About "Shen" and "Painted in the Dark"

The idea for "Shen" came to me in a shocking dream from. From that dream I learned about ancient China in the way I never red in any book. I never studied Chinese either and when finally I sat down to compose the story line I gave names to main characters out of my head. The heroine of the story I called "Shen". She was to reincarnate in different civilizations and historical settings and living her lives with the unexplained memories from the past lives coming back and affecting her present. She was the eye of the camera that viewed the events taking place in ancient China, Russia during the October Revolution, Germany before the II World War, Futuristic Totalitarian Episode and Apocalyptic Vision of year 2500. The last part was inspired by another very strong dream I had when I was 16. When the outline of the script was created the term "New Age" was unknown to me and the whole subject of spiritual imagery unexplored. Six years after writing the synopsis and recording the storyline on a tape I finally had a chance to start writing the script. In a library in Norfolk, Virginia I learned that the name "Shen" means in Chinese: "a spirit; a god. Spiritual, inscrutable, divine, supernatural. The soul". When I red that I could feel my hair raising on my head. Generally speaking this event is very characteristic to my life and work and similar unexplainable circumstances have been urging me on to paint, write, dance and live a life that to others might seem bizzare. Since that dream a lot has happened but the story of "Shen" was successfully completed.

"Painted in the Dark" was written after the executives at TriStar told me that the "Shen" story was very interesting, but they don't have the proper genre to classify it, so they wanted me to change it into "erotic thriller" or a "horror" story. I did not intend to change "Shen", but I got inspired to write a completely new story, this time contemporary, taking place in Los Angeles. Marissa, the main character, is haunted by obscure images she eventually paints. She does not know her paintings have psychic powers and uncover secrets of murderous cult. She soon finds herself in life threatening situation. She starts learning about power of her art and...


Both scripts are available to read on line. Both are registered with WGA-West and no part can be used for any purpose without author' permission.


"Painted in the Dark"

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