So The Collection: Legend of Fortunate Son is finished, and I’ve been extremely eager to make it available for downloading. Considering the subject matter (a teenage painter who’s scary creations come to life to address his war-torn existence) I imagined it as an unveiling of sorts, like the one of the Mona Lisa that you can see on the left, there – albeit feeding far less anticipation and holding nowhere near the importance in terms of the creative world. Well, not yet. What’s the point in doing anything if you’ve set out to make it mediocre? Okay, comparing it to one of the greatest works of art is a bit cheeky to say the least. Nonetheless, I’m quite pleased with how it’s turned out, and expect soon to “drop the curtain” so that any of you who happen to read this blog can absorb its juicy contents.
That’s right, I said “soon”. Which means, “not now”. Why am I being so ridiculously dramatic about this? Well, because I’ve just posted the script (which is also suited for a graphic novel, in case anyone looking for that sort of thing is reading this) on a site called Inktip. Inktip is a place where writers can make their works available for industry folk like producers, directors, agents, and managers, etc. For a relatively small fee (than what it would cost to contact all these people individually, I assume) you can lend your loglines, synops and scripts to the eyes of umpteen interested parties in the hopes of having one or more contact you with the idea of doing some kind of business together. Or something. And while I think the three screenplays I have on the site might be a bit out of range for most who are using it, I have to think that it’s still a good idea to place my work there and will continue to do so with subsequent efforts.
What’s been lucky recently is the downloading of my loglines by literary agents. By definition, hitting on one of these is like getting seen by a number of interested parties all at once if one is to assume they are agencies with contacts to a more concentrated list that may be closer to my genres of choice. It’s always fun to do a search for the agencies and entities that peruse my storefront, and I’ve been learning a lot by looking a little further into what might get me more bites in the future. So, I thought it best to let The Collection: LOFS simmer a bit on the site before making it available for reading to the masses. And by masses, I mean those few who seem to find it a reasonable investment in time to read my blog and to whom I am eternally grateful.
So The Collection: LOFS remains veiled until a future date when I deem it could use more exposure – perhaps in measured excerpts, or in some kind of serialization. I’ve already started on my next project that focuses on smaller budgets and shorter production windows without sacrificing narrative impact. It’s been a welcome diversion from the more ambitious ideas I’ve managed to complete, and yet offers it’s own set of unique and enjoyable challenges.
And I really do apologize for comparing my fantasy/horror screenplay to Da Vinci’s most popular portrait, but it was the only photo I could find that I liked of a painting’s unveiling. Imagine being there among the crowd reporting the event for an art’s publication, witnessing a murder, finding a clue suggesting the unthinkable, and uncovering an ancient mythic creature also prepared to introduce itself to the world. Hmm, imagine The Unveiling.
I like it.