Blog much? Apparently I don’t, at least not lately. I have had this blog post in my head for a couple of months, but I haven’t had enough time to just sit and type it. Honestly, this is a little less about my novel and a little more about writing screen plays. I think it still fits though…enjoy!
I have always been a girl who likes to live in her comfort zone. So when a good friend of mine asked me to help write a short for the 48 Film Challenge I shied away from the invite at first. Well, that’s not exactly true. My first response was, “Sure that sounds like a lot of fun.” And it did, but as the big weekend got closer and closer I found myself not so excited about stepping out of my safe place. The only person I would know on this project was my friend and I would have to drive home from a city I had never been too pretty late at night. (All out of my comfort zone….I have a tight group of friends that I see often, but I am kinda shy in a new group.)
Fast forward to the day of the big event, I get a text from my friend asking me if I was going to attend. At first I wavered back and forth about what I was going to do. Then, I did something that was really out of the ordinary for me. I went for. I agreed to be part of the team. I had a moment of, “if you never try anything new how are you going to grow as a person?” Plus, I was going to miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity.
What a crazy night it was too. The team was comprised of a mix match of friends of friends of friends, but we all seemed to work well together. Emily stepping outside of the box is not the story here though, so I will move on.
The story here lies on the night of the screening of the movies. I had written the dialogue for the major scenes and earned the first writing credit (cool) which was my first screen writing credit ever. I was really excited to see how it all turned out. After all, I had written the words, but the other aspects (direction, photography, acting, editing etc.) were about to come together on the screen before my eyes.
The anticipation was killing me and as the title was projected on the screen I could feel my stomach drop. Then the actors began speaking my words….MY WORDS! What an amazing feeling! Every hair on my body was standing on end. The words I had written were coming out of someone else’s mouth and there were good! The actor’s put their own spin/inflection on them of course, but they were still mine. Something that I created, and had played out in my head, was now being seen by other people. My characters were now alive.
This blog doesn’t do the feeling justice, but it was amazing. It was an unbelievable feeling to see my work become something more than just words on paper. I can’t wait to get that feeling again. (Hint hint you know who you are!)
In case you care to check it out here’s the You Tube link…