I “accidentally” started a screenplay on Saturday night. I say accidentally because I wasn’t planning on it. However, a scene came to mind that seemed to be both a cool action scene at once as well as a way to visually tell the backstory of the character. I’ve only started the scene, but I wanted to fix the image in my mind on paper before it got away. I wrote several paragraphs and then went back and outlined what happens in that scene. When I get through writing it, I’m hopeful that it will be completely self-contained with no dialogue from either the main character or any other characters. It should be 3-5 minutes (pages) long, but in that time you should know who the protagonist is and why he is doing what he is doing.
This is for a project that I’ve already published a short-story for and this is part of that “working smarter, not harder” paradigm that I’ve been trying for since spring of this year. This is the 2nd script that I’ve attempted–I finished my first script (FREEFALLING–a short script of about 6-8 pages). That one also did not have any dialogue, but it does have a beginning, middle, and end. I was going to put it on a website that features short scripts called The Black List, but balked as you’d have to join the Writer’s Guild of America. Registration is cheap, but I don’t like being forced into things (if you can’t tell from my other blog posts). However, most agents won’t look at anything less than a feature length script, so if I want exposure for FREEFALLING, The Black List is my only real option.
I haven’t decided how long this new script will be. If it turns out to be a feature length script (120 pages), then I’ll send it out to agents, but if it is a shorter script, then I’ll put it on the Black List and see what happens. While it wasn’t what I was intending to write over the weekend (I have both school assignments and a Graphic novel script that I needed to work on), it was what demanded to be written at that moment. I really hope something good comes out of it!