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How to Get Excited About Waiting

January 21, 2009

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Ok real quick let me catch you up. Last week I ended up working on a über small indie project ‘Shore Front Property’. Had myself one whole line, which I’m pretty happy with.

Anyway, the point is, the writer/director introduced me to the Executive Producer. So before I left I asked the XP (I just made that abbreviation up, it so doesn’t exist), how often they took on new projects and let him know I had a few things that might work with them.

He gave me his card and I just got around to sending him an email. So now we wait.

I gotta say the more I think about this the more I think I could straight out make a feature length movie on my own. But the thought that someone else would produce it is even more exciting to me, because they have the distribution connections. Plus, this would get me in to the Writer Guild and getting an agent to sell my other scripts would be almost a lock. Which means getting an agent to sell my novels would be almost as easily foreseen.

So that’s where I’m at, in the land of delusional fantasies.

• But chaulk this up as a submission!  -It’s the most I’ve done in like a week. So that’s good.

I’ve gotta get back on sending out query letters and submitting to magazines. Need to get organized.

So where are you at?

Script Frenzy Programs

January 21, 2008

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So if you’ve thought about writing the great American screenplay at all, you’ve probably tried to figure out how the hell to format everything. You do a little google searching and you’ll find a multitude of sites that provide answers, templates, yadda yadda yadda.

If you’ve ever tried using MS Word with these templates, well it’s amazing they actually work… in a clunky word sort of way. And if you’re on a mac the damn thing crashed every 4 minutes. But hey it works in a pinch.

Personally, I use final draft. I love final draft. In fact I use it for all my documents, screenplay or novel or just a quick scratch pad. the whole interface is intuitive. Keyboard short cuts and character, place, transition memories etc to minimize typing. Once you get it down, you’ll kick stuff out 10 times faster. But I know you don’t all have 140+ bucks for professional screen writing software.

So I wanted to offer up this program I found in my days without final draft. Yes, in those sad days when I upgraded to my laptop, having used up my installs on Final Draft that had been with me forever I turned to something else.

CelTx (http://www.celtx.com) To start off with it’s free. It actually does more than final draft. It gives you sections to help you out in not just writing, but production as well. Storyboards, pictures, wardrobe it even helps you with a budget and production schedule.

Plus Celtx doesn’t stop at being software, it comes with a community of writers, and filmmakers. The forums & projects central area encourage people to meet each other, collaborate, share their work. It’s great. So check it out and see for yourself. And get ready for Script Frenzy!

Coming soon I ask you to help shape the movie I’ll write for Script Frenzy

Script Frenzy

January 11, 2008

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Well it’s still a few months away but it’s not too soon to start thinking about Script Frenzy (http://www.scriptfrenzy.org).

If you were with me in the fall you remember my run for Nanowrimo. Well Script Frenzy is the same thing, but for screen plays. Which makes it alot easier and a lot harder.

There’s a crucial difference between Novels and Scripts. Novels demand you let your imagination run, and your ink flow.

Scripts demand you say the most amount in the least amount of time. The key to script is rewriting, and rewriting and rewriting.

So it’s never too early to start thinking about your script for Script Frenzy. It’s funny I came here to talk about how Script Frenzy was odd because it was based on word count.. but as I went to check that info on the website i found this:

We’re moving the event to April, and changing the goal from 20,000 words to 100 pages.

And I have to say (having written 6 scripts in the past), this is a much more accurate goal for screen plays. In fact I’d actually say if you can finish 90 pages you’re gold.

I want to put this out there. There are 3 types of people doing script Frenzy.

1) The wanna be writers, who want to make a hollywood screenplay and sell it to the highest bidder for 6 figures.

2) the writer who just wants to see if he can get it done.

3) the independent film maker.

and I want to say, 100 pages is a very reasonable goal. it can be done, and in fact it can be done in a matter of days (like 2). Don’t look at this as a daunting task. It’s going to be easy, and along the way I’m going to give some tips I’ve picked up for writing screen plays and talk to those 3 different types of people as best I can.

Right now you’ve got months to go until SF starts in April, so just sit back and let your mind wander.

Oh yea My Script Frenzy Profile is at:
http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/eng/user/246963

I’m thinking of opening my script idea up to my viewers, in which I’d give out some choices in the weeks before Script Frenzy to guide my hand… like what Genre, sub genre, etc…

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