THE OCEAN SYNOPSIS
The Ocean is a story about two men who are stranded in a life raft at sea and their downward spiral to insanity. Bowman and Carter have been lost for days without supplies or any sign of help. The relentless ocean surrounding them is a constant reminder of their inevitable demise. A distraught and exhausted Bowman is threatening to kill Carter with the only weapon, a knife, but only if Carter does not keep his distance. Carter, while healthier and mentally stable, eagerly awaits Bowman’s unavoidable death. Carter has the water that Bowman needs to survive and Bowman has the flesh that Carter wants to feed on. The two characters discuss and argue how far they would each go in order to survive. Pandering to Carter’s bloodlust, Bowman removes pieces of himself in exchange for sips of water. Each piece allows Carter’s hunger to grow, making his demands more disturbing and frequent. Conversely, Bowman draws strength from his sacrifices as he attempts to navigate his way out of this stalemate—even if it means becoming the monster that Carter is.
Let me begin by explaining that I am absolutely fascinated with water: In its purist form, water is abundant, soothing and unforgiving. This same water can be both a source of life and cause of death. It binds us together and yet pushes us apart, separating us; isolating us. We take water for granted: It is there, away from us when it is convenient. What happens when we are literally thrown into water? When we are isolated in the middle of an ocean? We are forced to face and live a myriad of our greatest fears and often, our darkest secrets.
I have always been interested in stories or film set in, around and beneath the water. I am not sure why I have been drawn to this particular assortment however I can readily admit I have an interest in how people deal with the stress of drowning: How this stress, or fear of drowning, can cause ordinary people to do extraordinary things, while at the same time cause other ordinary people to do unbelievably dark things.
While conceptualizing this story I was aiming to explore how dark people can be: How far can someone go to survive, and how willing they are to go. I wanted to present my story in a series of events, each more tenuous and unnerving then the last, escalating the stress felt by the characters and the audience of the film.
Only two characters will be necessary to convey the plot. These two men will be pitted against each other to ‘out-live’ one another. The unnamed ocean they are stranded on will only add to the increasing tension as they have nowhere to go, nowhere to hide and no one to help them. Dialogue will gradually reveal the prologue that led to their situation allowing the audience to string together the mystery and subplot if they so choose. No flashbacks or cutaways will be used to drive the plot: The entire story will take place in the life raft. This choice was not made lightly and although not without the concern of limited budget in mind.
As my first professional feature film, I aim to impress the audience with a well-written story and well-crafted piece of cinema.