How Prose Writers Can Write for Video & Film: Gigi New, Screenwriter and Nick Sadler, Director/producer

Posted on 08. Nov, 2011 by in Blog, Writing Tips

When I first met Gigi New, I sent her my short story collection, “London Road: Linked Stories” so she could assess which one lent itself most readily to being adapted into a short script.

While she was reading, I pondered the possibilities. The stories focus on one day in the life of residents of a halfway house in London, highlighting a moment in each character’s life. Would it be the first story, “When Janice Bailey Walked”, about a woman who makes her way to the halfway house on the morning of her release from prison? Or the one about Bitty, a woman who’s certain her American lover is about to end their relationship? Or maybe Isobel, the delicate and unbalanced daughter of a West End theatre actress who just wants to go home?

It turns out that my screenwriter’s senses are woefully undeveloped. As a short story writer, I approach fiction through that slap-in-the-chest moment that causes a character to stop dead in their tracks. Sometimes I hear a character say something outrageous and that’s the first line of a new story. Every now and then the bottom drops out of my world and a summary sentence appears in my head, the only buoy that keeps the moment afloat. Sentences like that generally kick off a new story. * rueful smile *

So, it’s a good thing that Gigi New knows her stuff. Her response to the dramatic possibilities for my short stories was a complete surprise to me. If you’d like to know what she thinks of your short stories, read more about Gigi HERE.

If you’re interested in producing your own short films or webisodes, why not give it a go? It’s cheaper than ever to produce your own work and a great way to create an effective calling card for the new networks springing up in NYC and LA who are looking for new writers. (More to follow on that topic.)

To learn how to film your own writing, visit hot young director Nick Sadler HERE.

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