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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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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Very Good TV, podcast

I’m relatively new to podcast listening. However, I have found several that are worth the time, providing great material on various subjects of interest. Among my top three, Indiewire’s “Very Good TV” podcast is hosted by Liz Shannon Miller and Ben T. Travers. The pair has developed a great rapport as they share insight and critique of a wide range of television programs. We’re talking everything from “The Walking Dead” to “The Americans.” They know the ground they cover offering more than the usual multi-star review rating or thumbs up/thumbs down type of commentary. You’ll hear extended conversations about actors’ careers, director styles, even production decisions by companies small and large.

Here’s a link to their page on Indiewire.com:

Very Good TV podcast

The podcast is also available at iTunes. Finding it will be quick and easy, enhancing your television viewing. Enjoy!

 

Published in: on November 18, 2015 at 2:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Setting the scene…

We all remember our favorite movie openings, those scenes that take us to the world of the story, drop us in from our real world into the realm of the characters. In Dog & Kat, I wanted to make that an immersive experience, beginning with the audio. Much of the move-going experience is enhance by the soundtrack. Here’s a look at the opening scene:

First scenes of Dog & Kat.

First scenes of Dog & Kat.

Sorry about the sideways read there. Anyway, over a black screen we begin with the familiar sounds of a mechanic plying his trade. Even if you’re not familiar with these sounds, you’ll soon relate them to the main character as you see him in action. Furthermore, the black screen briefly deprives the viewer of any visual cue, forcing the focus to the audio. And then, boom! A close-up that reveals another aspect of this world, one that goes on to visually link one character to another. More to come.

Published in: on July 2, 2015 at 11:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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