My name is Robert j. Lee and I began this journey in July 2012.
I wrote a two page script for a competition in the UK, where I was living at the time. I was fairly happy with the script but didn’t manage to place in the competition. A friend of mine then suggested that, as a challenge to myself, I try to write a new script every week, two pages long would be ideal.
Two Pages a Week was born.
I didn’t have an endgame or any real plan. I decided to post them online and make them available for free to filmmakers and students. Create a website, try to get some attention. It was stressful and difficult but I loved it. I started hearing from filmmakers and fellow screenwriters who liked my stuff. I felt like I was getting better, honing my craft.
Then a film arrived. Someone had made one of them! Someone I don’t know actually liked one of my scripts enough to spend time and money producing it. Then a few more got made. Then more. The website was mentioned in a popular online magazine. I had producers telling me they had read and enjoyed my little two page scripts. Film teachers and professors were emailing asking to use my scripts in their classrooms.
All this time I was hustling, the way all of us screenwriters do, for paid gigs. I was lucky enough to get by with the occasional paid writing job while simultaneously writing a new script every week and being a stay-at-home dad to my young daughter. Ultimately I had to leave Two Pages a Week behind to concentrate on where money was coming from.
Cut to: Present Day
As I’m sure you know, paid screenwriting jobs can be few and far between and recently, while working on a spec feature film script, I realised that I didn’t enjoy it. I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a writer any more.
What I really loved were those few years when I was writing a new script every week. The stress and pressure, while intense at times, were actually joyful and it felt like I had built a community of talented artists around it. That’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to write two pages a week again.
I started mentioning relaunching Two Pages a Week to a few people and someone recommended Patreon as a possible way to support my family while actually doing what I loved. That was all the impetus I needed to start writing again.
So here it is. A new script every week. If it’s your first visit, welcome! I hope you enjoy reading my work. Check out the list of available scripts and let me know if you’re interested in making any of them.
I look forward to working together.
Robert j. Lee