Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Patron Saint of Underdogs

As I browsed through my screenplays wondering which (if any of them) I should brush off and prepare for the Nicholl, I found that regardless of my theme or genre, I am always following the geek, the falsely accused, the misunderstood, the marginally estranged. Weird. I wouldn't call it a rut. It's a signature.

I like kids, old people and dogs. Anyone else who demonstrates the same vulnerabilities, traits, or misfortunes that you might see in the life of a kid, senior adult, or helpless animal -- well, that's the story for me.


E.C. Henry said...

You NEED to embrace what your heart naturally gravitates towards, Mary An.

The simular things in your script, are just indicative of who you are, or want to be in some capacity. Which if you asked me is a crusader. In my opinion you should focus your writing energies on writing something like "Erin Brockovich."

I too have found simuliar traits in my own writing, but not even close the nobility that you describe. You're a GREAT role model for aspiring screenwriters, Mary An -- and I'll bet you are a helluva mom too!

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

MaryAn Batchellor said...

Whoa. Mother Teresa, I'm not. But yeah, the Erin Brokovich stories strike a chord with me. You have no idea how much!

Michelle said...

I'm the same way. My first two feature screenplays focus on a writer with asperger's and a nihilistic tattoo shop owner. Yep, I sure know how to pick 'em.

I'm michelle btw and have been reading your blog for a few months now. Hi!

MaryAn Batchellor said...

Welcome, Michelle! Not much useful information in the past few months but there's some good stuff in the archives. Of course, that requires using the search engine. Ah, what was life before search engines?

Grubber said... know you want to! :)

MaryAn Batchellor said...

She's in progress, but she's not what you think she is!

Sal said...

So, what did you decide? I find I always follow the hopeless romantic. Lessons to be learned, methinks

MaryAn Batchellor said...

I think, Sal, that I decided to flesh out some new ideas AND brush off some of the old.