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Briefly, before I forget

January 12, 2010

So these last two weeks have consisted of my and my writing partner’s madly scrambling to pound out a decent looking first draft for an MOW (Movie of the Week). We’d sent in a few sentences in response to an open call that was buried somewhere in the middle of a screenwriting newsletter run by James Mercurio, and–surprise!–got an email from the actor who was looking for a specific project, specific market, and specific character details. The story that I and my partner had been sitting on didn’t quite match what was being requested, so we had to retool all our characters to fit the new structure. We did it in about a week, with much burning of candles at both ends.

Is it done? Yes. Is it perfect? No. To be specific, the second half of the first hour is a little weak, and the major lead character needs something to make her a bit more sympathetic, and there are still some small inconsistencies in tone throughout the piece. But still, done. And we’re baby writers, so for this to have gotten as far as it did (given that we hadn’t expected a response at all and just sent our little four sentence teaser-synopsis into the gaping void) was really, really heartening.

But now I fall over. Goodnight.


Obligatory Year-End Review and Happy New Year Post

January 7, 2010

2009 was…interesting.

Judging by what’s already happened in the first week of the year, 2010 should be even more interesting.

There. Full report/wrap up to come soon, as it’s on my list of things to do, but a deadline (a couple of pressing matters, actually) looms.

The Lovely Bones Guest Review at MSP

December 17, 2009

My Guest Review of the Fran Walsh/Philippa Goyens/Peter Jackson script for The Lovely Bones (out now in limited release) is up at the Matriarchal Script Paradigm here. Thanks for the opportunity, Kristy!

Casual Game: Small Worlds

December 17, 2009

David Shute’s flash game Small Worlds is a straightforward exploration game with pixel art and an evocative soundtrack by Kevin Macleod.

I’m now going through all of Kevin Macleod’s website and listening to the music he’s uploaded under a generous CC license (3.0 “Attribution”).

I wonder if he’d trade soundtrack services in exchange for a website redesign?

On Having Standards

December 10, 2009

Michael Caine on Jaws 4 (1987), in which he played a character named Hoagie Newcombe:

I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.

World Builder

November 24, 2009

Particularly enjoyed the sound effects and soundtrack. Held my attention with trying to figure out what was going on, and trying to interpret the main character’s facial expressions. Found the movements more convincing than Tom Cruise’s in Minority Report:

Granted, the UI is slightly different–a 2D surface rather than a 3D space, but somehow I don’t buy that Tom Cruise is manipulating images in the interface. I see a guy wearing interesting gloves, waving his hands in the air, and the images superimposed later.

I wonder what the budget was for World Builder?

Kevin Smith on Directing

November 10, 2009