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Cecil's Journey Script by TyrantisTerror Cecil's Journey Script by TyrantisTerror

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I haven't posted anything in a while, so I thought I'd post the shooting draft of Cecil's Journey into the Heart of Darkness here for you guys to see. Don't read it if you want to see the movie sans spoilers (though the movie will probably not be done until sometime next year, so it's a long wait).

In retrospect this script and Sweet Home are both very telling about my emotions during my first year in college: they compliment each other very well despite being in completely different genres. Cecil came first and Sweet Home came second, in case you were wondering.

My biggest complaint with Cecil's Journey is the fact that Arowyn didn't get to do enough. I tried to give her a few more scenes, but they detracted too much from Cecil's storyline, and that's supposed to be the focus of the story. To ammend this, I'm already working on a sequel script for Arowyn (and have ideas about an Orogon story as well).

All of the characters were a hoot to write for, especially Gravatak. He's a wonderfully sarcastic bastid of a dragon, isn't he?
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AsciiKing Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great script!
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Thank you kindly!
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OutcastClankzilla Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Student General Artist
So Cecil STILL reveres Morkyll?? I'd like to see how he'd react if he was in a human soldier's shoes against the big bastard himself!!:D :XD: :w00t!: :devilish:
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
No, by the end of the story Cecil comes to the conclusion that Morkyll pretty much screwed him over. Morkyll literally left him (and the other creatures of darkness) nothing to help themselves regroup in the event of his death, and Cecil finally realizes this when he finds himself unable to raise his master.

Cecil goes on to act the way his idealized vision of Morkyll did - as a benevolent ruler who wishes to bring the Land of Nob to glory.
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OutcastClankzilla Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Student General Artist
Say, when you finish your stop-motion films, where do you submit them? Better yet, DO you submit them? :?
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
What, you mean like film festivals? I've only submitted once, and it was a school thing. I'll probably submit this one though - which means I'm going to have to look around for a good place for it.
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OutcastClankzilla Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Student General Artist
I meant that in terms of online availability. Come on, we want to see your film work!
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Youtube. It will be on the youtube.
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OutcastClankzilla Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh god, thank you! I REALLY look forward to your films!! :D :D :D :D :D
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trexmaster Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008   Traditional Artist
LOL this was hilarious.

Gravatak was my favorite, by far. Though I have always wondered why dragons covet and hoard treasure. What use would a wild carnivore have for money?
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
I've always seen it as something of an irrational obsession, like the way some people collect cats. I've also thought of it as their material of choice for building nests.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Man, could I rave about the "damsel" factor...I especially loathe when a gal who's been curbstomping hench-dopes throughout the film either gets effortlessly swatted aside or held hostage by the head bastard. That, or an otherwise spineless drip of a wench getting her 'badass' switch flipped at the Crucial Moment(C). Bipolar enough?

As for Orogon, I may have exaggerated his Gaston factor...he's more inclined to get swept along by mob mentality than whip one up on his own steam. That make sense?
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Heh, all I can think of considering the "badass switch" is Kiera Knightley's character in Pirates of the Caribbean. When I heard her say "You know Will taught me how to fight?" in the second one I rolled my eyes so hard that they practically fell out.

And yeah, your correction of Orogon's character makes more sense. He's not an inherently bad person, just easily swayed.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Hey, good to hear things are proceeding well with this project. As for the script...some random thoughts below, as ever.

-Cecil's little Easter-egg hunt is simultaneously amusing & depressing...the guy's just too earnest.

-Gravatak is far more...sagacious than I anticipated. I especially enjoyed his little spiel about the idiocy of stereotypical dragon behavior (not to mention that "prey that gives a damn" line).

-Those references to the old cross-dressing gag are classic.

-Ahh, "minions of darkness" with enough sense & personality to aspire for life beyond their cannon-fodder caste under the defunct Dark Regime(C).

-Orogon seems to be about 20% Dudley Do-Right, 80% Gaston, if you get my drift.

All in all a fun read, and I hope an equally fun project once completed. Best of luck, sir.
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
-What can I say? Cecil loves his job. Plus, he is living in a vaguely medieval fantasy world: the Mcguffin stone isn't too unbelievable considering the setting.

-Heehee, yeah, Gravatak is almost logical to a fault. Writing his dialogue was hella fun.

-The sequels I've got in mind will definitely continue the cross dressing jokes. It's one of my least favorite tropes in fantasy stories nowadays: instead of making a genuinely strong female character, let's just have the damsel in distress dress like a man, kick some ass for a scene, and then go back to her old role!

-The cannon fodder nature of henchmen characters always bugged me, even as a kid. Giving the minions of darkness (as you so beautifully put it) a personality was one of my big goals for this story.

-There's definitely a little bit of Gaston in Orogon, although he's too nice/simple minded (i.e. Dudley Do-Rightish) to be the kind of full fledged dick that Gaston was.

Thanks for the critique, observations, and well wishes!
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RenDragonClaw Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EPIC WIN. Seriously, I want to see this animated soon. The screen play alone is something to treasure.

-RenDragonClaw
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Thanks! I'm making headway into theanimating it, but I'm not quite ready yet. I still need to finish (quite a few puppets) and record all the dialogue (I currently have Arowyn and Orogon's lines done along with several of the small parts finished: the only ones I have yet to record are the parts that Ido that pretty much any time).

I want to have a trailer done by October, which will probably consist of the Chubby Donkey scene.
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