Converted a piece of flash fiction I wrote a while back to a short screenplay the other day, mostly as an exercise. Was surprised, even a little worried at how quick it went. Then I thought about why it might be a relatively fast process:
- Mechanically, the number of locations, characters, actions–the number of anything, really–is tiny.
- Conceptually, it’s compact, rocking over a single before-and-after moment.
- The particular story is one where a lot goes unsaid to begin with…so the visuals can fill some of that in handily.
Except, in that last case, where they can’t. One paragraph, where a character mentally places another, looked like a flashback…but something about a flashback in a six-page short screenplay seemed off. I ended up spending more time wrestling with that than the rest of the story. In its current iteration I try to imply a flashback with a brief series of relevant sound effects under the character’s reaction as he figures out who someone is. We’ll see how that works.
Tomorrow I fly out to LA for the Sunscreen Film Festival (West) to deal with the consequences of Robo4ce winning the Contest of Contest Winners. Writing that sentence still feels odd, but that’s a step up from the inconceivable status it held until June. Wait–does that word mean what I think it does?