Another New Project…

So that webseries turned into a bit of a false start… Some ideas sound so good at 2am and then the next day no one actually wants to work on it with you. However, my roommate and assorted others are really, really into doing NaNoWrimo right now, so I’m kind of hacking together my own version this month. I don’t want to wait for April and the script version of NaNoWriMo to come around. Sigh. But I did finally work the two totally different elements I want together into one script without having genre vomit.

 

I do have the unfortunate choice of choosing between a hands on documentary class and an Intro to Screenwriting class, because they’re at the same time on the same day. =( I’m leaning towards screenwriting right now, because that’s the skill I’m working on improving and it qualifies towards my GenEd english requirement. I’m still waiting on the new (like just graduated from graduate school this year type of new) professor to email me back so we can talk about the course.

Finally, if you look down and to the left, I got my movie banner widget working. Yay! Thank God for friends who are computer science majors.

Good News and New Project

First off, I want to congratulate the producers I worked with during Fields Afire, Terri Spaugh and Shannon Jimenez. Their company Illuminandi Media just obtained the rights to an awesome book series called Zombie Fallout. However, their website is hacked right now, so I highly suggest you don’t go there, and go to their Facebook page instead.

For the project side of things, I’m now working on a web series with some friends, based on the lives of people in the doctor who fandom. It’s my first time with an episodic format so we’ll see how that goes. I’m also a little twitchy about the copyright infringement and trademarking issues that might come up. I hope that as long as we don’t profit and give a trademark/copyright disclaimer thingy to the BBC that we’ll be okay. Wish me luck with that.

Also…. I gave in. I got a tumblr. I am ashamed. I mainly use it for knitting/doctorwho fandom stuff though; all my films and associated announcements will remain here.

“Save the Cat” by Blake Snyder

This seem to be turning more into a book review blog than a film blog, but the books about film are just too good to not talk about. My earlier read, “What They Don’t Teach You In Film School” finally got me off my arse about learning to screen-write. See the post about that book if you more details on that.

The book is really quite interesting; I literally know nothing about the technical/literary elements in a screenplay and probably should have read Syd Field’s screenplay first, but this book was definitely clear enough in what needs to be known without getting very pompously didactic. (Big words there =). It got me excited about writing something while I was reading it, to the point that I truly wanted to put the book down and go write a few of the ideas I’ve had.

Even writing about the book has me wanting to go refine my logline some more. Hopefully I can get some semblance of irony into one of the two I’m working on.

“What They Don’t Teach You at Film School”

I was getting so inspired by all of the awesome things I’ve been learning on the Fields Afire set this summer, that I finally broke into my giant pile of film books that I’ve been meaning to read. I made the incredibly good decision to start with “What They Don’t Teach You at Film School” by Camille Landau and Tiare White. it’s freaking awesome. I connected instantly with how they approach problems and challenges, especially the mental. I haven’t actually finished the entire book yet, but the first chapter is dedicated to all of those annoying things like self-doubt, fear and the motivation behind why you want to be a filmmaker. The Freudian analysis weirdly made sense, like most Freudian stuff. You don’t really know why it sounds right and logically it shouldn’t but it just kind of does.

The second section finally got me to get off my butt and start working on screenwriting. I want to be a producer, but a lot of articles/books/whatever I’ve read said that to produce you also need to write so that you actually can have something to produce. Well, I’d kind of acknowledged that but not really taken it to heart until this one. The stories they tell of people who have a wonderful short that makes it big, but nothing to follow it up with had the effect on me I needed.

So I went out and bought:

Syd Field’s “Screenplay”, the 2005 revised edition

“Save the Cat!” by Blake Snyder

A huge, lined, leather bound notebook.

And, of course, a ballpoint pen.

As I’m currently paying off a debt (I managed to total my neighbor’s stone mailbox, and those things aren’t cheap to replace) I wanted one of those writers exercise books with all the weird prompts but didn’t want to have to buy it. Then I realized that I could just make up exercises for myself. So my goal, (until I think of something better) is to write one scene on whatever I feel like every day. Hopefully that will work, and I can get the hang of dialogue so that I can move onto working on an idea I had. Hopefully while working 10-12 hour days I can start writing a scene every day and finish that book.

 

Fields Afire

So far this summer I’m going to be doing the classic “starving artist” and living from one odd job to another, while perfecting my craft. In my case this means working on a totally awesome feature that is sponsored by the equally awesome (and newly created) San Antonio Young Filmmakers Project in conjunction with SoapBoxxMedia. ┬áThis first feature is in production right now and is called Fields Afire. It has a wonderful production team behind it, and I can’t wait to get started this summer!

Cast and Crew details here.

However, we’re are still in the process of fundraising, and if we get at least $25,000 by June 7th we will be eligible for another $25,000 in the form of a local indie grant. Also, the film is partnered with Fractured Atlas, so any donations are tax deductible. The fundraising website is here.