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The Candidates stand nervously in the cavernous Hatching Grounds watching the cluster of dappled Eggs rock and twitch as the small dragonets inside begin their struggle to break free.  Their feet are scorching from the hot Sands they stand upon – the very Sands that has incubated the Eggs and hardened the Shells now preparing to Hatch.  

They are all clothed in simple, loose white robes – showing them as equals before the dragons.  Their friends and families sit in the stands, ready to cheer for their Candidate should they Impress a new-born dragon.  Anticipation builds for the Candidates, each hoping to end up life-bonded to a mighty dragon of Pern.

The humming of all the Weyr's dragons perched on rock ledges spanning up the Hatching Ground's walls produces a deep thrumming that the Candidates can feel through their very feet.  It is as though they themselves are part of the dragon's birthing song and this thought helps bolster their confidence.

A sudden cracking sound rings throughout the whole Cavern and the excited crowd grows silent, waiting as eagerly as the Candidates to see what color will Hatch first and who that little dragon will Impress.

This scene of breathless anticipation is know very well by any fan of Anne McCaffery's beloved series of books - The Dragonriders of Pern: this pivotal moment when a young person meets their destiny in the form of the swirling rainbow eyes of a baby dragon.

Anyone who has ever picked up one of these wonderful novels has wondered "when will I see a movie of this?"  Well that wait will be over the summer of 2012 when the most long-await movie of the past forty years finally flies onto the silver screen with the stunning special effects, evocative music and incredible writing, acting and directing any fan the world over would expect of such an iconic and life-changing series.

The wait is soon over, for this will most definitely be The Summer of Dragons!
Here's my literary submission for the :iconperncraft: movie contest.

Note: To the best of my knowledge, there is NOT a movie coming out next year (I kind of forgot to put in that disclaimer on my other entry). This is just for fun.

I wrote it roughly as a press release - though of course a real press release would give more info on actors, director, producers, that sort of thing. I didn't want to bog this down with a wishlist of who I'd want to see do this movie. Frankly I wouldn't know who to choose except Weta or ILM for the visual effects and for the soundtrack: Howard Shore (who did Lord of the Rings) or John Barry (who did Dances with Wolves).

I actually wrote this entry a couple weeks ago but delayed uploading it as I expected more literary entries and had already put in a tagline entry: [link] . I did reuse the tagline however (trying to keep a theme going)!

I'm still hemming and hawing about doing a poster entry. This has been a busy month and I've had no time to work on such a piece (though I have thought much about it!)
Oh well, I've got a couple more days; we'll see what pops up...)
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Collon28 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
T'would be great if a Pern movie were indeed coming out next year. At this rate, perhaps in the next couple of years, assuming 2012 doesn't end in a holocaust. John Barry probably would be a good choice, were he still alive as well. I'd say that OTHER John, but he's pretty cliched with Star Wars at this point. Certainly whoever is chosen will give it a great score.

We will all hold our breaths, and see.
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Emerald-Hearts Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Yay! A lit entry! I shall look forward to reading this after I'm done with taxing cars D:
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fortunately it's pretty short :)
Hope you like!
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Emerald-Hearts Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
I do like :3 I like the idea of a press release, you set the scene well with this ;)
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!! :)
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jessiebelle93 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student General Artist
:) nicely written sounds just like it could be a scene in the books

there is one set to begin production next year (although we all know that's been said before)
[link]
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the link (the article was a good read!).
I do still have misgivings about a small Canadian production house being able to turn out a movie as epic as Pern would need to be, but my fingers are crossed and my breath is held :)
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jessiebelle93 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student General Artist
you're welcome ^_^
yeah, me too, and it does need to be pretty epic. But I'm hopping they'll surprise us both! I just hope they don't change the story too much :pray:
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hawkdaughter Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
I really do wish there would be a movie made, but at the same time, I'm really afraid of a movie being made. A lot of books get completely bastardized when adapted into film.
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That too is a worry of mine - especially when I heard a small production house in Canada had acquired the film rights. I think I'd almost rather a low-budget, but faithful-to-the-story TV mini-series over a high-budget movie that sucks.

Lord of the Rings gave me hope that a mind blowing film adaptation of a beloved story it indeed possible.

Here's to hoping!! :)
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Collon28 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Miniseries would be the best route to cover all the intricacies of the story. That'd totally rock!
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed :)
I must say that I was happy with the "Frank Herbert's Dune" and "Children of Dune" mini-series'.
They stand proof that it can work!
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Collon28 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
All the more reason why I somewhat question why a movie is in development. I mean, it could work, but the miniseries I think covered the story well enough. I would prefer they continue from CoD and move to the next one with God Emperor of Dune.
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hawkdaughter Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Yes. I agree. A mini-series would be perfect!

Lord of the Rings was not a perfect adaptation, but it was pretty damned close. But, have you heard about what they want to do with The Hobbit?
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've only heard rumors that a Hobbit movie is going to happen and they're building sets in New Zealand. That's about the extent of my knowledge.
<cringe> Why? </cringe>
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hawkdaughter Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
There are apparently going to be cameos by characters who have no business being in The Hobbit, such as Frodo and Aragorn.
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Argh!
I do hate it when projects like that take a turn for the campy.
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AMCAlmaron Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldn't worry too much about that - the cameos will likely be small ones, like perhaps Aragorn in the background while Bilbo, Gandalf & the dwarves recuperate at Rivendell, and Frodo watching Bilbo write down part of "There And Back Again".

Hey, you two should join the conversation at the Meeting Of Minds forum, which was talking about how a series of Pern movies could be written - what storylines would need to be merged together or altered to accomodate three films. [link]
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hawkdaughter Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Those cameos would make sense.
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