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December 30, 2007

Finishing the first draft - and requesting help.

I am working on finishing the first draft of my latest screenplay during this Christmas break. I had 30 pages done, based on notes from my instructor and classmates I cut those down to about 25, and now I'm up to page 60. I think this one will be just around 100 pages when it's all finished.

So I have 7 more days of break, I need to write just over 5 pages a day. Not bad. 5 pages could be 20 minutes and it could be literally 3 hours, depending on what's going on in the story, and how the inspiration is flowing.

While I'm in the program at UCLA my plan is to always be working on 3 screenplays at a time. Rewriting the screenplay from the previous quarter, writing the new screenplay for the current quarter, and outlining and developing a story for the next quarter. Not sure if this is the best approach, but it seems similar to what I'll have to do once I'm a working screenwriter, juggling a number of projects.

i need your help about something My instructor loved my screenplay so far, except for one thing. He said maybe I could come up with a more compelling title. I actually kind of dug mine, which was "A Well Adjusted Boy." But now I'm fielding suggestions. It's the story of a intellectually precocious 12 year old boy, the son of an esteemed but controversial child rearing expert, who believes in very carefully doling out both affection and experiences to her boy. He has a traumatic experience at school and runs away with his new (and only) friend to visit a texas televangelist who he believes can change his mom into the loving parent he needs.

Any ideas?

Posted by jason on December 30, 2007 08:46 PM


how about, "about a boy"

Posted by: Anonymous on December 31, 2007 03:06 AM

"Mother Nurture's Son"

"Pathologically Me"

"Raised By Reason"

Posted by: Collin-Band Member on December 31, 2007 12:21 PM

"See Saw Run" or "See Saw Son"

"Latchkey Mom"

"Lone Son State"

"Texas See Saw Massacre" (sorry got a little goofy there)

mother nuture's son....ooh good one

Posted by: jean-not band member on December 31, 2007 08:13 PM

"Raised by Reason" has a really good ring to it.

"Intellectually Loved"

"Born for Approval"

Posted by: Min on December 31, 2007 09:20 PM

"Baring My Mother's Name"

Posted by: Anonymous on December 31, 2007 09:27 PM

"A Boy and A Burden"

Posted by: Anonymous on December 31, 2007 09:28 PM

good ideas all of them...

mother nurture's son is a great title, makes me want to write a new story because it doesn't quite fit this one, as the mother really isn't very nurturing at all.

Posted by: jason on January 1, 2008 12:12 AM

Jason, wanna trade skills? My ping-pong for your screenwriting. I'm really good at ping-pong.

Posted by: SnakeMan on January 1, 2008 12:42 AM

lol, well I'm actually pretty good at ping pong already...

here's the thing about you, snakeman... I've read your writings and I've no doubt you could already write good screenplays, you don't need my skill to do it, you have your own. just give it a shot. let me know if ou want some tips on getting started.

Posted by: jason on January 1, 2008 12:56 AM

Test Case Childhood

Posted by: Anonymous on January 1, 2008 08:35 AM

You know, I didn't even think of nurturing in the sense of being caring and warm. I meant nurture as in nature vs. nurture. I was thinking of this more as "a product of your environment" type of thing.

Posted by: Collin-Band Member on January 1, 2008 02:36 PM

yeah that makes sense in that context. Hadn't thought of it in that way.

Posted by: jason on January 1, 2008 03:22 PM

yeah, but I think the word, nurture, really only brings to mind warmth and caring. The implied "nature vs. nature" doesn't come across clearly...But, it could be a cool title, like Jase said...Or maybe it could be used in the sense that his environment--the friend, a teacher, other people he comes across--and NOT his mother, provides the nurturing he needs; then the title Mother Nurture's Son could be used as a sort of play on words...

But honestly, I like A Well-Adjusted Boy. I think it's the best title I've heard so far...Maybe make it a little more specific like: The Well-Adjusted Son--but I think it is a good title.

Posted by: jessica on January 2, 2008 04:33 PM

Harry Potter and the Precocious Child.

It'll be a big hit.

Posted by: Xerxes on January 3, 2008 12:52 AM

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