I’ve been really quiet on the blog for a while because I’ve been putting my focus on writing the treatment. Here’s a bit about the writing process:
Each time I go through the treatment, I’ll go back over what’s already been written and clean up anything that needs to be fixed. Then I’ll usually write another page or two. After that, I hand it off to Shawna who looks at the old stuff again and the new pages and gives me her thoughts and edits. It may be a slow way of working, but it is making the older pages better and better. And while Shawna is working on it, I’m thinking about where I want to go with the next scene or two. I know how the story is ending. It’s just mapping out how to get there.
The treatment is getting a lot more detail this time around, which I think will help the script writing go a bit easier. It reads more like a short story than a dry synopsis, which is what it should do. Synopses are short matter-of-fact summations of a story…basically a condensed version of the plot. Whereas, treatments are more entertaining—like a story. Writers use treatments to sell their screenplays to producers. But in this case, I’m using the treatment to get the details of the story worked out; and then I’ll use it to get cast and crew on board until the screenplay can be finished.
One of the many challenges with this story is making sure that all five of the main characters (played by Vince, Paul, Eddie, Shannon, and Mike) serve a real purpose in the story. I don’t want any of their characters to be throw-away characters, like Eberts was in The Invisible Man. As much as we loved Eberts (and there was even an episode about The Importance of Eberts), in reality, the producers could have easily taken the character out of the series and it wouldn’t have hurt the storyline. I think it’s to Mike’s credit that he connected with the fans early on and endeared himself and his character to us. By doing this he assured his continuation on the series, even becoming a series regular in season two. So I really want to make sure that Mike’s character has a role that is vital to the story and I think we accomplished that.
How fortunate for the Veronica Mars fans that Warner Brothers is willing to bring back their show in the form of a movie, even if the fans have to fund it themselves. I wish Universal had been as cooperative with The Invisible Man. Instead, I was turned down flat. Of course, I was not the show runner, so that gives me considerably less pull with them. In spite of all that, I’ve always kept in mind that this movie is first and foremost for I-Man fans. While I can’t copy I-Man, I’ve definitely been using it as inspiration. I’m hoping that this story will be so good that it will get past any disappointment you may have that it’s not I-Man. Just to be able to see the cast together again will be such a treat!
This last pass through, I ended up writing five new pages and I’m really happy to say that we are sitting right smack at the beginning of act three, the final act! The end is so close, I can taste it. I can’t wait until I’m able to share this story with all of you!
Mailing List News
Some of you observant ones may have noticed that there is an email sign-up form on the front page of my website as well as the Shoom Zone Facebook page. It’s actually been there a few months. I’ve been experimenting with a new mailing list service so I really didn’t want to say anything about it until I got the kinks worked out.
The mail service has a cool feature that allows one to split up the mailing list by interests. I really like the idea, but in practice it was a pain in the neck, so I removed that feature. I apologize to those of you who signed up already and specified their interests because this means that you will now be getting all my blog posts by email, not just the ones that match your interests. Although I feel that I need to be blogging more, even at this blog’s busiest, you shouldn’t be inundated with email. And if a subject doesn’t interest you, you can always delete the email.
My plan is to move everyone from the old mailing list over to the new one within the next month or so. If you want to go ahead and sign up now, please feel free to do so. You’ll be able to choose whether you want html, text, or mobile format. If you don’t sign yourself up, your default will be html.
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