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A Promise to a Lady

Step 1: Selecting Your Text

For my screenplay ‘A Promise to a Lady,’ I used the story/poem of Russian Sonia from Edgar Lee Masters Spoon River Anthology, but in a slightly different way.

Russian Sonia (from http://www.bartleby.com/84/83.html)

I, BORN in Weimar

Of a mother who was French

And German father, a most learned professor,

Orphaned at fourteen years,

Became a dancer, known as Russian Sonia,

All up and down the boulevards of Paris,

Mistress betimes of sundry dukes and counts,

And later of poor artists and of poets.

At forty years, passée, I sought New York

And met old Patrick Hummer on the boat,

Red-faced and hale, though turned his sixtieth year,

Returning after having sold a ship-load

Of cattle in the German city, Hamburg.

He brought me to Spoon River and we lived here

For twenty years—they thought that we were married!

This oak tree near me is the favorite haunt

Of blue jays chattering, chattering all the day.

And why not? for my very dust is laughing

For thinking of the humorous thing called life.

 

Step 2: Drafting Your Screenplay

You can access the final draft ‘A Promise to a Lady’ available here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0MFqbgom3IENnBkT0tEY09DLTQ/edit?usp=sharing

Step 3: Writing Your Logline

A young man finds himself in a strange cemetery adventure and that promises can last a lifetime and beyond.  

Thanks!

Melissa

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