Save the Cat

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on a project that is completely different from anything I’ve ever done before. In fact, I’ve always just put it off because I’ve had no idea where to even start, or how to do it.

I’m talking about screenwriting!

By making documentaries I’ve been able to avoid the writing process all together, but I believe that in order to fully understand how a movie works, sitting down and writing one — scene by scene — is a good idea. So, that’s what I’m doing.

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Thanks to this wonderful book called “Save the Cat” by Blake Snyder, I found the courage to give it a try. I’ve had an idea for a feature film for three years, but my goal with this one is simply just to finish it. I don’t care if it sucks, I just want to put it on paper, see the process from a screenwriter’s perspective, and learn from it.
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That’s why I took up acting last year — to see it from the actor’s perspective, and why I’m taking a stagecraft class this fall. A director needs to be able to communicate efficiently with all the people on set, whether it’s the actors, technicians or writers, which is why knowing their job is a must.

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Favorite T-shirt: “But what I really want to do is direct.”

I only have X number of hours of storyboarding and 110 pages to go, so well, I’ll approach it like training for a marathon. One mile at a time.

Have a blessed afternoon,
Maria

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