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Writing Log Week 39 – 2. October, 2017


Things are slow but good with the horror feature script. They need to be better and faster. My class is definitely helping.

Getting into the mood, I watched my first Ti West feature, The Innkeepers. It’s a fun little horror film, funnier than I thought it would be. The second half of my indie film double feature was Axis, directed by Aisha Tyler — yes, that Aisha Tyler. It’s basically a scrappy, low budget Locke.

The first script I read was the CBS pilot, Perfect Citizens.

I am truly amazed when a script/writer nails the feel of a network and this script screams CBS. Salamander is an all out action script for ABC written by a quartet of heavy hitters, including Scott Rosenberg of Con Air fame.

On that note, time to hunker down and pound out this script.

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Writing Log Week 33 – 21. August, 2017

I left LaLaLand for a few days so that I could be IN THE PATH OF TOTALITY (sounds like a heavy metal song).

And crazy as it may seem, I got some good work done, too.

Yes, you read that right. I actually wrote a page of this pilot I’ve been brewing up for a while now. Here’s hoping this trickle leads to a tidal wave. I also did some quality work on an up coming feature and the next pilot I hope to start before the end of the year.

Locke is the Tom Hardy movie that all took place inside the car he was driving. It was much more enthralling than I could have guessed. I can confirm that The Dark Tower is a movie.

The Machine is a SyFy pilot based on a 2013 movie about AI becoming aware. Unit Zero is a lite action hour for Toni Collette that’s shows a lot of promise on the page.

Next week, more pages.

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Writing Log Week 32 – 14. August, 2017

This week I attended Tiki Oasis and I drank until I was like…

So you’ll understand why this was all I got done…

Mayday 109 is a survival thriller about John F. Kennedy’s sunken PT-boat. It’s a harrowing, fast moving story and they recently locked an up-and-coming leading man.

Continuing with the war theme, both of my movies this week were absolute master pieces. Dunkirk is a lesson in pure cinema while War for the Planet of the Apes proves you can get a great performance out of a damn dirty ape.

As for my own writing, I’m moving very slowly on my pilot. I have a solid beat sheet for the first half but I hit a road block. That’s why I did some work on my other two projects. And why I drank myself stupid.

Next week: pages!

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Writing Log Week 28 – 17. July, 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 – 10. July, 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 – 8. July, 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 – 3. July, 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 – 26. June, 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 – 19. June, 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 – 12. June, 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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