SYNOPSISCut off from the world for its own protection, the city has nonetheless continued to expand. Now, 21st century skyscrapers overlay centuries-old architectural masterpieces. And below street level, a sophisticated network of streamlined plazas push up against the city's ancient, deteriorating tunnel systems.
In 2054 Paris, the Metro is still running, the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur are still standing, but new layers of architecture have been grafted onto the city's ancient edifice. Bridges have been altered, and a glass-like floor now covers a subterranean commercial center at the base of Notre Dame Cathedral. Equally imposing is the Avalon Corporation. Everywhere in the city, talking billboards soothe the populace with an interrupted message selling ageless beauty. Ageing and physical corruption has increasingly become an obsession. The people of Paris want youth and Avalon wants to sell it to them.
When 22-year-old Ilona, one of Avalon's most promising scientists, is abruptly kidnapped, Avalon calls on Barthelemy Karas, a Paris cop with a hard-fought reputation for finding anyone, no matter what sacrifices he has to make along the way. As the trail gets hot, Karas senses he's not the only one looking for the beautiful enigma, and every witness he digs up seems to turn up dead.
Ilona and her sister, Bislane, were orphans rescued from the brutal, war-torn Caucasia region so that the prodigal younger sister would eventually work at Avalon, where she was mentored by the great geneticist Jonas Muller. The sisters separated as Ilona became deeply immersed in her work: Bislane fell into a life in the underworld, and Muller gave up his brilliant career to open a clinic for the city's poor.
If Avalon vice president Paul Delienbach knows anything about the mysterious project Ilona may have been involved in - something called the Renaissance Protocol - he isn't talking.
To find Ilona and unlock the secrets of her disappearance, Karas must plunge deep into the parallel worlds of corporate espionage, organized crime and genetic research where the truth imprisons whomever finds it first and miracles can either save the world, or end it.
CONTEST INFORMATIONIn the streets of Paris in 2054 a story is being shaped; sweeping like a dark cloud it affects everyone and everything it touches. With the stage set and startling events now in motion, it's up to the deviantART community to capture these and surrounding scenes as they unfold in the world of Renaissance. Follow the characters as their story develops, or show the changing world from another perspective, another story from deep within the Parisian underground. Miramax has charged you with this task, and you will be rewarded.
Movie Poster - Using the still images supplied by Miramax from the film, directly or as inspiration, create a promotional poster for the film.
Submit to: Community Projects > Contests > Miramax: Renaissance > Movie Poster
Short Story - Use the Renaissance setting as the backdrop for your own story. Develop the characters found in the film or create your own. Spin-off from the storyline or add to it.
Max Length - 2000 words.
Submit to: Community Projects > Contests > Miramax: Renaissance > Short Story
Comic Strip - Using the still images Miramax have supplied from the film, directly or as inspiration, create your own digital comic strip that tells a story using the Renaissance style, backdrops and theme.
Submit to: Community Projects > Contests > Miramax: Renaissance > Comic Strip
CREATIVE SOURCESUse these sources to help your creative process.
PRIZESThere will be a Grand Prize and a Runner-Up prize for the three categories: Movie Poster, Short Story and Comic Strip. One of the Grand Prize winners will be featured on the official Renaissance website.
DEADLINEThe closing is noon PST, Sunday September 17th .
JUDGESEntries will be judged by Toni Kay, Richard Hartley, Todd Keisling, Spot, Ian Cosh, Stanley Sy, George Smith and Nichol Norman