Saturday, April 16, 2011

Scre4m (2011)

Is it possible for a film to be post postmodern and so self aware of the fact that its earlier installments are so self aware, it becomes a new creation?

Read more at Suite101: Scre4m (2011)

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Write Club Part II

This weekend is a big one in terms of my screenwriting progress.  I have gained some interest in a script I wrote a few months ago and have been asked to send my next draft to him/them.  I went over it last week, changing some scenes around and cutting out some exposition to slim down the entire screenplay from 103 pages to 99 pages.  This weekend, in extreme isolation, I will work on a full draft revision with major overhauls in hopes of having my next draft ready in about 7-10 days from now.

And of course, this is the part of screenwriting I hate..which kind of means I'm not really a screenwriter, right?  I don't do well with analyzing...anything.  I'm too scatterbrained and dare I say, creative minded for that.  Ah, but one can learn to be analytical to some extent, so I won't use that entire left vs right brain argument. Time to exorcise all inborn excuses and get to work.

Time to shit or get off the pot, really.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Insidious (2011) A Review

Insidious is a BANG! film that BOOM! does a decent SCREAM! job unnerving SLAM! you through constant SCREECH! use of loud ROAR! jump scares.... END CREDITS!

Read more at Suite101: Insidious (2011)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Devil (2010) -Review

Here's a twist- a M. Night Shyamalan movie that doesn't feel like it's 3 hours long!

Read more at Suite101: Devil (2010)

Monday, March 14, 2011

My Soul to Take (2010)- Review

A serial killer, the “the Riverton ripper”, swore to return and slay the seven children born on the night he died. Now 16 years later, someone is chasing down those children, but is it the ripper? The seven, as their known, will find out, even if they appear as disinterested as the audience.

Read more at Suite101: My Soul to Take (2010)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Shock Waves (1977)

There are plenty of films that have grand ideas which aren't fully formulated, and for that reason, they result in disappointment. Rarely has there been a better example of this in the horror genre than with Shock Waves.

Read more at Suite101: Shock Waves (1977)

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Waiting for the Sun is Done!

And thankfully, it seems to retain the humor I originally intended it to.  The problem is sometimes I begin a screenplay with this busting at the seams burst of idea energies, only to use my analytical skills to dampen it down.  This time, I went wild with my imagination, sketching out the possible path of scenes in outline form. I chose the best one and placed it into the script.  This worked for a few reasons, one being the outline helps me from aimlessly wandering around for 5 or 10 pages, and two, by doing this, it's almost like doing a partial rewrite on the fly.  And third, this allowed me to focus in on the humor of the situations within each scene, instead of the overall screenplay.

By doing this, I feel it's consistently funnier than anything I've written.  Sure, I had screenplays that were hysterical in spots, those spots I deemed needed to be so.  There were too many peaks and valleys. But with this one, I have definite peaks of humor, and the dips never bog down so far as to be unfunny.

Now to sit back and let it stew for a couple of weeks...then tear it up again.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

All Your Links Belong To...You

Since I was gone so long I knew many of the links I posted to other blogs, those which i considered cool reads, would probably be outdated upon my return.  Sure enough, the first five links I clicked were dead, so I just decided to delete them and start over.  If you're still out there, and would like to trade links, throw me a line.

Chances are I'll probably end up adding you back tastes haven't changed all that much.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Isolation, and its intense relation to creativity

It's funny, blogging would be one of the first hobbies I would cut off if I truly wanted to be a pro screenwriter. (In fact, I did cut it out, judging by my last post date) It's usually a meandering exercise, done so that I don't have to dive into my real work, aka my screenplay. However, I've come to find that there are many other practices that cut into my creative juices.

1) The stinking' internet. I find myself searching under the guise of researching, hours at a time. Now, it's necessary to cut myself off from the internet in order to concentrate on the task at hand. Seriously, the internet is a true time sucking vampire which wraps you in like a casino. You never know what time it is, or just how much time you've been in here, and the time flies accordingly.

2) Video games. There's no getting around this, as much as I want to make excuses. I noticed I played Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas a total of 120 hours in about 2 years. I'm quite certain I could have been banging out drafts of many a screenplay in that time. And lets not forget, that's just two games out of about 30 that I own. Red Dead Redemption-25 hours, Mass Effect 2-15 hours you see, this is a major time sucker.

3) Television. Although tv comes in third, it certainly creates enough attention deficit disorder to be on the list. I probably only watch 3 current shows on TV, however it's the reruns of favs, like Seinfeld, that really zone me out. They offer me cold comfort, and I know...vegetate.

4) Android. My rooted Nexus One is my new laptop. I'm constantly manipulating its screen for quick bursts of entertainment. I'm usually on the go when this happens, so it probably doesn't cut into my writing too much. But the availability of internet through my phone is counter productive to my whacking out the internet with purposes of writing. So the phone (and rooted Nook Color) have to be put away under lock and key (like Dokken).

5) People. We all have responsibilities, and with those responsibilities come people. Family, friends, enemies-doesn't matter. They all cause our personality to shift, and any shift is one away from the creative process.

I recently went away for one day, to a house on the beach. Mid winter. No tv, no internet and almost no radio due to really bad reception. No people at the house, and the town was just about empty. I wrote 30 pages in about 6 hours on a script I was having major trouble with. I came home the next day feeling good about myself, renewed in a sense. In the 2 weeks since? 10 pages. Of shit.

So now, to the detriment of my mashed potato brain, I will schedule total media blackouts. I will utilize headphones with my ipod if there's any outside disturbances. Usually will listen to Brian Eno, or late 70's Bowie as I write. But that's it. The project begins today.

Of course, the mere fact that I'm blogging right now should tell you all you need to know about my state of mind.

Time to go!