Saturday, May 24, 2014
After a month of studying the basics of screenwriting, I embarked on the journey to put together a short film.
In its E-book format, Picking Cotton is a 289-page novel at Red Rose Publishing. I had the herculean task to break it down into 45 pages.
As we already know, movies are completely different from books. The E-book was mildly successful, but I changed a few things for the screen.
After I let the screenplay sit for a few weeks, I may go back and add something else. At the moment, I'm pleased with the movie's overall theme.
That is all, Happy Memorial Day.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
I have spent the last 10 days writing the rough draft to my first screenplay.
After a week at the webinars studying the basics of screenwriting and reading various forms of movies, I decided to give it a shot. I wanted to see where the pages took me.
At the moment, I'm at page 34 of the film version of Picking Cotton. I chose Cotton because it was my first book to get contracted and rewritten twice. Here's the link to it... http://redrosepublishing.com/books/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=100&products_id=1070
Since I'm new to this, I opted on a short film version. A film of 30-45 minutes (A TV film with commercials) is usually 45-50 pages. After I complete the screenplay, I'll put it on the shelf for a month.
That is all......
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Monday, I participated in a webinar from Gigi New, a famous writer and professor. I learned a lot, especially that a screenplay has three ACTS and goes between 90-100 pages.
ACT I - the tonesetter and the purpose of your story.
ACT II- conflict.
ACT III- Resolution.
With that in mind, I'm going to take my first book, Picking Cotton, and make into a screenplay. I may fit the other three books into the screenplay" Cotton Patch, Cotton & Silk and Cotton Candy.
I'll take more training this week.
See you next time.........