“I felt as though I was always in the way, but everyone treated me well and allowed me to be sort of this 213-pound fly on the wall,” recounted Kent Jameson about his experience in South Carolina on the set during the filming of ALL SHE WISHES. “It was chaotic, confusing, and sometimes mind-numbingly boring. I loved every minute of it.”
Kent, who was in my 3-week-intensive class at TheFilmSchool, co-wrote the screenplay with his wife Jessica. He’s been writing screenplays since 2001, and this was his first sale. It was purchased by DAVED Productions in October 2012 and Mar Vista Entertainment has picked up the distribution rights.
Kent shared some tips based on what he’s learned.
First and foremost, “Write it and then re-write it, ad nauseam.” And, take advantage of help where you can find it. For instance, “Get a good editor.” He also found it “worth every penny” to pay for professional script notes. He used both Kathie Fong Yoneda and Tracey Becker.
And then, “Pitch it.” He and Jessica attended the Great American Pitchfest in Burbank and “pitched it to a slew of agents and producers and made a ton of connections.” 16 pitches at Burbank resulted in 12 requests. “The actual sale resulted from a posting I made on InkTip.com, which I highly recommend.”
Kent is a technical publication specialist at Boeing. He’s a morning person, so his typical writing gets done at 5am on weekdays and, I’m not sure this counts as sleeping in, 5:30am on weekends.
“Having a writing partner is a great way to create a story,” according to Kent. He and Jessica plot out the story together and then Kent does the “grunt work” of cranking out the scenes. “Having a spouse for a writing partner helps because she is an expert at corralling our eight-year-old daughter so I can get in some quality writing-time in the afternoons as well.”
ALL SHE WISHES tells the story of: “When a girl’s wish for a date to the Sadie Hawkins dance magically appears in the form of a New York model, she has to find a way to get him home before he’s stuck in small-town America forever.” Editing should be finished in October and it is on track to be available in 2015.
Congratulations to Kent and Jessica, and thanks for sharing your story and tips!
It all starts with a great story. Learn the craft from story pros like Stewart Stern (REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE) and Tom Skerritt (ALIEN, TOP GUN, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT) at TheFilmSchool in Seattle. For more details, seewww.thefilmschool.com.