Friday, March 16, 2007

Ah, If Only The Screenplay Was As Strong As The Soundtrack

I have a screenplay...or, should I say, three scenes and a premise. The play itself, Shakespeare, is not the thing in this case...because there isn't enough to get off the ground with...maybe I'll give it the short story treatment over here...I don't know.

At any rate, it's an almost modern western, think "Easy Rider" and Soderbergh's "The Underneath," the rare film where the remake is much better than the original. Unfortunately, that's all there is, a pitch and some scenes. The thing that does stand out, is the soundtrack I designed to write to it.

"Green Grass & High Tides" by The Outlaws. This song has a kinesis, a certain flow to it, if you will. Certainly this is the perfect road song and it's crescendo is the perfect song for a soundtrack.

"Midnight Rider," "Dreams," and "Hot 'lanta" by The Allman Brothers.

"Come To Poppa" by Bob Seger for the scene with a slimy pimp/strip club owner. Listen to this song, I mean really listen to this song. The character Bob is singing about doesn't just want the woman. He wants to exploit her and possilbly her very soul.

I was on the fence in terms of adding "Train, Train" by Blackfoot and "Mississippi Queen" by Mountian, and that was about the time I gave up on this so-called script. It's one of those ideas that would be served best, by a little time on the shelf and a fresh look at it in a few years.

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6 Comments:

Blogger James said...

Missippi Queen! You know what I mean!

So you're not even going to tell us the premise? I promise, I won't steal it.

Sat Mar 17, 05:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Dale said...

I'm intrigued and hope you give it 'the treatment' so we can go behind the music. Or in front of it I guess.

Sat Mar 17, 12:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

1966. Five men plan the payroll heist of a factory in Western Pennsylvania. All goes well until the fifth member decides to double-cross them (with the help of the local sheriff) right before the getaway.

1975. A young man is jailed for speeding in a small town in Oklahoma and his car is impounded. The former sheriff from the heist has used his share to become mayor and owner of everything within the town limits.

Into this town rides the four men from the 1966 heist, on motorcycles. They are fresh out of jail with nothing to show for their troubles but a few bullets and a taste for vengeance, they have rededicated themselves as the Four Riders of The Apocalypse.

It turns out that their former partner has used their heist money to build quite an empire in Inner Oklahoma on gambling, prostitution and drugs.

They lay waste to everything that tries to stand in their way in this town, losing one of their own in the process. When the jailed speeder learns of who they are going after, he becomes the replacement Fourth Rider. He has a score to settle with their former partner as well, as he had accidentally killed the young man’s fiancé who was the love of his life.

Sat Mar 17, 10:58:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Dale said...

I love screwball comedies!

It sounds pretty cool. Okay, have it made now. It's just that easy right?

Sun Mar 18, 06:23:00 AM PDT  
Blogger "jew" "girl" said...

great music, toots! use it to inspire you to finish it :)

Sun Mar 18, 11:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Dale,

"I love screwball comedies!

It sounds pretty cool. Okay, have it made now. It's just that easy right?"

Quoth the troop Python, "he used sarcasm."

Katie,

It's going nowhere until I can make it as original as possible (he said without the slightest trace of irony).

Sun Mar 18, 02:33:00 PM PDT  

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