In some ways, I think it’s actually much easier to write something in screenplay format than it is to write that same thing in book format. At least, that seems to be the way it works for me. With writing a book, most authors need to flesh out their characters, describe their environments, elucidate on their mental and emotional states, create dialogue the suits the scene just right, and so on. But with a script for film or television, one need only describe the characters, perhaps a line or two indicating their actions, script their dialogue and let everything define itself.
I usually visit simplyscripts.com about once a week, and some of the unproduced scripts I’ve read are actually pretty good. Even better, some of the authors have set up their own pages where you can read everything else they’ve ever created.
I’ve noticed that a lot of moviegoers are becoming sort of disheartened with the current state of the film industry. Namely the fact that there don’t seem to be any original ideas anymore. I just don’t quite understand the logic behind resurrecting some long-forgotten cartoon characters from the 1960s, giving them a direct-to-DVD release, infusing their situations with a few mainstream pop culture references and ultimately condemning them to a slow death in the Walmart bargain bin.
A few years ago, I found a really cool blog where, once a month, this guy would write a summary for a totally original, yet really interesting film that (to anyone’s knowledge) had never been done before. He even went so far as to create a Photo-shopped movie poster, complete with a bad-ass tagline. It helped me to realize that there is still originality out there, no matter how unlikely it may seem.
Like just about everyone else, I got caught up in the comic book movie phenomenon. I think we’re at a point where “comic book” has really become its own genre, and we sort of expect a new one to be released every year or so. I just saw “Dr. Strange,” and from what I understand, Black Panther is next in line.
Right now, I’m working on my own film adaptation of a lesser known DC Comics character. I’m an avid fan of the DCAU, and I always appreciated how they would give minor, more obscure characters their day in the limelight. Superman and Batman have had more than enough time on the silver screen. Where’s Metamorpho? Deadman? Booster Gold, has anyone… seen him? No…? Hmm.
Through a detective and a reporter’s investigations, a young boy’s terrifying encounter with an infamous creature takes form.
A re-imagining of the 1995 film (based on the original story by Chris Van Allsburg). Two high school friends find a mysterious board game and begin to play. As each roll of the dice conjures bizarre, terrifying challenges, the game’s sinister origin is finally revealed.