Scripting a book trailer.

A novel contains reams of material. Distilling all that into a movie-style trailer took some major thought. I think I have what will work best, introducing the audience to the story and the major conflict.

LQkl3yInQQqJVWBvOJlr+gThe key is to tell enough without telling too much. Not an easy task. A great production team is ready to bring this script to the screen. I’ll post more about the process, and of course, the final video.

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How the book began…

The following is a short video, showing how I sketched out an idea for a story, the very beginning. It evolved into my novel to be released in October 2019, titled, The Next Testament.

I usually start with a title. Everything points in that direction. From there, I start sketching out some of the big concepts and action that will take place. Then it’s characters. More vids to follow, showing the details of the process in short form. Stay tuned.

Screenplay Anatomy

The image of the whiteboard below, shows my rough sketch of a screenplay in progress.

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It’s broken up into the major parts, typically 10, 15, and 25 pages at a time. Then there are the key plot points. As you can see, the second act has a couple of black holes that need to be worked out. Turning this into a finished screenplay will take a while. Stay tuned.

Published in: on August 11, 2017 at 11:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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DMZ, comic book

Continuing with the previous post about comic shops, I’d like to mention DMZ, a comic series written by Brian Wood and drawn by Riccardo Burchielli. I came to this series long after it was written, in the collected trade paperback version you see here:

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The story is set in a dystopian near future where there’s another civil war in the United States. Manhattan has become a no-man’s land of sorts with a newbie reporter dropped in through no fault of his own. No reason to tell the whole story here. Take a look at the back cover.

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Hard to read it in the photo above, but you can get the idea. I must say, the storytelling excels. The art is impressive, too. You’ll follow a character who’s interesting, who meets other characters worth your time, and ultimately come away with a few questions. The good news is the series went 72 issues. So, there’s plenty more to read. Enjoy every page.

Published in: on January 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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