By Donald Neal
What happens when a couple of old college chums from over fifty yeaqrs ago get together over coffee to swap stories?
the first cupa Starbuck's, Chum #1 (that would be Dr. Charles Toftoy,
Professor Emeritus at GWU) casually remarks that he has recently
published two award-winning fiction thriller novels.
To which Chum #2 (that would be me) responds "Oh yeah? Tell me about it."
minutes later Chum #1 has described the plot and characters of the
first novel entitled "It's in the Eyes," based upon the old adage that
"the eyes are the windows into the soul."
Lars Neilsen, supported by his crack Alpha Team of three experts, has
trailed not one, not two, but four sadistic psycho murderers whose wave
of terror extends throughout D.C., Northern Virginia, the Maryland
beaches, and to Ireland as they target and kill four female students at
#1 concludes his summary with "I'm now looking to make this first novel
into a feature film or mini-series, but am not certain where to begin."
Chum #2 then
casually remarks, "Well, since retiring from the Army, I've spent over
thirty years as a film and television actor, working with all types of
screenplays, some very good, some very bad. So I'm qualified to write
your screenplay, if you like."
months later Chum #2 has completed a first draft in four parts, which
is edited, copyrighted, and registered with the Screen Writers' Guild of
America. Now we need an agent with contacts in the film-making industry
to represent us.