Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Plans for producing a novel, a piano sonata, documentary video, and a screenplay.

I'm getting near a checkpoint for my own work. Soon I should be contacting more parties with whom I would like to work, both with regard to my own content, and volunteering.

Right now, I'm completing the upgrading of the "Windows" part of my setup to Windows 8.1, with all the latest updates.

Here are the biggest priorities:

(1): Prepare the novel manuscript "Angel's Brothers" for professional editing. The current 27 chapters will probably be broken down to 32. Characters and plot points will be carefully tracked on a database. The advantage of this emphasis is that it doesn't require any other resources.  Estimated time: 96 hours (over three months).


(2): Prepare a "Do Ask, Do Tell" video (one hour, possibly segmented) that does not presume that the viewer has read any of my three DADT books. Sony has a high-end package called Vegas for Windows but requires a 64-bit processor (which I have).  It would be a toss-up as to how it compares to Final Cut Prto. Back ten years ago in Minneapolis, IFPMSP offered courses in both Windows and Mac video editing, but most video artists seem to much prefer the Mac. Time: 120 hours, 4 months

(3) Prepare several short extracts from my Third Sonata for possible professional performance (include the "Polytonal Prelude").  The upgrade my MacBook OS and Sibelius to the latest versions (this will require some assistance from a nearby Apple Store).  Finally, set up and make a modern recording of my Third Sonata. Time: 80 hours, two months

(4) Prepare a spec script for "Do Ask, Do Tell: Conscripted".  Identify each scene clearly with a code that indicates which of the three "reality layers" applies.  Make separate documents to identify each character, and make a database to number the scenes within each layer, and the characters in each scene.  Applicable directions on how to make a shooting script are here,  Does the film fit the "Three Act Structure" with two reversal points? (link).


I like the idea of the "five plot points" which I think AP English teachers should show to their students (especially on days they use subs). It's pretty obvious what the homework or exam question would be.

In my case, I have the three layers of separated realities,and each segment should have its own plot structure. But it's true that in the "real layer", the paradigm applies. Bill's first "change" or "reversal" occurs when he has been abducted somehow, although he doesn't know if he is on a space colony or in the aferlife, or will ever return home, or whether home would be worth returning to if he could.  There is a "point of recognition" in how a "time barrier" is traversed  and later on what is required of him and everyone else.

The same structure could be applied to a novel, if it is a fit for a movie.  If a novel fits a television series and is episodic, then there is an overall structure, and each episode has its own structure.  There's more about this at Scriptlab, link here.

I've outlined these points in Wordpress as my "Strategic Plan Track" here, and also here.

As I lay all this out, the NBC Today show laments how we are more comfortable with technology (and relating to people at a distance) than to dealing with people up close.  And E.J. Dionne, liberal columnist for the Washington Post writes about the vanishing "middle ring" relationships with neighbors as discussed in Marc J. Dunkelman's "The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of the American Community" (Norton), which seems to be another treaties on eusociality. Charles Murray has his company. 

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