the hollywood au: bob edition
i’m a little too busy today to really contribute to the AU day of BoB Week (boo D:) but here’s a very sketchy list of the Hollywood AU I’ve been bouncing around in my mind for awhile now. Thanks to @theonceandfuturecaptain for helping me develop it during one very memorable chat! <3
Dick Winters is an auteur director. His films are always aesthetically interesting and thematically complicated, and he’s known for working with the same small group of professionals on nearly all his projects. Stanhope Nixon is in the business of making award winning movies. Making money is important too, of course, but the major goal of all of Nixon Productions is a shot at the holy trinity of film awards: Sundance, Cannes, and the Academy Awards. In the two of them Lewis Nixon sees an opportunity - a fucking kickass adaptation of David Webster’s best-selling novel FAITHLESS, which follows the story of a rugged American captain and the British nurse who captures his heart amidst the Second World War and his struggles with faith and patriotism. When Dick reads the novel and contacts Webster about writing the first draft of the script, he’s already looking ahead to casting the only actors he knows will be able to handle the major roles: intensely private, intensely committed Ron Speirs, and equally as passionate Kitty Grogan, the best actress Britain has to offer.
He rounds up the rest with his usual promise of adventure in the pursuit of creating good art: Harry Welsh, for example, his ever-faithful Assistant Director who also acts as Editor when post-production roles around, Carwood Lipton, a truly excellent cinematographer who works on the same wavelengths as Dick, Joe Toye and Bill Guarnere, the ones you call when you want your action scenes to carry the weight of realism. And what follows is a crazy intense film shoot, filled with pining and misunderstandings: Dick, who really wants Nix (on the verge of divorce and alcohol poisoning), and Nix, who of course wants him back despite being convinced Dick is liable to show up to work with a sweet girlfriend any day now, a crazy media blowout that ends with (fake) reports about Ron and Kitty’s secret romance - meanwhile, of course, she’s trading kisses with Harry, and Ron can’t keep his eyes off of Carwood. Good thing the feeling is mutual, Carwood (camera and all) has never been so drawn to someone, although it’s a long way to get to Ron’s Best Actor win and heartfelt speech where he thanks his boyfriend, Carwood Lipton, for all the support.
Also featuring interns Babe and Gene, who really ought to stop making eyes at each other from opposite ends of the shoot. Webster and Liebgott, who plays a key supporting character in the film and keeps arguing with Web about his lines. George Luz, who keeps finding excuses to slip away from his lighting design work to go flirt with Toye (busy teaching Ron how to throw grenades realistically). Also featuring, of course, Renee as Ron’s long-suffering agent, Buck Compton as a fellow actor (People’s sexiest man alive - twice!), Christenson as art director, Skip, Muck, and Malarkey as sound designers/mixers/foley artists (gotta make those gunshots sound realistic), and lots of others I’m sure I’m forgetting at the moment. It takes a lot of people to make a major motion picture! Good thing Dick is a fantastic leader (isn’t that what a director does, after all?) - because of course, at the end of the day, their movie wins Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and a whole slew of other awards - Jury Award at Cannes, anyone? Stanhope Nixon is smug, but no matter how much money he put up, it’s Dick’s (and Nix’s) movie, and its success gives them the confidence to form Screaming Eagles Productions (they announce it at their wedding).