The Inaugural Realm Pictures Script Retreat

Anyone who thinks writing is a sedentary occupation should try a script retreat to Dartmoor. While on a quest to the pub, this writer got stuck in a thorn bush, dropped her handbag in a ditch and was unceremoniously fireman's lifted across the marshland by her director. Not my finest hour. In my defence, there had been afternoon wine. So, apart from ill-advised marsh treks, what happened on our script retreat? (For "what's this script retreat business?", check out my previous blog post. For "the story so far", check out The Underwater Realm blog) We had a trilogy of movies to plan based on some rough mythology and a few ideas from our production meeting in May. Also, we had done our homework, as laid out by the producer - protagonists, set pieces, secondary characters, settings and goal/task had all been brainstormed prior to our arrival in our luxury holiday cottage. As an opening gambit, we discussed our favourite movies, with particular attention to...
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Writers’ Tools: The Mind Map

Yes, I vanished again. Let's blame an abundance of both work and holidays - go summer! But I have not been idle. Indeed, friends, I have been knee-deep in preparation for a Script Retreat. Doesn't that sound grand? Basically, it goes like this: See, these guys called Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Lawrence Kasdan decided to go away for a few days in 1978 and work on this thing called Raiders of the Lost Ark. And the guys over at Realm Pictures decided they would emulate their heroes and go away for a weekend to work on The Underwater Realm. Jon Dupont, our producer, then sets us all homework to do prior to this script retreat. It's like going on a Biology Field Trip, seriously. Our first task: characters. I love characters. They're one of my favourite things about films. I grin at their entrances, swoon at their first kisses and cry when they die heroically in a decent-sized explosion. However, most of my...
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