Pat Bohan

Cinematographer, Film Fanatic, Writer?

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The Path

Visual Inspiration:

Step 1: Selecting Your Text

I chose to adapt the Elmer Karr poem from the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. I found it the most interesting, as it connected 3 of the poems together with a big dramatic storyline involving an affair. I immediately began to fill in all the blanks in my mind.

Original Text:

Elmer Karr

WHAT but the love of God could have softened

And made forgiving the people of Spoon River

Toward me who wronged the bed of Thomas Merritt

And murdered him beside?

Oh, loving hearts that took me in again

When I returned from fourteen years in prison!

Oh, helping hands that in the church received me

And heard with tears my penitent confession,

Who took the sacrament of bread and wine!

Repent, ye living ones, and rest with Jesus.

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Step 2: Drafting Your Screenplay

Here is the latest draft: Version 4.0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ml870t9lqcg8qur/The%20Path%20draft%204.0%20FINAL.pdf

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Step 3: Writing Your Logline:

A young man learns about faith through a forbidden tryst with an older woman. 

(Based on Elmer Karr poem from Spoon River Anthology)

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