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Jag City

Step 1: Selecting Your Text

I chose to adapt a few stories from Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson, specifically "Respectability," with a bit of "Nobody Knows."  I wanted to explore the character of George Willard, but I was also struck by Wash Williams.  Wash is a guy you could meet in a dark bar, in any city, on any given afternoon. 

"In the completeness of his uglness he achieved a kind of perverted beauty."

Step 2: Drafting Your Screenplay


JAG CITY - Final Draft

I gave the title a shave and a haircut.  Couple changes here and there, nothing major.  Hope you enjoy.


Second draft with revisions and a brand spanking new title.  Thank you to everyone who read, commented, made suggestions, liked it, hated it...I'm liking where it is right now, check it out if you have not or would like to read again:



OK. So, I've got a pretty decent draft to share.  Considering I wrote it out in a notebook first, then revised it, and revised again, it's probably in it's third iteration.  But who's counting.

Also, I'm not crazy about the title at all, I honestly think it sucks, so I'm open to suggestions there.

Soul of a Woman

Step 3: Writing Your Logline

A young crime reporter questions his romantic endeavors after an encounter with a local misogynist.   


Before you read, here's a little backstory/inspiration/etc.

The majority of the story is pulled from Winesburg, Ohio, mostly the chapter Respectability.  I was really drawn to the character of George Willard, I love the idea of a young writer and his lust of woman, his naivete, his curiosity, and was initially setting out to focus on him, but then upon reading this section, I was really taken by Wash Williams' story.  He's both repulsive and heartbreaking.  I toyed with adapting his story, but I really love the idea of this young writer sitting in a bar, having just seen some really fucked up shit and trying to process that in his mind, then getting a second mind fuck from this awful woman hater, all the while juggling his own developing love life.  Its a situation I often find myself when I'm alone, in a bar, at a bus stop...People always have a crazy fucked up story that they feel they can tell me.  And I listen. 

The character of George is loosely based on Samuel Fuller, who before writing and directing some of my favorite films, was a teenaged crime journalist in New York City in the late 1920/early30s (there's a god damn movie right there!).  And he's from Worcester too.  If you are not familar with Fuller, check out this clip from Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot Le Fou (1965) where he boils down his vision of filmmaking.

Hopefully I hit all those marks.

So after this long winded introduction, here's my little yarn.  Celtx title page formatting is screwed up, so ignore it, and please let me know what you think:

Soul of a Woman


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