Over the last few days, I have been getting back into that creative mode. As I have been watching many of those Oscar nominated films, it started to give me that itch. While I do enjoy big tent-pole movies, I do enjoy smaller films. Over the last couple of weeks, some of the films I have checked out have been I, Tonya, The Shape of Water, The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and a few others that slipped my mind. It has given me that itch.
I have a script idea that has been sitting around for a longtime. There are moments that are quite personal to me that I wish to set it back in the days when I was a teenager. Now, with the settings of films in the eighties and nineties slowly becoming cool again, it makes this idea kind of possible. Not only that, there is a possibility that I could utilize the same idea and try to capitalize it for film and possibly a television series.
Ring the Sponge and See What Comes Out!
In regard to a film, it would come off as a cliched teen movie that would work in the eighties to nineties. However, they were developed as a series of short stories that I wrote when I was a kid. Of course, as I grew, I disregarded them as silly. Leave it to me, sentimental as I am, I re-read those short stories and thought that I could reshape it into a film. Unfortunately, it is a series of shorts that take place across several years. How could I make that into a movie? I could simply write the first script and see if it actually goes anywhere. Now, I take the chance that I only get to make the first film and never develop the remaining movies.
So, What Does One Do?
Change the dynamic of the script. Take the central core of the short stories and develop it into a single movie. If you get lucky to develop the sequels, then good for you. However, write a single script that tells the complete story. Something that you would be happy with. The kind of thing that you could put out there and say, “I did what I wanted to do.” I can be happy with that.
So, with the increased popularity of streaming television services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, there is a possibility that you could write a series based on those short stories. While many of the traditional restraints of conventional television are cast away on streaming sites, they allow creators to focus on unique ways to tell a story. This will allow time jumps between season like in Stranger Things, or even complete time jumps with older cast members like in The Crown.
That ability could allow me to tell the story over a series of seasons, with periodic changes in cast due to age. Start younger and go to teenagers. Eventually, you can end it with adults. Same characters but at different points in their life. This will allow me to tell the complete story that I wish to tell, but in a vastly different way that it would be hard to say that it is the same idea told twice. In two different mediums.
Does it Matter if it’s the Same Story Twice?
Not completely. While it could be one of those movies and shows that will appear on some blog’s list of same stories told two different ways. There are directors that write, or work on, the same story their entire careers. Yet, if the story is done differently enough that you can take it for what it’s worth, that is a good thing. I mean, in any sort of entertainment medium, there are only a finite number of stories to be told. The goal is to make it different enough for people to forget they saw this same story last week.
There have been other blog posts about me getting that itch again. It is nice to have your mind clouded with possible scenes and dialogue that makes you pause. I’ve even gone to my iTunes account to make temp soundtracks of the period. You know, to help get those creative juices flowing. Last night, I even had a moment when I heard an old song and I froze. The trailer for the second season of the TV show hit me. That is the creativity that I miss.
You must give in to an idea at some point. There have been moments when I thought, I should just forget about it. However, every so often, it comes creeping back to me. There is a moment when you must think about it and get it out of your system. I am hoping to get started on the film version first, while sketch out the series version slowly. I am attempting to break story now, but I will let you guys know how it is coming along. Stay tuned…