Hiding Places | Skillshare Projects

Lena Baisden-Tankut

A room with a view (in Turkey, of construction)



Hiding Places

Step 1: Selecting Your Text

Source text: I chose Sherwood Anderson’s “Godliness (Part II)” from Winesburg, Ohio.

Why/focus: I’m specifically interested in the story of young David Hardy and want to focus on his plight. A good friend was raised in a similar home: an unpredictable mother we would, perhaps, diagnose as bipolar or some other disorder, and a well-adjusted but perpetually drained father – therefore, I feel some sort of connection to the material. Additionally, I’m spending the summer in Turkey and, I find, in the pockets of still-developing countryside here something akin to the setting in young David’s life that I’m still trying to put my finger on.

Excerpt: "When his mother was spoken of harshly or when he overheard her berating his father, he was frightened and ran away to hide. Sometimes he could not find a hiding palce and that confused him. Turning his face toward a tree or if he was indoors toward the wall, he closed his eyes and tried not to think of anything. He had a habit of talking aloud to himself, and early in life a spirit of quiet sadness often took possession of him."

Step 2: Drafting Your Screenplay

Final Draft!


Second Draft:


First Draft:


Step 3: Writing Your Logline

A young boy's heart is on the line when his unstable mother suddenly becomes lucid.

Then for kicks, a little about me:

I've been working on two masters degrees and I just finished one in Education. I’m nearly done with a Masters in Writing as well. I like books and words and writing and research a whole bunch. I'm currently living in limbo between Portland, Oregon and Ankara, Turkey. My husband is a Turkish scientist working on saving the planet via solar energy at a university in Ankara (he wouldn't phrase it that way but I would). He got a two year research gig he couldn’t pass up and so I’m in Turkey until September, writing and editing projects remotely until I return stateside to finish up the second masters. Then, who knows! For the last two years, I’ve been mentored by a screenwriter who worked in LA for 40 years then retired to Portland. I’ve been writing feature length and short scripts under his mentorship and I’m currently on my second write-for-hire contract adapting a book to a script, thanks to his support and connections. It changes everything when you’ve got someone in your corner.    



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