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The Orchard

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I quickly fell for the story of TULARECITO from John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven. There is a simplicity to the story and the characters, which I think allows for great detail and observation with a slowly ramping up storyline. Tolstoy said, “all great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” In my screenplay, I chose to focus on the section where Tularecito begins his journey to find his home with the Gnomes.


Once he stopped and called, "My father, I have come home,” and he heard no answer. Into squirrel holes he whispered, “Where are you, my people? It is only Tularecito come home." But there was no reply. Worse, he had no feeling that the gnomes were near. He knew that a doe and fawn were feeding near him; he knew a wildcat was stalking a rabbit behind a bush, although he could not see them, but from the gnomes he had no message.”

Drafting Your Screenplay:

DRAFT #3: updated 7/22 - FINAL DRAFT

DRAFT #2: updated 6/25



Shovel in hand, an outcast orphan will stop at nothing to find the secret world where he thinks he belongs.


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