Well, maybe not completely all on my own. When pal Anthony Neil Smith and I were in grad school together, we met every Monday night for a cheap six-pack and puked out a ridiculous pulpy crime screenplay. And more recently, A. Neil and I have collaborated again on another project which we hope comes together. I also wrote a feature based on my own short story "Silent Harvest" which was optioned by a producer in New York. Silent Harvest -- the screenplay -- is intended to be a very inexpensive, small independent film.
The screenplay I just finished is a big step in a more commercial direction. Details to come at a more appropriate time. At the moment, what I want to say in this blog post is that I've learned a lot. I feel like all of these screenplays could make great films but I also feel like I've been going to Screenplay State University. The first draft of this most recent screenplay was actually done back in October. The director/manager/producer team I've been working with have been champs and true professions. I implemented the first round of notes, sent it back, and got a second round of notes. Did those too. Then they said "Let's show it." I'm excited.
Do I think I've graduated from Screenplay State University? Probably not. I still feel like I'm bumbling around, but, frankly, I usually feel like that no matter what I'm doing.
Yesterday was "formatting" day for the screenplay. To my eyes, even a perfectly formatted screenplay looks like a cluttered mess. Hey, not my problem. If that's how it's done, then that's how I'll do it.
I'll tell you more when there's more to tell.