You have to appreciate them…and take them. You really do. Because, even if they don’t amount to anything in the end. You at least seized the chance to do something. And that matters.
I have an opportunity to write a screenplay based on a logline that was provided to me.
What’s a logline, you ask?
A logline is essentially a one or two sentence synopsis of your movie idea. It’s similar to an “elevator pitch.” You know the concept. You have 5 seconds (or an elevator ride) to convince some big wig that YOU have the next great idea.
Usually, any movie idea I’ve generated has come from my own imagination. But not this time. For this opportunity, someone else is saying “Hey, dude, I got this idea. It’s pretty broad. As a matter of fact, it’s only one sentence long. Do me a favor, and write 120 pages of new material for me. Yeah know, based on this one sentence. Thanks pal.”
For now, all that is being asked of me is to write the first 10 – 20 pages of the script. I love that. For me, that is one of the best parts of writing a story. The beginning.
You get to have all of these crazy ideas. You let your imagination run wild. You create cool characters. Exciting moments. And, you don’t have to worry about tying it all together. Not yet, that is. Eventually you do. But, for now, you can just go crazy with ideas. Not too crazy obviously. But you might as well experiment with some interesting stuff. And, then filter out all the extraneous stuff later.
That brings me to planes. And babies. And ideas.
I don’t mind air travel. I usually just chill out. Listen to music. And think. What do I think about? I guess, all sorts of things. Pretty much anything that is going on in my life.
This past Wednesday, I flew from Los Angeles to New York with my wife and one year old daughter. Not a lot of thinking happened on that trip. Actually, I take that back. There was a lot of thinking. But most of it centered on how we were going to make sure our daughter did not wreak havoc for 6 hours in a flying bus.
But, let me tell you. My daughter did awesome! She enjoyed the experience. We enjoyed the experience. Our fellow passengers enjoyed the experience (well…everyone except the belligerent woman who was not able to upgrade. Poor her).
My daughter played peacefully. Cuddled with us. Looked around the plane. Looked out the window. She took in all of the sights, sounds and smells (some nasty ones too). We are so proud of her. Not that we wouldn’t have been proud of her if she had a bad experience, but hey, let’s not kid ourselves. A good experience is called a good experience for a reason. It’s good.
I was able to think about my script, while simultaneously enjoying the company of my beautiful wife and daughter. I had some amazing ideas for the opening scene. And how I see the plot unfolding.
I disembarked the plane a happy man. And as an added bonus, the logline that I was provided involved a commercial airliner. If I couldn’t find inspiration on a cross-country flight for a movie involving that topic…well…I’d be pretty bummed.
There is deadline for this project. It’s in mid-October. So, for now. I am going to focus on both that project and my project involving Flynn’s journey.
Have a great weekend everyone!