What's it Like to Spend Years on a Screenplay?
FIRST, let me say that writing a screenplay is a very collaborative art form. Unlike a novel, a screenplay, if it's ever made into a major motion picture, will change in diverse ways by the time it is completed. Along with writing the screenplay Assuity, which is set in the future (2107), I was required to learn multiple facets of space travel mechanics, not to mention genetics which plays such a prominent part of the story. That's one of the inspiring things about writing — learning "new things" about the life around us. So before I delve into some of the particulars, let me thank some people who have assisted me along the way.
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman read my first unwieldy script and led me to Eric Bork who for almost a year was instrumental in helping me hone the screenplay into a workable story. Tough, he was understanding and patient with my digressions and forced me to conform to the norms of screenplay format that are necessary. Then Jennifer Grisanti assisted with my desire to make Assurity as much a people drama as a space adventure. My point of view is and always has been: If you don't care about these people no one else will, either. Finally, Tammy of Proof My Script did the amazing in assisting me in getting from 158 pages to 120 (which is max for a spec screenplay). Not to mention her other insights. Last and of unending assistance was Jim Bickford who works on many projects for NASA and is an expert on antimatter and space travel. He not only assisted in my technical challenges but loves sci-fi, has a similar worldview and came up with some brilliant ideas that made the story even better. To all of you, I say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I will continue these notes about screenwriting Assurity as I can. Now onto the novel version.