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March 31, 2008

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So Script Frenzy is coming in 2 hours, well even less than that. I’ve made a point to not actually write a single thing. I know people have been already outlining things, writing character descriptions things like that. but I really want to see what can be done in a month. In All honesty I’m counting on a somewhat quick then stalled start.

I’m going to start with writing a rough concept. My first day will not even be a page of work. I’m planning on 3 sentences to sum up the story. I haven’t even begun to think about them. I know the movie I want to write, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been thinking about it for a while and thankfully the video watching community was on the same track as me with the Sci-Fi genre closely followed by action/adventure.

And so it goes come midnight I’ll be writing a concept my friend Zack and I came up with Lobster Wars. well, Lobster Vaws! cause everything is better in a German accent. That and there’s some show about lobster fishers with the same name. But seriously… what do you want to see people opening lobster cages or Giant Fucking Robotic Lobsters fighting Mutant Lobsters!

I think we all know the right choice.

Lobster Dogs

Seriously.

Oh yea I started a blog devoted to the concept at http://lobstervaws.wordpress.com
There’s a bunch more pictures and more to come. I’ll be talking about the creation process here and then posting things like chunks of text and pictures in that blog. So anyone not so interested in the writing side of things, can just go watch that section for awesome lobster action!

anyway back to the plan of attack for Script Frenzy. So with the goal of 100 pages, 25 pages a week, 3.33 pages a day… or something. Here’s my plan of attack for the first week.

Week 1

  • Step 1 – three sentences to explain the beginning, climax and end of the story
  • Step 2 – write a short 2 to 3 pages story in normal prose to explore the story further, following loosely the hero’s journey concept.
  • Step 3- break previous writing in to scenes and format in Final Draft

and that’s basically it. I’m sort of not counting on getting a lot of writing done until this weekend, and then just Friday night and primarily Saturday where I’ll be hosting a write out at Solar de Cahuenga in Hollywood from 3 to 6pm for anyone local.

So that’s phase one of my script Frenzy plan of attack.

Genre – Script Frenzy

March 23, 2008

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So here’s the list of Genre’s as Script Frenzy presents them. (see below for what I consider a more accurate genre list in general). Based on the knowledge that I’m going to be attempting to write a film I can produce myself, I’m going to cut some of these genres out. Thus a new list of 7 Genre’s remains. (and yes I’m calling it 7 even though script frenzy groups some of them they really are separate.)

This is a list of some of my favorite movies in the genre’s I’m putting to the vote.

Action/Adventure – Pan’s Labrynth, the Golden Compass , Raiders of the Lost arc
Comedy – Animal House, Ghost Busters,
Drama – Fight Club,
Horror – Cloverfield, Jesus Christ Vampier Hunter, HellRaiser
Science Fiction/Fanasty – Serenity, Constantine, Lord of the Rings

You’ll actually notice that often there’s some cross over in genre. Ghostbusters could easily be called a Sci-Fi movie. Fight Club, though dark, could easily be called a Comedy. And so on. So vote till your heart is content.

http://www.filmsite.org/genres.html provides this list 11 Main Genres that cover the basis of all films.’

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime/Gangster, Drama, Epics/Historical, Horror, Musicals, Science Fiction, War, Westerns

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Duck, Duck, Duck, Goose

March 21, 2008

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I’ve finally gotten off my ass and started sending out query letters again, about 16 so far and it’s been a lot and a lot of this:

Sorry, I’m not the right agent for this one. Thanks for asking, though, and good luck publishing your work.

and

Dear Author:

Thank you so much for sending the Nelson Literary Agency your query.

We’d like to apologize for the impersonal nature of this standard rejection letter. Rest assured that we do read every query letter carefully and, unfortunately, this project is not right for us.

Because this business is so subjective and opinions vary widely, we recommend that you pursue other agents. After all, it just takes one “yes” to find the right match.

Good luck with all your publishing endeavors.


But then sometimes, a door opens. (sigh of slight relief).

Dear Mr. Proof,

Thank you for thinking of me. I’d be happy to see your first severeal
chapters. Would you please send by regular mail? I look forward to the
read.

So this weekend I’ll be sending out the first several chapters of my novel. Any guess as to how many chapters several is I don’t know. But since my chapters tend to run short, I’m thinking the first 50 some pages give or take.

Script Frenzy Poll #1 – Character Driver VS Plot Driven

March 10, 2008

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So With Script Frenzy fast approaching I’m going to take a radical new approach to my writing in that, I’m going to let you boss me around.

You will guide me through a series of questions and polls to making a movie that you want to see.

This time it’s simple you have Two Choices:

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Submit to the poll, leave comments on the videos

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