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David R. Beshears

David R. Beshears

Award-winning author and screenwriter of science fiction, fantasy and adventure.


 
 
   
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Finished 'The Librarians' episode

June 23, 2016

Sometime back I got it into my head to write a ‘spec script’, an episode of an existing series. And so, while I was watching The Librarians, my first time taking a look at that show, an idea for an episode came to mind.

So I binge-watched a season on Hulu, taking notes along the way, after which I wrote up an outline.

It took a bit longer than I planned to translate that outline to a script. First up, I had a number of time-sensitive projects to complete over the last few months. Secondly, something I really hadn’t thought of before but should have…

These characters aren’t mine. To hold true to the series, I had to stay true to the characters. I can’t grow them or evolve them. This was initially rather confining. Fortunately, as the project progressed I was able to get into the heads of the characters and eventually the episode flowed.

Now that it’s done, though, not sure what to do with it. Most producers won’t so much as look at an outside script, afraid they’ll get sued if one of their own scripts has any similarity whatsoever to it.

Guess I should have thought this through…

Suppose I’ll go looking for spec script screenwriting contests.

Reunions short script adaptation

June 04, 2016

I’ve completed a short script adaptation of my “Reunions” short story, a macabre tale published a few years ago in Necrology Magazine, Tales of the Macabre, and later appearing in several collections, including my own Yesterday’s Shadows short story collection.

I have been looking at adapting this and other short stories for some time, as I am starting to see a growing market for short scripts. Reunions turned out to be a little more complicated than I first thought, but in the end I believe it turned out well.

The plan is to build a library of short scripts that I will then market to indie producers, film students, and the web video market. As the library grows, I will create a module for the category on my screenplays website. Meantime, I’ve placed Reunions on the screenplays main page listing.

Sisters in Space - complete series edition

May 23, 2016

I finished putting the seven SIS episodes together into an omnibus volume, all wrapped up in a cool book cover. The collection is out now in ebook and print. Links to it are here on my author page, and there’s a Sisters in Space book page over on greybeard.

I continue to work on the radioplay adaptation scripts. Sorry, no target date yet on when we might start production on the first episode, but I hope to bring the cast together for an initial table reading sometime in June.