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Once Upon A Time…

Disney Animation Studios released a movie called Frozen.  And it was pretty good.  But it also contained a character called Olaf the Snowman, and that character was really bad.  It also had a lame villain that it didn’t need, and beneath Elphaba’s belting, there were serious cracks in an otherwise very good movie.

Now, in the land where this movie was made, there was a lad, named Johnathan, of about 20 and some odd years, who had always been taught by his father the most important lesson of all: “Always bet on back.”  But the boy’s father also taught him, “Put your money where your mouth is.”

And this boy sometimes fashioned himself a writer.  After he had seen Frozen, he got out one of his most treasured possessions, the iPhone 4S, and sent a magical text message to a friend.  It went as such:

Ok, I doctored it slightly to cut out my response. The important bit is "We should tho'."

For, you see, the boy had a friend, named Shannon, a girl of 20 and some odd years, who actually knew something about writing and film making.  And the friend also shared the boys concerns about Frozen.  And the friend was also, perhaps, a bit crazy.

And so, the quest began: the pair would write the screenplay to Disney’s next fairy tale movie.  This is their blog.  This is why normal adults stop believing in magic.

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Once Upon a Time, We Decided We Should Write a Disney Movie

It started with a tipsy text message across the country discussing why Frozen wasn’t a great movie. It’s a good movie, don’t get me wrong, but it felt…off. It made decisions out of fear, out of producers, out of monetary demand, out of standard Hollywood pacing – and that made me angry.

So in my text message, I said, We should write our own Disney movie, and do it right. And my reply was, “Yes.” As so, once upon a cold Sunday evening in January, we decided to write the next big Disney fairy tale movie.

I’m Shannon. I live in New Orleans and made a web series. I do know a little about movies, but mostly I make it up and just sound authoritative about it.

Johnathan is my cohort. He’s doing graduate school out in California where he is studying computer stuff that goes way over my head. He’s an awesome guy, who loves Disney movies, and thinks a lot like me.

We have a long history of causing fun distraction during NaNoWriMo, and drinking until we sing all the Disney songs. Neither of us really believes in growing up. So of course, we’ll make the perfect pair for writing screenplay together. Across the country.

Together, we’ll keep this blog documenting our process. And, because we realize that the only way to see our movie actually become a Disney movie is to become internet famous.