DARK CITY | THESIS | NYU TISCH 2018
       
     
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BEDROOM
       
     
MR. WHITE
       
     
SHADOWS
       
     
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WHITE
       
     
HOTEL LOBBY
       
     
MANAGER
       
     
WHITE
       
     
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MR. WHITE
       
     
MORGUE
       
     
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BUMSTEAD
       
     
WHITE
       
     
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MR. WHITE
       
     
MR. WHITE
       
     
FREDRICK
       
     
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WHITE
       
     
UNDERGROUND
       
     
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MR. BLACK
       
     
 Always looking over his Shoulder, White is seeking refuge and answers. He meets several people who end up killed…
       
     
STRANGERS
       
     
STRANGERS
       
     
PUPPET
       
     
PUPPET
       
     
PUPPET ASSASSIN
       
     
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BARBER
       
     
LIBRARY
       
     
LIBRARIAN
       
     
THE CHURCH
       
     
THE CHURCH
       
     
PRIESTS
       
     
PRIESTS
       
     
STRANGERS
       
     
SURVIVAL
       
     
MR. WHITE
       
     
SUBWAY
       
     
THE INTRIGUING WOMAN
       
     
THE APARTMENT
       
     
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THE APARTMENT
       
     
THE PROSTITUTE
       
     
WHITE
       
     
THE PROSTITUTE
       
     
DREAM SEQUENCE
       
     
MR. WHITE
       
     
SECRETARY
       
     
DR. SCHREBER
       
     
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MR. BLACK
       
     
ALL A DREAM
       
     
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ESCAPE
       
     
TORTURE
       
     
DOORS
       
     
WHICH WAY TO GO
       
     
BUMSTEAD
       
     
BUMSTEAD
       
     
THE OCEAN
       
     
WHITE
       
     
NOTHING IS REAL
       
     
MR. BLACK
       
     
DUEL
       
     
DARK CITY | THESIS | NYU TISCH 2018
       
     
DARK CITY | THESIS | NYU TISCH 2018

DARK CITY is the story of a man, who is told that he is someone he cannot remember being, and that he is guilty of crimes he cannot remember committing. The central character, White, wakes up in a city of perpetual night filled with violence and contradictions. For some reason his only feelings of peace are associated with memories of the ocean. He sets out to find the ocean, convinced it will unlock clues of his true identity.

N.B.: DARK CITY by Alex Proyas. Thesis based on the 1992 draft and not the final script used for the 1998 feature.

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BEDROOM
       
     
BEDROOM

White wakes up in a room that appears fine but if one looks closer it is actually affected by time. Maybe the wall paper is stained, the ceiling fan threatens to fall apart, the faucet is leaking…

MR. WHITE
       
     
MR. WHITE

White leaves the room wearing clothes, not knowing to whom they belong. He takes with him the fish, which seems to want to go with him.

SHADOWS
       
     
SHADOWS

WHITE has the feeling of being observed. In the shadows, we get a glimpse of the Strangers following him.

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WHITE
       
     
WHITE

Every time he opens a door, it leads him to danger.

HOTEL LOBBY
       
     
HOTEL LOBBY

This hotel may have had its glory, but the Lobby is the facade hiding the insidious dilapidation.

MANAGER
       
     
MANAGER

The hotel manager looks like he could be running a Motel rather than this once decent hotel.

WHITE
       
     
WHITE

Which door to open?

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MR. WHITE
       
     
MR. WHITE

In his pocket, White is holding on to the gun he found as the only thing that seems real to him. He feels the shadows following him.

MORGUE
       
     
MORGUE

Detective Bumstead is called to the morgue.

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BUMSTEAD
       
     
BUMSTEAD

We meet Detective Bumstead in an environment he despises because of his germaphobic tendencies and his obsession with neatness. He looks sharp even though his clothes are not new, they are regularly pressed.

WHITE
       
     
WHITE

For the first time, White faces the Strangers.

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MR. WHITE
       
     
MR. WHITE

White not quite sure how to use this gun, yet he fires and kills the Stranger in self-defense.

MR. WHITE
       
     
MR. WHITE

White is always running away from the shadows that follow him.

FREDRICK
       
     
FREDRICK

Fredrick came to warn White. Fredrick is hiding but will be murdered by the Strangers.

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WHITE
       
     
WHITE

WHITE witnesses the violence the Strangers are capable of. He witnesses the murder of Fredrick.

UNDERGROUND
       
     
UNDERGROUND

The Strangers operate in underground quarters with feel like 1940s war rooms.

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MR. BLACK
       
     
MR. BLACK

We meet Mr. Black as the leader of the Strangers.

 Always looking over his Shoulder, White is seeking refuge and answers. He meets several people who end up killed…
       
     

Always looking over his Shoulder, White is seeking refuge and answers. He meets several people who end up killed…

STRANGERS
       
     
STRANGERS

These Mystery Men ingest insects and their whole body is covered with a long coat, sunglasses and gloves. Their bald head is covered with a white powder and their skin is crackled. They look human but their limbs are extraordinarily longer.

STRANGERS
       
     
STRANGERS

The strangers are busy building a robotic puppet designed to hunt and kill.

PUPPET
       
     
PUPPET

The Puppet is part robot, part insect, part alien.

PUPPET
       
     
PUPPET

With a cloak on, and retracted, the puppet looks grotesque and almost cute until it expands and is ready to kill.

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PUPPET ASSASSIN

The Puppet tracks and kills all who have come to be in contact with Mr. White. The cute puppet becomes a lethal and merciless weapon.

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BARBER
       
     
BARBER

We witness the murder of the Barber.

LIBRARY
       
     
LIBRARY

Hoping to find a map to the ocean, White is at the library. All appears normal only to realize that once touched all books are reduced to dust.

LIBRARIAN
       
     
LIBRARIAN

The librarian is this old lady who never looks up and is clearly annoyed by anyone asking information from her information desk.

THE CHURCH
       
     
THE CHURCH

White enters the Church hoping to feel safer within the haven of the Church.

THE CHURCH
       
     
THE CHURCH

The Church looks vertiginous as a warning that it is not safe.

PRIESTS
       
     
PRIESTS

The priests are threatening as they preach.

PRIESTS
       
     
PRIESTS

In their red cloak, they look more like high magistrates in a witch hunt rather than priests.

STRANGERS
       
     
STRANGERS

The Church does not shield White from the Strangers who chase in there.

SURVIVAL
       
     
SURVIVAL

For the first time White intentionally shoots to kill the Strangers. White is determined to survive at all cost in order to find the truth: who is he really?

MR. WHITE
       
     
MR. WHITE

White is cold and seeks a refuge.

SUBWAY
       
     
SUBWAY

White feels lost and wakes up in the subway not knowing how he got there. A woman notices him.

THE INTRIGUING WOMAN
       
     
THE INTRIGUING WOMAN

White is confused by the events. He follows this woman to her apartment.

THE APARTMENT
       
     
THE APARTMENT

White walks being her going up the staircase leading to her apartment.

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THE APARTMENT
       
     
THE APARTMENT

The apartment is intoxicating with bold colors and textures that are a great contrast to the outside world.

THE PROSTITUTE
       
     
THE PROSTITUTE

The intriguing young woman turns out to be a prostitute. She undresses to reveal a dragonfly tattoo on her back.

WHITE
       
     
WHITE

White is not resisting this fantasy. He is not aware of putting her in danger.

THE PROSTITUTE
       
     
THE PROSTITUTE

She has a strange connection with an alien like insect.

DREAM SEQUENCE
       
     
DREAM SEQUENCE

White dreams of water filling the apartment and being discovered by the Strangers.

MR. WHITE
       
     
MR. WHITE

Maybe this DR. Schreber can make sense of White’s memory loss and give him answers about the Strangers chasing him.

SECRETARY
       
     
SECRETARY

Dr. Schreber’s secretary is chewing gum and seems blasée by her job.

DR. SCHREBER
       
     
DR. SCHREBER

Dr. Schreber is expecting Mr. White

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MR. BLACK
       
     
MR. BLACK

We finally see Mr. Black the leader of an army of mystery men: The Strangers. they all move in a could of some sort of powder that keeps them dry.

ALL A DREAM
       
     
ALL A DREAM

White begins to realize that he has abilities and that maybe nothing is real.

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ESCAPE
       
     
ESCAPE

White is running away from the puppet and the Strangers.

TORTURE
       
     
TORTURE

Those who are not killed, are tortured as Dr. Schreber finds out too late.

DOORS
       
     
DOORS

Doors appear and always lead to danger for White.

WHICH WAY TO GO
       
     
WHICH WAY TO GO

White always seem to find himself in cross roads.

BUMSTEAD
       
     
BUMSTEAD

Detective Bumstead is no longer the neat image of a man with OCD but rather one who is joining forces with White because nothing seems to make sense for this detective who finds comfort in order.

BUMSTEAD
       
     
BUMSTEAD

Helping White costs Bumstead his life. Before dying , he tells White where to find the ocean.

THE OCEAN
       
     
THE OCEAN

Finally! White found the ocean…

WHITE
       
     
WHITE

The Ocean is not what he expected…

NOTHING IS REAL
       
     
NOTHING IS REAL

White is crushed. The Ocean is just a wall painting…Nothing in this world is real.

MR. BLACK
       
     
MR. BLACK

Mr. Black and his army control the memories and dreams in this world. It is time to fix the anomaly that is Mr. White.

DUEL
       
     
DUEL

White is no longer reacting to the chain of events. He uses his abilities against Mr. Black. He wants control over his journey to survive and find the truth about himself. Will he vanquish The Strangers? END OF SAMPLE | THESIS 2018 | DARK CITY| NYU TISCH