Sunday, March 14, 2010

Comments on Another's Rundown

Over at Script Shadow we have this week's Weekly Rundown. These are the bits that caught my attention, and a few brief thoughts on them.

First, a King Arthur movie to be helmed by Guy Ritchie is in the works. It'll be written by John Hodge (Trainspotting). Variety Article.

The first thing I thought was "weren't there a couple big budget King Arthur movies like, 5 years ago?"

Friday, March 12, 2010

FRENZY!!!! (or RomComs: A Discussion)

No, the frenzy isn't in reference to a zombie horde feasting on the masses. It's... 


I know I've posted about NaNoWriMo in the past, but truth be told that never works out because novel writing doesn't really seem to be my thing. However! Script Frenzy is this April and I will be writing my first feature length screenplay! (Yay!) Also, very surprising to me, I will be writing a RomCom. I've never really had intentions of writing one in the past but this story really seems the best choice for me for my first feature.

I've started plotting it out, and currently my plan is to have the story nicely set out in index cards before April. In addition to plotting, I think I need to examine a couple of the better romcoms to set me on the right foot, through both reading and watching. Hopefully, in the end I'd be able to produce a kind of stereotypically audience gender neutral one, like 40 Year Old Virgin or Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It seems like the key to that is to have a solid bro contingent with a healthy dose of sex and sex jokes. I wasn't really planning on adding a whole lot of sex to mine, but I won't be surprised if I make that decision further down the road, during rewrites. There's certainly room for it, character and story-wise. I do, however, have a good, humorfull, broscape that is central to the story.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Shake It Up, Bisques!

Here's the thing. I'm pretty certain knowing y'alls some o' that Shakey - that ol' Bard of Straford on Avon - will always serve you in some way, particularly in the entertainment industry. In screenwriting, it can bring you round to that oh, so coveted "same but different" screenplay, it is rife with characters and situations you can steal borrow, and isn't it just good to know where shit came from? Plus, most of the country isn't up on it's Troilus and Cressida, so as long as you aren't writing another Romeo and Juliet you're probably fine. No, strike that, there's a new Romeo and Juliet spin constantly. Besides, his stuff is just an awfully good place for reminders of basic story plots. Like the Star Crossed Lovers™ .

Monday, March 8, 2010

2010 Oscars - Animated Short

Hey readers. Last night was the Oscars (o' course). My discovery: I saw an embarassingly low number of any of the nominated films, any category. However, most years I see zero of the shorts, which, you know, zero is less than few or ambiguous "low number" (I saw more Tony nominees this year I think, than Oscar nominees, which is a first).

So, submitted for the approval of the midnight society, I call this blogpost...

animated short 2010 AYAotD

Don't you miss Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ahhhhh Sh*t

I absolutely love this work of James Jean's.

...and that is exactly how things go with me. Somehow, I can't just grab shit and run forward like it always seems my peers can do, I have to make things complicated for myself. So out of that one can (maybe) ascertain my sudden drop of updates. Or not. I've excuses like a kidnapper has candy but neither are good for anybody, are they? Not me and the kidnapper (though the kidnapper, no not good) but I'm referring to the candy and excuses. Well, candy from kidnappers, candy is good on it's own. In moderation, you know, yadda.