I wrote a screenplay once.
Seriously. "THE TUB!"
It was based on the true story of a Wisconsin couple battling evil forces to obtain an antique, iron, claw-foot bathtub. It was perhaps the greatest bathtub action-adventure story every written.
I worked at it mornings for two years. It was perfect. Then I sent to hundreds of productions companies. And, I entered a number of contests. I emailed. I called. I followed up. I was certain it would be sold and I would be making movies the rest of my life.
Well, guess what? Nobody called.
A number of people, though, were kind enough to tell me it sucked. To summarize what they said: GREAT ACTION. NO CHARACTER TRANSFORMATION.
My art, however, does transform!
When I light the fuse and it explodes, the fire, heat, paint and canvas change. A certain beauty is captured at the exact moment it erupts into chaos!
So I create a battle between chaos and order. That war makes for interesting art.
"THE TUB" sucked because there were lots of explosions and no change.
With my art there are lots of explosions and it does change!
ACTION AND TRANSFORMATION!
I think "THE TUB" needed more gunpowder. A lot more.
1. I have written three full length screenplays and hundreds of shorts. One of them "KINGS MURDER STILL" was an award winner. None are produced.
2. Renee and I still own the claw-foot tub that was the basis for the story. We just put a new drain pipe on it.