Day 12: Plot Outline Done!

Good news people! The plot outline is done! The script is estimated to come out at exactly 120 pages. I currently estimate for there to be 81 scenes throughout the whole movie. Now whether this remains true or not will depend on how I actually write the script. After all, this outline is intended to help me write the script so I know what needs to happen, when it should generally happen, and which characters are involved. At the same time, it’s not the law. I mean that I’m not beholden to following it. If during the stage of writing I realize I need to move a scene up, add a scene, or even remove a scene then I will do that-I’ll also update the plot outline accordingly to ensure the whole story still works.

Right now I am very intrigued to see what happens when I begin writing the script even though I won’t actually start doing that until Monday. Don’t get me wrong: I’m going to be working on it tomorrow but I do need to do a little more prep work before I actually write a word. I’ll go into that in tomorrow’s blog post.

So here is the plan:

[*] Create all six characters. One down, five to go.

[*] Create a plot outline based on the character arcs.

[*] Write a script based on the plot outline and the character personalities. The script will be around 120 pages long and will likely be dialogue heavy.

[*] Take the first draft of the script and start to improve it. In this stage, I will also start to take into account what budget I will need.

[*] Once I have a budget, I will attempt to raise the funds-the current aim is $50,000. The script will continue to be modified at this point. I may also attempt to find somebody to help produce the movie with me.

[*] With the funds raised, one way or another, is to go through pre-production. Cast the movie, hire a local crew, get equipment, and find a location (preferably within the San Antonio area).

[*] Go into production. I’m hoping to shoot the whole movie within 20 days.

[*] The long post-production period. I’m hoping to have money for a video editor and sound editor. Hopefully, there won’t be any need for CGI-I’m specifically writing the script to avoid anything like that.

[*] Once the movie is done and locked, I will send it to festivals and attempt to find a distributor.

There is still a VERY LONG WAY to go before I’m even remotely close to being done but I have a story and I have characters now. This is a pretty good start.

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