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Hello all … europabridge scribe and author of ‘Adventures in Paradise’ Hackgate romantic comedy-revenge caper screenplay … the sequel, ‘Return to Paradise’ … four other screenplays, and a book of short fiction.
A brief post about locations in ‘Adventures in Paradise’ as there are many, and for good reason.
Before I returned to the US a few years ago, I covered perhaps as many as 100,000 miles in my travels, and conceived of my ‘Adventures’ screenplay as a way to revisit my vision of the world, as seen from the perspective of airplane windows, taxis, ships, hotel rooms, trains, and other transportation modes – in a more global than local view of life. Because frankly, local sucks.
I’ve also used the script at times as a postcard of sorts for travel to the UK … Thus, ‘Adventures in Paradise’ features major settings in London, Cambridge, the Cornish Coast, as well as Lake Geneva, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and various luxury island retreats in places like St John and the Maldives … Why? Because Clive Reade, my hero, conveniently owns the largest and most luxurious 5 star hotel-resort chain in the world.
The picture-postcard approach to filming ‘Adventures in Paradise’ greatly appeals to me, and I think it appeals to many film-goers. Some of the most successful films have had vibrant LIVE locations, and I stand by the idea of an international film that travels the world.
At any rate, because the Cornish Coast is so beautiful, mysterious, and romantic (home to Le Carre, Agatha Christie, and Daphne Du Maurier), I wanted some of the romantic sequences in ‘Adventures’ to be filmed there, in addition to a scene featuring my Cornwallian Chef – Clarence Stapleton in his new St Ives restaurant – STAPLETON’s.
The romantic aspect between Clive and Aurora in ‘Adventures’ is somewhat submerged, and may be more of a subplot, due to the fact that they do not come together as a couple until some 80 minutes into the story … all while avoiding each other, bumping into each other, and finally discovering they actually LIKE each other. You might chart their progress like so: starting as enemies, becoming wary colleagues, good friends and Hackgate investigators, to finally coming together as a couple. Actually, their relationship becomes one of the vehicles for how the film solves its mysteries, as they pool their better resources and work together to get even with the dirty rats that framed them both … And that’s why ‘Adventures in Paradise’ is a Romantic Comedy-Revenge Caper.
So after unraveling a number of tabloid boondoggles together, all quite taxing and exhausting, Clive Reade and Aurora Blunton take a long weekend in Cornwall where they wander around … St. Ives, Polreath, Fowey, St. Mawes, or the Isles of Scilly (clearly the DIRECTOR and LOCATION SCOUT’s call), but I’m voting for Scilly, as William and Kate did on their honeymoon. (Right: Tresco, Isles of Scilly photo by yours truly.)
Sometimes I use a montage scene technique between Clive and Aurora, other times comic moments help them discover a dynamic between themselves … And after they jokingly challenge each other to a drinking contest, which Clive wins hand-down, after sailing, walking, golf-carting, swimming, dining and chatting – Clive and Aurora fall heads over heels in love … (Photo below left by Tresco blog, Isles of Scilly)
Is it the people, great seafood, excellent wine, stunning landscape of Cornwall, or removing themselves from the madhouse of the London paps that finally seals their fate? I am not exactly a pushover, but even I was bowled over by this lushly romantic weekend they share alongside scones, Earl Grey Tea, pasties, drinks, and bushels of Cornish roses filling every vase to overflowing … the wind from the Coast blowing through the sheer linen draped windows to … something inevitable: they discover how lovely they are individually and finally together.
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