Dispatch from The Quest: Brandon Cohen

October 16th, 2012 by

Last week as we did here on GITS, the Quest writers focused on the fifth week of Prep. Today’s dispatch: Brandon tries to work a dating metaphor about writing:

Only a week until we start writing, and I couldn’t be more excited! If you are a small child or have a small child peering over your shoulder, please skip over the following analogy. Every other script I’ve ever written has been like a girl who is willing to have sex on the first date. There’s no thrill of the chase, no getting to know each other, no build up, just, “We’re both definitely into each other, let’s do this thing.” That’s fine, but there are obvious complications that come along with skipping to the good stuff so quickly. My Quest script…she is a lady. We were both pretty into each other very early on, it was clear, but still, we didn’t rush into anything. We took our time, went on many dates, we laughed, we cried, we feel so close right now we’re practically finishing each other’s sentences. Even as I typed that last line, my script yelled, “finishing each other’s sentences” at the same time! See, I told you; we’re so cute together. There’s been all this build up, and now that we finally get to make sweet writing to each other, it will mean so much more.

I don’t mean to offend people who write on the first sitting, or those scripts that allow themselves to be written so early on in the process, that’s totally fine and I’m not here to judge, but now that I’ve been in a relationship with a true lady, I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to go back to my old ways of bedding as many scripts as I could. I think this analogy has some legs, so I’m gonna keep going with it, feel free to tune out. When you have a concept you’re head over heels for right off the bat, you obviously want to dive right in. Especially if the script is whispering dirty things in your ear after it’s had a drink or two, you know that it’s just asking to be written. BUT, if you have some self-control and say to your script, “listen, I like you a lot, and we’re obviously having a great time with each other, but I think we’d be doing ourselves a disservice if we do this right now. I definitely want to see where this takes us though, so let’s keep getting to know each other, and whatever happens, happens.”

I was wrong about this analogy having legs, and I’ve run out of places to take this…I just really enjoy talking about my script like it’s a girl I’m seducing. I think that when you come up with a great idea, we all have that urge to jump in and get it down as quickly as possible while we’re still excited about it. I think that waiting a couple weeks and allowing yourself to do the necessary prep is essential for a couple of reasons. Most importantly, sometimes a great idea might not have the legs you think it does. It’s better to figure that out in the outlining stages than when you’re already on page 50. Also, and I’m speaking speculatively here, but I feel so much better about where I’m going with my script now than I did two months ago. The time I put into it before writing is saving me so much writing and rewriting because I’ve already encountered a bunch of problems and solved them. I’ve also realized that after having sat with this concept for a couple of months, my excitement for it is still there. If anything, I’m more excited about it now than I was at the beginning, because it feels like a fleshed out movie to me and not just a kernel of an idea. If you’re still excited about a project after having allowed it to drive you crazy for a couple weeks then surely it’s a project that deserves your attention.

I’m a gentleman, so I’m never one to kiss and tell, but I’m counting down the days until I finally have my script all to myself. I’m just praying that once we actually do the deed, she doesn’t reveal that she has an STD (Screenplay Transmitted Disease).

Hey, Brandon, I can run with this. How often do marriages last if the couple races off to Las Vegas for a quickie wedding after a short engagement? On the other hand, a couple that spends a good amount of time getting to know each other, the odds they’ll have a successful marriage go up exponentially.

Same thing with prep-writing. You fall in love with your story and leap to FADE IN, you run the risk of that ‘relationship’ going full-on crash and burn. On the other hand, you spend time getting to know your story, work on your ‘relationship,’ that’s a script that should experience considerable wedded bliss.

Or something like that.

Tomorrow: Another dispatch from The Quest.

About Brandon: NYC native, fan of all things comedy. I cry every time I watch Big Fish, Forrest Gump and Marley & Me. Don’t judge me. Twitter: @brandandco.

One thought on “Dispatch from The Quest: Brandon Cohen

  1. darc_y says:

    Continuing with the dating analogy, if you really care about her you’ll give her the special treatment, i.e. you’ll actually write a treatment. Possibly even several. Milk that getting to know you phase for all it’s worth, because if you don’t really know her then how are you going to depict her in all the very fine detail she deserves when it actually comes time to take that relationship to the next level?

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