I realized that I kinda just hit y’all with my latest project without giving it a proper introduction. So just pretend you read this before you started reading my screenplay. (-:
I’ve always been a film buff and I’ve dreamed of writing and directing a film for a very long time. In high school i wrote my first screenplay. It was a gothic horror movie based loosely on “The Exorcist.” I’d seen the movie a number of times and that image of her shoving a crucifix where the sun doesn’t shine stuck with me.
There were other Gothic horror films buzzing around my head at the time. Among them The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby. So, the screenplay I wrote basically stole parts and themes from each of these.
The popularity of the screenplay I wrote was my first hit of a drug that still gets me off: love from readers.
My next screenplay wouldn’t be until I was a University student. I took a course being given by Spike Lee and his 40 Acres and a Mule production company. The company’s headquarters was literally up the block from the school and Spike often used the school’s facilities for various projects. Being around the creativity that brought us such film jewels as Do the right thing and Mo’ Better Blues inspired me.
I wrote a short screenplay about a young man wrestling with personal demons and contemplating suicide.
This time around, though, I actually got to see a production crew shooting my work, actors reciting the lines I sweated over and an actual audience applauding the finished product. It was like an overdose of the drug.
However, inexplicably, I haven’t written a screenplay since that time. Focusing primarily on prose and journalism. The desire to give screenplay writing another shot resided in me but I never really got at it.
Then I had the dream! It was awesome! It was vivid. Unlike my usual dreams, it hung around in utter clarity even upon awakening. Like it wanted to be remembered, wanted to be real.
That brought me back to this ambition…only this time with a renewed resolve to see it through. Either I have what it takes to be a screenwriter or I don’t.
This is where Loco in Yokohama the movie came from. A dream.
I know my readers here at Loco in Yokohama are accustomed to non-fiction. I have to presume that you have been drawn here and return here for true tales of life in Yokohama. To you guys I ask for your patience and indulgence, for Loco in Yokohama the movie, while based on many actual facts of life here, is essentially a work of fiction.
I’m not actually making a film based on my blog about my experiences here in this lovely country (though it’s not beyond consideration…and if there are any filmmakers reading this script and agree it’s not a bad idea at all, by all means get in touch with me).
So, Loco, as he is presented in this screenplay, is essentially an alter ego making a film about my real experiences.
Confusing? Not really. It’s simple:
This screenplay is about the making of a movie about this blog, through the eyes of a fictional character derived from the actual Loco, which is me. Starring, well, Loco (duh) but not the real Loco since I am neither a director nor an actor. See? Simple.
Several other characters have prominence in this story as well. Allow me to introduce them to you, in brief:
Yumi Ono– Loco’s girlfriend and narrator of this film. Basically the entire story is through her eyes. (Thus there is a Japanese and English version…)
Junichiro Sasaki – Loco’s friend and the producer of this film.
Tomomi Matsuda– Junichiro’s girlfriend and an actress in the film.
I don’t want to give too much away about these characters nor their motivations. You will learn much more about them in due course, but suffice it to say they will be full of surprises. They are based loosely on people I have known and people I would like to have known since coming to live in Japan.
This is the first draft of the film…so changes can and will be made along the way. I plan to write the second and third drafts (or however more drafts may be needed) this summer.
In the meantime, I want to thank my readers in advance for taking the time to read my baby. If you have any thoughts please feel free to share them with me. Or just give a shout to let me know you’re digging the story (or not, god forbid.)
Though this project is time consuming, I will still be posting to my reality show, select convos and anything else I feel noteworthy, so don’t worry, Loco in Yokohama will not become a blog dedicated to this film project. But, this is my baby and I’ll be giving it due attention.