SKULLMASTER‘s Ryan Bartek has released his 7th Book entitled “Unfilmed Cinema”, available Free to the Public in PDF format.
This new book is an anthology of previously unreleased works – 3 Movie Screenplays composed between 1998-2015, all.which came close to being made into features, yet ultimately “sat on the shelf” waiting for the right Producer (or for the moment when Bartek decided to step into the Director’s chair).
“UNFILMED CINEMA” by Ryan Bartek
(Full Book // Free PDF 2020)
While mainly known as the author of “The Big Shiny Prison” book series (& musician behind Heavy Metal bands SKULLMASTER, Vulture Locust & A.K.A. MABUS), Ryan Bartek is also a lifelong cinema fan who has been involved with numerous media projects throughout the years – as an actor, crew member, production assistant, film editor, cameraman, mic operator, script editor, etc. He has worked on dozens of shorts & student films, live TV production, and underground DIY features since the late 90’s.
“UNFILMED CINEMA,” his 7th full length book, collects 3 feature screenplays he composed. The objective was to eventually make one himself in low budget, DIY capacity – but due to the Coronavirus Crisis (projected to be a years-long fiasco) the ability to complete any of these projects is near impossible. Any attempt would be a full-on, life-consuming project taking years. Furthermore, actors cannot be “socially distant.”
So what is the answer? Collect his 3 finest works as an anthology book. Even if the films may never get made, they can still project onto the screen of the mind. Explains the author:
“World has changed, and so has cinema. In the age before 2020, it was considered suicide of property to release, for free, one’s full screenplay — let alone 3 in their entirety, all at once, in a single frantic go.
Here are 3 films meant for ‘The World Before,’ as we may soon call it. All were written slowly, in piecemeal through the years — from the late 1990s onward. Many would have worked very well in their respective times — the world of 2019, let alone of 2020 or after?
These works were shopped around and met surprising enthusiasm from key people — more then this author was expecting to receive. The answer was the same, through Hollywood & the Indies — they liked the stuff, wanted to see future works, but the one in question wasn’t their gamble. So the author put them ‘on the backburner.’
All of these films were intended to be directed, if need be, by the author (in stripped down, low budget form). However as is the curse with writing — what you see in your head does not always translate to another, and what another producer may assume a massively expensive shoot, the author already has mapped out like a Tromaville production, an Italian Mad Max knock-off, a shoe-string budget, take no prisoners assault of poverty & DV cams.
The films in question are ‘CRIMSON ATLAS’ – a hyper-kinetic, Vampiric Zombie Apocalypse Tale of Terror; the absurd and zany action-comedy-martial arts epic ‘URBAN DOJO’ & the clever kitchen comedy ‘EMPLOYEES OF THE WEEK,’ about one young man’s attempt to escape to Portland, only to be entrapped by the most bizarre workplace of misfit cooks ever concocted.
So here are all of these 3 films, for any & all to enjoy. Better they exist from mind to mind, so no third party (or producer nor director) can mangle them. This way, my faults are of my own disembowelment. Like it or don’t…”
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All of Bartek’s major works (music & writing) are available Free Online. Google Search him.