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First Draft: Done

I finished the first draft of my screenplay! I printed it yesterday and started storyboarding with pencil in the margins.
It’s an interesting process – much different than story writing. You can’t use any of the cop-outs that you can writing a narrative. You can’t say “They talked and became good friends” you have to establish that through actual dialogue and when filming – inflection and body language. So you have to write conversations instead of just saying they happened. Which is good, but the writing takes on an entirely different feel and sometimes it’s slow going getting everything across.
So I’m super excited to have the draft done and something to work with!
Also, storyboarding takes a long time, and I’ve definitely improved my drawing skills since illustrating the book in November.

The Balloons

The past few days I’ve been working more on some screenwriting for our short film based on my book, The Balloon Lady. Our working title is currently, The Balloons.

We’ve been brainstorming for a few months and working out what we’ll need – like a camera (our Canon T3i) and making random short videos on vimeo to practice, well, shooting and editing. Right now, I’m just hashing out a rough draft, and I’m about halfway done. The idea is to turn my children’s book story, into a more “grown up” short film – which gives us room to adapt it without actually copying the original book.
I’m using Celtix and Google Docs for writing – usually up side by side so my screen looks something like this.

This way, I can see my outline as I’m writing the script. Then, when I’m done, I’ll upload the script to plotbot so Alex and Hannah can comment on it and we can fine tune it from there.
For some reason, I find writing easier when I’m just trying to channel some of my emotions into it when I’m having trouble letting them out. Maybe it’s because of the emotional state I was in when I first wrote the book, that because the energy that inspired it is so similar to the film adaptation, it helps to use similar (or the same) emotions while trying to write the screenplay. Music also seems to aid my focus – I’ve always enjoyed doing things more when there’s music in the background, I think it distracts me enough to concentrate in an odd way.