Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Gone Writin' " - 1 of 3 New Posts

Hey everybody. I'm off to LA in 5 hours to spend the week finishing my screenplay, 'Scrappers', that I've spent 4 months working on... and by working I mean stuttering. I have a complete outline, and a great story, but I have yet to actually finish a draft. I'm about 30 pages in, and hopefully by weeks end...scratch weeks end I WILL have a draft completed.

My screenplay is a children's adventure story that takes place in 1960, in a mining town in California (not unlike the mining town of New Almaden a mile from my house where I spent a lot of time growing up). It's about 4 kids who hang out in a junkyard, get into mischief, start hoaxes, and stop World War III. Of course it's in the vein of some of the classic films from my youth, Goonies, Sandlot, Stand By Me etc., but it still feels like a great story to tell. I'd be lying of course if I said that I wasn't trying to write a story in a marketable genre. I'm trying this new thing where I write a screenplay that I think people will buy, and/or want to see instead of the dreck I've written in the past. The tradeoff is I'm writing about something I love and am excited about, (history, mischief, adventure, humor) so it's all good.

Feel free to cheer me on this week as I write. I could use your support and look for a daily Vlog update that will keep me on track.

The next update will come from the roof of my brother's LA penthouse. I hope Cali's warm this week. Couldn't be worse than Utah! Yay!


Blogenstein said...

I can't wait to read it. I assume the legendary, cannibal, albino hill people that haunted us in our early years are integral to your story.

Jeff B said...

Weird. I actually was thinking of putting something like that in. Not necessarily that, but something like that.

Blogenstein said...

I realize that I just described "The Hills Have Eyes" and the myriad of other slasher flicks of the past ten years. You should probably stick to more kid-friendly material. Then again, a script about the Albino Hill People of Quicksilver would be worthwhile, because it would be based on a true story.