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.

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Published in: on August 11, 2017 at 11:16 am  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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Dog & Kat, script

I’ve written several feature film scripts. Most of them were not so good. Finally, I created a story that is quite pleasing to my story telling sensibility. The title is Dog & Kat.

Title page from the screenplay, Dog & Kat.

Title page from the screenplay, Dog & Kat.

It’s about a young junkyard mechanic who lives a miserable existence. He falls for a woman with a past, someone who shows up in the middle of the night and takes his supper, namely Katrina. What a way to start a relationship! Dog is not easily deterred. He knows what he wants when he sees it, and is willing to do whatever it takes. His determination makes him worthy, but also vulnerable, as Katrina may or may not be manipulating him for her own purposes.

I’ll be posting regularly here on The Bent Page as the project moves forward. Funding is in place, pre-production is under way, and it will surely be a wild ride to a finished film. Check back often for updates.

Published in: on July 1, 2015 at 10:44 am  Comments (2)  
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