When I was in high school, I wrote a feature length screenplay called Behind Max.
The basketball themed story dealt with a student struggling to decide what to do with his life after high school. It was a fairly personal story that mirrored the big decisions that I had to make and to this day, I adore that script.
When I was in college, an idea came to me that functioned as an unofficial sequel to that story. A story about finding your way beyond college.
I would spend the next 4 years telling people that the screenplay would be finished ‘someday’.
It was always the story I would work on once every few months writing only a few pages at a time.
Now, with a new found dedication to my passion, I challenged myself to finish the screenplay once and for all.
It was a rite of passage.
Something I had to do in order to move on.
I felt like everything else was on hold because I hadn’t finished it yet.
Finally, after years of talking, I typed the elusive FADE OUT and stepped back to admire the accomplishment.
Honestly, what I was feeling had nothing to do with the screenplay at all. It was about me and what I want to do with my life.
I felt like a new screenwriter with endless possibilities in front of me.
I can write whatever I want next. I’m no longer obligated to satisfy a promise I made to myself 4 years ago.
The script that always took a back seat to other projects is finally done.
I stared at the screen and hit CTRL+S about 20 times in order to ensure the safety of my work.
My latest feature length screenplay is done.
It’s time to move on to bigger and better things.
I’m not entirely sure what I’ll do with the script yet but the story will always have a special in my heart. It’s about taking the next step and doing what you love.
I’ve never felt more energized and ready to start something new.
The only thing left to do was print it out and hold it in my hands.
Then I realized my printer was out of ink. Horrible timing.
[Update] Printer is back online. Nice.