As many of you will know, I am on a mission to encourage writers to write that which can be produced. The thinking being that a low-budget writer has more chance of seeing their work produced than one with a 100 fab screenplays that never won a competition (or if they did, were never made into a film).
Now, let me say that it was never my initial intention to write low budget feature ‘ ‘Blossom.’ (Currently, I have just completed the first draft but plans are afoot!)
Initially, ‘Blossom’ began as a short film about a deaf child that I wrote for friend for his final year film-school project. (The initial idea was his). However, in writing this 20 page short I came to realise that I’d just written a quarter of a screenplay – in actual fact, the section that ran from the end of act 1 to the midpoint of act 2 (albeit with a different ending) – which got me thinking:
‘how easy would it be to extend the short into a screenplay that is low concept yet high on drama?’
Enter Kate Rowlands at a Euroscript event where her observation about how those who write high concept always need to work harder to bring the drama out in their story. As a creative who has a multitude of high concept ideas – more than I can ever write or see produced – her advice HIT ME like a ton of bricks because I suddenly understood all those reader’s comments about my characters not being on the page (etc).
So what are the five reasons for writing a Low Budget Feature?
- It is your best chance of seeing your screenplay being picked up and made.
- If someone else doesn’t make it, you can always crowd/fund and produce it yourself.
- The nature of writing low budget projects should lend themselves naturally to confrontations that are big on human drama and not explosions.
- You as the writer might also choose to direct your film – after all, you wrote it.
- The finished film (if well made) will be a calling card that should open doors in the industry for you as writer, director and producer.
Okay, til next time…