I’m by no means an expert, as it is I have actually started several scripts and set them aside when they start getting out of control, so one day I’ll come back to them when I’m a better writer. But this is my experience.
First script - just notes, maybe a page of dialogue, pathetic. It was a fantasy trilogy for godsakes, I think I was trying to be Lucas or Tolkien or something. I drew pictures, I actually had some cool characters and situations and visuals but it was just too much, and I never actually commited too much to paper.
Second Script - titled The life and times of krust. This was supposed to be a combination of Clerks/Catcher and the Rye/the “Punk” mentality/SLC Punk/Trainspotting/ and personal life experience that comes from partying with a bunch of scumbags. The birth of this project was when I discovered the band
Anal Cunt, they’re great, and horrible all in one. And I realized that I listened to them as a joke, but somebody out there was thier biggest fan, and this movie was going to be about him. Anyway, I had several situations and in-jokes (clerks style) and it really was aa series of sketches. I wrote 30 pages by hand and got stuck, because although the movie was funny I wanted a moral to it and the two wouldn’t fit, so I scrapped it eventually.
Third Script - A horror movie that was really nothing but the killer talking to his victim for several minutes in a crawl space, too much dialogue to be creepy. 20 pages handwritten.
Fourth Script - A vigilante Warriors/streets of Fire/Kill Bill movie. had several cool situations but could not connect the dots. When you set something in stone, it’s really hard to change it, and that’s what I had done with this. Notes, and 15 pages handwritten.
Fifth Script - titled Perfect. I love this one, but never finished it. A small town is plagued by tragedy, from social decline (like Micheal Moore’s Flint michigan, even though I think he’s kindof a turd, he’s a good filmmaker), to family strains, to a school shooting. As happens with most tragedies, someone brings the word of God into play, and the whole town turns into Jesus freaks, not just Jesus Freaks, but brainwashed cannibalistic Jesus Freaks…Snap. The teens are the only ones who won’t turn, so they pretty much fall victim to this. I got as far as brainwashing, but could not change the tone from serious to…well something about flesh eating christians. Again I had certain things planned out in my head and it kindof hurt the script. A whopping 70 pages typed.
Sixth - A script about paranioa, fear, and blind obedience within a group. I hav enot yet given up on it, but have finished writing it by hand at a 190 pages. When I got stuck I went to another period in this guys life, then to another. This script is about time so kindof worked to jump ahead, then go back, then back again. Problem is, when I went to type it in the computer, I changed things that needed changing and it just wasn’t as tight as it should be. I just kindof gave up, because I introduced a main character at page 90 typed, and how can the main character create a relation ship with him if there’s only 20 pages to do it… Frustrating to say the least. I have to go back to this though, at some point.
Seventh - Current. This one is pure sleaze. That’s what I want it to be. It’s very much in the same vein as Last House on the Left and I spit on your grave, with a little bit of Hostel/Miike and Italian/Argento flava. That’s the plan anyway. I’m at page 50 written and am already starting to doubt myself but think I might start transcribing it and cleaning it up on my laptop, maybe that will save me some of my pitfalls I’ve already hit with this one.
Here’s the thing, when I plan something out it seems like it’s doomed fromt he begining. When I have a general idea of what’s going on, I go on so many tangents that I love, and introduce so many themes that interest me that the script kindof gets crowded, but I think so far the latter works for my. We’ll have to wait and see. Just a little insight on my experience, maybe you can use some of my failures as advice in your own way.