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Lights! Camera! Action!
On April 15th at the book launch, I'll have a copy of the screenplay (or script) I've been developing.
A screenplay includes everything seen or heard on screen: locations, dialogue and action. It tells the story but is also a technical document that contains all the info needed to film the movie.
One page of a screenplay equates to about one minute of screen time. So generally, screenplays are typically 100 to 120 pages long.
For now, I've split Book 1 (A Tale of Two Time Travellers) into two parts: Episode 1 is now a two hour movie (127 pages) and Episode 2 is about 82 pages (one hour 22 minutes). I'm currently writing Episode 3, where the chrononauts travel to Southumbria. The book will likely be divided into 3 episodes.
To me, the screenwriting process is more challenging than writing a book. The industry adheres to strict standards that ensure quality productions. Where a book is, by nature, descriptive, the screenplay must be succinct, providing just a glimpse of what the director and actors will portray on-screen.
Screenplays use seven line types in a defined format:
Chapters was forced to cancel my February book launch due to a nationwide cyber attack. The new date is Saturday April 15 at the Chapters in Coquitlam (just east of Coquitlam Centre). Come visit any time between 11 am and 4 pm. I'll sign a copy of any of the four books for you!
Craig retired in 2015 and has been writing ever since. And boy, is his hand tired.