Screenwriting

for fun

Last night I wrote and completed a script for a short animated film.

It was fun to doff the jaded and cynical cap that’s usually on my head, and write a piece that’s intended for a universal audience, with an emphasis on children. The story was clear in my mind because I had already pitched it to a friend who is interested in animating a short film. It was a blast to write, and I’m proud of it even though it’s a short piece.

There is no dialogue in the script at all–it is purely visual storytelling. This is a restriction I had planned from the story’s inception.

As usual I don’t know if it will ever get made, but I love this little tale.

I find it very freeing (for the imagination) to move between genres, and intersperse longer features with shorter scripts, while also writing prose stories. It’s a delight to write a piece that’s joyous (even if there are tense moments in it), since a great deal of my work tends towards darker subjects.

It’s a lovely break from the horror script that’s slowly inching out the other projects. I will be binge-watching horror films over the next couple of weeks, which can get a bit overwhelming. I’ll have to schedule the occasional comedy to keep me sane.

5 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Hello there,I’ve written a few short children’s animation scripts too. I love them. And I wouldn’t say that about almost anything else I’ve written. I’ve posted them using a Creative Commons licence allowing them to be used for no commercial purposes. I have more along the same lines if your friend likes what they see.

    • Maura

      Hey Simon, thanks for the link. Have you approached any of the companies in Ireland that produce animation for children? Or any of the animation colleges in Ireland? Did you write the scripts for a course, or because the stories were in your head? 🙂

  • Simon McGarr

    I haven’t approached anyone since one, admittedly half-hearted conversation with Brown Bag Films. I know of nobody else.I had them in my head, though the first one, which I haven’t posted yet, was used in the GMIT course in video production

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