I was going to write about comedy this week… and then I read Raymond’s post about selling what you write… and that got me thinking about how things you write that don’t sell are kind of a waste of time—a lot of time—way too much time to waste, for sure… and then I got to thinking about recycling—and how recycling is using stuff we normally would throw away for some other purpose… and, Voilà, that led me to realizing all those screenplays my esteemed partner, Wash Phillips, and I wrote, that never got produced, might just have another use or uses, other than making a movie, that is.
If you remember my last post, I spoke about making a test movie, an animatic production that uses recorded actors dialogue, sound effects, background music, and drawings of story scenes—sort of a story board production out of a screenplay—an unsold, un-produced screenplay.
“And then what?” you might ask. “It is still unsold.”
In this instance, its use is to enter and win a competition, in which 1st place wins $100,000, not to sell it.
“But if it doesn’t win, this test movie, too, winds up in the “waste-of-time didn’t-sell stack,” you might remind me.
“Au contraire,” say I!
If I take the finished product, replace the drawings with a narrator setting scenes and giving background… like magic, I have, transformed said test movie into what is called, ‘a full-cast-audio’ book, and that can be
sold! There is a wide market for audio books.
But wait, there’s more! If we color the drawings, and put them back in, PRESTO, CHANGEO! We now have a digital-graphic novel. That’s right, I said, a graphic novel but not just any graphic novel… this graphic novel doesn’t have little dialogue bubbles… this graphic novel has characters that talk… What will they think of next???? The digital book market is growing day by day. Digital graphic novels are just a matter of time… if they happen to talk… me thinks that would be another plus.
“What about novels that don’t sell?” You might ask.
Maybe I’ll cover that in another blog, at another time. Right now I’ve got to get back to my recycling!