Gay and Pleasant Land?

Gay and Pleasant Land?

How Rufus Stone the story was born

The story of Rufus Stone was created over time using composite characters and situations, all uncovered in the Gay and Pleasant Land? Research Project, through in-depth biographic life story interviews, focus groups, and actual site visits to the rural locations where older gay or lesbian citizens were living. Conversations (rather than formal ‘meetings’) were carried out by the Project’s researchers and Advisers, sifting over the materials and stories, putting forth possible plot lines, turns and twists, and developing the main characters–always constantly shuttling back and forth to and from the research data itself.

Eventually, a dramatic arc began to emerge for the story and its inhabitants.  At this stage, the Project Lead began writing Rufus Stone as a story on his weblog. This became ‘auto-ethnography’ in the sense that the author used his personal experiences and memories to add richness to events and the storyline and to flesh out the main characters themselves.  This is auto-ethnography with the purpose of the author as conduit to other people, times and places, rather than auto-ethnography as ‘auto-biography’.  These four stories are linked below:

Rufus Stone: 1

Rufus Stone: 2

Rufus Stone: 3

Rufus Stone: 4 What have you done with Rufus?

The next stage was to turn the composite story and plot into a film ‘treatment’ or short piece of prose that precedes the first draft of the film’s script. At this stage the treatment and background stories and materials were handed over to the film’s director who wrote several versions of the script, always in consultation with the Project Lead to insure accuracy with the research findings and to maintain the purpose intended from the outset of the Project.

The results of these several years of investigative and creative effort can now be seen in depth and detail in Rufus Stone the movie.