Setup Stories — Charmed … Write On! Tamara’s Tale.

The year opened for me with inspiration. In one of the many exercises I engaged to assist my continued growth, I chose a word for my year. Charmed. That summed up the feeling I intended to embrace in all that I would experience in 2016.

In January, I was working on designing the cover for a book by Sherry Anshara. The artwork flowed into being, capturing layers of meaning with shapes and colors. Sherry Anshara expressed delight with the cover, and I expressed my desire to do more creative projects as I was feeling my way into a sense of purpose. So, in February, Sherry Anshara told me there was a movie in the works, and she said I was the one to create the movie poster.

My heart jumped with joy. I love to create imagery. I enjoy getting lost in words—writing, reading, wordsmithing witty ditties and wise cracks. Throughout life, my work experience grew through advertising, marketing, and entrepreneurship. I became a self-proclaimed Creative Everything Orchestrator.

It is said that your dominant thoughts shape your life. My intentions were set on finding my tribe, getting focus for my writing, finding a way to express my voice … I was open to opportunity and to possibilities of aligning with a sense of purpose. I expressed my intentions to Sherry Anshara. She replied that she knew just the crew.

teatime-charmedSo, Sherry Anshara invited me to tea. There she introduced me as the artist for the book cover and “the one who will create the poster for our movie.” I was surrounded by spirited women who were supportive and appreciative of life. Goddesses. Including Traci Bogan.

At this tea, it was discussed that there was difficulty getting a screenplay, finding a writer. I had invited a friend with screenwriting experience to join us, and to consider the role. She was hesitant and chose not to participate.

The conversation revealed that it was critical to get a Treatment for the documentary in order to fetch funding. I realized, “I can do that.” And then, I added, “and let me take a crack at the screenplay.”

Next, Sherry Anshara introduced me to the QuantumPathic Productions LLC team via the weekly conference call. I received the seeds of ideas for the characters Emma Alden (surviving twin sister to stillborn Anna), a woman who rose through poverty to become a doctor to the poor, plus her parents, John and Sophia, and Michael Broderick/Roderick IV, a millionaire playboy plagued with a deadly illness, plus his parents, Bunny and Michael III … and an initial concept for a documentary-drama ala What the Bleep Do We Know? that the team—the Core Four—had developed during the prior seven months. Like seeds of wildflowers strewn in a garden, these ideas took root and provided flowers I could cultivate and arrange into a bouquet of a story.

With that, I wrote the Treatment. The treatment flowed easily. I carved out the three areas of the film: Set Up, Conflict, and Resolve with QuantumPathic concepts addressing the drama. Then, I attacked the screenplay. It helped to have experienced the film industry in various freelance jobs throughout my career. And, my study of writing in all forms includes regard for the art of the screenplay. Thus, I wrote, and I envisioned a story. Not a documentary, nor a docudrama, but a drama. One that unfolds—just like life.

As the script developed, I reinterpreted the characters to provide story opportunities and support scalable events. Characters stepped up from my life experiences and from the many “works in progress” I have in the coffers. This allowed me to explore many belief systems and programs of the human experience … and further expose the QuantumPathic concepts around them.

I asked myself, “Why would this character do this?” and “What is the underlying motivation?” to develop the story line. I looked for “pressure points” or how characters push each others’ buttons and engage the underlying programs or belief systems that affect us. With that, I continued to flesh out the dance of conflict and connection, and weave in my experience of the QuantumPathic Energy Method. Then, in my research about Sherry Anshara, I was compelled by the hospital presentations she held with doctors, nurses, and staff. And, this became part of the story.

So I carved out the details for each scene. The work transformed from a docu-drama to a drama—reflective of life. The screenplay emerged as a love story—with insight. The opportunity surfaced to reveal a bigger picture than a documentary, with potential to engage a wide audience with the promise of entertainment and enlightenment. With about 65 pages complete, I reached out to get alignment before spending more time on the script.

In a meeting with documentary director, William Caple III, and QuantumPathic Productions owner and executive producer, Sherry Anshara, I presented this turn in direction. It was readily embraced. Our enthusiasm grew. This would attract a larger audience than just the documentary. It would have broad appeal with entertainment value. It would reflect QuantumPathic Energy Method practices relative to life. At Coconuts over fish tacos, William Caple III shared tips for writing for the screen while Sherry Anshara interjected Quantumpathic reflections. I left the meeting with a heart full of energy.

Two weeks later, after sleepless nights and days fueled by enthusiasm, I delivered the approximately 120 page screenplay. Next, I had the joy of reading aloud the script for executive producer, Sherry Anshara, and producers Dana Jones and Traci Bogan. We sent it out to a few contacts for review and reflection. The feedback was entirely encouraging!

“Seetha [Demarco] read the script to me tonight.. so we could hear it.. and feel it..  we cried at several places, OMG I love it!” — Sherry Anshara

“Read the script this afternoon. Made me cry at least half a dozen times, all good.” — Keith Frost

“Once I started I couldn’t stop reading it…… It’s excellent! It really is! I love the characters and I like the way it flows.” — Bobbie Meola

“I have read the script and think it’s really compelling. I was impressed how you weaved the concepts through the story line so well and the comments by the doctors seem organic to the
story.” — Kristin Jackson

“This is so exciting, creating newness with this film. Thrilling! — Cindie Hubiak

With my background in advertising and marketing, I couldn’t help but put marketing tactics in motion—it was only natural that I be assigned the role of Chief Marketing Officer for the film. Please join us on this journey via Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms.

While creating the marketing plan, it became apparent that the title (which at the time was Another Bleeped Up Love Story ) was not correct. Because the story is more. So we revised it to be more powerfully indicative of the film, a love story that entertains and enlightens: Not Just Another Bleeped Up Love Story.

And, the Documentary Why Are We Still So Bleeped Up?!? continues to evolve (check it out on Facebook).

Thus, the journey continues. I am honored to be on such a fabulous team with the visionary concepts of Executive Producer, Sherry Anshara, the insights of Documentary Producer/Director, William Caple III, the pioneering expertise of Dreampreneur,  Traci Bogan, the contagious enthusiasm of Entrepreneur, Promotions and Events Specialist, Dana Jones, and the business acumen of Developer, Philanthropist, and Teacher, Keith Frost.  It is our intention to bring this to you in full manifestation so we can all SHARE THE LOVE in 2017. Enjoy.

Charmed, for sure. Oh, and remind me to tell you about the four leaf clovers that Dana Jones finds for us … that’s another tale!

The setup stories commemorate year one of developing the documentary “Why Are We Still So Bleeped Up?!” to educate about QPEM and the film “Not Just Another Bleeped Up Love Story” that entertains and enlightens with a story based on the truth.

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