I have found it. My personal screenwriting bible in the form of a $15 paperback printed using the cheapest paper that could be found. What is this magnificent tome? Well, it should be titled â€œThe Lazy Bastardâ€™s Guide to Screenwriting.â€ But it is not. â€œHow to Write a Movie in 21 Daysâ€ is the life-changing tome I am referring to. Itâ€™s written by one Viki King, whose sole IMDB credit is from â€™68 as a one epi writer for Hart to Hart. Of course, her bio on the book back cover features some fluff that says she done more, but look at IMDB friends, and I rest my case.
Upon picking up this treasure I was giddy with excitement. Why? Because I see that I can write a complete 120-page screenplay in less than a month. Iâ€™m so excited. Stoked actually. See, I thought this little competition Iâ€™d gotten myself into was going to consume a lot of my time. But it wonâ€™t take me nearly as long to write me screenplay as I thought! According to the wise sage that authored this tripe, I only need three things to craft my script.
1. A wish to write a movie. Check!
2. The idea you donâ€™t quite have yet. Awesome! Check!
3. This book. Check!
The one-epi writer of Hart to Hart also teaches the principles in this book at a UCLA extension under the nifty little name of the â€œInner Movie Method.â€ Ooh, ahh. The Inner Movie Method, or IMM as I like to refer to it, is described as taking you the shortest distance from your great idea to a completed script. (what happened to only needing the idea that you donâ€™t quite have yet?) The IMM is quoted often in the book when something important wants to be conveyed, for example on pg 170 you will see:
Inner Movie Axiom: You donâ€™t have to know what youâ€™re doing to do it.
Brilliant. Not only can I come into this with less than an idea, but I can approach it without knowing what the hell I am doing. I love this wise grasshopper.
For those of you wondering, â€˜well, what is the IMM really about?â€™ you are in luck because it is summarized in one simple line at the beginning of the text.
Write from your heart; rewrite from your head.
It goes on to explain that no one in their right mind can write a movie, so letâ€™s use the heart.
Dually noted, King.