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: 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 […]