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The Script Frenzy Has Begun

April 2, 2009

scriptfrenzyticketNow that the whole April Foolishness is behind me, I’m buckling down to write a new screenplay during the month of April. Why April? Well, it happens to be the chosen month for Script Frenzy — an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April. This excercise in creativity and commitment is very similar to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) — which I have wanted to attempt in the Novembers of the past few years.

While I have never written a novel in my life, I have written a number of screenplays — eight to be exact. But, it’s been well over a decade since I’ve competed — or much less gotten past Plot Point I — in writing a new screenplay. I spent the last year and a half pounding out various comic book scripts, and with the current comic book freelance market the way it is, figured that now was as good as time as any to return to screenwriting. Many of my creator-owned comic book scripts, pitches, and outlines the last couple of years have pretty much been planned as springboards for feature films, so… Why the Hell not switch gears and tinker with a screenplay.

I speant much of March trying to decide which of these “springboards” to devote the month of April to and mold into a screenplay. A couple of my ideas I had actually pitched to various production companies last summer. The idea that eventually won out to get the “Hollywood treatment” so to speak is a “family film” of sorts — perhaps a bit edgier than most, but a solid PG rated concept. It’s about a group of kids that find themselves as the last defense against demonic monsters threatening to break free from their hellish prison and bring nightmares to life. The title — The Last Trick Or Treat.

I’ll try to post regular updates on my progress and my experiences of my Script Frenzy throughout the month. Stay tuned.

Yesterday’s Water Bottle Tour

July 15, 2008

Sorry for not posting yesterday. I had meetings in the Los Angeles area with two different production companies — and that pretty much turns into a full day’s trip. Driving up from Orange County to Century City and Santa Monica can take a solid hour to an hour and a half in the morning. For those of you that haven’t had “Hollywood” meetings, they’re all very similar in many aspects. Most of the time you’re greeted by an attractive girl who offers you a bottled water and directs you to a couch in the lobby to wait for the person you’re meeting with. While waiting in the lobby you have your choice of Hollywood Reporter or Variety to thumb through. You can take in the promotional movie posters and and standees of the companies recent releases and biggest hits. And, while you’re waiting you try to look busy by checking your phone for messages and texts. Once the person you’re to meet with is available you adjourn to a conference room with a humongous table and you quickly drop into an exchange of banter.

My first meeting was in Century City and I thought it went rather well. It turned out to be more of a pitch meeting than I expected and I wished that I was better prepared. I threw out ideas that I had fore feature films. He threw out guidelines in regards to what they were looking for. I threw out quickly revised versions of the previous ideas that I had just pitched. It was friendly and rather laid back, and for the most part I felt comfortable. Only problem was… The pen in my shirt pocket began to leak during the meeting and it was pointed out to me — bummer. Other than that, the meeting was wrapped up on a high note of possibilities and I’ve got some synopsis and treatments to retool and send.

So, in between meetings — rather than meet David Tischman for lunch — I was off on a hunt to acquire a brand new shirt before my second meeting. Since the second meeting was in Santa Monica near the 3rd Street Promenade that’s where I headed for a new wardrobe. I ducked into The Gap and found a simple classic gray button down collared shirt for 12 bucks. Threw down a quick lunch of Fatburger, and then I was off to the second meeting.

The second meeting was very similar to the first. The person that I met with seemed to like pretty much the same ideas that were well accepted in the first meeting — so I know what to work on and what the current trend is. And the guidelines as to what the second production company was looking for definitely reiterated what direction productions are steering toward nowadays. So, I’ll be busy working on my family oriented, four quadrant, tent-pole, bankable actor as a strong leading man pitches while I get ready for next week’s Comic-Con.

I’m Darker And More Effed Up Than I Thought

April 3, 2008

I just finished writing a script for a short story that will hopefully be what the editor was looking for and will thus be included in a 2008 annual. It’s a rather dark tale — and I got rather dark. It’s probably the most twisted and effed up script that I’ve ever written — and that includes the screenplay for the never-to-be-produced Dr. Psychedelia And His Go-Go Slavegirls (yes, that is the actual title), a movie that I wrote over a three-day weekend that had to utilize the sets from the movie The Dark Backward.

So, the script is sent off and I’m waiting to hear back from the editor. Even though I’m not certain of its eventual fate, I’m damn proud of what I wrote and I feel accomplished. Once I hear back on what I turned in and I now I can talk about it you know that I will. Now I’m off to tinker on the “Tinseltown Trio” script collaboration — another rather dark story. Hey, kids! Remember when I used to write fun stories about super heroes hanging out in bars?

Script Frenzy

April 2, 2008

sf_2008_icon_small.gifWhile I’ve got a number of projects on various burners of my writing stove-top, I’ve been enticed to throw together another creative stew to bring to a boil. In similar fashion to November being National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo), April is Script Frenzy month.

Yes, I did make a meager attempt to write my novel back in November with the rest of the NaNoWriMo participants — and I didn’t get very far. Five months ago I had a number of other comic book projects getting underway and I just didn’t have the time that was required to fully commit to attempt writing a novel. But this time around, April is the perfect time to work on a screenplay while I continue to work on my comic book projects that are now moving along. It turns out that I need to write a new screenplay.

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a screenplay — maybe ten or twelve years. I’ve written eight altogether, but I really need something fresher in order for my manager to show of my writing-chops to Hollywood. So, I’m figuring that this Script Frenzy event can serve as a boost to get a new screenplay started, and completed.

The screenplay that I’m working on is an idea that I’ve been sitting on for about eight months now. I’ve got other screenplay ideas that I’ve been kicking around for much longer, but the pieces to this script just fell together and lined up nicely. But, I am hoping that once I really get rolling this endeavor will help to spur on the other ideas that have been quietly bubbling on the back burners.

I’ll still be hammering away at the various comic book writing chores that are currently lined up, as well as prepping and getting more comic book writing work lined up.

For the record, I knocked out the first five pages of my Untitled Script Frenzy Project last night.

Supporting Our Writers

November 7, 2007

writerslovetshirt.jpgI woke up real early this morning — unable to sleep. In fact, I haven’t slept well the last two nights — tossing and turning and/or having really weird and exhausting dreams when I do happen to fall asleep for 10 or 15 minute periods. Now, I’m not saying that the Writers Strike is what is keeping me up at night, but it is a concern of mine — either as a fan of television and films or as a future member of the WGA. Since I gave up sleeping this morning at around 5:00 AM I thought I’d do something creative. So, I came up with this t-shirt design to show my support. I know it’s not officially “T-Shirt Tuesday” but I thought I’d go ahead and post it regardless.

It’s a nice simple design with a filmstrip crossing over a heart that I think gets the point across. If anybody else is interested in showing their support for the writers you can find t-shirts, buttons, etc… here.