A captive prisoner makes an unlikely friend. But Wars of Words can be deadly as well….
Fantastical figures fascinate forever. The ogre is a pertinent example: from French folklore to the universally adored Shrek franchise, stories involving ogres have never waned in popularity, especially those that humanize these “monsters”.
The opening situation of The Letter, however, introduces us to a female ogre with no humanity whatsoever. In a dilapidated hut on the tallest mountaintop, where snow falls eternally, she holds young elf Aladan in captivity. Chained to the wall and in intense agony, he’s forced to write on the wall that physically restrains him.
Despite his situation, he’s not writing angry prose. He’s writing love stories! You see, his illiterate and mute detainer is enthralled by legendary tales of the heart, and forces Aladan to write and orate them for her.
Why romance stories? Because it turns out this big beast has a big heart for a fellow ogre. Sadly, her love isn’t reciprocated, and so she uses Aladan’s storytelling as a way to temporarily escape her sadness.
But Aladan claims he can permanently grant her happiness. How? By penning a love letter to her heartthrob! And of course, if the ogre finds true love, Aladan will be surplus to her requirements and be a free elf. So they begin creating the ultimate confession of adoration, all while forming a closer bond to one another along the way…
Yet this newly found friendship is meaningless if Aladan cannot win over the ogre’s heartthrob and win his freedom. Will he succeed? Or is the pen not as mighty as proverbs say it is? Only by reading the letter in The Letter will you find out!
Budget: Mid-range. Of course, the FX could be lengthy if one wanted to go that way. Or it could be CGI. Or simply… implied!
About the reviewer: Hamish Porter is a writer who, if he was granted one wish, would ask for the skill of being able to write dialogue like Tarantino. Or maybe the ability to teleport. Nah, that’s nothing compared to the former. A lover of philosophy, he’s working on several shorts and a sporting comedy that can only be described as “quintessentially British”. If you want to contact him, he can be emailed: hamishdonaldp “AT” gmail.com. If you’d like to contact him and be subjected to incoherent ramblings, follow him on Twitter @HamishP95.
About the writer: A fun guy with a wicked sense of humor, Jesus Diez Perez wears many hats: VFX, writer and director (just to name a few). Contact him at jdiezperez “AT” gmail.com! In his own words: I’m a writer, producer, director, editor and visual effects artist with experience in big companies like Weta or Lucasfilm. I love telling the untold stories, those that lurk in the shadows while the famous ones get told and retold. And I’m always looking for a different angle, with a new edge. For a list of my credits, please view them at IMDB here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3925667/
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