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Writing a Feature

Working Title: Love Sick
Theme: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
Logline: A tortured and lonely young man uses occult means to conjure himself a girlfriend. She’s perfect, every guy’s dream girl, except for the fact that she’s a demon from hell.

I started playing with this story more than ten years ago, but it just never seemed to earn it’s way out of being more than an idea, so I left it alone for a while to ruminate in the root cellar that is my brain.

I had some epiphanies about it this past month and whipped through 7/8’s of an outline two weeks ago. I couldn’t bring myself to finish the outline until I read the first few paragraphs of this interview with Kevin Smith last night on /film.

I finished the outline this morning in an hour and a half and have written 5 pages of the first draft this afternoon.

This one’s sort of based on my own experience. Really close to home in a lot of ways. I just need to get the shallow creepy ones out of my system before I write anything profound and high brow. I’m starting to believe I’m as deep as a mud puddle anyway.

I’m hoping this isn’t too superficial. But I am trying to write something sale-able. Actually the subtext (which is where my experience comes in) is more about shyness, low self-esteem and growing up than anything.

Delving back into those dark places isn’t fun, but everyone can relate on a certain level.

As screenplays are between 88 and 120 pages long (each page equals about a minute of screen time) if I write only 10 pages per day it could take me 12 days to write. Not much considering the Writers Guild minimums are like $40k per feature.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to sell this one or want to make it myself. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Right now, I’m writing because it’s a challenge and it’s kind of fun to be the first to see a story unfold. I just want to see if I can do it and so far it appears that I can.

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  • Wes A. Wiens September 15, 2007, 12:13 am

    A girlfriend who’s a demon from hell?

    So it’s non-fiction then… cool.

  • Art. October 10, 2007, 12:36 pm

    Hay, great project. Nothing wrong with writing for money. I never much beleived you had to starve to be an artist.

    Good luck.

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