I recently completed writing my first screenplay. This is a brand new exciting realm for me. My plan is to learn the craft and then adapt my novels and such to screenplays.
The new screenplay is a science fiction conspiracy thriller entitled “Richter’s War.” The 23-pager is for a short film that embodies the essence of an old “Twilight Zone” episode. It features a hard-boiled Los Angeles detective of German heritage, Karol Eugen Richter, aka Geno Richter. I adapted it from my short story, Well, Haruki, Looks Like It's Just You and Me, Kid, that will be published in an upcoming anthology from Geminid Press, LLC.
When a World War II battle engulfs Los Angeles, Richter is swept up in the action, and into dangerous and out-of-this-world sci-fi intrigue. The gumshoe is used to taking down Nazis for the War Department, but during one late night in February 1942, circumstances pull him into unexpected wartime action involving something much more than the typical Nazi conspirators.
“Richter’s War” draws on the mystique of hard-boiled detectives and the strangeness of the rumored enemy attack and anti-aircraft artillery barrage known as “The Great Los Angeles Air Raid” in late February 1942. The story integrates elements of themes related to racism, government, war, society, and human nature amidst a presentation that includes action, suspense, humor, Nazis, and an alien.
I guess if I'm writing it, there's gotta be aliens.
I'm currently querying production companies and its writing was a great learning experience for me. I also leaned heavily on David Trottier's "The Screenwriter's Bible" for invaluable help in writing it.
If you're a novelist and interested in expanding your work into other areas, check out screenwriting as an option. It's challenging and rewarding, and if you're looking for help, check out Mr. Trottier's great book and other resources at http://keepwriting.com/.