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1. Selecting your text:

I decided to make a short film adaption from the poem 'Julia Miller' from Spoon River Anthology. I chose this poem because when I read the poem I immediately could imagine a movie in my head. My focus will lay on the betrayal and on the relationship between Julia Miller and 'that enstrangled young soul'. 

Original text

WE quarreled that morning, 

For he was sixty—five, and I was thirty,

And I was nervous and heavy with the child

Whose birth I dreaded.

I thought over the last letter written me

By that estranged young soul

Whose betrayal of me I had concealed

 By marrying the old man.

Then I took morphine and sat down to read.

 Across the blackness that came over my eyes

 I see the flickering light of these words even now:

 “And Jesus said unto him, Verily

 I say unto thee, To-day thou shalt

 Be with me in paradise.”


2. Drafting your screenplay:

Final draft:

First draft:

 Some things that I've changed (spoilers!):

  • cut out the hallucination
  • tried to make it more understanding why George/Julia killed themselves. 
  • changed some dialogue to make the shock-effect stronger 

Let me know what you think about it! 

3. Writing your logline:

Logline: A young singer who is incapable of being alone gets abandoned because of her inappropriate, yet passionate relationship with her brother.


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