This summer I've set out to do something I've never done before, an adaptation of one of my books to screenplay format. And I even have two betas in place to help guide me.
I've written and produced short original screenplays for 14 years now but have never broken through on any mainstream level. But I haven't minded. I've been introduced to some of the most talented regional film actors who've been happy to work on an indie level while maintaining their 'day jobs' and RL lives in the process.
Let me say this, the indie world is just a place where I happily function as a filmmaker. One of my betas for the screenplay is even a great touchstone of the indie world in the Kentucky community. I won't mention his name because I don't want him flooded with requests that he won't be able to handle. The second beta is an uber talented 'reluctant producer'/screenwriter whom I met through a social network who was honored to do some beta-ing for me.
Of course I recommend registering your work with the WGA before doing any of this but that's a no brainer but as I sit down during edits this summer I wanted something 'creative' to keep me from going insane. And doing a screenplay version of Another Way To Die of my book version seemed like the perfect fit. I don't know if I'll regret it but I love film and action-drama but there's nothing I would like more than to see my book on the big screen.