Consumed November 2016 – December 1st, 2016

The penultimate month of the year… I had so many plans to do so much and you squashed them all.

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At least I got to consume a lot of good media, right?

Television
Drunk History – Aw sh*t, I just fell in love with Hillary Anne Matthews.

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Better Call Saul – Finally finished season two. Still don’t love it as much as Breaking Bad but it’s growing on me.

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Lucifer
The Good Place
Timeless
The Exorcist
You’re the Worst – This is the goddamn best show. Plus now I don’t know if I love Kether Donohue or Colette Wolfe more.

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Luke Cage – I’m sorry but this show was terrible. Two easy fixes? One, cut the order to 8 episodes. Two, find better bad guys (Jessica Jones did this very well).

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UnReal – I hate these kinds of reality shows but I can see how/why some people love this drama.

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Pitch – So easy to love.

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The Last Man on Earth – This damn show keeps getting better and better.

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Conviction – Now that it’s been officially cancelled, what are the chances of an Agent Carter reboot

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Lethal Weapon – The most fun you’ll have on network television.

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Blindspot
Continuum
Outsiders –
Humans – So Westworld minus all the savage ra… nope, they did that, too.

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Bob’s Burgers
Justified – Season 3 is damn good.

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The Night Manager – Episode one = yawn.

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The Last Ship – I can see myself getting sucked into this.

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Movies
Arrival – Pretty great, makes me day dream of Close Encounters.

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Doctor Strange – So much fun.

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The Handmaiden – Goddamn, now that’s a movie.

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10 Cloverfield Lane – Very good.

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – Freakin’ great.

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Books
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Comics
Doctor Strange: The Oath – BKV & Martin FTW!

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Captain America – Remender and Romita Jr FTW!

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DC Comic’s Bombshells

Video Games
Sleeping Dogs – As much fun the second time around.

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Overwatch – I think I get the hype.

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Doom – Must finish this game!

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Thanksgiving 2016 – November 24th, 2016

What am I grateful for? I’m grateful that 2016 is almost over.

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Case in point, this beautiful scenery was from a hike that ruined Thanksgiving. See what I mean? F**k you, 2016.

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What’s the Best Action Movie Script? – November 17th, 2016

What are the best written action movie scripts out there? Many will say Die Hard

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… or Aliens

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… or — if you require a contemporary example — Gravity.

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What do you think is a terrifically written action movie script?

Posted in Writing

My Advice – November 10th, 2016

Be courageous.

Be kind to yourself.

Be excellent to each other.

Also…

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A Personal ZD30: Week 1 – November 3rd, 2016

On November 1, I (along with my friend Sylvia) started a personal Zero Draft 30. I’m rewriting a pilot but I’m going back to basics. This week I have to bash out a beat sheet. Can someone give me a beat?

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What is a beat sheet? For me, it’s a bullet point list of scenes and sequences. How many beats do I need? I was taught that I should aim for roughly half the number of pages in my script. If I were writing a feature, I’d be aiming for 60 beats (which is half of 120 pages). If it were a sitcom, then 15 beats (half of 30 pages). As I’m writing an hour-long drama, the goal is 30 beats.

Normally I would just find 30 “things” that I want to happen, make sure it roughly resembles a story (beginning, middle, ending), spilt the beats into acts (I usually write a teaser and five acts), and then I’d move onto a treatment.

This time around, I’m being a bit more methodical. After every 5 beats I go back and figure out…

-What’s at stake for each major characters (there are two major characters).
-What is each character’s goal in the scene.
-What is the goal of the scene (for me).

I also ask “is this the laziest version of this scene or can I think of something better?”

So far I’m at 21 beats and it’s already better than the draft I pounded out last November.

Next week: the treatment.

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Consumed October 2016 – October 31st, 2016

Happy Halloween!

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Despite a ton of traveling this month, I still managed to consume content like a post grad in the last days of their free trial. On to business.

Television
Luke Cage – This show is… um… I think it’s the weakest of the three Marvel Netflix shows… by a country mile… maybe an ocean mile.

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The Good Place
Son of Zorn
The Last Man on Earth – Still manages to surprise me. Maybe the best half-hour currently airing.

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Justified – Just started season 3 and man, it’s so good.

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Timeless – Who doesn’t love a great time travel yarn, right?

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Bob’s Burgers
Lethal Weapon – Hot damn this show is sooooo much fun.

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The Exorcist – As a former Catholic I have to watch this show and it’s not half bad.

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Pitch – Didn’t think I could like a show about the Padres but here I am watching every episode.

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Lucifer
Conviction – I still miss Agent Carter, but this helps fill that hole.

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Blindspot

Movies
Inception
X-Men: Apocalypse – Much better than I was led to believe.

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Nebraska
A History of Violence – Much worse than I remember.

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All is Lost – The definition of filmmaking.

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Books
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – The perfect Halloween book.

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Theater
Waitress – Like a musical vision of the CW. Pure pop fun.

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Hamilton – There are things in life that are iterative, things that are evolutionary, and things that are revolutionary. This is revolutionary.

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Comics
DC Comic’s Bombshells
Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Five – The series just wrapped a spectacular five year run.

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And with that we put this October in the record books. Next month I’m rewriting a pilot, so wish me luck.

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A Personal Zero Draft 30 – October 27th, 2016

Short and sweet: I will rewrite my pilot in November and want to run my own Zero Draft 30 (like a National Novel Writing Month but for screenwriters). I have one friend that’s interested (thanks, Sylvia) and one friend that’s tepid (come one, Angela).

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Who else will join me?

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Focus on the Positive – October 20th, 2016

With the conclusion of last week’s Austin Film Festival Writers Conference, I have wrapped up a year long stint of con and festival attendance. I’ve been to Austin, Portland, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix, San Diego and New York — and I am exhausted. I can’t imagine how real con warriors (those that make more than a dozen appearances in a year) do it.

In that year I’ve learned everything from how to pack more efficiently (leave the hoodie, bring a flannel shirt)…

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…to how to find a nicer bathroom at a con (trade secret).

But maybe the most important thing I’ve learned: focus on the positive because…

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Time to get back to writing.

Also, I’m already planning my trip to Emerald City Comicon 2017. Who’s with me?

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Hitting The 2016 Austin Film Fest Like Godzilla – October 13th, 2016

Today I’m at the Austin Film Festival and I’m THIS excited to meet you!

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This is me…

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This is my bio…

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Come find me!

2016 Austin Film Festival Half Hour Spec Competition – October 6th, 2016

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And to prove that I am, in deed, bipartisan, here are the half-hour specs that placed in the second round (or better) at this year’s Austin Film Festival.

TV Sitcom Specs 2016
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What can we take away from this gorgeous infographic?

-Everyone and their mother wrote a Broad City spec (and they were mostly good).

-Comedy thrives on Fox.

-Second and third season shows rule (just like in the one-hour competition).

That’s all for now. See you in Austin real soon!

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