“Hurricane” – Screenplay Update as of January 13, 2020
I have just received the 3rd draft of the screenplay from my co-writer in LA. Laurie Ashbourne is a thirty year veteran screenwriter formerly with Disney for thirteen years. I engaged Laurie early last September, 2020. We are adapting my historic fiction short story originally titled “1900: The Year of Revelations”. The screenplay focuses on the Galveston Storm of 1900. Some references include those to my great grandfather Giovanni Carlo Bernardoni of Bientina, Italy near Pisa. He is a peripheral character who is a tavern owner near St. Mary’s Orphanage. The “ring” element is briefly touched on late in the screenplay. I will be submitting my notes and comments about the 3rd draft to Laurie in the next few days. I will register the screenplay with the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C. by this Monday. I had already registered the short story many weeks ago.
We will now create a “pitch deck” which is a Hollywood marketing tool necessary to approach the film studios. The pitch deck includes dramatic photos, a video clip, the logline and a brief synopsis. Thereafter, the entire script will be circulated to the studios and production companies who produce 90% of today’s motion pictures. Laurie has a long history with these studios. She’s wired in so to speak. That means the screenplay will be seen by the power brokers in LA. The marketing phase will continue for as long as possible. Ultimately, we will draft the final screenplay which will be in hand by the middle of February, 2021.
On September 8, 1900, a CAT 4 cataclysmic hurricane consumed Galveston Island drowning 8661 people. The island was decimated. In the 120 years since that biblical event no tribute has ever been erected to honor the dead as well as an event that was followed by the world’s greatest countries who made tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to help the survivors rebuild Galveston Island. God willing, the Galveston dead will no longer be unheard and forgotten if we can bring this event to the attention of the American public. The Galveston Storm of 1900 hurricane remains the single deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history.
John Bernardoni, Executive Producer
John Bernardoni Production Group