October 31st 2008 05:37
Actually the concept was born back in the early 90s when I was at university doing film and drama studies. It was only a paragraph or two, a loose premise – an erotic nightmare - that concerned a male artist and a female demon. I had a title, imagery, and narrative ideas.
Over the years I’d jot down on a bit of paper a visual or character idea, but it was really just a premise that existed for more than ten years. Then one September four years ago I decided to put pen to paper proper. In the space of a week I had written the treatment, and in another couple of weeks I’d completed a 100-page first draft. It just poured out of me.
And then I shelved it. I knew I’d come back to it, but I needed some distance, time out to let the story brood and fester. I watched movies that seemed to lift ideas straight from my screenplay, movies that dabbled with the same adult, boundary-pushing concepts I’d formed all those years ago. It was frustrating.
The class, which was tutored through Metro Screen by the wonderful Karel Segers, studied several commercially successful movies that use these rules and formula and have applied them to their stories, creating narrative arcs that have been used time and time again, yet each of these movies remain characteristically individualistic and uniquely stylish.
I was very impressed with Karel’s approach. We discussed how there are certain movies we adore, that have fundamentally flawed screenplays (Blade Runner), while there are other “children’s” movies that slip under the radar whose screenplays are brilliantly engineered, such as the Pixar animated movies i.e. The Incredibles (and more recently the amazing WALL-E).
Now I am ready to begin work on a second draft of my screenplay.
Which brings me to the real point of this post; in order to commit to a high level of concentration I am taking leave of my blog for a couple of weeks as of this weekend. I will still be checking comments every few days, but I won’t be posting anything new.
I trust you understand. I will be back with a vengeance. Happy Halloween! Ciao for now.