My second feature screenplay, Hell Weekend, is getting a second draft. After writing the first 100 pages in 2 days, obviously there were going to be flaws, typos, dragging scenes, unnecessary scenes and boy, there were a lot of them. Suffice it to say, I have gone back to clean it up before going into it a 3rd time. I feel like 4 is my lucky number, as it took that many rewrites to get my first feature, Seekers aka Resurrection of the Dead, to get it just write. And I owe all my thanks to Gregory Blair for getting me on the right path. I'm still thinking of a way to repay him. But enough babbling, let's get to point of this blog.
The movie takes place in the late 70's. I though the 70's were a great fit for this story as I have always found the movies from that era scared me, such as Carrie, Halloween, Jaws, Alien and The Exorcist. Going back and doing my research, I got to writing. But, coming up with characters wasn't easy. I've actually had to picture certain actors as these characters, even though they may never play them. But picturing them in these scenarios makes the writing process easier to go through.
For instance, the character of Rose Marley would be played by, in my mind, Maria Olsen, probably the most underrated actress of our time and an indie favorite. Claude Marley (he and Rose are brother and sister) would be played by none other than Gregory Blair (could this be my way of repaying him for all his help?). Since these two characters border on creepy and mentally disturbed, I figured they would be perfect for these characters. Check out some their work if you don't believe me!!!
Dana would be played by Scout Taylor-Compton (yes, Laurie Strode from Rob Zombie's Halloween films). She may not be everyone's favorite actress, but she captures the essence of a 70's teenager perfectly to me (check out her cameo in The Runaways).
So far that is all I have for this. It's still an up hill battle, but one worth climbing.
Will you keep you updated on more as this script develops! I may even post an excerpt from the script for feedback! :)
Until then, be safe and keep on screaming!