July 2, 2012
How many screenwriters out there can hear the music in their screenplay? I don’t think I fall into that category because I don’t hear the music when I’m writing. But I do think of my screenplay when I hear certain songs. It’s been different for every project I’ve attempted but two songs have stuck with me on this particular journey.
- Theory of a Deadman – Does It Really Matter
- The Fray – You Found Me
My new script is a drama that deals with anxiety & depression. In that way, it’s a very personal story as several members of my family have suffered from depression in the past. A while back, I finally came to grips with my own anxiety issues. (which are mild in comparison) It’s a story that means a lot to me.
It’s an interesting concept because my number one weapon against anxiety is screenwriting. So why not write about what calms me down WHILE calming myself down? … Still with me?
Check out this post: Screenwriting vs Anxiety
I created a specific playlist in iTunes and included both of those songs. I play it on repeat as I complete my morning routine. I never wrote a word of my new screenplay without listening to at least one of these two songs.
I love how they can impact different screenwriters in different ways. Sometimes the song comes first and inspires a story you care about. Sometimes you come up with a story and immediately think of songs that fit in that world. Other times it’s a process of discovering what works and what doesn’t.
For me, these two tracks just worked for me. I’m looking forward to finding out which songs will pop up when I start developing something new. The possibilities are endless.
Which songs inspire you?
It’s strange, I had several songs in my head while I was writing the last script but I can’t think of ONE that matches up with the movie I’m writing now. It’s very quiet in the new world I’m creating. I’m actually a fan of that. If silence is all I’m hearing then why not go with it right?
I’m still in the development/outline stage of the process so perhaps it’s still early to match my ideas with music. I am looking forward to learning more about these new characters and the emotional situations they face. I’m starting to think that my next screenplay will be happier. Back to back scripts packed with fighting and tears is about all I can handle this year.