How I Got Started On Writing Movie Scripts (part 1)

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After graduating from college with a degree in social science, I was contracted by my university to install and maintain campus networking equipment  (routers, switches and uninterruptible power supplies). It was a dream job since I always had a thing for technology ever since my elementary school allowed for students to bring home Classic Macintosh computers during summer when school was out of session. I have to say, the job of my dreams was in reality the most labor intensive job I’ve ever had due to the scale of the project and the time frame of my contract – within 5 months, I worked in over 100 building on and off campus.  Blood, sweat and elbow grease, I loved it all. Not trying to brag here, but I was proud of myself because it would have been nearly impossible to do as much work as I did within the 5 months. I was in the best shape of my life having just graduated from a Firefighter Academy. But all good things must come to an end I suppose.

I soon found myself unemployed. At the time, I had absolutely no idea that it would be well over a year before I would land my next job with a paycheck. In the meanwhile, I picked up the book entitled “Save The Cat – The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need,” by Blake Snyder. Looking back at it, it was probably the best thing I could have done for personal growth and enlightenment. 

I would go to the park everyday and read the book out loud to myself (i’m kind of dyslexic and not that great when it comes to speaking). I thought to myself, if I wasn’t able to write my own screenplays by the end of the book I would have at least gain some kind of improvement on my ability to read and speak.

main1356763804._SX304_SY171_“Quarter Life Crisis,” was my first attempt at screenwriting. Here’s the premise: With a flip of a coin, Andy loses the love of his life, Bethany, but goes on to make one of the greatest scientific discoveries in modern medicine, only to be confronted with an empty heart. Andy decides to risk everything once again to win Bethany back. I spent 14 hour days writing this script for about two weeks straight. I would wake up in the middle of the night with ideas that I had to write down so I wouldn’t forget in the morning. With that said, if you want to read the worst movie script ever written click on the picture of a quarter or click here.

What intrigued me was the creation of a fantasy world and populating it with characters who all had to have their own unique personalities and quirks. Naturally, I used examples from real life, my life. My characters has a mixed bag of personalities and traits from family, friends, and people I know. When it come to designing the world, I felt like I was an architect from the movie Inception.

Just realized that this post is getting a tad bit lengthy in addition to it being really late in the night for me, part II will be coming soon…

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