The Constant Armourer (first draft) | Skillshare Projects



The Constant Armourer (first draft)

Step 1: Selecting Your Text

I have chosen the poem of Ippolit Konovaloff from Spoon River Anthology, because this character has some dark secrets in his past and for me it's interesting to follow a person who balances on the edge of the law during all his life. Ippolit seems to be a philosopher at first and a gun-smith at second, but both components of his nature are dangerous and this conflict can lead to a dramatic outcome.

I want to focus on a link between past, present and future (if it exists) of Ippolit and trying to answer for the most valuable question in this story: why Ippolit became so devoted to shotguns and why exactly in Spoon-River (not in New-York, Chicago or Odessa) his skills and mastery in repairing shotguns become so necessary for community.

Ippolit Konovaloff

I was a gun-smith in Odessa.

One night the police broke in the room

Where a group of us were reading Spencer.

And seized our books and arrested us.

But I escaped and came to New York

And thence to Chicago, and then to Spoon River,

Where I could study my Kant in peace

And eke out a living repairing guns

Look at my moulds! My architectonics

One for a barrel, one for a hammer

And others for other parts of a gun!

Well, now suppose no gun—smith living

Had anything else but duplicate moulds

Of these I show you—well, all guns

Would be just alike, with a hammer to hit

The cap and a barrel to carry the shot

All acting alike for themselves, and all

Acting against each other alike.

And there would be your world of guns!

Which nothing could ever free from itself

Except a Moulder with different moulds

Step 2: Drafting Your Screenplay

Actually my first draft has already written but It needs some time to transform it from language of Dostoyevsky into language of Shakespeare. Sorry for my English guys, but I promise to put my text into the right shape as soon as possible (may the Headway Pre-Intermediate student's book be with me).

Step 3: Writing Your Logline

Trying to convert his bosom-friend into his main competitor an old gunsmith risks to destroy his life-work.

Thoughts about my project are always welcome. Thanks to everyone!


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