Category Archives: ‘Lavender’ Seed to Screen: One Writer’s Journey

Following the journey of a screenplay and its writer from the idea, to writing, to option, to shooting.

Part 14: Last Christmas

“Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore My friend from college, Jason Leighfield, moved to Toronto with his girlfriend. Neither of us can recall exactly when. After … Continue reading

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Part 13: Forgiveness

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.” — Blaise Pascal So life went on. While the job working for Jordy’s dad was pitched as something that would continue after the reels were transfer, when that was done … Continue reading

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Part 12: Through the Valley

“A father holds his children’s hands for a while, but he holds their hearts forever.” — Unknown  Jordy and I were in the County for the wedding of our friends Geoff Mosley and Sandra Dorenberg. After the ceremony everyone was outside … Continue reading

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Part 11: Back At It.

“Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.” — Thomas Merton At some point, I can’t recall when, I sent out … Continue reading

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Part 10: Chris

“Between a beginningless beginning and an endless end, each of us is a bridge rhythm in time. A dam, a dance, a narrowing mountain snow melt before it is allowed to quicken and continue. A conversational music, an echoing bench … Continue reading

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Part 9: The Unwelcome Welcoming Party.

I don’t like mice. I’m a bit better now, but at the time my dislike bordered on being a phobia. As for cockroaches, this was my first experience with them. On my first night in the apartment, I swear, both … Continue reading

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Part 8

I left work at Roy Thomson Hall, even though it had been a tremendous source of inspiration. Aside from the wonderful and creative people I worked with, I got to see the Toronto Symphony Orchestra about three times a week, and … Continue reading

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Part 7

I decided to work on another screenplay. I enrolled in a screenwriting course at George Brown College. That didn’t work so well. Instead of inspiring me to write, it stopped me from writing all together.  Perhaps the professor had read … Continue reading

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Part 6

The read-through went well. There were enough readers that I could sit with my notepad and listen, and spot many of the flaws for myself. It also allowed me to watch for reactions to see if people had the right … Continue reading

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Part 5

I rented a room in downtown, Toronto, near Maple Leaf Gardens. The rent was reasonable since it was in the house of friends, Dorothy and Tony Hammond, both of whom I’d met in The County. The farmhouse in Lavender was based on the Hammond family … Continue reading

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