I just finished the second season of the knockout hit, Shrill, and boy howdy am I happy about it. The first season was kind of life changing for me, and for a lot of the fat community; Lindy West’s creation and Aidy Bryant’s brilliant performance was the first time I’ve ever seen someone like myself on screen.
This is the first installment of my very not-finished Potter Project, where I go through each chapter of the first Harry Potter book and try to find a way to translate it into a decent screenplay scene. This article focuses on chapter one and starting the proposed film at a different point than with the Dursleys.
If we break this down, one third of this project is light academia — looking at a text and interpreting it — while another third is practical; practicing for the sake of practicing — taking that interpretation and making it a viable screenplay scene as a thought exercise.
The final third is that I’m a nerd with some free time.
Betsy the Gremlin
Part two will be posted eventually, but for now, check it out here. ↙️
The first medium.com article I ever wrote, exploring the way that screenwriting instruction focuses on what characters want and need, but without explaining what those things actually mean in terms of writing. It’s a strange little language/code-switching barrier that warrants a deeper look, with Remy’s journey as a focal point.
One of the core elements in any text on screenwriting is to understand your protagonist’s want versus their need. On the surface, this seems reasonable. Knowing your character’s motivations — used here as a term for wants and needs as a driving force — is fundamental and relatable. How many times have you known that something you wanted was bad for you in some way and still wanted it? The internal conflict of a protagonist is when wants and needs don’t match up.
Well, I tried tumblr for my professional blog platform but it was too simple; my only concern now is that wordpress is too complicated? I have no idea what I’m doing. Tumblr was a hell of a platform and I love the gifsets and reblog concepts, but it’s time for bigger or better things.
There is something optimistic about starting a new page though, and learning the ins and outs of it all. The weird thing is that I grew up blogging; I copied my father starting a blogger blog and did that for ages, then meandered to livejournal and finally tumblr. I get the concept but it’s always a rare, interesting treat to start anew.