I just got the response back from one of my script editors and she was very positive. The main thing I took from her feedback was her characterization of Treasure Hunt as a romantic comedy, something I hadn’t considered.
I never considered myself capable of writing comedy. Timing is critical and I just don’t think I have it. Though I like to write love stories, my analysis of the romance genre, plus the feedback I got over my first novel (initially called it a romantic thriller; it is neither), told me I wasn’t any good at romances. That being said, everything she was writing about resonated with me. Actually had me itching to get to making revisions (mostly her thoughts were about elaborating a few scenes and inventing a couple to up the sexual tension). I like the idea of calling it a romantic comedy and think the clearly defined and widely accepted genre will make it easier to find cast and crew as well.
I’ve asked for script coverage from two experienced readers for RedDom. One will get back to me the end of this week, the other on the 20th of this month. Their feedback should crystallize my decision one way or another. If I go forward, I’m going to aim to film over 4 weekend starting middle to late September. My generous, smart and beautiful wife has agreed to back the budget necessary to pay cast and crew (not a lot, but enough, hopefully, to get serious responses), so I no longer have to exclusively rely on reel, beer and pizza to find a team.
There’s no question I’m crazy to dive in like this, but crazy has got me this far in life. There’s no sense in changing gears now.