A Little Bit Crazy

Maybe someday, I'll start talking about the scripts I've been writing. I'm trying to learn how to not be defensive about them though, so I'm getting my distance from them before I really send them out to anyone. I want to be able to take comments to be able to improve them. I haven't been able to do that on previous scripts because I'm too focused on protecting them. I will say this, though. My next one is going to be a little bit crazy.

You see, the last script I wrote was two people talking in a room. Small and intimate and made me cry as I was writing it. It was therapy, or as near to it as any writer seems to ever come.

It was a recovery. This next one will be a revolution.

Let me explain a little more.

There are a lot of conventions when it comes to screenwriting. Some rules explicit, some implied. I'm going to toe or cross as many of those lines as I feel like. For all I know, this script will end up being just for me. Like I said, I'm keeping these close until I feel like I'm ready to release them. Maybe this one won't get released.

But maybe it will be a release. It could be fun to write a little bit crazy. To add some self-reflexive jokes and personal commentary into the mix. Things not usually allowed.

For example, when we first meet the main character of my script, the action lines will say "We'll only ever know him as Hitman." Immediately after that, he will identify himself by his full name. The action lines will respond accordingly - "Oh. Well, we'll still call him Hitman."

Fun stuff like that. A script is only ever a blueprint for a movie, but that doesn't mean the blueprint can't be a little crazy. I want to see what it feels like.

And honestly, I don't know if I have the emotional ability to write another script like the last one right now.

So what did we learn? My last script was personal and I cried. My new script is going to be crazy and about a hitman.

And I promise to not let it suck.