Some Idle Mulling Of #Screenwriting

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I only find myself thinking of screenwriting as opposed to writing a novel because, well, it’s much easier to write a screenplay than a novel. A screenplay has a very specific formula as to how to do it, while a novel is significantly more difficult to pull off for various reasons. I like the idea of my job being to simply write dialog and provide a vision for the director and producer.

Something about that is really appealing.

Now, of course, I’m probably going to write a short story or novella before I write the screenplay in an effort to flesh out the story some. That’s the only way I can think of to be ready to write a screenplay when the time comes. I have vowed to myself I’m not going to buy Final Draft until I’ve at least finished a short story to base the screenplay on.

That seems only reasonable, given that that would prove, to some extent, that I’m serious, for once, about writing a screenplay. I have a novel concept I interested in writing as well, but I’ve put that on the back burner for the time being for no other reason than the screenplay concept seems to be flowing a lot easier right this second. The key thing is, I have to put in the work. I have to stop just daydreaming about a concept and start to put in the elbow grease needed to get the job done.

Because I don’t have a muse to tell me to shut up and write, I find myself bouncing around a lot from concept to concept. I talk a lot about what I’m going to do, but too often when I actually sit down to write things out, I choke. But right now because my mind is on something else — getting a professional digital camera — it seems as though at least for the moment things are flowing a bit better than usually creatively.

I’m, by nature, a daydreamer, so I know that if I don’t do something sooner rather than later a few more years could go by and I will not have actually written anything. I’m hoping this is different, for once. I’m hoping that I’m going to actually get something done for once.

It’s difficult, though. It’s difficult for lots of reasons. But, I have to say, as I’ve said before, I really enjoy the culture of screenwriting a lot. It’s a lot of fun. I really enjoy how social it is, how communal it is. It’s a lot of fun to know that should I actually get anything done that there is a vibrant screenwriting community that might, just might welcome me into the fold.

But I have to get the work done. I have to actually do something. I can’t just daydream and then expect other people to do the work for me. I am such a daydreamer — and need a muse so bad — that it’s difficult for me to find anyone one thing to obsess about. I bounce around a lot creatively. So much so that no one takes me serious. Yet I’d like to think maybe I might be able to change that sooner rather than later. I hope, at least. That’s the goal.

Mulling A Generation X Homage To The Big Chill #Screenplay

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I really like the movie The Big Chill and I find myself wanting to write a Generation X homage to it. I like the idea of a group of old acquaintances getting together for a specific reason and while The Big Chill is about death, my screenplay is about life. I’m thinking it’s going to be about a 50th birthday instead of a funeral like The Big Chill. I am also toying with the idea of a wedding, but there are added complications to a wedding that might make it a bit more difficult to use. And, yet, a wedding is also ideal in some ways. I guess a wedding has more potential for drama. Maybe. I just don’t know at this point. I may sketch the story out as a wedding and see what happens.

Anyway, here’s a video of me thinking the story out.

Concept Man Dwells Upon Visiting #LA Looking For Plot Guy #Screenwriting

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

This v-log is meandering and random. I start off talking about ROKon Magazine, the magazine I started in Seoul about 10 years ago and veer off into a discussion of heading to Hollywood for a few days to find someone to write screenplays with. But it’s kind of pointless unless I actually put in the work. No one will take me seriously if I just talk about all these great concepts I have in my head. I actually have to put in the work and be prepared to show it to someone.

Anyway.

Finished A #Movie Treatment, Now To #Write A Novella Using It

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I found myself with some time today, so I finished the movie treatment I’ve been working on. Now to sit down and write a much more detailed novella using the treatment as a basis. Then, I will work on a screenplay. But I really enjoy the process of creation itself and so things, at least for the time being, are kinda humming along.

We’ll see how long it lasts.

The #Screenplay I’m Developing Is Moving Ahead

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I continue to creatively cool my heels while I wait to by a professional camera and as I do so, I’m developing a screenplay. The screenplay is supposed to be, at least, prism for the Trump Era. That’s, at least, my goal. I like the idea of what if humanity was forced to do the exact opposite of what it seems to be compelled to do now, which is to reject all forms of global unity.

Anyway, I really need to shut up and write. I’m going to try to do just that this afternoon. I’m going to try to write something, anything that moves the screenplay forward. I have to put in the work. I can’t just dilly-dally and talk about how could it would be to do this, I have to actually, well, do it. That’s the tough part.

But we’ll see, I guess.

Of #Trump, #Art & #Immigration In The Context Of The #Screenplay I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

It’s interesting how the more I think about it, the more this screenplay I’m developing is about, in real terms, immigration in the Trump era. Humanity — and specifically the United States — is given the greatest opportunity in human history and the screenplay asks out loud if because of political dysfunction if anyone would be willing or able to take advantage of it.

At least, that’s my vision of the concept. I see my efforts as a stepping off point. If I’m able to finish something, anything, I can pitch it to others who might be able to make it better. I’m sure I’m going about this all wrong, but, then, I never do anything right.

The key is, of course, to simply finish something, anything, instead of screwing around and daydreaming. I have produce “paper” as they call it so I can prove that I’m actually serious about all of this. But the process itself is fun. A lot of fun. And I believe I’ve come up with a really, really unique take on the First Contact cliche. But only time will tell. Maybe I’ll grow bored of this like I have everything else.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Of #Hollywood & Writing A Scifi Trump Era ‘Network’ #Screenplay

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

The more I think about it, the more I realize the vibe I want for this possible screenplay I’m sketching out is a scifi Trump era Network. I want to at least attempt to write a story that sort of soaks up the national zeitgeist and spits it out in an intelligent manner.

Network is a brilliant film for numerous reasons. I guess I’m frustrated that Hollywood hasn’t begun to pump out movies like Network about the Trump Era and I am kind of absent mindedly writing one of my own just because the concept is so strong and interesting that I’m entertaining myself thinking up all kinds of different insane things that might happen given the scenario I’ve cooked up.

I like the idea that one man ostensibly average guy would be, through no fault of his own, put in an extraordinary situation where he was forced to decide the fate of the entire world. I have been dwelling on this scenario for years, but hadn’t figured out a plot until recently.

But the issue is I have to put the work in. I can talk about this all I want to, but if I don’t put the work in this is just mental masturbation. It’s fun to sketch things out.

Even More Mulling Of A #Screenplay I May #Write

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Writing a screenplay is a bucketlist kind of thing for me, but I’m going to wait until I’ve finished it as a short story or a novella before I buy Final Draft and start working on it seriously. I have a novel concept, too, I’m interested in writing, but really it’s buying a camera and being a professional photographer that I am really working towards. Everything else is just because I idly am creative without thinking about it.

Regardless, below is a meandering video of me talking about a screenplay I’m interested in writing. The screenplay’s high concept would be something like Contact meets Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Stranger in a Strange Land meets The Last Star Fighter. Something like that. I really need to shut up and start writing, but daydreaming about doing it is so much fun.

V-Log: Mulling Of The Concepts Associated With The #Screenplay I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I finally have down pat the high-concept I am interested in exploring with a possible screenplay: Contact meets Close Encounters of The Third Kind meets Stranger in a Strange Land. That’s the general idea, at least. I am going to do some more mulling today about the specifics, but I am lurching close to being able to actually sit down and write something. We’ll see.

Figured Out The Concept Of The SciFi Movie #Screenplay I’m Mulling

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I went for a walk and realized something. I have been struggling with the conflict of this story and I think maybe, just maybe, I have it. The high-concept of this script would be Contact meets Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Stranger in a Strange Land.

The conflict comes from the consequences of our hero being put in an extraordinary situation. I really like the idea of just a regular person being put in extraordinary circumstances and this script, should I ever write it, would be very much in that style. Our Hero is forced to make some enormous decisions for billions of people and the story is about what happens next.

I’m quite content with that, now I just have to write the damn script. I really need help with the plot, but no one will help me. But it’s still fun to explore this. As I keep saying, what I really need to do is buy a professional digital camera. That’s something that can change my life for the better.