Since I announced the end of the FSM CDs people have asked me what I want to do next. I have typically not answered or given a vague response like “I want to get into the film business.”
That happens to be true. Over the past several years I have written various things (okay, by “things,” I mean screenplays) and tried to go about selling them, making them, building relationships, calling in favors, etc.
As anybody who has tried this can tell you, it is a long, frustrating process, often hopeless, dependent on good luck, an Ed Wood attitude (“My next one will be better!”), and the kindness of strangers.
Very few movies are made and even veteran Hollywood screenwriters are having a hard time getting work. And something I’ve learned about people who read scripts for a living—they hate it! Seriously…most scripts are no good, and there’s nothing to be gained in agreeing to read one, especially from an amateur. (Here’s my favorite article why.)
Last year I wrote a script based on an idea I found charming. It’s about an agent who represents superheroes: “Superagent.” (He’s named after our friend, composer agent Richard Kraft.) It was a difficult story to develop because it’s almost like a comedy sketch, not a movie—it involves blending genres (often a kiss of death). Think Jerry Maguire meets X-Men (he says in the pitch meeting).
In the end, maybe it’s impossible to pull off—you try to satisfy two audiences, and please no one. Is it for kids? Grown-ups? Is it a superhero movie, a date movie, or a modern-day fairy tale? (Maybe it’s television.)
But I probably did five completely different versions of it, and then five drafts of what ended up being the current version.
I sent it to a few people…most read it and were complimentary. Some didn’t read it…some said not to send it because they were too busy.
I thought about making it into a comic book, which apparently would cost a small fortune. I thought about rewriting it again.
Then I had the bright idea—why not just give it away?
As in—go ahead and download the pdf RIGHT HERE.
It’s not doing any good on my hard drive.
I guess the notion I am banking on is—will people’s curiosity (or interest in schadenfraude) get the better of them and inspire them to find out whether or not the guy who does Film Score Monthly can write?
There’s no way to know without trying, and as terrified as I am of embarrassing myself, I’d much rather cast the bottle into the ocean and see what might happen.
I enjoyed writing Superagent, and now I feel like writing something else. If anybody finds it entertaining, I’ll be delighted. I will happily listen to feedback, if anyone is so inclined. (I think I know what’s wrong with it commercially, which maybe I’ll explain later.)
In fact…I’d be happy to listen to anyone, about anything. I like writing and being creative and making cool things, whether or not they are a film score website, or weird old soundtrack CDs, or a screenplay about an agent who represents superheroes.
I do it just for fun—the same way I drew as a little kid, or made a pen pal newsletter about movie music as a teen.
So if you’re amused or pleased, or even if you’re not, I’d be happy to hear from you. Post here, or I’m easy to find: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading!