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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?
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.
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?
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?
And yeah, your correction of Orogon's character makes more sense. He's not an inherently bad person, just easily swayed.
-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.
-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!
I want to have a trailer done by October, which will probably consist of the Chubby Donkey scene.