How it all Started!

Hello All!

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Welcome writers and readers. or folks who just wanna surf in my world.

My name is James Leach. Call me “JC”. For personal details of me as your ordinary human being, refer to the About section.

So let’s do this– I’ve finally taken the plunge into the Blog world. “Social Networking”. It’s the next big thing since the Slinky and sliced bread.

So this is how what a blog looks like! *As he ponders about to what to write next*. (For those that don’t understand the asterisks (*) above, they are “personal thoughts” I inject my writings. Fellow screenwriters will understand. It provides depth in my entries. Consider it a personal touch and feel.)

So how did it all start?

As I write this first entry, I can’t help but reflect how my writing addiction started.

I had to go all the way back to the mid -1970’s. It started in high school English class. A reading homework assignment, snowballed into reading various books (historical documentaries are interesting to me), and of course Sci-fi movies. It was Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” that inspired my first effort: “Pakal’s Secret.”

The outline alone was over 300 pages; scene for scene. Had I delved into screenwriting back then, I probably would be deep in the movie business by now. There were no word processors back in the 70’s. Hell, Bill Gates was just inventing software. I digress.

Regardless, I researched Mayan Prophecy, even examined alien connections between Mayan intelligence in astrological events. It was fascinating. It drove me to keep writing; to find that answer.  “Research, Research, research”my father would say.

A series of life-changing events–20 years of military service, kids, and marriage, put an indefinite hold on my writing efforts.

But the bug ate at me over my military years. As I matured, I became infatuated in Training. As a military instructor and supervisor, I always enjoyed the moment the “clue light” turned on in a young student. It was inspiring to know that I was “making a difference” in someone’s life.

Eventually, I graduated to Instructional Design. Developing the training was an angle that brought forth the “creative” side. Being able to develop analogies allowed me to fine-tune descriptions to ensure the end-user (the reader of screenplays) understood what it was I was trying to convey; whether it be a simple task, to a full blown concept. I truly believe those experiences have unlocked the writing bug that I enjoy today.

Screenwriting is not my full-time job. No way. My day job is a technical writer. But after work? Enter “JC Leach – Addicted Screenwriter“. (*Insert kick-butt superhero audio background song here*).

My weapons? Asus Laptop (high speed, low drag), semi-comfortable couch (*My Command Center*), earphones (effective in sometimes tuning out too much and always at the wrong time), various Screenwriting programs, and my addiction–a plethora of ideas ready to spew forth through my fingertips.

So here I am. James “JC” Leach, marketing myself, giving form and function as a dedicated screenwriter who constantly hones (with a military work ethic, I might add)  the Screenwriting craft.

With that being said, since 2008 I’ve been busy when a simple Genealogy search turned into my first screenplay effort. With a few rewrites, I felt it was a good first effort. But there is always room for improvement. My addiction demanded it.

So, I first read “Screenwriting For Dummies” (*Hey– small steps,baby*). It gave me the foundation and showed me basically what’s involved in the craft. Okay….I needed more.

Then I got serious. I binge watched a director break down his movie making to include film angles, storyboards. It was amazing all the information I learned in one weekend.

I bought The 21st Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow’s Films. Now, this was a good reference.

Then I read my first screenplay–“Shawshank Redemption“. Then I read it while I watched the movie. Oh, the feeling. The addiction was feeling great. The flow of creativity through my veins was overwhelming!

Flash Forward – Present Day

As of this writing, I’m on my 8th screenplay, fully addicted, unable to stop. All full-length features, a few public domain book adaptations, and even brought that high school effort (Pakal’s Secret) out of mothballs. *You didn’t mention TV Pilots, JC*.

TV pilots and Web series efforts are on my radar screen, but I’m enjoying features so much they can wait. My addiction is wonderful.

But there are milestones (Good and bad). Last year, I enter one of my Scripts into the annual

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Although I didn’t make the 2016 quarter-finals, it was a great experience. I’m not going to let a contest discourage me.

I also took a stab at Writing/Directing a small (very small) production. I wrote and assisted in directing (mentored with the help of experienced friends) of a Doritos Superbowl Contest advertisement. My mentor Andy Darby; Creative Director, Bob Summers; along with a fantastic cast and crew, shot this in one day. Even my pet superstar Cat (Charger) made his cinematic debut. It was total fun and a great experience in film-making.

Note: No pets were harmed in the making of this production. (Always wanted to write that–LOL)

Current Projects

For those that are still reading, thank you for hanging on.

As you can see below, I’ve been busy. They are in various stages of development; contest ready, or in a marketable state.

Please take the time to comment on ones you would like to read ot see in a theater. I value your opinion:

  • The Lost Desptach (Note: This is the correct spelling) – Genre: Action/Drama (Public Domain Adaptation) – “Framed for a murder she didn’t commit, a confederate spy races to fulfill her father’s dying wish before life, love, and the law catch up with her.”
  • Poverty Island – Action/Adventure – “Tracking down a 150-year old legend, treasure hunters must decipher clues from a lighthouse keeper after he’s killed by gold thieves over gold and a girl. ”
  • Pakal’s Secret – Action/Sci-Fi adventure – Dogged by dangerous and nefarious cartels, an archaeologist unlocks a complex mystery hidden beneath a Mayan temple. After black suits get involved, he takes matters into his own hands.”
  • Dead Hand – Historical Action – When a rogue Russian General takes over a secret Doomsday system, the scientist who built it risks allegiance, family, and friends to avert nuclear Armageddon.”
  •  The Variable Man – Sci-Fi (Public Domain Adaptation) –  A 20th century handyman, pulled into the future, slews the odds against a celestial turf war and is forced to repair their secret weapon in return for a ticket home to the past.”
  •  Savage Grant – Historical Drama  – “A frontiersman’s family, massacred by Indians and daughter taken, conducts a rescue mission, and  befriends the squaw who cared for her.”
  •  Invisible Wounds – (In Work)  – Biopic/Drama – “A young child, surrounded by the daily terrors of World War II England, endures a lifetime of post-traumatic stress over the tragic loss of his first love at the hands of the German Luftwaffe.”
  •  Justifiable Revenge – (In Work) – Action/Horror – “On the 20th anniversary of a bully victim’s death, surviving victims team up to execute revenge only to discover they’re gonna have to take a number.”
  •  Confession in Bottle – (In Work) – Drama – “While grieving her daughters loss, an infatuated mother searches Tsunami debris for answers. After finding a 40-year old confession in a bottle, she finds inspiration to get closure for another mother.”
  •  Protecting Providence (In Work) “After a hurricane shipwrecks Jonathan Dickinson’s plans, he must shepherd his crew and survive brutal Indians, injuries, cold, and starvation as they make an impossible trek from Florida coast to Philadelphia.”

Well, I think that is enough for today. It’s Labor Day. Why am I working, you ask? It’s because I’m addicted. *As he takes another sip of Mt. Dew*

Thanks for reading and all you Screenwriters? Keep writing!

JC