Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, February 18, 2021, or: Adventures in Screenwriting – Let the Prep Phase Begin!

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Hello there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Currently, it’s cloudy outside, where the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C). With the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 11 MPH (18 KM/H) and humidity at 83%, the feels-like temperature is 77˚F (25˚C). Today we can expect partly sunny skies and a high of 86˚F (30˚C), as well as some breezes. Tonight, we’ll have partly cloudy skies and a low of 70˚F (21˚C).

Last night I fell asleep well before 10:30 PM Eastern; I’m not sure at what time because I made an effort to avoid using any screens after I turned off my TV – I was watching a documentary on Amazon Prime Video, but I don’t remember the title because I was exhausted! I woke up a few times during the night/early morning – that futon isn’t all that comfortable – but I managed to go back to sleep till 5:56 AM or so.  I’m still a bit tired, but not as exhausted as I felt yesterday.

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If all goes as planned, this afternoon I will start the ball rolling on my new script for the next collaborative project with my friend Juan Carlos Hernandez. I don’t think I’ll be firing up my Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 program – a marvelous bit of software that’s easier to use than Final Draft and one that I’ve written several scripts on since 2009; I have some ideas that I want to see in the movie (I already have a closing shot that, if Juan can make it work both visually and dramatically, will be visceral and moving.), but most of the story is still quite vague, and I’m not really sure how many characters I can invent beyond the Big Three of Juan, his wife Adria, and their son Anthony James (A.J.).

Right now I’m hoping that Juan can convince at least two more actors that he knows to take a role in “Project X,” so the first draft will be written for five characters. If the folks in New York like that draft and can get the roles filled while A.J. is still available, then all I’ll have to worry about is minor revisions that I can do from here. If not, I’ll just let Juan and Adria rejigger things to fit the reality of what is physically and logistically feasible.

A screenshot from a previous script.

In any event, I am excited about starting on a new script – my fourth complete screenplay in, what, two years? As always, I do have a few butterflies[1] in my stomach just thinking about needing to focus on a story and hoping that my creative teammates will like the first draft enough so that we only need to revise it a little before the cameras roll up there in the Big Apple, but that’s normal.

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Wish me luck, Dear Reader.

[1] Or moths. Hard to tell which.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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