Saturday, April 04, 2009

The Frenzy is on...

So I've been writing. Twenty pages in, and closing in on finishing the first act. I have to say I'm exceeding my goals here, but I have a feeling as I get more into it I'll have a bit more of a problem. I do know how I want to end the script, and I do have some ideas for the middle, but the hardest thing for me to write is the son's part. Funny isn't that. Now I'm not basing it the son's character on me, but I would be lying to you if I said the character wasn't a bit of me. They say write what you know. Isn't that the key? Well I am and it seems to be flowing.

What frustrates me is that I'm not writing it to a particular budget. Right now it's pie in the sky for me. If I didn't do that I would have limited myself even more, and that would have hurt the story. So I'm writing for story sake. Not for budget. I doubt I could even put this into production, but the script is getting the creative juices flowing again, and I think I can do some justice to the story. I don't hate it, and that's not a bad thing for me. I just need to keep at it.

Last night I was watching TMC, and they had "Satuday night, Sunday Morning" which was Albert Finney's first part. I remember seeing it in film school, and it came back to me slowly. I like how the director Karel Reisz shot it, and used music to inspire a theme. (See the trailer below for an example of the music) Reisz would also do two other films I liked called The Gambler with James Caan, and The French Lieutenant's Woman with Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. Seeing Saturday night, Sunday Morning kind of inspired me, and it jolted me into thinking on how powerful silence is sometimes in the cinema. Sometimes a shot is worth a thousand words.

Maybe that's what is making me write, but I want to take this writing assignment seriously. I'm not the greatest writer, but with practice i can get better, and with some editing a good screenplay can be a great screenplay. Hey right now the creative muse is singing, and who am I to argue. As for now the FRENZY continues. Let's see how it all works out.


Neil Sarver said...

20 pages in? Dang! You're kicking my butt!

I'm hoping to get some serious work in tomorrow. I think getting somewhere then will decide if I think I have a chance at a pace on yon frenzy.

Pete Bauer said...

Yeah, just keep writing. That's what I tell myself. Since I'm going to have to re-write anyway its best to get the first draft out of the way was quickly as possible.

Sometimes that's easier said than done, but it's a good goal.

Keep up the good work!