The development of Found Objects, from idea to finished product, has been a long process.
In the early 90s, the image of a painting came to me and was soon thereafter followed by a woman’s voice. I scribbled down the lines of dialogue she doled out to me, and after a few days, the character of Claire Randall was born. My medium of expression at the time was short fiction, so after many incarnations of Claire’s story, it was published as “What I Want” in 1998 in So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art and roofbeam.
Despite my knowing that the painting was an important feature of her story and my valiant attempts to put it there, it didn’t make its way in. I later realized that the reason for the painting’s elusive nature was because Claire was a stifled artist; the domestic sphere was swallowing her up, and creating a painting was an impossibility. After this realization, seeing the impact the story had on people, and wanting to reach a larger audience, I knew the story would become a screenplay some day.
At the time, I had no knowledge of how to write a screenplay, much less make an entire feature film. After many versions of script, including a short, which I also produced in 2008, and vacillating between wanting to sell the feature script and make it myself, I made a decision in the Summer of 2010. The rest, as they say, is history.
I hope you enjoy “What I Want.”