Guess who wrote a screenplay in 2 days?
Okay, so, a while back, I walked in on my cousin and his friend laughing loudly as they read dramatically from about 25 pages of a script. Apparently one of their friends was directing a short film, but the person who had written the script had demanded it be a love story, so the script she churned out was...less than stellar. My cousin offered to "fix it up a bit" so we took a copy home.
The story was by no means unsalvageable. There was a clear source of suspense throughout, a good number of characters without being crowded or too much to cast, and a great female lead character who was very active in the plot. However, the focus was on all of the wrong scenes, the dialogue was filled with narm (phrases like "the cat's meow" and "talkie" in a misguided attempt at 1920's slang), and there were too many scenes and too high of a production value (like, the script called for at least 20 original paintings, some being showed created, by the actress, on camera). Also some of the scenes just made no sense (it started with the lead penning a letter to someone who had died, whose funeral was taking place a year after his death...?) It needed an intense rewrite. And my cousin, who was excited about the project at first, realized quickly he was too busy to help with it.
So I took it on. I spent the first day researching the era and just picking up the details I would need (knowing the story helped know where to look), and then I started that night and finished the next night.
So my cousin emailed the new script back to his friend, and guess what? As soon as the director read it, she decided to reshoot everything.
I can't post the script on here, but I'm really proud of it, and it's a positive story, so I wanted to share. The working title is The Painter's Daughter. When the film is finished, I'll see if I can get you guys the link!