During the summer, I spent my writing time turning my first book (which isn’t published yet) into a movie script (which hasn’t been filmed yet, nor is it even close to that level). One thing that was fun about it though was speaking with a film maker named Dan Dobi. Just as a point of reference, I met him through our love of YouTube. He made a great documentary about YouTube called Please Subscribe, and I applied but failed to get a role in it. Don’t worry. It didn’t ruin my relationship with him. I’m not a serious, full time YouTuber, so I knew I wasn’t going to be cast in the film (That movie is on NetFlix by the way). Here’s my audition tape, if you’re wondering.
I’m off task again. Anyways, one thing we were looking for when we were putting together the pitch for my screenplay to producers was a comparison. Apparently, the people with the money want to know what the movie will be like by comparing it to other movies. That’s how we came up with “The Sandlot meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid”.
It’s simple, and, for my book at least, it’s fairly accurate.
My book, “O.K. is Great” involves a 12 year old kid who’s main goal is to break the mile record for gym class. His full name is Otis Kowalewskee, but his initials are O.K. and everyone calls him that. Otis thinks he’s cursed to be O.K. forever, but his dad convinces him to actually try hard at something instead of just accepting mediocrity. It’s like the Sandlot because there are a lot of sporty scenes in the story like playing football, wrestling, and of course, running. There’s also the whole angle like Diary of a Wimpy Kid about this kid being small and not fitting in at his middle school.
Here’s a picture from the book. The bigger kid is Stu, and O.K. is the kid in the headlock. It’s an illustrated book, and I drew the pictures. The book is written in the first person perspective of O.K., so the comments by the picture are his thoughts.
Now, only if some publisher would show interest in the book, or a producer would show some interest in the movie!