After I wrote my novel, The Da Vinci Diamond, I wanted to try my skills at screenwriting. Well, I can tell you it's been a great experience. Screenwriting is very different from writing short stories or novels. The structure is different, the form is different and the media restricts you to what you can see or hear on the screen. No more third person comments about what a character's thinking or how they got into the situation. Exposition (sometimes called back story) must be presented with other techniques. So it helps that screenwriters understand something about cinematography and certainly about building characters that will draw star actors to their script. Oh yes, and then there's the size difference. While short stories and novels can range from one page to over a thousand, screenplays are generally between 100 and 120 pages, equivalent to the time of a feature film (about 2 hours).
But I learned so much and will continue to pursue that art form that is the most popular of storytelling, the movie. I am in rewrites for my feature film, The Da Vinci Diamond and have adapted four of my short stories into screenplays: The Tightrope, Who Stole Asbury Park?, The Grand Poobah and The Sonoma Murder Mystery.
Special thanks to Jim Idema and Danny Manus for their interest and guidance in my journey. It's a long road, but an enjoyable one.
Stay tuned my friends. The best is yet to come.