One of the benefits of successfully going through ScreenWest’s Feature Navigator initiative is the allocation of funds for further script development. The producers have now confirmed that US story and script consultant Michael Hauge will be working with me on the next draft of the supernatural thriller, The Red Bride. This will be over Skype and the initial meeting is scheduled in less than three weeks time. An exciting prospect!
Michael is the best selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read and of Writing Screenplays That Sell. From his biography, “Michael… works extensively with Hollywood executives, producers, agents and managers, helping them sharpen their story and development skills, and improving their companies’ abilities to recognize powerful material, employ advanced principles of structure, character arc and theme, skilfully communicate a story’s strengths and weaknesses, and work effectively with writers to achieve a commercially successful screenplay.”
I haven’t read either of his books but found a 3 hour audiobook on iTunes called Screenwriting for Hollywood which includes selections from his “award winning workshops”. So guess what I’ll be listening to as I walk along the South Perth foreshore?!
I will be very interested to hear his views on the current draft and eager to get a sense of his process. I have had some notes back - from ScreenWest and one of the FN consultants - but haven’t formed any concrete views as yet to how I want to approach the next draft.
I’m really looking forward to our first meeting and submerging myself back into the world of hungry ghosts and demons!