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Hearts on fire.  Strong desire rages deep within.”

Copland was on tv last night, and it made me think about some goals I had set for myself.  One, was to write a story in each genre, which includes- blech! –romance.  It also means writing a western.  Though I’ve never been a fan of westerns until recently, recently being the past 10 years, one of my big concept movies is a western.  I’ve always kept this one close, but I’ll give a little bit now.  I have an idea to do a western Crow movie.  Oh, it’s super sweet, believe me.  I might post my idea one day, but I’m still hoping to write the screenplay, so don’t hold your breath. 

Anyway, I’m getting off topic here.  My other goal is to follow in the steps of a writer/director I respect.  *drum roll*  Sylvester Stallone!  You didn’t catch that from the Rocky IV song at the beginning?  I’m not going to say I love that song, but it makes me smile.  So, permit me to wipe that smug smile off your face with some things you didn’t know.  On top of writing all of the Rocky movies, he also wrote the screenplays for all the Rambo movies, Cliffhanger, and a few others.  Now, you might be smiling even bigger and say “so what”.  Granted, with the exception of the first two Rocky’s, the others aren’t anything great.  But, you can’t deny that you’ve seen them.  More than once.  Here’s something else you didn’t know.  Stallone wrote the sequel to Rocky in one night.  He took it to the studio and had it greenlit that day.  Of course it went through a few rewrites, but that’s not important.  He wrote the screenplay in one night!  One night!  We’re not talking sitting at his computer, using a screenwriting program, saving your work as you go, and using spell check.  This was 1979, like the Smashing Pumpkins song.  A home computer was the size of an actual home, and couldn’t spell HAL, let alone perform a spell check.  We’re talking old fashion sitting at a desk in front of a typewriter, setting tabs, feeding in paper, and lining up the page.  We’re talking globby White-Out©, not correction strips.  And, he did this in one night.  The standing rule for screenplays (or used to be) is that each page of script equals one minute of screen time.  So, an hour and a half movie is around 90 pages.  In truth, it would be anywhere from 20-40 pages more than that because scenes are always trimmed down, cut, or outright removed.  120 pages in one night, and good enough for the studio to approve on the spot.  That’s quite a feat.  Even more, it’s a challenge. 

Well, I accept your challenge.  I haven’t decided which screenplay idea I’m going to attempt this with, but I’m going to give it a shot.  Probably won’t be this year, but once I feel the outline is fleshed out enough on one of them, it’s on. 

 

JeraleC

Mindseyechronicles@comcast.net

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