My latest writing project was to write an action-adventure screenplay but, naturally, it turned into a mystery story, too. I can’t escape my calling, I guess. The title is Paint It Black.
I now need an agent, and the company that is searching on my behalf took my logline and produced a “logline video” to help advertise the story to people in the movie industry.
My Logline Video is on YouTube for Agents to View
What is a logline, you ask? In the movie biz, a logline is one sentence that sums up the story and must be captivating enough to entice an agent into believing he can use it to pitch the movie to directors and producers. The logline can be used again—or some variation of it—to advertise the movie to the public if it is ever produced.
As you can imagine, the logline was a worrisome piece of writing for me, but I finally managed it. We’ll eventually find out how successfully. The company put together a video, using a voiceover of the written logline and a bit of other written information. They gave my last name a Spanish pronunciation instead of French, but I figured it was close enough.
You can view the logline on YouTube right here with this link: Paint It Black. Don’t forget to give it a “Like,” although I’m not sure “Likes” help in this case. (It makes me happy even if it doesn’t impress anyone else, and that’s a good thing from my point of view.)
Here’s the Pitch
The story revolves around a young woman who is kidnapped by members of a drug cartel but manages to escape by joining forces with another prisoner. He’s an undercover cop and drives like a maniac; she’s an artist who once killed a grizzly bear and is afraid of spiders.
She slips away during the escape and a lot of drug money slips away, too. When she reappears, she has a good explanation for her disappearance, but doesn’t have the money and neither the police nor the FBI can find a link between her and the cop. The two don’t appear to have been formerly acquainted but they work together as though they are old friends, maybe even romantically involved. Are they playing to listening devices? Is she actually a member of the drug cartel? What is really going on and is the cop in on it?
Writing a Screenplay is Easier Than Writing a Book
I certainly do find it easier to write a screenplay than to write a book. In a screenplay, the entire focus is on the dialogue and action. The directions for the action and information about the settings are simple descriptions for the director, which makes the whole writing process easier and faster.
So, why don’t more writers move into the screenplay field rather than writing books? The answer to that is simple: It’s difficult to get a book published, but it is an absolute nightmare trying to get a screenplay accepted. The only reason I bothered is that the story unfolded so perfectly in my mind as a movie and I had worked on the dialogue for a long time before writing any of it down. Because it was such a perfect fit as a movie, I decided to take a chance.
I’m not really crazy and I’ll give this venture a try for a year, but if I don’t have any luck, I’ll turn the story into a book and try and find a publisher instead. This action-adventure screenplay is built around a mystery, but it may turn out that the bigger mystery is, what was I thinking? Wish me luck.
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