Rapid Writing for Beginners  

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11/10/2005 9:57 am

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Rapid Writing for Beginners

Just finsihed the main story line yesterday, about 40 pages. It's a great feeling to get that out of the way. 30 pages of interview transcribed, an additional 6 pages of "dramatic re-creations" gives me around 75 pages of script. But guess what? I discovered that everything is in 10 point and should be in 12 point type! Hoohoo! I think I've got my 90 pages. We shall see.

Now we have to work on pacing and character study. We should have it all ironed out by the week before Christmas at the latest. Pre production starting January 1. Principle photography starting around April 1. In the CAN by June 1. Post finished by August. All done ready for distribution by Sept. 1

Don't worry I'm not counting my chickens before they hatch. But I also remember you can't make an omlette without breaking a few eggs. I'm wondering which eggs will be sacrificed.

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11/19/2005 2:46 am

Well, yes. Me. When I said low-budget I wasn't kidding. However, I've been doing this sort of thing for televison and commercials for years and have managed to put together some pretty good stuff. I've considered putting together a dog and pony show to raise capital, but I think we'll see haow far we can get on the money I've got. Right now we're still working on the script, we have a month or two before we actually have to put up or shut up.

If there is one lesson I may have learned from the producers I know it's that you have to just go ahead with your project as if you have everything you need. If the project is worth anything the resources will usually turn up, not always in a timely manner, but eventually.

I had a friend that went this route, producing the movie himself without any distribution deal or outside financing, and after going deeply into debt and having the movie sit in the can for over two years, he finally got the money to finish it from the Weinstein brothers (Miramax). The movie was a boxoffice flop, and had some serious story/acting/editing problems, but it resulted in Miramax offering him a three picture deal. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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