Tuesday, March 27, 2012

If I Could Turn Back Time

"In an effort to avoid a mountain of paperwork, two Heavenly office workers send a recently deceased librarian back in time to try to prevent the school shooting that killed her."

So I finished the script in 3 weeks with 87 pages. I then spent the next week or so struggling to get it to 90 pages. Once I hit the magic 90 (most contests and such like won't take a script shorter than 90 pages or longer than 120) I put it up for review on the Zeotrope Virtual Studio. I then tried to promote it on that forum. Apparently I am an evil woman who likes mass murder because I dared to call it a comedy about a school shooting. It might not be funny to everyone else but it has a more lighthearted tone than you think while dealing with the actual shootings serriously. The people who said I shouldn't have even tried to write a comedy about such a thing didn't read it or stopped 33 pages in.

I have had two reviews and those scores are good enough that if I get two more like them the script goes into a database for producers at American Zeotrope and else where to read through. One reviewer didn't like my subject matter but thought I was a talented writer.

I've also had a couple friends read it and give feedback. One is a local independant film director and he had some real good suggestions on how to improve it but overall he liked it. He also called me a talented writer.

Overall I'm feeling positive about this script and my writing in general. I feel like I might actually be able to do this and make a career out of it. It would be great to make my revised dreams come true. (The original dream career and why I'm not chasing that one is an entirely sepperate blog post for some other day when I've imbibed some tasty adult beverages. It is too painful to talk about very much sober.)

I'm making the changes to make it better and it will be submitted the Nicholl Fellowship competition this year. I will probably query some production companies/ management companies with it too. Wish me luck/ pray for the script to find the right hands who know what to do with it.