Glimpses of The Underwater Realm – part one

As the Kickstarter campaign continues for The Underwater Realm project, I thought I would take you through some of the development from my writer's perspective. When Realm Pictures won the Raindance/Pepsi Max MAX IT competition in 2010 (with this moving short), they were given the opportunity to première a short at Raindance 2012. Initially, we were talking about a ten-minute film concerning this Roman soldier who drowns in battle and wakes up able to breathe underwater. We went through various iterations of the idea, involving everything from a bleak journey across the ocean to that first wondrous glimpse of the city of Atlantis. I have e-mails from Dave, charismatic director (you can see him talk enthusiastically here on a weekly basis). They go: "stuck with where to go - thoughts?" accompanied by beats/outline/script to which I reply: "How about something more like this:" ...with a completely different thing that bears some relation to the original, with a follow-up note like "The major point is that I...
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