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Wrimo update, November 27

Page ninety-six. That’s where the script sits right now.

There are, at most, twenty-four pages to go and I’ve got three days to get ‘er done. Thirty-six pages went through in the past six days so the final stretch shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve only been doing four hours a day and could shuffle more hours to it if I need to.

What’s most excellent about today is that I finally wrote the scene that convinced me to push ahead with the script. For those who are not in the know, Looking Glass is an Alice in Wonderland story. My production company shot a Wizard of Oz (Legend of Oz) movie in 2009, and this is a follow-up to it that I’d planned to do way early that year. They were meant to follow one another as pseudo-sequels. It was a fair plan.

Except that I was pretty close to abandoning it.

See. Everybody’s done Alice in Wonderland already. At least three were released in the past two years. While one was an odd re-imagining and the others were technically sequels about a return to Wonderland, two took the angle we’d be taking of contemporizing the story. By the way, only one of the three was good (ie, above average).

I’m planning a more detailed post on what Looking Glass is and isn’t but the big question for me going in was:

“How do I do this differently than what’s been done before?”

There was no point doing it if there wasn’t a new angle – one that itself could stay true enough to the source that I was comfortable calling it an Alice story.

Luckily, I did come up with something.

One moment, a single beat, that gave me the foundation of my story and made me fall completely in love with it. (The turning point to act three.)

Tonight I wrote that scene. <3

Next wrimo update will be from the near side of December and we’ll see how I did. Until then, here’s your random photo:

A great idea for a movie set. Maybe even for Looking Glass?