My friend Matthew Quinn was talking about writing a Spec Script not to long ago. I started thinking about it and coupled with the fact that my oldest brother is a screen writer, I began to mull over the idea of writing one myself. Currently the standard is to write a spec script based on an established show. To demonstrate that you can write in a common style.
Keeping that in mind, I looked at the shows that I like that are currently on and landed on “Grimm.” It is very similar in tone to my favorite book series “The Dresden Files,” and it has a nice procedural element to hang my hat on.
So far “Grimm” has established some pretty solid rules for their world and have fun characters to write for. Monroe–a vegetarian werewolf–is a particularly interesting character to me. Though I’m not sure if he will feature much in the story I’ve been kicking around in my head.
My first step was to gather as much information on the Grimm Universe as possible. Discovering how they generate their wesen names, getting all my character names down and refreshing myself on their backgrounds. The good thing is that I’ve watched every episode so I’m pretty familiar with it all.
This opportunity is also allowing me the time to refresh my creative juices for my novel. I’ve already considered how I may use some of the concepts I’m working on in my own book. So I don’t feel that any of this is a waste of time or energy. I think I need a good recharge and this spec script will bring me to that point.
As it is, I’ve tentatively titled the spec script “Bats in the Belfry.” And from that you may be able to guess what it will be about. But I assure you, it won’t be exactly how you think. I have a some fun twists on very old concepts, that fit thematically with the Grimm Universe.
You’re excited, right? Write.