Showing posts with label narcos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label narcos. Show all posts

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Writing a pilot episode based on my book series πŸ€©πŸ“ΊπŸ‘

Why does your favorite book seem so jumbled when it's turned into a movie or television show? Now that I'm writing a pilot episode, I'm starting to understand why things play differently on screen than pages.

When I first started to write the pilot episode for my book series about Jorge Hernandez and his foot soldiers, I was a tad overwhelmed. I had no idea where to start. I briefly considered taking a screenwriting course but the cost to learn this skill seemed a bit insane so I decided instead to look online to see what was available for free or, at at the very least, a more reasonable price. The first person I found was a lovely lady called Word Dancer (who I highly recommend to all writers regardless of their goals) who answered anything I could possibly ask regarding writing a script and getting into the film business. I literally watched every one of her videos and soaked it all in.

The best piece of advice from Word Dancer (although, there was freakin' tons of great information!) was if you want to write scripts, start off by reading scripts. I followed this advice and quickly found the pilot episode for some of my favorite shows including Ray Donovan, The Sopranos, Six Feet UnderThe Ozarks, Narcos, Dexter, and Sons of Anarchy. I studied them carefully, noting the formats while considering the advice in Word Dancer's videos. I made a lot of notes and then jumped in to start my script!

The first thing I noticed what that the pilot episodes requires a lot of from the writer. You need to capture and captivate immediately. You need to introduce your protagonist and give a strong sense of who he/she is, showing all dimensions. You need to have a lot going on so the viewer doesn't get bored. You need to have a unique voice so you aren't simply copying everything else out there (this includes dialogue). You have to demonstrate what kind of show it is so the audience knows what to expect. In essence, you need to grab the viewer by the throat and make them want more.

Since the pilot would start with my book, The Devil is Smooth Like Honey, it meant that the first scene would take place in a hotel. However, this concerned me because I thought this would stick the characters in the same place too long and I felt they needed to be in motion in order to keep things more lively and build up anticipation. In the book, Jorge meets Paige NoΓ«l in a provocative way and the chemistry builds between them through the pages. However, I felt they needed to move around in the pilot, so I had Jorge's attempt to seduce Paige when she suddenly has to leave to carry out an assassination that had to be done that night. In the book, I kind of feel this would've been too much too soon considering Paige was a new character in the series and it wouldn't give time to properly learn about her, however, in a television show, you would learn about her through her actions in each scene so this enabled me to demonstrate her strong, powerful side whereas, in the book, I would use Jorge's observations and conversation to do the same.

It's almost like in a television show or movie, you have to go to greater lengths to drive the point home. You can't be subtle but more like a bull in a china shop. You have to be a little louder, a little more forceful, a little more dramatic and a little more exaggerated. Why? Because it's captivating. It creates anticipation and excitement.

Of course, film and TV are known to cut out a lot from books they are based on, which I can already see I will be doing too. Now that I'm learning about the process, I think it's mainly because of time and budget restraints and also because certain scenes may fall flat on the screen. Also, in a book, you tend to tell the story more than on a show, where you're showing it.

Having said that, I do believe that a movie or television show based on a book should stick very closely to the novel or it simply pisses people off. I can think of one particular movie I watched (after reading the book) that infuriated me. A major, dramatic point in the book was completely changed in the movie, causing me to throw my hands up in the air with a major 'What the fuck!' moment. I know that a lot of factors play into movies (including who funds them) so I can imagine the script went through a lot of hands before coming to fruition.

I still have a lot to learn in this process so this is to be continued.....

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Series that Wasn't Meant to be a Series 🀭

When I started the book We're All Animals back in 2016, I really hadn't anticipated that it would turn into the series it has become. Now with the recent release of the third book (and having started the fourth), I recognize that maybe it is time to let people know about the series and the best order to read these books. So, here we go...

It started with a broken heart and it took no time for Chase Jacobs' world to spin out of control. An unwanted pregnancy allows his mother and obsessive future bride to manipulate and control his life, turning him bitter and resentful. His destiny becomes a dark road to misery and whenever he tries to take the wheel, temptation only leads him further astray.

When a provocative and sinister side of life introduces itself, Chase discovers there's an animal lurking inside each of us; a powerful creature that wants to take over. But will he let it win?

Check out the CBC interview here.

Check out the YouTube video here.

The second book in the series is Always be a Wolf, published in April 2017. 

In the gripping sequel to We're All Animals, Chase Jacobs moves to Toronto with his Colombian bosses, Diego and Jolene Silva, where they expand their elite sex party business. The underground's best-kept secret is going legit, but just as Chase starts a brand new life, tragedy strikes.
The heartbreaking lessons ahead of him are the most difficult he's ever had to face, and Chase must rely on his new family to help him through. But will his blind faith in Diego and Jolene prove to be a mistake, and has he underestimated just how far they are willing to go to prove their loyalty?
He learns there are times when passion and anger cause you to throw away the rule book even in the face of deadly consequences. He learns that words have a great deal of power but not as much power as silence. But most of all, Chase learns that in a world full of sheep, one should always be a wolf.

Check out the YouTube video here.

The third book in this series was published in the fall of 2017 and is called The Devil is Smooth like Honey

El narco. A monster. Un diablo. Jorge Hernandez had been called many things, and it always made him laugh. If there was one word that could be used to describe him, it would be untouchable. Corrupt politicians combined with his charming disposition had contributed to Jorge’s success, but it was often the underlying threats behind his handsome smile that sealed the deal. He was unstoppable.

In Paige NoΓ«l, he had met his match. She was a woman as dangerous and sadistic as she was soft and gentle. The last thing he expected was to propose after an explosive first meeting, but the intense fire between them was as addictive as the thrill of violence and power.

When some of his personal enemies turn up dead, Jorge shuffles his daughter into a Canadian school, deciding that things are getting a little too hot in Mexico; but does life ever slow down in this dark underground world?

The devil is smooth like honey, but is heaven ever far away?

Check out the CBC interview here.

Check out the YouTube video here.

The fourth book is A Devil Named Hernandez

In the thrilling sequel to The Devil Is Smooth like Honey, Jorge Hernandez is muscling in on the Canadian marijuana industry, unleashing the same savagery that made him a big player in the Mexican drug cartel. Whether its controlling politicians and government officials or using intimidation and violence to get what he wants, few people dare stand in his way. Although he takes on his enemies with a deceptive ease, it only takes a single threat to his family to bring out the demon inside of him. Fueled by blinding rage, he attacks with a relentless brutality, showing no remorse and offering no mercy. In a world tainted by racism, corruption, and greed, he proves once again there is a devil, and his name is Jorge Hernandez.

In this eye-opening look into the life of the silver-tongued Mexican fox, you find yourself rooting for the society's underbelly, as sex, drugs, and death intermix with family, love, and friendship (Amazon review).

Check out the CBC interview here

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