BEWARE: SPOILERS (CHILDREN OF MEN)
Thanks to Jill, who asked me recently about research and where she can find various stuff to do with hospital treatment and accents.
The internet, I think, was made especially for screenwriters: Google is God. In fact, this was the inspiration for my Research or Die series last summer - anyone interested will find links to useful sites on stuff like language, events, disasters, heroes, villains, times, medical, crime, money right there... In fact, if an obvious thing/person/ isn't there, let me know - better still, send me the link and I'll add it. Check out the entire series here.
Thee's no doubt getting your facts right aids stories... There's nothing worse than seeing something *completely wrong* in a story -- it takes you right out of it, even destroys the read or watch at times. I got a script on a blind read recently for a company that had a young girl give birth to a baby, then run UP four flights of stairs. WTF? As any mother knows, you ain't going nowhere after giving birth. As a result, I just couldn't believe in it.
Yet -- CHILDREN OF MEN of course had a young mother doing exactly this. In fact, she's running WHILST in labour, up stairs and through war zones; she has the baby and then legs it again with good ol' Clive Owen. And I believed in this story absolutely, despite the misgivings I had of the blind script. So what's the difference??
Well, that's for the next post - but in the meantime, how important is research to YOUR stories? What kind of research do you do? How do you think research impacts on stories? Over to you...
NEXT: Sacrificing facts for drama...