|I emailed a copy of Island
Life to a good buddy of mine today. He's worked with several of the majors out in LA
and I really appreciate his opinion. Looking forward to hearing his notes.
Island Life is a screenplay that I worked on for nearly a year. I haven't shown it to anyone in the industry, so this is the toes in the water. Been waiting around by the phone ever since.
Island Life is a quick read. It's only at 92 pages since I hacked about everything I possibly could out of the script that didn't move the story forward. It has some problems in the first few pages, but nothing that I can not remedy with another re-write.
It took me years to learn how to re-write.
I always thought that my first drafts were my final drafts.
I didn't look at the work objectively.
I used to think that the works of Hemingway were perfect. Now I see ways that I would have gone in a different direction. It takes a little away from the book reading and movie going experience, but it's rare that I don't see the writer at work.
The great ones rewrite and rewrite and rewrite.
Kind of like polishing stones.
I love re-writing now.
Strange how things change with time.
When I emailed the screenplay, my buddies final draft program couldn't pull it up. Anyone else have a problem like that with different versions of Final Draft? He uses 5 something and I use Final Draft 4 something.
I added more screenwriting links to the site today. I hope they are useful to the pros and amateur screenwriters alike.
I read my Screenplay Island Life out loud today. I found a couple of boo-boos and fixed them. It's amazing how I always find mistakes when I take the time to read the screenplay out loud. It really gives you a feel for the pacing and the true length of the film.
Saw Space Cowboys the other day. I fell asleep. Was it that I was just tired or was it really just that boring? I like all of the actors in the movie. And I'm a NASA junkie.
All the best on your pages today!
Quit reading this and go write!