Welcome to the second installment of our new series on TCR’s blog, Then and Now, a column in which writers reveal and dissect earlier literary attempts which have helped form their current work. This week, John Schimmel takes a look back at an unfinished screenplay from 2006:
By John Schimmel
EXT. STANFORD UNIVERSITY – LATE AFTERNOON
ESTABLISHING – The glorious campus of one of the more interesting, forward-thinking institutions on the planet. Sprinklers water the ample lawns.
EXT. STANFORD PHYSICS BUILDING – LATE AFTERNOON
White, three stories, topped with Spanish tiles, wrapped in semi-Spanish arches.
INT. PHYSICS BUILDING – JANE GLEIZE’S OFFICE – LATE AFTERNOON
JANE GLEIZE (35), fit, focused, Stephen Hawking brain in a healthy female body, stands at her whiteboard. Clutches a black marker as she stares at neatly written if indecipherable equations.
A knock on her door. No reaction.