Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Complete Peace blog #1

In one of my first three blogs I mentioned that I would be writing the ocastional blog about my screenplay, "Complete Peace". This is the first of many!

When I first started thinking about writing this blog, I started thinking about where to start. I know I dont want to give away all of the twists and turns that the story takes. I also don't want to give away all of my secrets quite yet. So, I am going to start with what was going on in my life when I first had the idea for "Complete Peace".

As I thought about everything that added up to me writing "Complete Peace", I realized that everything lead back to elementary school. During the year I was in Fifth Grade we had to write a few stories. I really enjoyed writing them, but most of them weren't all that great. There was one story in particular that I remember very clearly. I'm not going into details of the whole story. But, I will say that in this story the main character (I don't remember what I named her) was very lost as to who she is and who she was. In Middle School I was still working on writing that story from fifth grade, but I just couldn't seem to develop it very well. By high school I had completley given up on that story, but instead turned my attention more towards hanging out with friends and band.

From the time I graduated from High School on, three of the characters from "Complete Peace" were really beggining to take shape. I was beggining to see characteristics in quite a few people that I really liked. Part of the storyline was also beggining to develop as I missed my friends who had gone away to college more and more.

The characters that I created for "Complete Peace" came from all over the place. There are parts of all kinds of people in each character. Over the summer while I was working at Dow Gardens I would watch people while I worked. As I watched other people I would see small characteristics that I liked or didn't like so much. I watched so many people over the summer that I got to know my characters better. There were bits and peices of each character that I saw everyday.

Evita and Jeff are two of the characters in "Complete Peace" that I began to see needed to be the two people that Jennifer (the main character from "Complete Peace") would not get along with a single bit. There was also a peice of me that got put into Jennifer. Jennifer feels so alone throughout the time she lives with Evita and Jeff, so she heads to places like youtube to make some new friends.

One of the earliest scenes that I wrote for "Complete Peace" involved that lonliness and the fact that one of my all time favorite characters (Kristen) can see it. Late in that scene Jennifer and Kristen really get to know each other, and become close friends. Kristen became the character that I couldn't help but love from the beggining. She became the character that brought Jennifer new hope.

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