More on writing a screenplay

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 8:50 AM | comments: 4
A combination of a dream and still-sleepy thoughts in the shower yesterday morning led me to a good idea for a screenplay. It's a good idea to me, anyway, and if I can flesh it out the way I think it should be, it's going to be a movie.

Who knows if anyone would actually buy it. The biggest hurdle I think is just finding someone who would let me direct it, then cast the actors that I really want, assuming they'd work for almost nothing and for a director that, to this day, has only watched movies, not made one.

If I finish the script and after a year it gets no action, I'll just make it myself. If I can find a couple of volunteer college actors I'll spend a couple of grand and just do it. I've already got Avid at home to edit, I have some basic lights, so all I really need is a better video camera and a good shot gun mic (and a fishpole).

I hesitate to share what the basic plot is because I think it's a better sell when it's done. It's loosely based on my life but not really. If I were to re-do my life in a manner that would make a good movie, this is how it would be.

This really feels like something I want to do. That's good, because the last few days, I haven't wanted to do much of anything. How can a job where you have nothing to do cause you to be so drained?

I'm studying up on how to format a screenplay. Can't wait to start writing.



February 10, 2004, 2:58 PM # Do you have a casting for Tim Walsh? How about Jay Leno.
Anyway, that is a great idea. If I can look around my house, I might have some screenplay software. A friend and I use to do that in school, alot. Actually, it's a font style; it makes writing a screenplay pretty simple. If I could only find it. I was just using it recently.
It's a challenge just getting your script READ, let alone greenlighted. Will you be looking locally or is the Pizzie going to the left coast?
If you want an able body for your venture into movieland, I would like to lend you a hand.


February 10, 2004, 3:09 PM # Another victim of "shower-thinking"... I often think the most in the shower and am glad to know that I may not be the only one.


February 10, 2004, 3:13 PM # I found a good template/macro file for Word that does the screenplay format to the letter in terms of the "accepted" format. It was free, too. :)

I'll bonuce drafts off of you from time to time, Mr. Freeze.


February 10, 2004, 5:14 PM # Yeah, those templates from the Microsoft website can be a goldmine!

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