I managed to start putting together Act One. Even though I only have approximately five scenes, and each one is basically a sketch of an idea, that’s more than I had yesterday.
And that’s nice.
Is it wrong for me to say the more I work on this, the more I look forward to working on it? While I rack my brain trying to figure out what should come next, I keep referring to examples of what I’m trying to accomplish in each scene.
The opening where we meet our hero? See the introduction of Indiana Jones in RAIDERS. Is the villain a badass (Chigur in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), or incompetent fop (not sure about that one)?
How many members are in the gang? Should there be a love interest? Can the proposed bounty hunter be likable or a complete mystery?
Questions to be answered for each scene, more into each sequence and none of it is easy. Part of the fun of the writing is figuring things out. At least it is for me. I also like trying to stay ahead of the reader/audience so they can’t figure things out too easily.
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it here, but just in case, here it is again. BACK TO THE FUTURE is my gold standard. To me that is a perfect screenplay. You can go on and on about CHINATOWN, which is also mega-impressive, but to me, BTTF is what I aspire to. There really is nothing unnecessary in it.
Everything that is set up has a payoff, no matter how big or small. I’ve read that co-writer Bob Gale worked super-hard on making sure everything worked. And boy, does it.
THAT’S what I’d like this be like.
Will it? I was about to say ‘probably not,’ but something tells me there is a slight, remote, kind-of possibility it could. Maybe.
And that would be, of course, AWESOME.
But first I need to get past page five.