A year ago today I posted the first two pager to this blog, a little script I wrote for the 50 Kisses competition called The Girl With the Camera. Since then I have had meetings with development executives and producers, had some films made and met one of my favourite screenwriters. All thanks to Two Pages a Week.
It started when my good friend Téja Hudson challenged me to write two pages a week. She liked The Girl With the Camera and thought the exercise might be a good way to hone the craft. She was right, not only do I think I have become a better writer but I have also found a voice and learned a lot of lessons. I can look at each of the scripts I’ve written so far and it represents a different lesson; be more concise, don’t hide the subtext too deep, take the time to think of a better title, introduce the conflict earlier…
Every writer has a drawer or folder full of sketches, notes and interesting articles, this was a chance to raid that, to get all the ideas that swim around in my head out there in some form. But there was also the chance that some of them might be made. I decided to offer the scripts for free to any directors or producers who might stumble across them. Soon enough I was contacted by Adam Plum with his charming version of King of the Cats (only four days after it had been posted I might add) and it was soon followed by Andrew Mitrak’s wonderful One Way Single with hopefully more to follow.
It may not seem like much but reaching a year of doing this certainly means a lot to me and I would like to thank my beautiful, supportive wife, Severine and daughter Clémentine, my very good friend (and proofreader) Téja Hudson, and all my friends, family, guest writers, and collaborators who remain constant inspiration.
Robert j. Lee – 25 July 2013