The Mistress - Finished. | Skillshare Projects



The Mistress - Finished.

Step One.

Selecting Your Text: I have selected the text "Doctor Meyers", whilst also including inspiration from the two texts "Minerva Jones" and "Mrs. Meyers," from Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters.

I have selected these texts because I wanted to develop some answers and reasoning behind the questions they leave you wondering. All three texts have certain mystery about them in the way they connect but yet tell such different stories, this is what immediately had me hooked on developing their ideas.

The foundation of my script revolves around the idea of betrayal and regret. Johnathon, 40, is a devoted doctor renown for owning one of the best practices in his town of Palo Alto. He represents himself as a loyal husband and father, when behind closed doors he is actually having an affair with a 25-year-old woman, Minerva Jones. On one of his visits, Minerva has a fatal accident resulting in Johnathon panicking and fleeing the scene. Johnathon tries to prove he was not responsible of her death, but is faced with the emotional constraint of guilt and regret. He undergos a divorce, his practice going out of business and his hometown turning on him. Johnathon tries to find peace within himself but instead his past only haunts him worse with the lingering memory of his beloved mistress.

Excerpts: Here are some excerpts from my chosen texts which sparked the basis and passion in writing my script.

Doctor Meyers

I was good-hearted, easy Doctor Meyers.
I was healthy, happy, in comfortable fortune, Blest with a congenial mate, my children raised, All wedded, doing well in the world.
And then one night, Minerva, the poetess,
Came to me in her trouble, crying.
I tried to help her out—she died—
They indicted me, the newspapers disgraced me, My wife perished of a broken heart.

Mrs. Meyers

He protested all his life long
The newspapers lied about him villainously; That he was not at fault for Minerva’s fall, But only tried to help her.
Poor soul so sunk in sin he could not see That even trying to help her, as he called it, He had broken the law human and divine. Passers by, an ancient admonition to you:
If your ways would be ways of pleasantness, And all your pathways peace,
Love God and keep his commandments. 

Minerva Jones

I AM Minerva, the village poetess,
He left me to my fate with Doctor Meyers;
And I sank into death, growing numb from the feet up, Like one stepping deeper and deeper into a stream of ice. Will some one go to the village newspaper,
And gather into a book the verses I wrote?—
I thirsted so for love
I hungered so for life! 

Step Two.

Drafting Your Script: 

First draft:

Second draft:

Third draft:

Fouth draft:

Completed script:

Step Three.

Writing Your Logline.

First draft: A well known and respected doctor's life spirals when his affair with a 25 year old woman is revealed at the scene of her death.


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