Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Forays in Fiction: Script Frenzy 2011



I'm in again. This will be year 3 for me. I've not won yet and seriously doubt I will this year either as I'm still a fumbling flubber at the script format not to mention the unique constraints of telling a story with image and sound only. I'm a novelist. I like to spread out on the page, get inside character's heads, be a little omniscient now an then.

In film the audience can only know what they see and hear and what they see and hear is more than 50% out of the script writer's control as the director, set designers, film editors and actors interpret and expand upon the skeleton of the story presented in the script.

One thing I might have going for me this year is the last several months of immersion in video watching averaging more than 20 hours a week and augmented by the watching of the special features like 'The Making of...' or 'Behind the Scenes..' whenever available. I've been getting something of an education in film making to complement and enhance the bit of scriptwriting technique I picked up while prepping for and participating in Script Frenzy the last two years.

In 2009 I tried to adapt my two short stories Of Cats and Claws and Curiosities and Making Rag Doll Babies and Million Dollar Maybes from my FOS storyworld. Last year I tried to develop a story from scratch though it was set in the same trailer park as my Mobile Hopes novel which was my 2008 NaNo project.

Well this year I'm going to set my story in that same mobile home park but my aim is to write a two hour pilot for a TV series with an ensemble cast. My working title will be Mobile Hopes but it will not be an adaptation of the novel. I'll use the work I did on character and setting but bring a fresh story to the page.

At Script Frenzy as at NaNoWriMo I am joywrite

1 tell me a story:

Jamie 3/12/2011 6:43 AM  

Yeah! I'm rooting for you...

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