Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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Recently, while reading a blog comment on a sheet of paper, a devoted but perplexed friend of mine, Sue, approached me and stated:

"For gosh sakes, when's your next posting? Don't you know bloggers are supposed to post every week...or at least once a month."

I gazed up at her with a vague look. "Really?"

"Yes, really. And you haven't posted for over four months, leaving me hanging! I so enjoyed your last fascinating and eye-opening post and have been eagerly anticipating your next one. But after four months --- NOTHING?!"

My vague look dwindled. I sighed. "Easy. Sorry, I've been quite busy."

"So busy as to ignore your blog --- your followers," she reprimanded, frowning. "Some darn blogger you are!"

I returned her frown. "For heavens sake, don't be so critical. I've been too pressed finishing my screenplay for OF GOOD AND EVIL to write a new blog post."

"No excuses. Unacceptable. A blogger blogs ---regardless!"

My frown deepened. "Boy, you give no quarter, do you?"

"Not on this!" Sue was adamant.

"Just out out of the blue, what do you expect me to post?"

"Anything! Right now, I'd settle for...for...You mentioned your screenplay. How about something on that?"

My frown eased into a profound expression. "Okay, you want screenplay, you get screenplay. But before beginning, you must understand that for the mind a novel is more internal and meditative, whereas a movie is more external and visually expressive. I learned that in spades doing the screenplay; really learned the difference between a movie and the book it's based upon"

Sue's lovely features suddenly sparkled. "Now you're talking!" she exclaimed, excited. "What did you learn?...Did you have any help with your screenplay?..."

"Actually, the inital screenplay drafts were written by a movie script pro working with my film representative. Then all corrections and changes in their script --- plenty of them, no mean task, I can tell you --- were left for me to make, this becoming the final draft."

"I take it that was a problem," Sue said, a sympathetic tone.

"At first, yes. A big problem. You see, the screen script they gave me was limited in scope compared to the novel. At one point it even lost me."

"That lousy?!"she shuddered.

"No, no. The screen script was amazing in its own right --- still captivating...moving with graphic lure...sticking to the gist of the storyline. But for me the problem was that the perfect resonance between the characters and the plot in the novel was choppy and abrupt in the screen draft; this, as I discovered, dictated by the constraints of movie reality."

"Oh, my."

"Oh, my, indeeed! Some major scenes in the book...some minor characters...had to be cut, as well as some essential character threads, nuances and developments, sort of deleting part of the book's soul. I tried as best I could to restore this soul; restore what I felt was needed for plot cohesion, but I couldn't completely. I had no choice but to compromise for the movie's sake else the screen script would be too long. The script I ended up with would be two hours of movie as it was."

Sue stared at me in alarm. "Will the book's magnificence be lost in the movie?" she asked, a certain sadness in her tone.

"My film representative certainly doesn't think so. When I presented the final corrected screen script to her, and after she read it, she replied to me, and I quote:

"Griff, YOU ARE AMAZING! THE SCRIPT LOOKS AND READS as in PERFECT! I AM YELLING THIS OUT OF PURE JOY AND DELIGHT! God only knows what they will do when we actually send it out....Thank you so much for helping us to fix your script. It was a biggie because you are a Giant as in...a really good soul. I am honored to know you and to work with such a sweet, kind and understanding spirit as you. I am blessed."

Hearing this, Sue seemed transfixed, for a momet becoming strangely still. Then she pursed her lips, then spoke in a quiet voice. "I have a feeling about your script. A spiritual one."

"Spiritual? I'd settle for good timing and good luck."

"No, I don't think you'll need so much of that with this movie," she said, more energy now in her voice. "If what your film representative says about your screen script is true, the movie will automaticaly achieve its own unique magnificence. I just FEEL it!"

"Wow, you're really into this."

"You bet I am. Now!" Sue's dark eyes were flaming with spirit. "Besides what you've heard from your script pro and your representative, what have others said about the possibility of your movie?"

"Well, for an inkling, read this." I handed Sue the sheet of paper I had been reading when she arrived. On it was commentary from Leigh Savage. Standing in for me, Leigh had answered as if she were me to a question directed to myself by a reader on her blog 'Comments' section at the bottom of Leigh's author interview with me on my novel.

Engrossed, her eyes glittering with amazement, Sue began reading Leigh's commentary:

"Vickie, thank you for your question. This is Gerald's answer. 'I feel very close to the military. Many on both sides of my family have served in the U.S. Military, as well as close friends, a couple in Special Forces. In addition, while a psychologist in private practice, I had in psychotherapy several returning military veterans having difficulty adjusting to normal society because of continuing combat trauma. I was presented first hand what they unhappily endured, as though I was with them in combat. This background with the military --- very close to my heart, in addition to the 9/11attacks and other factors of national security, are what prompted me to write the story of my novel. This type of storyline in OF GOOD AND EVIL, with some of the same characters, is continued in the novel's sequel. In spite of my novel OF GOOD AND EVIL receiving powerful reviews and presently being explored for the screen, it is lacking in sales one would expect from such a powerful book. It is ironic and unfortunate that it may take a movie to bring this captivating novel to a broader range of readers and the literary world. Whatever can be done to spread the word of the novel, before a possible movie is made upon it, would be a great contribution to that world.' "

When finished reading, Sue immediately gave me a resolute look. "We've got to get busy on this. Never mind the blog posting!"



66 comments:

  1. great posting, best of luck with the screeplay!

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    1. Shane, so pleased you liked my post, and thanks for your good wishes for my screenplay. It's quite a winding journey from script to screen, and I'm moved to have your supportive voice a part of it.

      A toast to your voice and to you, as always making a difference!

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  2. Keep writing and move on! I knew you are multi talent, so your screenplay has been tight and strong of the story, it becomes scientific story. very success for u Gerald!

    From: Janah

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    1. Janah, I so appreciate the warmth of your encouragement and wishes for success. In my heart, the story becomes a success for all of us! Thank you for your gracious kindness and being there for me.

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  3. Enjoyed your post! Glad we have connected on FB and I'm now your latest follower. Wishing you the very best.

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    1. Yes, great to be connected on FB and thanks for becoming a FOLLOWER. Welcome aboard! Delighted you enjoyed the post and hope you spread the word to others. I appreciate your best wishes and great spirit!

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  4. Great news!!
    Oh Xell with the blog posting weekly. Sometimes I just put up some photographs from my point and click camera. Can't wait to see it on the big screen.

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    1. I'll second that. A gal after my own heart. And lovely photographs I bet they are.

      Ah, yes, the big screen. For one who so enjoyed the novel, you deserve to see its visual wonder flash across the screen --- as do many deserving others I hope to reach. Thanks for being part of it.

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  5. I really enjoyed reading your post. I am excited for you and hope all goes beyond your wildest imagination. I wish you abundance of success with your novel and all future projects.

    Thank you for the invite-the time was well spent.

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  6. And thank you for the heartfelt wishes reflected in your poignant comments. Humbly appreciated and warmly received. Spurred on by your enthusiasm, I will attempt to fulfill the excited hopes you have for me.

    Readers will have the final say, and in this I hope they all are as spirited about my work as are you.

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  7. No irony here, Gerald - sounds like an actual, everyday bit of conversation to me...

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  8. That's refreshing, Dixon. But there is irony.

    The irony refers to Leigh's comment as if answering for me, and I quote: "...It is IRONIC...that it may take a movie to bring this captivating novel (OF GOOD AND EVIL) to a broader range of readers and the literary world."

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  9. Movies, TV shows, books, comix - all just forms of storytelling so we shouldn't be surprised at the overlap. I'm reminded of the young Hollywood exec in a brainstorming session who remarked, "Y'know, that M*A*S*H TV series would make a great movie..."

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    1. Ah, yes. Good Point. I agree.

      But for those who beome astonished by the movie OF GOOD AND EVIL, to become even more amazed at what the author was striving for, they should read the book; obtain more fully -- internally and meditatively --- the book's scope, what the movie can not provide completely.

      This is what I'm trying to get across in my reaching out now to more readers before the movie is made. There is a difference in fulfillment between a novel and movie/TV storyteling. Get the best with the book.

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  10. Fantastic news about your book's leap from page to screen, Gerald. I know that's a long and winding road, so keep your good humor and patience firmly about you on the journey. I enjoyed the book immensely, and with your touch to the screenplay I'm confident the movie will be equally enjoyable. Please keep me in the loop as the project moves forward. Incidentally, I forget whether I've I mentioned to you before now my robust acting chops. You might want to keep them in mind come casting time...

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    1. Thanks for your lively and engaging remarks, Richard, and for your great reassurance on my screenply touch. I'll certainy keep you in mind at casting time. A cameo appearance for sure --- if you're not disruptive to the lovely actresses. One kiss on the cheek, yes, but...

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  11. I rather feel the same way about blogs. Must we really post often or just when we have something to say. Anyhow, the info. on screenplays was enlightening. Good luck with it.

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    1. Thank you for your kind wishes of good luck. You can never have too much of it. And, thanks too, for feeling that the info was enlightening. Delighted you enjoyed your visit. May others enjoy as well.

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  12. Once again a fantastic post and I can certainly sympathize with both your eager fan and your busy self. As a writer myself I know how difficult it can be to 'fulfill' all your 'obligations' but it's terribly rewarding to know that there are people like Sue who eagerly await your words.
    Keep up the good work Gerald! I wish you all the best with the screenplay for Of Good And Evil, even while reading the book I could see the story in my mind - the hallmark of a truly great writer.
    Cheers,
    Trace

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    1. Trace, my heartfelt thanks for your kind and gracious remarks. My hope is that there are many more like you and Sue who will see this amazing story in their mind.

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  13. A great post, well worth the read. Merlene

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    1. Thank you, Merlene, for your encouraging comment; greatly appreciated! Help me spread the word! :)

      Gerald

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  14. Gerald,

    It's been far too long since I posted on my own author blog, and this post of yours was a lovely reminder I need to get back to a regular schedule! Keep it up! :)

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    1. Delighted to be of lovely help! I'll keep it up for all you lovelies out there.:)Others as well, of course.

      Happy blogging, Cerella!

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  15. Hi, great blog! I'm a new follower from GoodReads. I would love a follow back!
    My blog is http://endlessdaysofbooks.blogspot.com/ I have a giveaway that ends in one day for an autographed copy of Shannon McCrimmon's book, The Summer I Learned to Dive. Stop on by!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the blog, Candace. Thanks for your interest, participation and following.

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  16. Good luck with your screenplay Gerald!
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    1. Thanks, Kristen. Welcome aboard. Youe interest is appreciated!

      The latest on the screenplay from a Hollywood producer who has read it: "This will make a blockbuster film!"

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  17. Good luck with your screenplay.

    I usually blog everyday, but this month I dropped back to once a week, since sis and her family are due to visit and I'm trying to finish my current MS.

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    1. Many thanks for your good wishes, and all the best in finishing your current MS. May it bring you and your readers great fulfillment!

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  18. I have to admit I am on Sue's side I think Blogs need to be updated regularly. I don't care if it is just a line or three or a lot. I miss a few days on mine because of taking my daughter to doctors and such while running a construction company and doing my own writing. Onto other stuff congrats on the screenplay - I will have to get the book and check it all out.

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    1. Sue really likes your comments, and so do I. You're a true blogger! Thanks for the congrats and getting my book. Please read it before seeing the movie for I suspect the full substance of the book will necessarily be lacking in the movie, as good as it will be.

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