ADVENTURE CRIME DETECTIVE DRAMA MYSTERY POLITICAL SUSPENSE/THRILLER SATIRE ACTION
1980s & '90s,Other
In 2006, the FBI released their investigative report into the infiltration of Law Enforcement by White Supremacist(s). True Colors is a work of fiction with this report - as well as further research - as the primary catalyst for the overall narrative.
A "hero" cop is ambushed by members of his own police department that sympathize with White Supremacist ideology, is forced on the run. Throughout, we learn what makes him a hero, and what makes him no less violent than those he is standing against.
The "hero" cop "successfully" has his revenge on the many members of his own police department that attempted to kill him throughout the film. The main antagonist taking his own life in an symbolic manner.
House, Cabin, Grocery Store, Police Precinct, Street Corner, Georgia, Florida
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Plot - Other Elements
Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions
Mature Audience Themes
Main Character Details
Key Traits: Decisive,Desperate,Patriotic,Blunt,Selfless,Outspoken,Engaging,Empathetic,Skillful,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Confident,Complex
Additional Character Details
Name: UNIDENTIFIED JOURNALIST
Key Traits: Patriotic,Confident,Complex,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Outspoken,Selfless,Skillful,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Leader,Honorable,Educated,Heroic
Additional Character Details
Name: POLICE CHIEF
Key Traits: Masculine,Clumsy,Obedient,Uneducated,Patriotic,Religious,Desperate,Naive,Leader
Additional Character Details
Name: UNION BOSS
Key Traits: Obedient,Desperate,Engaging,Insecure,Leader,Villainous,Aggressive,Confident,Criminal,Patriotic,Masculine,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Power Hungry,Blunt,Religious,Decisive,Charming
Police Officer - protagonist - becomes disillusioned with those around him also in uniform. His agency learns of his disillusionment and attempts to kill him, only to make him a hero to the public. The protagonist discovers that he himself is not adverse to violence when he believes his violent actions have a noble end, seeking revenge on his former partners in uniform. A journalist who had been researching the association between anti-government militias and White Supremacist groups and law enforcement, aids our protagonist on his quest for revenge.
ACTION, DRAMA, POLITICS
When white supremacists infiltrate law enforcement departments, a police officer and his partner, a black photographer/journalist, become the target of the police department members themselves. After avoiding deaths, the officer becomes a national hero, while the photographer makes a personal investigation into the local police's involvement with militia groups.
Authors Writing Style: FAIR
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
It does somehow. I understand that because these are real facts, the writer does not want to reveal the character's names, calling them "officer," "photographer," "chief," but fictitious names would be necessary both in the script and in the profile.
Draw of Story
A series of facts about white supremacist groups are displayed at the beginning of the film. Right after, we are introduced to the main characters, and traits of their personalities, through their homes and lifestyles. It's an interesting way to present characters.
The lack of information and dialogues diminishes the appreciation of the story. It's possible to understand the script's main plot, but some gaps and internal conflicts remain to be filled so that the script could look more like a source for an audiovisual product.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
All this history related to the KKK, the American supremacist groups are of general interest. While based on FBI reports on the subject, the narrative would gain even more weight and strength.
As the subject is of historical and national relevance, if developed in an effective audiovisual structure and narrative with the proper tone, the story could attract a considerable audience.
It is difficult to say with the work presented. The author has good visual ideas and characters representing a relevant historical event. However, the narrative development is crucial for the story to gain more weight as an audiovisual work.
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What’s New About the Story
The fact that both antagonists commit suicide in the end when blackmailed by the protagonist. Also, the protagonist is a police officer hunted by the department in which he works.
As the story is relevant, we empathize with the central characters, but the author needs to develop them and the script itself further.
Uniqueness of Story
It's not. Despite the theme's relevance and some good visual ideas, the narrative still looks quite raw. The author brings factual data and historical information, but the story itself is left aside.
WORK IN PROGRESS
It is a work in progress, mainly because it looks more like an outline than a script itself. There are very few dialogues, and the structure looks like the spine of the central plot, but we do not have a progressive narrative development or a clear presentation of characters. It is possible to understand the action, the external conflicts, the villain, and the setting, but we don't have the narrative itself, the internal conflicts, and the characters' personalities to give the story a more complex and attractive look.
Tips for Improvement
The author needs to work further on the script to make this story and these characters unique. The file presented looks more like a developed outline, a project, a spine of the story that the author wants to tell, with additional information necessary for understanding the story. However, when a script is well structured and developed, this extra information presented is unnecessary because the text itself is sufficient, complete. When we enter the theater to see a film, we have no prior information about the film's universe, the characters, their internal and external conflicts. Everything is presented little by little so that the audience can understand and follow the plot. In some cases, the use of additional information is necessary, and tools such as narration or lettering on a black screen are used. The script is a guide that any team member should read and understand right away. However, in this script, the author makes use of lettering with historical data and further explains actions and visual suggestions to the reader that should not be explained. If the reader doesn't completely understand the plot, the audience will face the same challenge. In addition, the structure is very raw, dry. The script needs more narrative elements to give the story a more attractive aspect. Thus, the author needs to develop adequately the narrative, structure, characters, dialogues, progression of facts, and how he will choose to tell the story. It is an exciting story, primarily because it's based on FBI reports about supremacist groups, and can become a relevant film if appropriately improved.