The Movies Part II : Save The Cat.

The line that sticks in my mind is a line from "Enemy of the State"; it is delivered by Gene Hackman.

     "Get the cat..."

Gene Hackman's character is about to blow up a building and he tells Will Smith to get the cat. For a better understanding of what I mean, you will want to read "Save the Cat" by Blake Snyder. It is a book on writing screenplays.

This is a relatively short Blog, but I hope that if you read it you will take the time to reply. The primary purpose of this blog is to present loglines for the six books in the Jonas Watcher Series. Loglines are more commonly used for movies. I have a tendency to think of my books in how they will show up on the screen so I am incorporating Loglines into advertising my books, creating treatments, and perhaps either creating or participating in writing screenplays that will be optioned. However, first things first, the Loglines.

I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

"The Case of the Running Bag"

Circa 1930's, Jonas Watcher a derelict and an M.P. veteran from the great war is nearly killed. Afterwards, he steps into the role of reluctant detective to solve the case of a missing husband, encountering blackmail, kidnapping and murder, all the while dealing with someone still wants him dead.

"The Case of the Bourbon Street Hustler"

Jonas Watcher journeys to New Orleans to discover if a man's son is dead and how he died. Someone doesn't want him to succeed and he is targeted throughout the French Quarter, and into the Bayou surrounding New Orleans where the most dangerous denizens walk on two legs.

"The Case Of the Jade Dragon"

After saving an elderly Chinese man and his daughter, Jonas Watcher is tasked with bringing a bride from St. Louis to San Francisco to unite two feuding Chinese families. The only problem is there are those who will kill him to keep him from being successful, and those who will kill him if he fails.

"The Case of the Looking Glass Mirror"

A rare volume of "Alice in Wonderland" has been stolen and Jonas Watcher has been hired to find it. In doing so, Jonas finds himself entangled in a rabbit's warren of suspects and clues that would rival the imagination of Lewis Carrol with one deadly addition; a murderer is afoot.

"The Case of the Laveau Curse"

Jonas returns to New Orleans to help find a missing person and is caught up in the French Quarter mythology of Vampires, Zombies and Voodoo. It is a world where the hunter can very quickly become the hunted.

"Where Evil Lurks"

Is there such a thing as pure evil, and is the love of money at its root. Jonas tackles a cold case and discovers that the dangers are very current and a murderer will kill again to keep a family's past hidden there.

There are the log lines, now what about the one sheets to help tell the story and become book jackets. Would you be interested in reading the books and or seeing the movies? Have any suggestions? I look forward to hearing from you.

Gene Poschman

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