Rosenwood: Themes

Like my character work, I’d delved into the themes of Rosenwood but when I went back to the script months later, they seemed lacking. More shallow than I’d like. And a little ill-fitting. THEME I’d originally narrowed down my theme to something like “responsibility vs play” because I recognized the struggle Kathy had was something to do with child-like qualities versus the adult responsibilities she’d accrued. And in a very rough sense, it worked in […]

Backstory: Squonk

Okay, you’re jumping into the deep end at this point. Might want to start in the shallows and work your way back here through previous posts on this project. (Rosenwood Pitch, Joe, Kathy, Jude & Mason, and Rosenwood) SQUONK Squonk can’t speak as others do. Or rather, he chooses not to. His species communicates through indirect telepathy, something more like an empathic gift. His tribe sends waves of emotions and images at each other and […]

Backstory: Rosenwood

For more backstory fun and a little background on this project and what it’s all about, be sure to read previous posts. (Rosenwood Pitch, Joe, Kathy, and Jude & Mason) ROSENWOOD Rosenwood is a place of many tribes and creature groups, a land in appearance much like the foothills of Montana with sprawling vistas, plains, hills, rivers, and mountains. The general air about the place is one of freedom and discovery, hope and potential. There […]

Backstory: Jude & Mason

Note: See the previous posts (Rosenwood Pitch, Joe and Kathy) for more background on the parents before you read about the kids. JUDE Golf. Jude’s dad tried to get him to try golf one Saturday. Just being with his Dad was cool. His Dad could be kind of fun and goofy when they weren’t at the house. But there were co-workers with them that day and Jude got bored. He’d brought a book but it […]

Backstory: Kathy

So if you’re wondering what we’re doing here, check the previous post, Backstory: Joe and/or check out the Rosenwood Pitch. Beyond that, let’s get going on Kathy’s backstory because this sucker turned into a short story on me. KATHY Kathy remembers Joe from kindergarten. He challenged her to get across the monkey bars quicker and he broke his arm. She laughed at him, then carefully helped him over to the teacher, trying in her own […]

Backstory: Joe

As I’ve let Rosenwood rest for the past couple months, it’s given me time to think. And watch movies. And watch more movies. And it dawned on me. The current draft of my script was lacking character depth. The scenes were okay. And I felt like I understood where my characters were and where they needed to go. But I could feel the lack of specificity. There were questions I couldn’t answer, things I justified […]

Rosenwood Pitch

ROSENWOOD Story by Jess Adducci contact for more info Feature: 120 pages; Hook meets Labyrinth with an Amblin, 80’s tone Logline: Kathy, a suburban stay-at-home mom, works to bury her history of psychiatric problems with a “normal life” when creatures from the fantasy world she visited as a child come knocking, asking for her help to defeat an evil sorcerer and save Rosenwood. Image links: concept art 01, concept art 02 Kathy, a rockstar stay-at-home […]

End Run Pitch

END RUN Story by Jess Adducci contact for more info Feature: ~110 pages; The Fugitive meets the indie sensibilities of Safety Not Guaranteed Logline: When his wife dies from a heart attack, a failed inventor accidentally lands himself in a parallel dimension where his wife is alive and he’s pursued as a wanted criminal overlord.   Image links: concept art 01, concept art 02 Miles, a charming but failed inventor, runs from job to job, […]

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Scene Summary

I’m a huge Indiana Jones fan. So when my latest script took a turn toward beats that fit Last Crusade, I took the opportunity to write out a scene summary of the whole movie. It’s amazing what you learn when you pay close attention to something. It has a traditional structure but it’s not quite as obvious as I would have thought. The character arcs are incredibly strong and woven through every scene of the […]

Ekard of Tewood, D&D Character Background

artist unknown My husband and I occasionally play D&D with some friends of ours. One such recent instance was at DragonCon in Atlanta. I thought my character background turned into an interesting piece of writing so here it is for all to see! Enjoy.   Ekard of Tewood (ECK-ard -of- TAE-wud) human, fighter, folk hero   “What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us.” -Robertson Davies   Everyone […]