It has been over a month since my last post. It was my thought that if I didn’t have anything positive to say, then it was better not to say anything at all. I’m still recuperating from the nearly devastating failure of late July (as per my last post.) As you can imagine, I suffer from depression, but that’s another story for another time…maybe. The pain I feel in my professional life along with my private life are incredible, but I’m attempting to use this to fuel my creative endeavors.
It has been hard to focus on anything productive for fear that I’ll let someone down. I don’t mind letting myself down. Hell, that’s gone on for most of my life, but to let others down who are my friends and colleagues. Well, that’s really hard to swallow. So I’ve been keeping a low profile in hope to finding an answer to my despair. What did I find? There are no answers. You just have to keep doing what you think is right and give it the best chance for success. There are no 100% guarantees in this world, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t at least try. That’s what I was guilty of the last month…not even trying.
Now, I’m going to try.
Though photography is very important to me, it’s also very expensive to continue doing on a constant basis, along with my very limited mobility. So for the time being, I’ve elected to set aside my photographic urges. I’ll continue to make notes of possible projects and take occasional “snapshots,” but nothing too grandiose.
You might be wondering what I’m going to do? The answer is that I’m working on a new screenplay. I’ve been thinking about it for along while, and now, I think this is the perfect time to write it. I’ve even gone so far to peruse the actor/actress database in my IMDbPro account for possible casting. No, no, no…this is only for fun, so I can have an image of the character as I write the script. Also, I’m doing Google searches for possible shooting locations. Pre-production is fun to do, but I’m getting ahead of myself. I have to finish the script first.
“So what’s it about?” you might be thinking.
First, my WIP (work-in-progress) is tentatively titled: WORDS IN CRIMSON. It a period piece set in WWII England during the buildup for the D-Day invasion. It’s a mix of drama, comedy, political commentary and of course, romance. Much is still being worked out as I’m getting the outline for the script complete, and I don’t want to give too much away…especially, if I decide to cut it and replace it with something else. I will however, supply you with the logline that I’m using to focus my writing:
“A disillusioned WWII US Army officer finds a home for his pacifist views with a female teacher of literature in London, England during the buildup for D-Day.”
Some of you might be thinking, “How can an Army officer have pacifist view? Especially, during WWII?” Well, that’s part of the drama, and many may not realize that most Americans didn’t want to enter the war. That is, not until Pearl Harbor.
Secondly, I’m using my photographic experience to workout certain cinematic shots that will be visually stunning. If this script would actually ever be optioned, I would like to work with the Cinematographer for the film.
Well, that’s it for now. Time for more writing, visualizing, writing, visualizing, writing…
INT. LONDON BOOKSTORE EARLY AFTERNOON