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Grigori’s Diary

by Craig

So what do spies, cigars, and Sufi’s share in common? Welcome to Grigori’s Diary—a story about a disenchanted CIA officer who discovers an unexpected secret during his pursuit to recruit a mysterious Russian professor.

The story concept originated from a humorous thought about what an uninitiated person might think if they read someone’s spiritual work journal with its catalogue of self-observations, intimations, third-person references to identity, etc. In the role of vocation, the author works occasionally in locations were national security services are known for invasive curiosity of foreigners working in security capacities.

Just some fun expressing spiritual work ideas in the form of a screenplay.

For those new to reading screenplays, here’s a key to some terms:

  • INT. – Interior (e.g., building, room ,etc.)
  • EXT. – Exterior (i.e., outdoors)
  • (V.O.) – Voice over. Used to indicate dialogue spoken by someone not currently seen on screen.
  • (BEAT) – Indicates a pause in speaking.
  • (45) – Age of the character. Only used when a new character is introduced in the story.
  • SUPER: – Text superimposed on the screen.

An invitation for your input...

An idea recently emerged about converting the screenplay story into a graphic novel format. After experimenting with illustration techniques, I’ve arrived at a stage where feedback from others regarding the illustration style would be very helpful. Following are some concept images from locations depicted in the story (with no characters or extra treatments yet).

The images are illustrated with three levels of detail (No Extra Detail, Minor Extra Detail, and Extra Detail). Which level of detail in the examples do you prefer?

Your input is most appreciated! If you wish to comment, please send a message through our contact form.

The three levels of detail side-by-side. Click an image to view full-size.

A quick test example with a character and text bubbles.

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