THE TRANSITION GAME
When a college basketball star suffers a serious knee injury, the perfectionism that once made him wildly successful puts his recovery and potential NBA career in jeopardy.
Quarterfinalist: 2019 Final Draft Big Break Competition
You can find the first five pages of this script below the poster. Reach out to me if you want to read the entire story. I’d be happy to share it.
There’s a backstory to this story.
This screenplay is semi-autbiographical. OK, emotionally biographical. And I wanted to write about it, more about working out what I went through as a twenty-year-old for myself, now, in my forties. I read that Darren Aronofsky wrote the screenplay for “Mother!” in five days in what he called a “fever dream”. That sounded ridiculous to me, so I decided to try it.
I wanted to see if I could do something as mentally and physically taxing as finishing an entire screenplay in five days. That's at least 90 pages. I did it (actually writing 108 pages) and I chronicled my learnings each day on The Mission. The end product was a screenplay - a terrible one.
What that exercise enabled me to do was realize that the story I needed to write began at the end of the one I just wrote. That was the dramatic incident I needed.
Here's those articles about writing under such intense deadlines.