A friend I shared some of James Moody's letters with once came up with what I thought was a tremendous idea for a script. Moody cycled out to Netley Abbey with a friend from the Oceanic to take tea with someone - he doesn't identify who, but it was possibly Charles Lightoller. On the way back, he was caught in the rain. My friend proposed that would make a great opening sequence - if the officer that accompanied him was Pitman, Lightoller could be shown with his family around him, talking about his transfer to the Titanic. Then Moody would be caught in the ominous shower of rain as he returned to Southampton (nice establishing shot of Southampton in March 1912, with the ships laid up because of the coal strike), and shortly after his return to the Oceanic he learns that he, too, was to be transferred to the Titanic. Then range of characters and their stories - Wilde's recent tragedies, Lowe as the odd man out, etc etc. They would interact with different classes and situations on board, before and after the disaster. Ted Dowding, Clear Cameron's nephew, thought that a movie along these lines a rather good idea - using these men as an entry point into the story.quote:
But soon we will die, and all memories of those five will have left earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge is love. The only survival, the only meaning.