The other night, my wife and I sat down to watch a movie. We made it through about thirty minutes before we bailed. Lately, we’ve been not watching a lot more movies than we’ve been watching. I don’t know if it’s just me being in a finicky mood, but recent movies and TV shows have seemed repetitive and derivative.
It’s got me thinking about writing a screenplay.
[ASIDE: When the DIAMONDS FOR THE DEAD publication deal was announced in the trade press, it received about five minutes of interest from people in Hollywood before they passed on it.
I think KILLER ROUTINE would make a great movie, and an even better premise for a TV series. Sort of a cross between Last Comic Standing and the Rockford Files.]
I jotted down a few positives and negatives about writing screenplays:
- They’re shorter than novels.
- They’re heavy on the dialogue (one of the things that comes easier to me).
- You get to deal with Hollywood types.
- You can dream about actors who might play your characters (and maybe someday meet them. Hello, Pee Wee Herman!)
- When you stuck in a scene and don’t know where to go with it, you can just Fade to Black.
- They’re very difficult to sell.
- You have to deal with Hollywood types.
- And the big one: I have a complete and utter lack of knowledge about writing screenplays.
Of course, I knew nothing about writing novels before I started, either. (Some may say I still don’t.) But I had read a ton of books.
I’ve watched a ton of movies and TV shows over the years, so maybe I could learn how to write a screenplay.
Or maybe not…
Fade to Black.