Monday, October 19, 2015

Jonas Watcher: The Case of the Running Bag

The Jonas Watcher books in both paperback and digital are available at Amazon.com, below is the link.

Jonas Watcher

It is difficult to get activity for a relatively new writer especially one who is self-published. There is no money machine behind the marketing of a new writer of mystery or detective adventure novels. I have had two book signings in my hometown and they have been successful in that I have personally received feedback that has been very positive. I must be one on the best kept secrets of the genre.

My next step, other than working on book three (book 2 is also available at Amazon.com), is to try and generate some interest in the film capital of the world, or the USA. It is a long shot at best, but I know a filmmaker and I asked her for some guidance in this, and the following is my first  step into that world. I have purchased a screenwriting book called "Save the Cat" and I have created a description that I hope will garner attention. The thing is how to go about it, so an entry in my blog and as I try to get it out through social media, I hope others will share this. Here is the write-up.



 The Case of the Running Bag Genre: Light Film Noir Detective Adventure Circa 1930's – Jesse Stone, Nick Charles, and Tomas Magnum rolled up into one in a Dashiell Hammett story. An adventure detective story about a down and out veteran who gets mixed up in a case of missing husband and the investigation leads to blackmail, kidnapping and Murder.

Logline: Jonas Watcher overcomes his own demons to solve a case of a missing husband, involving blackmail, kidnapping, and murder while trying to find out who wants him dead.

This film would be PG-13 and appeal to a wide spectrum of age groups – from teenagers to men and women who like adventure and mystery that includes both strong male and female characters. People who enjoyed Robert Downey Jr.'s latest "Sherlock Holmes" will enjoy this film.

The themes include struggling with your own demons while helping other people in trouble, getting your life back on track, developing new friendships, and rediscovering the passion for what you do best.

Synopsis: The Case of the Running Bag follows Jonas Watcher from being a derelict, hung over on the wharf, and almost killed to being given a second chance. When he discovers “The Running Bag” it provides him with direction that leads him deeper into trouble and the tools to redeem himself as an investigator.

Know a filmmaker, please pass this on.

Gene Poschman

Thursday, October 15, 2015

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

Friday, October 9, 2015

Getting into the Movies

If you are reading this because you think I am about to provide a path to turning your masterpiece into a blockbuster, I am sorry, because I hope this is my journey and I do not know how it will turn out.

If you have a contact in the film world, I suggest you connect with that person and hope they can be of assistance. In my case, I know a filmmaker whose work I admire I and I have asked her for advice. This is my first attempt in providing her with what she suggested.

She recommended the book "Save the Cat", which I will pick up when I get my next check. She also wants a brief description of the books and their genre plus "Movie like references". That is what this blog entry will be all about. So sit back and read, there is more to come as I continue writing my third novel and work towards seeing my novels "At the Movies".

The "Genre" could be categorized as light Film Noir. I write somewhere between Dashiell Hammett and Dick Francis. The Novel series I am currently working on is called "Jonas Watcher". It is a detective adventure series with some elements of mystery and humor. The stories are currently taking place in the 1930's in San Francisco, New Orleans, St Louis, and Chicago with mentions of Boston and New York.

Jonas Watcher starts out as a derelict suffering from a really bad case of the DT's The Case of the Running Bag" which starts him on the road to recovery, and, of course, finding out who tried to kill him.
on a floating pier in the San Francisco Bay. He is a "Great War" veteran who was in the military police. He is clearly damaged from the war. He is almost murdered in the first book, "

In the second book, "The Case of the Bourbon Street Hustler" Jonas goes to New Orleans, for a client who wants to know if his son was killed there. Jonas explores the French Quarter, and the Bayou surrounding New Orleans. He soon discovers that not only is he a hunter, but he is also being hunted. In the Bayou, the most deadly creature walks on two legs and doesn't have scales.
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The third book is a work in progress and is called "The Case of the Jade Dragon". Jonas is returning home from New Orleans and takes on the role of good samaritan, rescuing an elder Chinese man and his daughter. The act gets Jonas mixed up in an ancient Chinese feud, star-crossed lovers, and a task in which it doesn't matter whether he succeeds of fails, someone is going to kill him.

There are the brief descriptions of the first three books. The next three books are; "The Case of the Looking Glass Mirror", "The Case of the Laveau Curse", and "Where Evil Lurks".

As for recent film references that might pertain to my novels I have been somewhat at a loss because no one is currently feature films circa 1930. Ther are a number of TV series that fit in that genre, so here they are.

     From BBC, there is Hercule Poirot, not as much adventure and not really "light Film Noir" but the right period, wrong country.

     From Australia, Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries. A little more adventure, a little earlier time period, but very much in the style I'm looking for. She is a female detective in Australia and a bit of a fish out of water but very self-reliant.




 








 From Canada, Murdoch Mysteries. These are before "The Great War" but close in style, not quite enough adventure. Murdoch is a policeman/detective who is a Catholic in a Protestant city at the turn of the century. The focus is primarily mystery oriented with the touch of science of the time and a little bit of what if.


If you look at "The Big Sleep", The Thin Man" series with William Powel and Myrna Loy, "The Maltese Falcon" you have a better feel for the type of book and film I am looking at. Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Rex Stout, and Earl Stanley Gardner had a big effect on my writing and story telling. I am more about adventure story and character development and less about the "Mystery".


  "The Sting" with Paul Newman and Robert Redford also captures the look of my novels from a design view. The story is from the same period and the style is close to what I am looking for. While I am planning to write the treatments for the books, I am looking for advice and help in doing so.

I am sure I have missed the boat with this blog, but this is my first pass at providing the requested information as I understand it. I am open to criticism because I want to get on the next step.

So "Save the Cat" here I come. It is time to read.