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Charles Deemer

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MFA, Playwriting, University of Oregon

Writing faculty, Portland State University (part-time)

Retired playwright and screenwriter.
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Monday, April 25, 2005  
Another screenplay down
Finished and registered The Wrong Life. Logline: a homeless man discovers a dead body in a park and steals the corpse's identity -- only to learn he now is the star witness in a government case against the mob.

Actually I "stole" and adapted this concept from the brilliant Fugard stage play, Sizwe Bonzi Is Dead, about a South African black man who discovers a body with better social standing and steals his identity. I started this screenplay five or ten years ago, got stuck in the middle, "the blue collar work of screenwriting," as Lew Hunter calls the middle. Then a week or so ago, picked it up again and thought the first 10 or 15 pages were the best screenwriting I'd ever done, was determined to finish it. So I did.

Next screenplay, back to the collaboration with John, next week I think. I'm really enjoying screenwriting again after a several year vacation from it, largely due to my dislike of the Hollywood marketplace. But with a producer taking an option again, and full of new enthusiasm (I could never, absolutely never, be a producer! I don't have the stomach for it.) for Earthly Desires, well, it would be nice for something to happen in my old age. The producer is a fan ("every script you write is good," he told me on the phone last week -- but the question isn't about goodness, it's about marketability!), which always helps. My greatest producer-fan, who used to work for Robert Wise back in the 80s, when I first started screenwriting, has disappeared. But his encouragement was very important to me early on. We all need strokes, especially in the beginning, so we don't conclude we're self-delusional about the quality of our work.

Three of seven agents looking at my mystery have passed. Like the writing. Don't like the protagonist. Since the protagonist is mirrored after yours truly ... ! So they like my writing but they don't like me! That's kind of funny actually. I do have a weird sense of humor, I've been told. Well, I've been disliked by others, and I have several ex-wives who absolutely would agree with them.

A long, difficult student script to get to -- putting it off but should get to it today rather than tomorrow morning when I'll be racing against the lock.

Wrote an essay to send to The Grove Review, the new literary magazine, called "Sex, Love and Marriage: Scenes from a playwriting career," in which I use excerpts from four of my plays over the past three decades to show a constant theme in my work regarding male-female relationships. Also wrote an essay I've been thinking about a long time, "Acceptance Speech For An Award I Never Received," about writing and competition. Both will end up in my archive eventually but giving them some market exposure first. Also have another personal essay in mind. These seem to come in spurts. I don't write an essay for several years, then I write three or four in a month.

This week marks halfway through the term. Really looking forward to summer!

John sent early music for Varmints but won't have time to go over it carefully till Friday.

The book review is the remaining deadline I haven't met. Also Friday, I hope.

And still waiting for my screenwriting book to appear. With its wild nutty cover.

I'm in a mellow mood. Hope it lasts a while. Onward.

4/25/2005 09:15:00 AM | 2 comments

brilliant idea for the screenplay Charles, good luck on it. I can tell you right now that is the type of movie I'd pay to see
Thanks. Wish you were a producer. And to think I let this idea sit around for 3 or 4 years!
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