Location, location, location

And, no, I’m not talking about the television show.

I imagine when considering making a film, a group of people sit around a table and look at the places where a story can be told.  Quite often the story has the locations, and for those seeking to make the film, they have a head start.

Provided there is enough money in the budget to do so.

As a writer, I use travel to find new locations for my stories, but unlike the movie makers, I don’t have any place in mind before I go.

So it that a chicken and egg thing?

When away, I’m always typing little notes into my smartphone in an app called Somnote.  It’s very handy and even allows you to write larger pieces as well.  It’s where most of my blog posts originate because the ideas for these often come out of left field.

And while I’m out., sometimes at very inconvenient moments.

But I digress…again…

I like old world hotels, probably not for their aesthetic value, but because it gives me an idea of what it was like in the past.

And maybe a ghost or two as well, just to liven up things at night.

Dining rooms, particular that of one at Raffles in Singapore, are just dripping with atmosphere, and the time we went, I was waiting for the ghost of the last big cat to come and visit us.

Other than that my imagination ran wild that day.

Other hotels such as one in Lucerne Switzerland, and Kamloops in Canada, were a number of buildings cobbled together with a myriad of passageways and small sets of stairs where presumably the joins of the buildings were.

It was not the first time I was looking for secret passageways.

And small lifts, one that holds two people or one person and two suitcases, are another highlight and are ripe for use in storytelling.  These sorts of elevators exist in smaller hotels, and one in particular, we found in Paris.

It was only four floors, but having to walk instead of us=ing the elevator, was only useful for those who love exercise.

Elevators, old or new are always are a thing of interest, from a writers point of view, such as one in the Paris Opera house, where my granddaughters believed there was a ghost, and looking at it, they may have been right.

They would not get in it.

Another elevator, and perhaps there are a lot more like it, was in an old building in Brisbane, where the stairs wrapped around the elevator shaft and you could see the elevator going up and down,  I guess before they updated it, the old elevator had sides you could look out (and those on the stairs look ib).

Excellent inspiration for all manner of plotlines and that’s just using an elevator.

Try this for size, outrunning the elevator to the top.  Not so hard as old elevators were not the fastest means of getting to your floor.

If you want a fast elevator, go to the empire state building and head to the lookout.  THose elevators are fast.

Love the ones with the iron foldable doors that require you to do a few months pumping iron, just so you can open and close that heavy and sometimes miscreant door.

And just to get your imagination jumping, think about the walkways at some of London underground railways.   If you know what I’m talking about, how many chase scenes can you write just from one walk?

One thought on “Location, location, location

  1. You conjured up some good memories for me! The creaky old cage lift still operates in the clock tower of Brisbane City Hall. Scouting film locations is big business, while owners around the world register their homes or property hoping to feature in the latest blockbuster.

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