Hello Film Reverie Listeners! This episode we have the brilliant, funny, talented, most tenacious screenwriter we know, the editor of Script Magazine and curator of #scriptchat on Twitter, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman. If you know her, you know she’s full of wisdom and insight and if you don’t know her, you should. Listen in to the epic chat we had with her.
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is the Editor and Online Community Manager of ScriptMag.com and a webinar instructor for the Writers Store. She is Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and recently wrote the adaption of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. More information can be found on her blog, Ramblings of a Recovered Insecureaholic. Follow @jeannevb on Twitter.
Here’s an excerpt from her blog:
“My (karate) master always tells me there’s no finish line when we train. It’s about the journey. Did you train as hard as you could? Did you learn? Did you breathe in the lessons provided? Are you always open to learning more?
Writing is no different. It’s not the script option that will make or break you, but it’s the journey of getting there that makes you the writer you are in the end. Strive to learn something new each time you write, either about the craft or the business.”
The Story of Impasse by: JEANNE VEILLETTE BOWERMAN
I am a voyeur. Oh wait, I mean a writer. Hey, I could be Ted Bundy, but at least I know where to draw the line.
On a cold, dreary day in New York, while killing a few hours waiting for my teenager, I hunkered down in Starbucks to write. I noticed a young couple sitting near me. I didn’t give it much thought, until I saw them arguing outside a few minutes later.
It was 29 degrees and raining. Why it hadn’t turned to snow or ice, I have no idea, but it was a raw, chill-to-the-bones kind of day. Who stands outside and fights in conditions like that?
While I couldn’t hear the actual words of the argument, their body language spoke in a way words couldn’t. There were no victims. No winners. Just two people who lost everything that mattered dearly to them… each other.
Days and weeks later, I couldn’t stop thinking about them.
How could we make this what I wanted… what I saw. Being the witness raised the bar for how I needed to write the script. It was visual, not verbal. The challenge was to write it to accurately convey the emotion while adding a backstory to the character who was watching the couple fight in order to make the whole story richer.
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