Five Favorite Movies Inspired by Books

After reading award-winning author Nicole Evelina post on her five favorite movies inspired by books challenge, I decided to note my favorites too.

  1. All “LOTR” and “The Hobbit” movies – I thought it was quite ambitious & very masterfully done in condensing Tolkien’s legendarium for a non-fantasy reader. I soon later began reading the books and  appreciated them.
  2. The Finest Hours” – I haven’t the read book but the movie was very thrilling. A great show of a person’s indomitable spirit. The book is in my TBR list.
  3. Testament of Youth” – Quite moving film from Vera Brittain’s book of the same title. I haven’t read it tho Idk if it’s still available on ebook format. I’ve a some reviews and some readers find it difficult to understand due to the ‘old’ English (not King James English) style of writing.
  4. “The Spook’s Apprentice” books (the first book)  or “The Seventh Son’ in the movie. It was a  promising endeavor but it left me with a mix bag of emotions. I thought making Ward older was a good choice but the rest of the changes left me wondering why it went in the direction we see in the film. I’m currently reading the series and I’m liking the way the world and the characters were written.
  5. Me Before You” – haven’t read the book yet but the movie was nicely done. By end of the movie,  Will’s decision made me shudder.

Those are my top five movies inspired by books off the top of my head, what are yours?

The #30day #screenwriting challenge launched by ISA (Intl Screenwriters Association) #amwriting

If the novel writers have their NaNoWriMo month, Max Timm, founder of the “The Craft Course in Screenwriting”, launched this free course for neophytes of all levels, which started last April 20 to extend until June 20. Whew!

I liked the course. It has a mix of podcast files and transcripts if you feel listening will make you miss all the information.

The text lessons were a good add too just when my CPU broke down. It would have been tiresome listening through my device (no external speakers bought yet) without resorting to wearing earphones because I’d like to keep my ears tinnitus free.

There were assignments at every of lesson as well. Unfortunately, I’ve lagged behind ( big time) I’m still Day 4!

A lot of things to consider in constructing characters and hitting those story beats that has been keeping me preoccupied enough so  I’m stumbling along my momentum, not to mention an ““Agent Carter S3 Fanfic Contest”  opening act scene, which I’ve yet to add more meat it its bare bones. lolz

Too bad, I wasn’t able to get back to starting up my Marvel Unlimited monthly subscription since it would have been so useful for research. What I’ve written to my Agent Carter opening scene came from the back issues I’ve read. No thanks to this present prexcy of the country remarks causing our currency to weaken against the dollar. So strange though in the previous administrations, if our currency moved just one peg up in the currency exchange against the US dollar, everyone’s up and throwing tantrums and tirade…now, it felt like everyone’s shoved back in wait-&-see silence.  Oooookay, going off the rails.

Back to screenwriting. Right now, write lessons and digest along the way before the course ends completely. 🙂

#WIP Wednesday #amwriting

I hope to continue writing about a project and get it at least in a screenwriting competition somewhere this year. Yes, that’s a yearly goal.

Presently, I’m working on a comicbook manuscript for consideration for a local publisher. I’m crossing my fingers for a positive feedback and more importantly, get it in before next month’s deadline.

The publisher rolled out requirements. I’ve then asked a couple of people who also seemed to be in the same boat as I am. They’ve shared the publisher’s answers to me and so, reading from the publisher’s answers was quite helpful, but it still left me undecided on several panels I’m working on. I really need to stick with a unified vision or this manuscript will feel all over the place.

 

First week of 2017 #amwriting

#foodforthought #wednesdaywisdom #happynewyear #resolution2016 💭 #words

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Re-read a writing requirement these past few days and I thought I might get away with my chosen setting  for a possible consideration but it looked like I have to follow the rules first and train to view stories set for local readers.

I’ve made some progress with my  Christmas story until Page 4. I stopped  to re-think due to the requirement.  I’m still unsure if I can migrate most of the characters in a Philippine historical setting. I know this is a cheat  but I got so attached to a 10-yo character in the story.  🙂

 

FAN FICTION Screenplay Festival. Deadline 29th of every month #amwriting

Submit your story/film from an existing body of work and have it performed/showcased at the festival.

Source: FAN FICTION Screenplay Festival. Deadline 29th of every month

Yesterday, I was reminded of this event and for a long while I didn’t know which scripts I could submit then I realized I’ve written two fan scripts before. One for Smallville and the other was a TV pilot spec when “Charmed” ended. I’ll have to re-read them once more if runaway spaces came up again when I converted from Doc file to PDF.

I did find my “Smallville Season 6: Pieces” script and “The Charmed Paladins”  script. Yes! I even created a home for “The Charmed Paladins” too if anyone is curious to get the feel of the virtual show. lolz

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Well, this was the poster. My photoshop skills now have vanished so pardon if I can’t re-do this now.

 

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The Characters

Oh, I missed those days.  Cappucino withJules and I would share scripts and art dev concepts because she also has her own virtual series called “Ultimately Charmed.” I’ll never forget those times. 🙂

Nostalgic, yeah big time when TV reboots just came just shy away from the originals. I hope they don’t reboot “Charmed.” Just leave it alone.

 

#amwriting words on paper day….

This was a bit of hiccup since I usually write MWF so having the day ## exercise was not for me but this doesn’t mean I’m not continually adding scenes when I’m away from the computer. My notebook has been super handy and at times, I find my story questions which would lead me to do more research.

From my previous post, I’ve wondered which was best to have antagonist 1 and antagonist 2 meet. I eventually decided  antagonist 1 is so well-ensconced in her cover identity that the inevitable meet with antagonist 2 will just flow from her scene and it did.  😀

 

#amwriting Words on paper stage, Day 19

I’ve added more background to antagonist #2 and now I’m faced with a block.

How will  antagonist # 1 of the story get in touch with antagonist #2 when their last meeting was years ago in Russia as teenagers?

I didn’t like doing the cliche scenes, such as out-of-the-blue  types:

  • antagonist #1 bumped into antagonist 2 (fated or not)
  • antagonist #1 somehow found out where antagonist #2 had been hiding all along

How do you propose a meeting like this handled?

There’s the matter about the gray-suited man /woman too, we saw at Agent Carter’s season 2 finale. Season three has to happen so sign the new #SaveAgentCarter petition to Marvel. 

 

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I’m interested though and be saving for the monthly access for now since the yearly subscription is too high for me.

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#amwriting Words on paper stage day 18

I decided to change this next progress report title to something more screenplay feel so “words on paper” which I found through re-reading Chapter 4: Building a Character from “Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting” by Syd Field  sounded more apt.

I’ve thought up two antagonists now and slowly building their character backgrounds. I haven’t quite finalized yet which one will be from season 1 arc and the other from the season 2 arc. I still want to keep their identities unknown to the protagonists too. 🙂 Plus, there will be a new recurring protagonist and I hope I’m not overloading everything in one shot. 🙂