Monday, January 13, 2014

How to get Great Stories from Cheese!

I've been on a creative roll the past couple of weeks, writing the re-imagining of Drakkon - an ambitious, romantic fantasy dragon short. I have already completed a third of the script and this weekend managed to outline the full story, which I have found so exciting, I have barely been able to contain myself.

Ideas for stories often form in the most unusual ways. This story is essentially based on a subconscious amalgamation of cheesy scenes from the 1995 film First Knight with Richard Gere and Julia Ormond. It has some of the most cheesiest scenes I have ever seen (Mostly due to  Richard Gere's over pouting and ridiculously blue eyes), but when played out to Jerry Goldsmith's highly emotional score, something much deeper resonated within me and is what I  have had the urge to express on screen ever since.

So holding that single feeling in my heart, while listening to the extended soundtrack to First Knight, I asked myself what situation could produce this feeling. Inspired by The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Game Of Thrones, I gradually built a much darker and far more convincing story around it and I have to confess, I am incredibly excited with what I have come up with.

I hope I have found the right balance of action, fantasy, romance and drama while still providing enough thematic weight to please the critics, but for now, I have to keep surfing on that wave of passion and adrenaline until the script is finished, only then will the truth be told.

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