IGNITA

(ACTION-ADVENTURE FILM)

CREATED BY:       Gerald Chong

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REVISED:          WEDNESDAY, 02/06/19 - 2:46 AM

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REVISED:  WEDNESDAY, 02/06/19 - 2:46 AM 

The frustrating lives of several college grads in the big-city - possibly Silicon Valley, New York, Chicago, San Francisco - who are endlessly in search of love and true happiness, waiting and searching for their other halves without much luck, but with a lot of hope and optimism.  

1-PAGE SYNOPSIS

CREATED:  THURSDAY, 08/30/18 - 11:06 AM

 

For lack of a better title, I will call this project “Petroleum,” because it will reveal the history of the petroleum industry and how the relationship between Iran and the United States evolved into one of animosity.

 

I will now lay out proposed seasons 1 thru 10 for the first time: 

 

“PETROLEUM”

(TV DRAMA SERIES)

PROPOSED SEASONS 1 THRU 10

FILE: 766000-101-001 Petroleum – Seasons 1 thru 10

CREATED: Thursday, 08/30/18 – 11:06 am

 

SEASON 1 - PRIMARY THEME: 

ORDINARY WORLD and CALL TO ADVENTURE –

Oil is discovered in Iran and the western powers Britain and America become heavily-involved...

 

SEASON 2 - PRIMARY THEME: 

REFUSAL OF THE CALL and MEETING THE MENTOR –

 

SEASON 3 - PRIMARY THEME: 

CROSSING THE FIRST THRESHOLD –

 

SEASON 4 - PRIMARY THEME: 

TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES –

 

SEASON 5 - PRIMARY THEME: 

APPROACH TO INMOST CAVE –

Evolution of the “Seven Sisters” oil cartel...

SEASON 6 - PRIMARY THEME: 

SUPREME ORDEAL –

Enrico Mattei tries to gain entry.  He begins to forge deals with Russia, thus creating a threat to the American oil cartel.  They enlist the help of the American La Cosa Nostra...

 

SEASON 7 - PRIMARY THEME: 

SEIZING THE SWORD –

La Cosa Nostra enlists the help of the Sicilian Mafia to assassinate Enrico Mattei...

SEASON 8 - PRIMARY THEME: 

THE ROAD BACK –

The formation of OPEC, which becomes a threat to the United States...

 

SEASON 9 - PRIMARY THEME: 

RESURRECTION –

The climactic battle between the superpowers for control of global oil...

SEASON 10 - PRIMARY THEME: 

RETURN WITH ELIXIR –

The lesson mankind learns about the need for world energy:  whaling, coal, etc. are sparked corporate wars and Big Business has always sought to create a monopoly...  It will never end, even when current leaders are assassinated...

 

THURSDAY, 08/30/18 – 5:00 PM

 

I am now thinking that instead of detailing the history of today’s petroleum industry, I will create an “ancient myth” along the lines of those told centuries ago in places like China, Greece, India, and Rome.

 

So to describe the “Seven Sisters” petroleum cartel, I came up with titles like “Ring of Fire,” “Lords of Fire,” “Chain of Fire,” and “Gods of Thunder,” only to discover that authors have already used such titles in various books.

 

So I tried to construct a title using words like “sand,” “desert,” and “fire,” and discovered that the Latin word for “sand” is “arena.”

 

“Wiktionary” taught me that the Latin adjective “ignita” is the feminine singular for “ignito” and can mean heated, lit, flaming, or bright:

 

Adjective

ignito (feminine singular ignita, masculine plural igniti, feminine plural ignite)

  1. heatedlit

  2. flamingbright

  3. impetuousardent

 

So as of this moment, the title of this project will be “Sands of Ignita,” and instead of the general subject of “petroleum,” will specifically focus on the “Seven Sisters” petroleum cartel and the alleged assassination of Enrico Mattei after he tried to challenge them.  It will not be a literal retelling, but the story will be cloaked within a “Clash of the Titans” type movie.

 

After the discovery of oil in Iran, the oil cartel began to evolve, so the second installment of this trilogy could be titled “Lords of Ignita.”

 

As relationships began to break down between “Iran,” the “United States,” and other parties, the situation evolved into the current animosity we have today, so the third installment of the trilogy could be “Warlords of Ignita.”

 

Because the Iranian clergy eventually overthrew the Shah of Iran in the 1970s, a fourth installment could be titled “Elders of Ignita,” or the male “ayatollah” could become a female in “Priestess of Ignita.”

 

Another possible episode could bear the title “Arenas of Ignita.” 

 

All the episodes of this fictional-fantasy-drama-adventure film series could be based on real-life events that occurred in the Middle East from ancient times until the present.

3-PAGE TREATMENT

TELEPLAY

VIDEO PITCH

FEATURE FILM VERSION

FAQ PAGE - (FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS)

THE CENTRAL ISSUE

 

FEATURE FILM SERIES EPISODES

REVISED:  THURSDAY, 03/14/2017 - 10:28 AM

- ARENAS OF IGNITA

- IGNITA

- SANDS OF IGNITA

- LORDS OF IGNITA

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?

REVISED:  THURSDAY, 02/07/19 - 10:14 AM - 41-031 WAILEA ST. - WAIMANALO, HAWAII

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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PROTAGONISTS:  THE ARCHITECTS

Architect Zaha Hadid was a world-famous architect who passed away on March 31, 2016.  By showing audiences her extensive portfolio of designs via our feature films, we hope to inspire a new generation of architects who will push the boundaries of building design and construction. 

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