I started 2017 by writing treatments and thought of finishing one per month per story idea! Maybe it was too idealistic but I wanted to throw it out there and push myself. Unfortunately, I haven’t paid close attention to my schedule and before I knew it, I was overran with several family problems (again, sheesh, when do I get a break).
Then of all the unlikely things to get motivated was catching again the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies this past month! It awakened once again the flame to finish treatments. August is nearly winding down so this was a good time to write fast, brainstorm through and really FINE TUNE later.
I’m still learning how to make a proper treatment and hopefully, I’ve managed to get the basics down at least. It was funny as I was madly typing the paragraphs, the muse took me more into my protagonist background and her family dynamics. I’ve also started to delve more into the antagonists too, which was just fantastic because earlier this year, I was stumped and couldn’t define clearly who were my antagonists. I also had a huge help with Mr. Max Timm’s free class last March even if I wasn’t able to complete the whole course but the first early topics helped me in whittle down more the motives of my characters. I just have to be careful not to fall on cliche traps I guess and then, I’ll be fine. *cross-fingers*
I saw this pic and was reminded of “The Lady Vanishes” Hitchcock movie I saw when I hospitalized years back. Would have wanted to see the whole movie though. I was caught by my nurse telling me its “light’s out.” lolz
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. 🙂
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.
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. 🙂
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
Well, this was the poster. My photoshop skills now have vanished so pardon if I can’t re-do this now.
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.
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. 😀
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.
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. 🙂
My good friend J.Gi Federizo did well in reminding me how was my draft episode project shaping up and so far, I’ve found this new trick writing in chunks very helpful and the built-in index card system is amazing because I can immediately view the notes or parts of the outline shown and when I clicked the left-hand icon, this brings me to scenes under the index card umbrella I want to continue. I’ve also done re-arranging the index cards like which comes first and so forth, wow. I like the ease of it. Now, I hope compiling won’t be a problem.
I’m still building Act One for my… 11th day. Hopefully, these index cards mean one day a page for me.
How many pages for act 1 in a episodic TV?
Looking up Smallville, they have 15 pages (excluding the teaser pages) so I have five more to go to round out Act 1. Oh, speaking of this show, years back, my friend came up with idea for the show’s season 5. I scribbled it and we’ve entitled it “Pieces.” I decided to enter it in of Scriptapalooza’s TV competition unfortunately, it didn’t make it and I can’t remember if I opted for feedback. Oh, well. Just part of the learning curve.
I have yet to check out “The Flash” (2014) script if they have similarities in page count for Act one. I have “Supernatural” but I can’t seem to find it. I see from Scriptfly they’ve acquired “The Flash 2014” and more “Smallville” scripts for study. I’m waiting for “Rosetta” though because this was the episode where Christopher Reeve (RIP) guest starred and one of my fave episodes, story-wise.
I’m also curious to read about “Lost” show bible too which Scriptfly have posted. I would like to learn how to develop a show’s bible. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of the show & only watched S1.
I’m really hoping “Agent Carter” scripts will be up soon because that will be most helpful for me to get the feel of the show on paper.
Looks like another big event to attend if only it was easy and not such a hassle. I would love to sit in during the writers’ panel since Lindsey Allen, one of the writers from Agent Carter is one of the guests. Other Marvel writers from other TV shows will be present too. Their topic’s quite intriguing too.
I found this short article “Did you know the most Hollywood screenwriters used to be women?” Food for thought.
Another event I’d like to sit in even if I don’t have a faintest clue in costume design is Giovanna Melton’s panel, Agent Carter costume designer.