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The Pursuit

Adrian Patenaude

It's been a busy few months and sadly I've been inconsistent about getting my writing time done before work in the morning, but I've still been able to do some cool projects! My most recent accomplishment is a short film I wrote for Austin Film Festival's screenplay competition.

Simply put, The Pursuit is a romantic comedy with a car chase. I knew it would be a challenge for me because sometimes I struggle to write visually in screenplay format, but a lot of the feedback I received was that the story was engaging and people could see it playing out in their minds. How encouraging! I truly enjoyed the process of tackling a car chase (I read The Italian Job for inspiration) and I'm quite pleased with the result. It's clean and simple, with a nice little emotional punch at the end. Some people were confused as to what theme I was trying to communicate near the end, so I had to make some adjustments to the final draft. We'll see how the readers at Austin Film Festival react. But overall, I think I'm starting to get a hang of this short film thing. 

I'll hear back in mid-September if I make it through the first cut. Until then, on to the next story!