Screenplay writing is HARD. The rejection letters I recieved over 2004/5 prove that – at least to me.
I think quite visually – maybe that’s why I love working in corporate video production – so perhaps the transition from prose writer to screenwriter was obvious, but the process and finished product are so different.
Obviously the biggest challenge is that the screenplay is only the start of a process, but a manuscript is the end of one. Someone has REALLY got to like your screenplay to sink a whole bunch of money into putting it on a cinema screen. And even more money if it’s sci-fi, which is why I haven’t jumped into that genre.
Here’s a list of future Hollywood blockbusters (not!):
“Close To Home” – US small town drama
A rural sheriff tries to balance his conscience, his grief and his friendships as he investigates the killing of his wife.
“Mister Nobody” – drama comedy
Jobbing photographer Rich is unaccountably accosted by MI5 and whisked away to an island paradise where he is instructed to begin a new life, cut off from both his past and the outside world. With no choice and a million pounds in his bank account, he tries to forget about his fiancée and get along with babysitting MI5 agent Nicky. Back home, fiancée Kate and best man Paul work on tracking Rich down before the wedding day.
“Signs Of Life” – thoughtful Western
A widower struggles against the prejudices of himself and the community to accept and defend the deaf son he thought was dead.
“Of Cats And Men ‘ – British rom-com
Football mascot Jerry and his team the Black Cats are in the dumps. When Jerry isn’t dating, the team always starts to slide. Then fate brings a new team physio, Laura, to the club. Can she be the saviour of the Cats and the men?
“Storyline” – rom-com
Belfast exile John decides to make his umpteenth career change in London and become a screenwriter. He bumps into movie agent Kate and together they decide which parts of their relationship should make it to the big screen.
“The Girl Who Stole The Eiffel Tower” – British rom-com
Single man Sam is great at matchmaking for his friends, but he won’t date anyone except his perfect woman. Amanda doesn’t conform to his vision of fate, so do they stand a chance together?
“Tow Away Zone” – US offbeat comedy in the Coen Brothers style
If Beckman Spiers doesn’t meet his quota in the next fortnight, he won’t make salesman of the year at Pegasus, and with a sales patch that’s mostly tumbleweed, he’s screwed. Until he happens on the mystery town of Sunrise, the neon sign capital of the USA. Can this unusual find take him to his dream goal?
There’s more to Sunrise than easy sales – if only he can prise the lovely Lolita from the arms of her fiancé. But is he being followed? And are the Gleesons following each other?
Why is it that all the best salesmen leave Pegasus and are never heard from again – surely chairman Mr Malvolio isn’t having them killed off? Is anyone in Sunrise who they seem?