Monday, February 19, 2018

Act 3 and the end

 Okay, so here's the final act, Act 3 as they say. It's where everything falls apart and then comes up to the end of the story.

Once again, I make a lot of ideas that I didn't use in my software, thus the red pen marks. Usually it's always a lot of different ideas I had on the first acts and so I get a lot of new ideas.

One, for examine is that I finally got a name for the male actor, it's now Bailey, I liked the sound and removed Jackson as that was the location where the two are going to. It's Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which is the location almost in the middle of America. And where they are going.

Well, maybe Crys is going to have to drive further and I used air flight, but it was too easy and no real driving where she meets people in other places with different stories, she wouldn't get stories in an airplane as must as meeting people in small towns.

Location is closer to Bailey (now his name. I didn't put his name in previous acts). And he too will have stories to tell also. And of course, stories from their pasts.

I'm also putting page 3 here as well as it's only a few basic changes. Regardless, this is how I put together a screenplay. 

It's basically worked out this way on this software that I use. However I use a screenplay software that I've been using for about 30 years, called Movie Magic Screenwriter. It's a good software and I don't really like the others Final Draft which is also good but I prefer Screenwriter.

I'll be using these notes as well as newer ones as I discover other plots and stories as I go on. Usually it takes a month for me. Some writers take a year and others do it differently. 

 Here's a change I made at the last minute, there's a little bit of redundancy on page 3 as I added a new sentence.

So that's how I start writing. You don't really need notes like mine, you can do it with just putting notes on paper. Then use screenplay software. There's mine, Screenwriter and FD or any other. There's even free sofware for screenwriting.

I'll be starting a new blog here, so stay around. 


Friday, February 16, 2018

3rd post

Okay, here's the last part of Act 2, or in other words, the Act that most people get into, and a lot of them get in here.  So, a review here:

For those of you who have followed these Acts you finish Act 2, and as above, you get to see 2 thirds of a feature screenplay. Well, almost, this is still in rough shape. The next Act, Act 3 is what happens to the end.  I'll have the first page of the final act on Act 3. And as mentioned again, it's where everything collides into the last part of the screenplay.

Act 2 also presents the obstacles a lot closer as in: You get to see more people than just our principles. And those principals are the lead guy (*still haven't presented his name, it happens like that), and Crystal and Jenna. I had to change the lead guy's name because my location on the screenplay is Jackson Hole.

For those of you, Jackson Hole is the final destination to the screenplay. So I can't have a guy who's name is "Jack". Sorry.

Another point at the last page of Act 2 gives us our three characters who will finally connect to each of them. And it swings into Act 3 where they all meet each other for the first time. 

Crys and Jenna and our guy. I should have his name by Monday. You'd think it's easy, but sometimes it's not. You just have to find that guy's name just right.

 So what's at the end of the rainbow?

This leads you to the biggest confrontation.

Act 3.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Page 2 - 2nd act


Here's the 2nd page of Act 2, remember that I use the 3- act version. Each act has 2 or 3 pages of it's own. And as said at the previous page, it's part of Act 2. I know this is confusing but simply it's like this.

Act 1
Act 2
Act 3

Each act has information. The first one was last week and this week you will see 3 pages but that's only because I wrote three pages. It could be any amount. 

So, it continues in what is the biggest part of a screenplay, Act 2. Here's the 2nd page. Sorry this seems awkward, but it's going okay. I'll wrap 2nd Act by Friday and then go to the 3rd Act, which is the end. Hopefully I find the end. 

As you know, I'm doing these acts straight up, meaning very little to use for the screenplay. But I've written more than a hundred or so screenplays, of which about 20 were made. Some were scripts that a company asked for and never found money to get them made and others were episodics, TV shows

You can see this somewhere on this blog. 

Next page of Act 2 is on Friday.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Act 2 arrives

 Okay, here's where the middle goes, sometimes fat and sometimes thin. Act 2 is the widest part of the screenplay mostly, although it can change. This is where the subplots start appearing. Sort of like the 1st act introduces the principal actors and then expose the other actors.

Who are the other actors? They're mostly in the middle act, this one clearly sees it as it's a road movie and the middle actors usually come and go. The 3rd act, not there yet, might have one or two actors from the middle. 

It's basically the subplots. Very few come to the 3rd act. That's next. Subplots should be connected somehow however, even if the lead actors hardly see them. They all contribute to the story.

You've already seen what the story is like, someone discovers someone else and that leads to the last single part. Basically the story has 3 principal actors. These are Jenna, Crys and a not-named yet as I realized I want to use Jackson Hole as the location that Crys and not-yet named male actor. 

Their connection is that they were married once, and now Crys' husband passed away. And Crys came up with a crazy idea - they can meet in Jackson Hold, where they had "the best time of their life" way back in the 70's.

And what about subplots?

Ask yourself what can complicate your character's life.  You have three of them right here. My subplots are very thin right now.

And how do I know? I wrote a book on screenwriting.
More Wednesday


Friday, February 9, 2018

Second page of Act One

Here's where the rest of Act One. I use three acts on my screenplays, thus this and the one before are my Act One. As you see, it has basic ideas and people not very full, actually very vague.  This is where I just throw stuff from my mind and bunches of potential ideas that may work or may not.

As you can see there's already red pen marks to use for ideas or questions. Like changing the character's name. Right now it's Jackson, Jenna and now Crys (for Crystal) as mom.

Below is a bunch of ideas I got at the last minute before I go to Act 2. I'll work on that over the week-end. What you find here is the basic ideas and thoughts that might work. 

And I use what's called the 3-Act structure as mentioned above. Every movie, TV show or short film has 3 acts and this one you're reading is the first. It's a basic rule passed down to us by the Greeks.

Yes. The Greeks. In a feature film, the 1st act would be around 20 to 30 pages. Second act is usually the longest and has about 30 or more pages. And finally the 3rd Act is the shortest, it's where everything rushes to get to the end.

It seeks like all acts are around 30 pages, but can change very often. Another point of these acts is that they all consist of subplots. More on that. 

This is an extra 1st act I tossed in at the last moment and didn't want to forget these notes. These notes took about two days but I could have done it longer or shorter.  It's always different. There will be lots more on Act 2 as that's where the story really begins fully.

You can see the title of the software I use, if you're interested.

The 2nd Act will be on Monday. Have a good week-end.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

First shot at an idea

Okay, now that I've actually put an idea on the table, the first thing that I do is to "throw it at the wall". Not really, but see "if it sticks". Okay, I worked with a writer/producer who would use those terms all the time. 

You can see where the idea came from on the previous blog beneath you.  First thing here is, of course, get a WGA and WGC  registration for the script, that form above. This is important, at least to most extent. It tells anyone that this story is his/hers. I actually did it a month ago before I decided to do this. So I'm clean.

I'm starting with 3 acts, simply put beginning, middle and end. Simple.

I used a software called Power Structure, I've had it about 25 years and still use it. Easy and gives you way too much information as to what you write. I use about 20% of it for my use. 

This is where it begins: I use the software you'll see further down. It shows way too much as you can see but helps me move in a certain way. But now I go back over it, the first act, which is usually what happens before the middle. First acts are about 30 pages or so. 

So this is my first 30 pages, but marked up in red pen.


Monday, February 5, 2018

More new, close enough

I'm starting on the script, will show you want I do, or what I don't.

Mostly it's tons of ideas that still move around every day. I never make up anything, rather I use what's there, it's always better. Here's a page from my travel book "How Not To Get Beat Up In A Small Town bar." You can see a few pages for free on Amazon, I think it's $9 American and $13 Cdn. Not sure of other countries.

I'm just starting so I'll start moving faster 

Will post something today or tomorrow.

Just one more time, I'm really writing this screenplay. Will offer notes now and then