For some time, I’ve promised a post on the progress of the “Untitled Project”. Without revealing too much, the project will most likely have one of the following names:
- The Suspension Invention
Currently, I’m leaning heavily towards the last name; though all three names will be featured in the project in one form or another.
I’m developing the project so that it has the potential to be an episodic show. At this stage however, for practical reasons, my goal is too shoot one show, a pilot, which will be 20 to 30 minutes in length. If I even manage to get the pilot done, it will be a small miracle.
For a change, the project will not feature myself or any of my friends in starring roles. The goal here is to use actual actors. After I shoot the pilot, I’ll re-evaluate the entire project and decide whether or not to press my luck and shoot a second show.
However, as I’m still only in the writing stages, all the above debate is premature. My writing goal is a little less premature to discuss. The writing goal is complete the scripts for an entire three episodes of the show before shooting the pilot. While this might sound slightly illogical, especially considering only one of these shows will probably ever be shot – let me explain my rationale.
Firstly, I don’t have a lot of practice at script writing and I need it. The indecipherable mess that is Spontaneous Combustion represents my first real attempt at writing a script. Although Spontaneous Combustion is a film that I love and is close to my heart, it simply makes no sense whatsoever. Its logic is something akin to staying up for 4 days straight and then reading Dianetics. Secondly, I hope to flesh out the Ameviathan-universe more fully with the three scripts. Finally, my three script goal will provide a couple shooting options for the pilot. Undoubtedly, one of the scripts will stand out as the strongest, and I’m sure there will be other concerns like money, which will make one of the scripts more realizable than the others.
So where am currently in the writing portion of the project?
To date I’m happy to announce that after a lot of sweat and tears, I’ve written one of the screenplays, and the first draft has met approval of my toughest critic, Tim Gray. Tim’s comments were, “it’s simplistic, but it works”. Both comments were what I wanted to hear. What’s more, there isn’t a whole lot of red pen on it.
This week I’ve started on the second of these two scripts, and I’m quite happy with the way it is shaping up. I’m sure at some point I’ll be unhappy with it – but for now I’m content, and that is all one can ask for.