Good day all! I know my presence in the blogsphere has been limited of late but I am here, I do read, and I try to comment as I can.
I've been doing a LOT of research on script writing. Considering this is my first attempt at writing a script, I figured this was an excellent way to spend my Monday at work. I found LOADS of info as well as a list about a half a mile long of books on the script writing and film making process.
Surprisingly, it's not that complicated. There are strict rules one must adhere to in order to write a screenplay, but I find the form and function of those rules strangely liberating. Coming from someone who can pen a 500+ page novel and cry if she has to delete anything, knowing I have to limit myself to between 95 and 140 pages and NOT throwing a royal tantrum is a miracle indeed.
I narrowed my script down to two possible stories. One would be an original that, strangely enough, hit me yesterday while riding home from work and seeing a police officer cutting grass on a riding lawn mower (don't worry: if I don't write the script for this one in April, I will write in eventually...the idea of a police chase on riding lawn mowers is just too hilarious a mental picture to pass up). My other idea (the one I'm going with) is to do a screen adaptation of my favorite book. SADLY an adaptation has already been done. It was horrible. It was vile. It was...well...let's just say it should not have been at all. I have to wonder, did the producer/script writer/director even READ the book before making the film? I think they read the back of the book and said, "Hey, that's a neat idea!" and read no further. I shudder to even remember the horror.
That being said, I have always dreamed of seeing A Wrinkle in Time on the big screen. Not a made for DVD butcherization of a classic, but a real, honest to goodness portrayal of the story, the characters, the magic of the book that made me want to write.
Am I the person to do this? The thought is humbling and, quite frankly, frightening. There's no promise my screenplay will go beyond this little free-for-all in April. But what if? Is it wrong to think a POSITIVE what if for a change? Too often we think the opposite: What if I fail? What if no one likes it? What if I can't find a publisher? What if it sucks and I might as well just hang up my pen and become a taxi cab driver?
Right now, I'm wanting my imagination to wander. I want to challenge and stretch my writing muscles in a way they've never been stretched. I want to sit down on April 01 and write with abandon. I want to bring this story to life to the best of my ability and see what comes of it.
Will I submit it? Probably not. No, hear me out. I have several ideas for short films and for feature films. Ideas that I WOULD pursue selling. THIS one, however, is a film I would want to direct. Writer becomes film maker. I think I've heard this tale before, long ago. The story is just too sacred to me to leave in the hands of someone else. When you sell a screenplay, unless they ask you to be the final editor of the script, you have no say so in the final movie. It's frightening, really. To trust my vision to someone else's eyes? But that's the nature of the beast. Hence why I'm also doing some research into film making.
What have I got myself into?
Happy St. Patrick's Day, by the way! Wearin' o' the green. Any of you been to Ireland? I went eight years ago and I've been home sick ever since. If you get the chance, GO. You'll leave a part of your soul there, though. Don't say I didn't warn you.
PS: I'll be having a little St. Paddy's Day shindig over at the Manor this afternoon. Wander on by if you have the time :)