Archive for October 13th, 2010

A sci-fi story for the Greek TV

The news about The Island gave me hope about the modern Greek TV culture. It in fact inspired me to think about what could be done next. And I think that Mega Channel should jump the shark. Not yet another period piece or drama or comedy piece, as they always have.

Instead, they should go full steam ahead for a sci-fi show! Set in space no less!

Here’s an idea I was cultivating since last night:

Title: Centaur 2121

Year 2096: China launches its Centaur space station in orbit.
Year 2121: China abandons the station, and “leases” it to Greece.

So, the year is 2121 (putting the year earlier would be a bit too optimistic about the technology I’d like the show to have). 8 new station members are arriving to the station: 5 Greeks, 3 foreigners (1 Turk male, 1 Chinese male, 1 black French female). Two out of the five Greeks are women.

Main Cast: 14 actors (8 on the space station, and 6 on Earth)
Recurring cast: another 10-11 actors
Languages spoken throughout the show: 80% Greek, 20% other (subtitles).

The station is now used as a spaceship garage for other countries’ broken touristic spaceships. However, after the first job the new crew took on, the spaceship blows up. Governments of both Greece and China are getting on their tip-toes, by the US and EU.

A full blown political conspiracy thriller is unveiled on Earth, while the crew on the station is starting uncovering truths about the station’s true purpose. The idea is to echo Greece’s current political and financial position on an international terrain of politics — but set into the future, and in space. Digital life, privacy issues, technology becoming part of the human body, viruses as terrorism, should all be themes to be explored.

Episodes: 13 (mini-series).
Duration: 45 minutes per episode, 90 minutes for the pilot episode.
Format: Highly serialized (episodic TV is bad)

I would estimate the cost at 230,000 Euros per episode (overall about 3 mil Euros). The series would need quite a few sets, and large green screen studios. A lot of CGI too. But I believe that it’s doable for that amount of money, given that The Island made it through for 150,000 Euros per episode.

Here’s hope!

Squishable Android

JBQ came from work with this today:


A Greek filmmaker living in Germany, Kostas Sampanis, just posted this great-looking short film on Vimeo. It was shot on a Canon HV30 with a 35mm adapter. Also, here’s a second film by him, with the same camera.