So I have been going over the scripts for RTZ. Once again, I have cut the pilot. Now I have 4 episodes, not three. Basically, I have cut the last scenes and made a new episode with them. Later, after I work a bit on adapting a client’s book to script, I will work on redoing the scene/act placement in the first episode, then go and work on #3 or #4 (whichever needs worked on). I have already finished #2, so am pretty sure that I can get the rest done.
Ok, so I found that my Script was a bit long. OK, Waaaaay too long. Like hours TOO long. So I have split the original episode up into the first three episodes, making this already at 3 and going on 4.
That was the negative. The positive is that I can be more mindful on another script I am working on and not go over the 60 page max. Which reminds me, I need to go take a look and see.
The Current episodes are as follows:
- Pilot (A Return to Zero)
- The Beginning of the End
- And So It Begins
I need to do a little tweaking, like removing the “acts”, but everything is basically the same…including the screwy way Google Docs converts everything and messes with format. Still, I will be finishing out “Act 3” (just remember that it is now “episode 3”) as is. Afterward, I will be starting “episode 4”, so don’t get confused.
OK, so I returned to the original title. Seems to be a better fit. Take Me Back seemed to fit better as the episode title….Since we are going back in time only to walk forward 80 years through the whole series. We are now exploring the year 1920. Next up, after this episode, is 1921. Like The Morrow Family Saga, We are covering a huge period of history year by year, rather the daily grind. May actually do a historical fiction series as a daily thing if this takes off. Don’t know yet.
So How did we like the end of the last “scene”? OK, I admit. I am being a very naughty boy. But I have never shied away from sexual content. Ever. I even have a flair for including food in my stories (and plays) for a reason. Food and sex are the two ways to a man’s heart. At least that is what I have been told. Not that I would know. I am one of those men who also knows that food and sex also helps win other hearts…at times.
While the title is still up in the air, some things are not. For instance, I literally changed the “point of entry” date, the date they go back to in order to begin changing events. I have also changed a few other details as well. For instance, John is the nephew of a newspaper magnate, not just a poor dirt farmer, when he arrives in 1920. Though he is a farmer, he moves to the city after the death of his wife (or should I say William, his alter ego does, even though William is actually dead as well and so is Michael, the boy who Todd assumes the identity of Both died with the mother. but, John and Todd assume their identities when they appear so that things can be done) to apprentice at the newspaper. Abercrombie Sparrow has other ideas…which I will explain in the script.
I am collecting together every piece, well almost every piece, of nonfiction. At the moment, I am looking at one book. If I have more than I can fit in a single book, I will expand for two. I am calling it/them Diary of a Madman. After all, I have heard it said that genius is only a few steps away from full blown madness…and my life has been one hell of a maddening ride.
Originally, I was going to use the title for a horror story, but I think this is a much better use of the title. Every single observation. Every single letter that I never sent. Every single epiphany. Every piece of philosophical ponderance. Every single deep thought. Every awakening.
My only concern is…how well it will be received…?
So I found a decent possible cover for The Poet, the second book in Faces In the Crowd. It isn’t an exact representation of what I had in mind, but it is a good pic. What do you think?
Although the man in this pic is a bit older, visually, than I had envisioned Connie looking, it has a similar feel to what I had in mind.
As far as The Price of Lust goes, I am still without a possible cover. I can’t seem to find a provocative/suggestive cover of a black-haired woman in a bathrobe/night robe on a balcony (or one that suggests that she is on a balcony). I guess this is just too much to ask as far as photos, especially those that I can use freely for cover art. In many ways, I want to cover suggestively erotic, but not exactly openly so. Does this make sense?
So I am taking a moment away from posting another couple of scenes for Faust. I need to address the sudden end to a project I had invested my whole heart into. It started six months ago with my stepping into the shoes of a publisher and publishing a book for a friend and client. Over those months, I toiled, while I was in classes, at attempting to get him a production option through the major studios (not realizing that they had already published their three-year schedules) and trying to secure a producer to help make the film project an actual movie.
I had a foot in the door with Amazon Studios. I had a producer and a directorial duo who were excited to to work on the project. Now, I am looking at a termination of the contract before I can even secure a studio’s commitment.
Update: The partnership is still intact, but the contract is to change so that he can bail should I not secure a studio by the end of the month. Tall order, but Either Netflix or Amazon Studios will definitely want this little gem.
Moving right along, I am going to try and have Faust complete around the same time as Soldiers. That way, I can make two deals at once.