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John From Anywhere

Updated July 15, 2014:

I just want to thank everyone for checking out my project and liking it.

You'll notice my script is all in one location, and it contains the very minimal I could fit in. I was keeping the lessons about budget in mind while writing it, so I wanted to see if it was possible for me to write a script that would require a very low budget while still keeping it interesting.

Logline (step 3):

Updated Logline 7/3/2014:

Winesburg has nothing but a life of small-town monotony in store for John, until he experiences one scorching afternoon alone in his room filled with successes, failures, and his triumphant change.

Original Logline:

Winesburg and its citizens have a life of small-town monotony planned for John, until he experiences a scorching afternoon alone in his room filled with risks, failures, triumphs. A change in plans will require blood, sweat, and tears - literally.

Step 1: Selecting Your Text

For my adaptation, I chose Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small-Town Life by Sherwood Anderson.

Why this book?

Probably because I've never been in a small town in my life, and it seemed the most interesting at the time, ironically. I mean, the idea of monotony and isolation being appealing...surprising, to say the least, but they were. There was a challenge in the sameness that spoke to me - especially because I've suffered from the always-too-frequent feelings of being isolated, and that terrible sense of being trapped in the "this", whatever "this" happens to be at the time, until the day I die, so I guess I can relate to this book too.

Step 2: Drafting Your Screenplay

Most Recent Script (7-15-2014)

I noticed a few grammatical errors, and I wanted tweak the dialogue a tiny bit to give more insight into the character's personalities/relationships, but there weren't many changes from the last version really.

7-2-2014 Final Version

2nd Draft

I tried to make transitions into certain actions a bit smoother, and reduced some of the unecessary prose. Also, I wanted to develop the mother's personality some without making her into "the evil stepmother".

1st Draft

Update - I took some of the feedback and touched up the script a bit, and added an element of humor, while keeping it as tight as possible. The dialogue seems more natural as well. Thanks for the comments everyone!


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