Crosstown: Writing A Short Screenplay

November 1, 2010 at 6:10 am

Crosstown: Writing A Short Screenplay

  • 1 Bus
  • 2 Subways
  • 1 Cab
  • 1 Boat
  • 1 Plane

This is the route I planned to take on a recent trip home.

Just before I began to pack I came up with an idea.

Challenge myself to come up with a concept for a new screenplay and write it by the time the plane lands.

The twist?  I decided to film the journey with my iPhone and cut together a little video of my creative afternoon.

How often do you get a chance to make a ‘making of’ documentary about writing a screenplay?

The video itself isn’t the most entertaining thing in the world but I like watching it knowing that I was working the entire time.

The story I came up with is called:


It’s the story of a young woman’s search for someone she cared about long ago.  Believing she may have found the person she is looking for, she rides the same bus for hours hoping for the chance to change her life.

I think it’s interesting that my first thought was to use my own surroundings as inspiration.

So here is a movie I made, about a writing a movie on a bus ride and the story is about riding a bus too…  Whew.

Still with me?

Check out the video below.