Here’s what happened with mine: In 2007, I wrote a script called about a data guy who is engaged to an artist, and has to sign up for a profile on an online dating service that is a client.
It’s assigned work research, but among his matches he finds “the one that got away” — the girl he had a crush on growing up but always seemed unattainable.
Should I begin by setting the scene with a dramatic description of one of my more memorable encounters from the event?
I have to describe the logistics of the event at some point -- should I open the article with those?
Or would discussing the history of the event and organization (apparently it's featured on TLC's "Geek Love") make for a more appropriate introduction to the world of Sci-Fi Speed Dating as I experienced it at Awesome Con 2015?
But then, as I perused the articles written by previous participants (all women, interestingly enough; are dudes too embarrassed to admit that they've done this, or is Google just not coming through for me?
Nor am I one of those stressed out kinds of single people, who appear to view finding “the one” in a similar way to defusing a bomb. So when we went to Comic-Con (full report on that HERE) and Stephanie said, “You are going to do this Sci-Fi Speed Dating thing,” I was like, “Okay.” I have never done speed dating or Internet dating or blind dating before, so I thought it would be cool to give my dating life a weird edge for once.
And while I wasn’t really EXPECTING to have success, I also wasn’t closed to the possibility. The Bert Kreischer party train keeps picking up speed.
The NPR story also spoke to TV writer Guy Branum, who I think is closer to the problem when he says any script you write has to get past studio execs to greenlight it.
NPR reporter Glen Weldon said, “Let’s say some future screenwriter…” And that’s when I decided to write this post. …and I guarantee that there have been more like me and, frankly, who are better than me, that have come up with compelling scripts, but they’ve not been made.
But, the story points out, “[T]here’s one movie genre that’s still struggling to incorporate the everyday tech of contemporary life into the stories it tells: the romantic comedy.
Which is notable — and very, very odd — because online dating…is, for millions of people, a simple fact of life — the New Normal.” Turns out, I’ve got a little insight into this, since I actually wrote an online dating script almost a decade ago, and it got *this close* to finding a happy home at one of a number of production companies, before simply disappearing into the ether.
This morning, NPR Morning Edition ran a story called, “Why Hasn’t Online Dating Made it Onscreen?