August 9, 2012 | 4:00 PM
Here's a quick introduction to W Hotels destinations that will serve as the settings for the Four Stories film competition and series. If it wins, your script will be shot at any one of these locations, so be sure to get to know all of them.
We're also providing you with a link to a free download of Final Draft, an easy-to-use screenwriting program. All you need now is your imagination and some inspiration.
W Retreat & Spa - Maldives
Beyond the borders of reality, The Maldives encapsulates a sense of eternity. It is a timeless world of secluded beaches and boundless sea, where life pauses, the spirit resets, and a new type of energy emerges.
A universe away from modern stress, at W Retreat & Spa - Maldives bungalows are stilted over transparent waters, where turtles swim with stingrays through teeming tropical reefs. The blue of day and black of night blend into an intoxicating continuum as time becomes irrelevant, replaced by vitality and renewed passion, preparing guests for whatever's next. Dhoni boats pass silently, headed towards the interminable horizon, powered by their billowing sails. This is a place of rejuvenation, where jetsetters come to escape and recharge—and as infinite days become infinite nights, the dark is illuminated with the anticipation of the unknown. Welcome to W Retreat & Spa - Maldives.
W Doha Hotel & Residences
Reminiscent of the shady branches of the "big tree" that gave Doha its name or the traditional fishing nets of its past, the city's treasures lie behind an enigmatic veneer.
At the souk, shisha smoke fills the air and sand blows in from the dunes, obscuring Doha's modern skyscrapers, traditional architecture and contemporary culture with a mysterious desert layer. As the moon rises over W Doha Hotel & Residences—like the Doha Bay oysters opening to reveal their precious pearls—the veil parts and the night comes alive with color and energy. Private cabanas and lanterns evocative of the Arabian Nights illuminate ornate details and opulent spaces to see and be seen. Welcome to W Doha Hotel & Residences.
W Washington DC
The new power play in Washington DC isn't about policy and passing laws, it's about the politics of pleasure.
After the day's speeches are done, the city's insiders and guests gather at W Washington D.C. behind a façade of history to tell a dynamic, modern tale. Here, public speaking meets private meetings and artifice meets intrigue—playmakers put their cards on the table, but keep an ace up their sleeves. Bonding over cocktails, alliances are made and friendships formed. Forget partisanship; the new deal combines conservative pinstripes with liberal black lace, as day is for telling and night is for showing. Welcome to W Washington DC.
W Mexico City
Just as modern Mexico City disguises the ancient Lake Basin that lies below it, the city's culture is rife with illusion and intrigue—from the Lucha Libre wrestlers' colorful costumes to the evocative masks that appear in local festivals.
Provocative and alluring, these concealed identities dispel preconceived ideas and enable uninhibited expression. Daily, such notions of role-play, performance and reinvention permeate W Mexico City, where impulse and emotion rule and creativity reigns. What seems sober by day becomes illuminated at night. Conventions are stripped away and costumes enhanced, revealing as they conceal. Guests and locals—bound by their pursuit of pleasure and desire to experience something new—act out their choice of character as color, mystery and an exhilarating beat infuse the scene. Welcome to W Mexico City.