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Monday, September 26, 2011

Developing Monsters in the Woods: Pre-Scripting


I do pre-scripting with every script I write. I spend anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks. I write every day, but never open a screenwriting program. I use a spiral notebook and scribble down character descriptions (sometimes short, sometimes 10 pages) script outlines, sample scenes. Anything that strikes me. It’s during this process that my story really begins to take shape.

Upon re-reading this stuff, I remember now that I had originally imagined a more “mad scientist angle” on the story. It was a sub-plot that was completely abandoned in later drafts, favoring a more biblical mythos.

Here’s a little bit from my development notes on Monsters in the Woods.

JAMES_Black, 1st to get killed.
BETTY_blonde bombshell
Director/Jayson – 30 – Made his “masterpiece and now has to hack it up into a monster movie.
Producer/Bravo – inexperienced. Financed movie with money borrowed from his leg-breaker godfather. Has to make the money back. Also does special fx make-up.
Sound guy – Guy: true artist. Good ideas. Real talent.

Monster = Bravo “what did you say.

CAST
DEB
ALAIN = Hunters

ANNAMARIE
ASHSTON = Fighting actress.

NEIL
BOB = Fighting actors

JAMES = Star

SR. HUNTER = Glen P.

INT. UNKNOWN - NIGHT
James eyes snap open. He’s in a lab (possibly cave.)
A haggard scientist paces with a double barrel.

JAMES
What the fu#$!

He can’t move.

DUTCH
No, no. you, why would you? Neurotoxins don’t work like that. You will though, time, time. It’s a mater of time, time, time.

The wind howls.

DUTCH
My fault. My fault.

He cracks the double barrel and exits the room.

JAMES
Wait!

DUTCH
Shh! They’ll hear.

JAMES
Who?

DUTCH
No, what.

He leaves James behind.

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