I love creating a world, painting a vision with worlds and taking a reader along a journey of a fully realized story. And that’s the challenge of screenwriting. Only on the rarest of occasions is your story “fully realized.” Don’t get me wrong, I think the craft of screenwriters requires a set of skills equal to their long form prose brethren–not the same but equal. I also believe that a well written screenplay can be as satisfying a read as any short story or novella. The problem is nobody I know buys a screenplay for the sheer enjoyment of reading it. I don’t know anyone downloading screenplays on their Kindle, unless of course they’re studying the craft of Screenwriting. Hell, I don’t know if Amazon or iTunes or Google even SELL screenplays. I’m fairly sure the more well known “analog” book sellers only sell a few of the more uber-famous scripts. So, despite all the vision, time, effort and craft that goes into the clockwork of a well written screenplay, very, very few people ever will simply read it for the pure pleasure of it and appreciate its value as a piece of literature all it’s own. Quite likely, everyone else that reads it will read it for utilitarian purposes–as a means or set of instructions to do their particular job in making a film. The irony is, of course, that of all the artist that bring something to the table of filmmaking, the Screenwriter is the ONLY original artist–the only one who’s work (unless it’s an adaptation) is not based on or derived from someone else’s. The Director, Composer, Production Designer, Cinematographer, Actors — all of their work, as superlative as it may be, is derivative. It stems from the Writer’s. It is beautiful thing, indeed, when your vision as writer is realized on the screen. Nothing like it. However it happens so rarely, it’s tough to not fall into a pit of cynicism (as evidenced by this writing) with each day your work goes unproduced. But it is the hope of seeing that work on screen that keeps me writing screenplays. Otherwise, I’d strictly write books.
So, in the subset of the “Screenwriting” menu, you’ll find a more about a couple of scripts I’ve written that either have been produced or on the road to being produced–“Park Day” and “Crossing Rivers.” Though I’ve written over a dozen screenplays, those two are the ones that have made it the furthest, though others have been optioned or sold. I used to feel bad at having written so many and had so few produced until I saw “Tales from the Script.” I HIGHLY recommend it–required viewing for any would be Screenwriter. It’s the “Turn back, this way Dragons be” of the screenwriting journey.