Adventures in Screenwriting: Starting Here, Starting Now….

Well, the script doesn’t start like that…..

Hello, Dear Reader, and welcome to another post here on A Certain Point of View, Too. It’s early afternoon on Friday, February 19, 2021, and it’s almost summery here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 80˚F (27˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 75% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 16 MPH (26 KM/H), the heat index is 85˚F (29˚C). Today’s forecast calls for scattered rain showers, and – at least in my area – we’ve exceeded the forecast high of 78˚F (25˚C). Tonight, light rain is expected; the low will be 49˚F (9˚C).

Actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez in a scene from Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss. (The redhead in the two photos you see in this shot? That’s my mom.)

As I mentioned yesterday, I started working on Project X, the new script for my filmmaking buddies up in New York City, Juan Carlos Hernandez and his wife Adria. I can’t say I wrote a lot – just part of the beginning of the movie that sets up the story I hope to tell. I’m not quite ready to reveal specific details about the plot, but I will say that it will be more serious in tone than Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss.

Right now I still haven’t “broken” the story; I know how the film will end – I even have the visual image in my mind and I’ve mentioned it to Juan in texts. I also know how it opens, as far as the first things you’ll see on screen before you see any of the characters.

What you’ll hear…well, that’s an unknown, since right now we can’t commission an original score and we have to improvise. But for the temp track, I do have something in mind.

This is one of the musical themes I am hoping we can use.
This is my preferred theme for the opening sequence. We’ll see what develops.

I haven’t started today’s screenwriting session yet; I have to take a shower, shave, and change into fresh clothes before I can do that, but hopefully I’ll be able to come up with a good first scene for Project X. I actually have gotten some of my better ideas while I am away from my keyboard, and I’m hoping that today the Muses will be kind to me and grant me at least a good scene or even just a usable line (or two) of dialogue.

May Fortune favor the bold!  

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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