Writing Log Week 29 – July 24th, 2017

As I spent most of the week in San Diego for a bit of high nerdery…

I didn’t get to accomplish much this week:

The Sinner is an upcoming slow-burn of a series at USA. The Good Girls should be on NBC in the upcoming season.

Spider-Man: Homecoming was pure fun and A Ghost Story proves that you can make a heartfelt film from a silly premise.

I managed to do a little work on my pilot but I really have to kick that up a notch. Also, I need to start figuring out what feature I’ll write starting late September… and what pilot will follow that.


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Writing Log Week 28 – July 17th, 2017

This was a tough week.

That’s why I didn’t do much of anything.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes isn’t the best Howard Hawks but Marilyn… DAMN!

And I have to agree with my pseudo name sake, The Raid is a quality movie.

Next week I gotta get back on top of business.

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Writing Log Week 27 – July 10th, 2017

Goddamn, I took down another deadline.

My Fiction Podcast pilot script and season outline — submitted to AFF.

In Miller’s Girl, there’s a teacher, there’s a young school girl, and there’s a misunderstanding that leads to something quite vicious.

Baby Driver was…

Shaun of the Dead is still my favorite Edgar Wright movie. As for Men in Black, it really holds up… except for that Will Smith closing credits song.

Time to switch to my pilot.

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Mid 2017 Check-In – July 8th, 2017

Goddamn, it’s crazy hot. Seriously, this is how I’m gonna spend the rest of the summer.

Regardless, it’s time for a mid-year check-in. I’d say that, despite the ups and downs (and very down downs) of this year, I’ve done an alright job of keeping up with my goals and the required creative output.

Features – At the start of the year I said I wanted to write a contained thriller. I started breaking that story, but then a news item and a friend’s suggestion sent me working on a second, much bigger contained thriller — the first feels like an indie film, the second more like a mid-to-big budget movie. I need to pick one and write it this fall.

Comic Books – I had a script for a flawed short and it died on the vine. That’s fine. Mediocre ideas should die. Now I just need to find another short comic idea.

Pilot – I’ve done some work on my pilot but not nearly enough. That changes today. It will have my total focus until the end of the summer, when I should have a draft.

Spec – I wrote and submitted my Blindspot spec to the Austin Film Festival, the WB Writers Workshop, and the NBC/Universal Writers on the Verge program. In a couple of weeks I’ll submit to the NHMC fellowship.

Fiction Podcast – This wasn’t even on the radar at the start of the year but I just wrote a pilot episode and outlined the first season of a supernatural infused noir drama — and now I’m considering making this sucker (truly, I am a masochist).

I took a Script Anatomy class for my spec and it was great. I absolutely recommend them and I hope to take one more class this year. I am also looking at a couple of other classes (will let you know what I find).

Gotta renew my passport ASAP (otherwise, how will I ever find a Canadian honey?). Still need to do something to fill the music void. Still need to develop an exercise routine.

As if that weren’t enough, this year I also followed Scott Myers1, 2, 7, 14 advice. How am I doing in that respect? Well…

I’m supposed to read 1 script a week. By now I should have read 26 scripts. I’m behind, having only read 19: 8 feature scripts and 11 pilot scripts.

Feature Scripts
In The Deep (The Shallows)
The Wall
Hotel Artemis
Blonde Ambition
James Cameron’s Titanic
Let the Evil Go West

Pilot Scripts
Life Sentence
Killing Eve
El Jefe

I should be watching 2 movies a week, totaling 52 movies to date. Sadly, I’m only up to 39.

The Cabin in the Woods
The Shallows
John Wick
A Monster Calls
Postcards from the Edge
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Sleepwalk with Me
Man Up
The Lego Batman Movie
John Wick: Chapter 2
Get Out
Patriot’s Day
Ghost in the Shell (animated)
Kong: Skull Island
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Phoenix Forgotten
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
Alien: Covenant
T2: Trainspotting
Gone Girl
Wonder Woman
Cars 3
Rough Night
In Bruges
The Beguiled
Baby Driver
Men in Black

I should be writing 1 page per day, totaling 182 pages. I stand at 201 pages written to date, SO PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT!

I should have done 364 hours of research and I… I’m too tired to calculate that.

But see, I’m doing pretty well. Hooray for me!

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Writing Log Week 26 – July 3rd, 2017

I’ve been working on that podcast script like a man possessed.

Heck, I’d like to actually produce the podcast. It would be my first time making something in years. Nothing beats working with actors, right?

Happy! is a Grant Morrison pilot commissioned by Syfy and I think Morrison fans will love it. Next summer CBS will bring us Salvation, a doomsday series as only the Tiffany network can do.

Sofia Coppola has matured greatly with The Beguiled but In Bruges is an absolutely spectacular film.

Time to get back to this podcast script. The AFF deadline is this Friday.

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Writing Log Week 25 – June 26th, 2017

I am on a roll!

So let’s talk a little bit about that Western script off the Blacklist.

Let The Evil Go West is a very trixie script. It does a ton of things “you’re not supposed to do.” There’s an illustration on the cover, the author’s name isn’t clear, it has camera directions galore, and it does away with slug lines, sorta. There’s no “INT.” or “EXT.” or “DAY” or “NIGHT”. If it’s a DAY scene it’s simply…

And if it’s a night scene it’s…

And it works.

I will confirm that both Rough Night and Spectre are movies. One is long. One is short.

Most importantly, I’m working like crazy to get this fiction podcast idea into shape for the Austin Film Festival. That means I have 11 days to finish 1) a 10-page script and 2) a series outline.

Wish me luck.

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Writing Log Week 24 – June 19th, 2017

Although I only wrote one page, I was back at work this past week.

I split my time between developing a long gestating pilot and a new idea for a fiction podcast (very excited about that).

I saw Taken, again, and it’s still exactly as I remember it. And that one scene, it still kicks major ass. Cars 3 was easily the best in the series.

Controversy was shot but not picked up to series. For dealing with such a hot button issue, it was an easy to read pilot.  If you love hot helicopter action, your prayers have been answered — Valor will be coming to the CW this year.

Next week, pages!

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Writing Long Week 23 – June 12th, 2017

It’s the week after submitting to the fellowships and I kind of half-assed it.

I did read that Seinfeld spec about the Twin Towers.

I admit, I laughed out loud.

I watched Wonder Woman and Gone Girl. Both are pretty damn great, albeit a tad too long.

As for my own work, I’m starting back up with my horror pilot and I’m also cultivating ideas for a fiction podcast, ala Homecoming (soon to be a Julia Roberts TV show — WHAT?!), The Truth, and Welcome to Nightvale.

Do you have a favorite fiction podcast? If so, send it my way.

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Writing Log Week 22 – June 5th, 2017

All materials for the television writing fellowships have been submitted and I be like…

I even managed to get back into the old routine…

That script I read just landed an attachment but don’t click on that link. This script *HINGES* on one massive reveal. To know the secret will ruin the entire experience.

Trainspotting is still a massively awesome film and the sequel, T2: Trainspotting, might be my favorite film of the year. I don’t think you’ll find a better film about the bittersweet that develops as a friendship between dudes ages.

The big thing for me: what do I write next? I know I need to kick ass on my pilot, but what else? I have 2 feature film ideas (one big and one small), a few comic book ideas, I’m developing ideas for a narrative podcast, or maybe I should develop another pilot. Thoughts?

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Writing Log Week 21 – May 29th, 2017

I’m on final approach for the fellowships, so I’m like…

Therefore, I didn’t work on much besides my Blindspot spec.

And let’s not mention the movie I saw.

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