Some months back I had an idea for a screenplay that arrived almost fully formed. I wrote it all down just as it came, without doing any of the usual preliminary work, and, as you’d expect, stalled as soon as I’d run out of inspiration: without a foundation of craft, there was nothing to fall back on once the plot holes started to appear. I’ve written about the 12 stages of writing a script in earlier posts about a script writing workshop I’d attended, so, having begun backwards, I’m now going back to the start. In the hope, as ever, that my mistakes expounded will help you to avoid them yourselves, I’m going to use the screenplay I’m working on, as I’m working on it, as an example of how the scriptwriting process works.
Finding Your Characters
Alex – the hero
Mole – the band
(I initially just thought this was a funny, slightly pretentious, indie style name – but then realised that, as a creature that lives underground, the name would hint at the band’s emergence from an obscure indie background. Moles are also traditionally considered blind, which would be a nice Wodehousian ‘easter egg’ type reference to the theme of the film.)
The band is balanced at the point between their indie roots and backlash success. It took quite a while for them to get signed but their first two albums were Read the rest of this entry »