Week 1 – Premise

I have been tasked with writing a premise for something in the screen medium that can be actively researched next week. So I think the thing to do would be driven by location.

I live in leafy, currently very wet, rural Dorset, and I’m staring out from my office window trying to think what story to tell in this beautiful place. How to settle on just one? Who will inhabit the film? Perhaps an outsider? Could you develop a Western in North Dorset? Confused looks in an old pub, as the handsome stranger walks in to order a beer.

Maybe a bit Hot Fuzz. Maybe that’s no bad thing…

To capture the ‘local’ idea put forward in that film, but go somewhere else with it. Rather than comedy or horror, perhaps a relationship drama?

Or maybe something more frightening? Not horror, but some psychological idea?

I’m over thinking this, it just needs to be an intriguing premise. I think the protagonist’s name in John Thornton. There’s a start!

Maybe a little sci-fi for good measure…

‘John Thornton gets quite a shock when he finds himself in a small town in early 21st century Dorset. The locals don’t take kindly to a strange man talking to ‘their barmaid’. Together, he and Amy must discover John’s secret and return him to his correct time before things turn ugly.’

‘A film that follows John Thornton, a man out of his own time in 21st century Dorset. With the help of a barmaid, Amy, and under the scathing looks of the locals, he tries to discover the answer to a local legend that might just save the world.’

Final one:

‘A film that follows John Thornton, a man out of his time in 21st century Dorset. With the help of a barmaid, Amy, and under the scathing looks of the locals, he tries to discover the answer to a local legend that might just ensure the future of humanity.’

I’m not sure about the idea, but I think it tells enough of a story for a premise. Also, there’s a lot of scope for different idea which is always fune.I’ll keep practicing

I’ll keep practicing!

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