I woke up this morning with the story of my screenplay fresh in my mind, as though my subconscious had dreamed it to life. I sat down and typed up a one page story overview. Feeling excited I posted about my new endeavor on my facebook page, asking if any of my friends would be interested in helping me out by giving me feedback. Several said they would. (I think it’s important to have a circle of trusted friends who are willing to support and encourage your creative endeavors.) I also sent a message to my mum (who is one of my biggest supporters and who usually helps me with editing, I have dyslexia in case you didn’t know) I spent some time updating my website to create a space to showcase my project. This included finding appropriate free images on Pixaby and then creating a banner with Pic Monkey (which you can see on my Cre8tive life landing page.) I had a bit of play with writing my first scene using the final draft software I’d installed yesterday. Doing a search for orchards in Bacchus Marsh I couldn’t believe my luck when I discovered that Paynes orchard (which are not often open to the public) would be open for the purpose of picking of plums and white nectarines this upcoming Saturday, I would have to take the family!
I’ve had an idea for writing a screenplay based on a short story for about six months now.
It would be a modern adaptation of The Chosen Vessel. A short story written by Barbara Baynton in the eighteen hundreds, which I had to read in high school. I hadn’t done anything about this idea because I have been busy plugging away at my first novel. However seven grueling chapters in I have reached the point where rather than making any new progress all I seem to be able to it edit and re-edit and these seven chapters. Today I made the decision to take a break and make a start on the screen play. I got on the computer and...
I found a copy of Barbara's story, printed it out and reread it.
I spent some time thinking thinking about my adaptation.
I searched up how to write a screenplay au, and found two whole examples This pdf from Screen Australia on suggested script layout and This page from AWC Australian writers center, How to format a screenplay
Having had no idea how to format a screenplay and then looking at these two sites gave me an instant headache and would have sent a less enthusiastic person running for the hills. I realised I was not going to write a screenplay without purpose made script writing software. I came across an ad for Final Draft screenwriting software and installed the ten day free trial version.
Then to prevent too much of my brains from leaking out of my ears I made a Chosen Vessel pinterest board. I pinned a cool picture of Barbara Baynton that I found as well as some other Baynton related stuff that I discovered on another pinners board. Then just for good measure I searched up a bunch of Ozy actors who think would be good for the roles and pinned them too. Thus having spent most of the day in front of the computer I retired to the couch to watch Stan. Looking at the Australian film section I came across Tim Winton's, The Turning. It was an amazing movie, but I was only able to watch about half of it before my three year old came in from the sandpit and demanded Monster Maths squad. Which was perhaps not such a bad thing as this wonderful move had me feeling like I’d been repeatedly kicked in guts by Phar Lap, wow, I highly recommend it.