Posts Tagged ‘Austin Film Festival’

 

Writing Log Week 19 – 15. May, 2017

I just submitted my Blindspot spec to the Austin Film Festival.

This will be me now…

… at least until I have to write the next thing.

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Writing Log Week 18 – 11. May, 2017

How is my writing going?

This week I stopped by Target to buy underwear. Then I went back to buy socks. Then back again for more underwear. Then again for more socks. Tonight I’m going back for yet more underwear. Why? My options are either that or this…

Why don’t I have time to hit the Laundromat?

Because I wrote 65 pages this week. 65 MOTHERF**KIN’ PAGES!

My script is (over) due for my Script Anatomy class this Friday. The AFF deadline is Monday. When your true work calls, you must answer.

But I did manage to squeeze in time for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2. At the movie, I saw trailers for both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, the one with the Led Zeppelin song that made everyone go, “gaga.” Yeah, it’s a nice use of the song, but did everyone forget how Fincher and Karen O crushed it with that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer?

Remember your history, cinephiles. Thor is a puny girly-man by comparison.

Enough.

Time to rewrite.

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Writing Log Week 17 – 1. May, 2017

This week I focused on my Blindspot spec script. The finished script (60 pages) is due for my Script Anatomy class in 10 days. The final Austin deadline is in 15 days. WB Writers Workshop and NBC/Universal’s Writers on the Verge are both due in 31 days.

So I tore down my outline. I tore it “down to the studs” (stole that from Meg LeFauve) and then I built it back up. I put my butt in the writer’s seat, put my nose to the grind stone, and I did the work. It wasn’t pretty. Honestly, I probably looked like this…

But I did some honest work.

Now I just have to write 6-10 pages a day.

Sure.

No sweat.

FML.

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Focus on the Positive – 20. October, 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 – 13. October, 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 – 6. October, 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!

Posted in Festivals, Writing

2016 Austin Film Festival One Hour Spec Competition – 29. September, 2016

Another year, another complete whiff with my iZombie spec.

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Still, I don’t want to be that sourpuss that gripes. I want to be that sourpuss that gives you an awesome infographic about the drama specs that made the second round or better at this year’s Austin Film Festival.

BAM!

 

TV Drama Specs 2016
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So what can we glean from this beautifully presented info?

-The popularity of Daredevil and iZombie prove that comic books rule the small screen.

-Writers love to spec CW and Showtime series the most, Netflix and AMC the second most, NBC and FX third most. Also, there’s at least one talented writer watching Audience and El Rey, respectively.

-Folk are busting out the 2nd season shows.

Congrats to everyone that placed.

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Au Revoir John August, My AFF Hi Bye Friend. – 28. July, 2016

I was devastated to learn that John August is moving to France.

DEVASTATED!

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Yes, I know that his moving will have little effect on the Scriptnotes podcast but John August was my secret “hi bye” friend.

John has no idea who I am but at every Austin Film Festival I would run into him at least once and I’d say, “morning, John” or “afternoon, John” or “hi, John!”

And every time he’d say the exact same thing…

John, “(a slightly longer than expected pause) Hello.”

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This has been a staple of my AFF experience since I first attended but now, with John in France, I’m worried that he won’t be at this year’s Austin Film Festival. I will have no “hi bye” friend this year.

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(that’s an homage to last year’s deluge)

#InfiniteSadness

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Hacking Sleep: The Cat Nap – 19. May, 2016

When you’re dead tired, do you know how to fight exhaustion? By sleeping! Specifically, by taking a cat nap.

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Want to maximize that nap and not accidentally doze off for three hours?

1) Set an alarm for 15 minutes. Don’t sleep for longer.

2) Set a second alarm and put it far enough away that you have to get up to shut it off.

3) Nap with the lights on.

4) Drink a small tea or coffee before napping.

As for my writing, the deadlines loom large. Then I learn this fun little fact.

So I’m submitting the second most popular drama spec? Guess I can expect a lot of competition.

Cool. Bring it.

But first…

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Also, don’t forget to vote for your favorite comic book cover artist. This poll will close in one week.

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Hacking Sleep: Water Logged – 12. May, 2016

With all these upcoming deadlines, I need to sleep less and wake up earlier. How can I ensure that I wake up early? There’s this method…

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Or I can drink a lot of water before bed. I’ll let The Simpsons explain.

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5:04AM? Yes, please. And wish me luck.

But before I go, I see that the Austin Film Festival has been tweeting stats about their spec competitions. That all nice and such but let me provide you with robust infographics.

First, One-Hour Dramas.

TV Drama Specs 2015
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And for my Half-Hour Sitcom brethren.

TV Sitcom Specs 2015
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Break a leg.

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