decision to leave now instead because he felt he couldn’t carry out the president’s order and “maintain my integrity,” as he wrote to colleagues in a letter confirmed to ABC News by a government official. The New York Times was first to report the details of McGurk's resignation letter. 

There are about 2,000 U.S. troops in eastern Syria advising and assisting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against ISIS. The withdrawal of troops could be completed within 30 days of Mattis giving the official order.

 

McGurk made statements earlier this month completely contradicting Trump's claim of the fight with ISIS being finished, saying, in an echo of then-President George W. Bush's famous blunder, that "nobody is declaring a mission accomplished." About 2,000 ISIS fighters remain in Syria, according to State Department and Pentagon officials.

 

"Even as the end of the physical caliphate is clearly now coming into sight, the end of ISIS will be a much more long-term initiative," McGurk said at a State Department briefing last week. "We’ve talked about that many times. Nobody working on these issues day to day is complacent. Nobody is declaring a mission accomplished."

 

Despite Trump's attack on the media, even many of his allies in Congress immediately condemned the decision to remove troops from Syria.

 

"If this decision stands, I can't imagine being able to sign up many people in the future to serve with us to defeat enemies that threaten us after today," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

 

"We have been dishonorable," he added. "This is a stain on the honor of the United States. I hope and pray the president will reconsider this."

 

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida told Politico the decision was "a major mistake" and said "it will haunt this administration."

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REVISED:  TUESDAY, 07/04/2017 - 4:22 AM

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- Little Larger Than the Rest

WHO?

- Characters: Primary and supporting

- Possible actors

- Possible "Above-the-Line"

- Possible "Below-the-Line"

WHAT?

- Inspiration (Newspapers, TV, YouTube, etc.)

WHEN?

- Story

- Shooting

WHERE?

- Story location

- Shooting location

WHY?

- OBJECTIVES:  As with all of our projects, our goal is to: 

- EDUCATE: 

- Teach history and give our audiences some background into why things are the way they are. 

- Debunk the myths, hoaxes, and "fake news."

 

- INSPIRE:  We hope to create a sense of wonder to inspire a new generation of Americans to take action and do the right things.  Because our show's supporting characters is a dreamer who aspires to greatness, our audiences can follow their respective paths.

 

- OUR ACTIONS DEFINE OUR CHARACTER:  We need to show our audiences what road one has to travel in order to achieve our lifelong dreams.  Nothing is promised or guaranteed.  Nothing is free.  One has to suffer some pain to elevate one's life to the next level.

 

- CALL TO ADVENTURE:  When we are personally challenged by an evil person or called out by evil events (criminal activity, war, etc.) occurring within our community, we need to answer, or the evil will eventually reach us after it destroys our neighbors. 

HOW?

- A-B-C-Storylines

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