Saturday, October 31, 2009

Rants and Musings - 10/31/09

Another week gone by. A week in which I didn't write a thing.

Don't get me wrong; it's not that I haven't been working. Mentally, I had a great week: came up with some great ideas for Jillted, Hardwired and a few other scripts (including a re-imagining of an old stage play idea that, as of now, looks to be my eventual feature directing debut), drew closer to deciding just who I want to be as a filmmaker, and reaffirmed the responsibilities I feel to my people as such. It's just that when it comes down to actually putting words on the page it didn't happen. This week my financial situation took center stage, and I spent the entirety of it working on a plan to make things better.

That said, I've also had a problem with focusing. I just have a ton of ideas, thoughts, desires and concerns running around in my head...

Will Lupus Moon sell?
Should I continue to write it?
Is it any good?
Will it ever be?
Can any of my "can sell" scripts be?
Maybe I should work on scripts I want to direct.
Where would I get the money to make it?
What about those web show ideas?
I really want to work on those. That would be fun.
But wait, I'd need locations...
Know what, forget that. You need to finish Lupus Moon. You started it, now finish it.
But I really want to shoot something...

It's really been a mess in there, and I'm leaving a bunch of stuff out.

I'm thinking (hoping is more like it) that once my financial situation's stabilized, the stress from that will be relieved and I'll be able to focus more on my creative pursuits, and figure out just what direction I want to move in. The plan was always to sell a script or two, or three, then use the leverage to work my way into the director's chair. If that didn't work, I'd have the money to make my own movie. But it's years later now, and I'm thinking the only way for this to happen is to go it independent out the gate. The problem, of course, is money. I don't have a rich uncle or friends with money, nor do I know someone who happens to know someone with the capital, like many of my white counterparts seem to. Lucky bastards.

But first I need a script I can do at my level. Which means I need to write it. Which means I need to start brainstorming it. Which means I need to make a decision on what to do with the three scripts that are laid out in the Batcave in various states of rewrite. Which may mean picking them up and putting them away for a second, third, or forth time - still unfinished (and I really don't want to do that)...


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lupus Moon Update #3


I was starting to think I'd never see this day. Funny thing is, little over 24 hours ago I was still lost as to what was going to happen in Act II. I've gone though a ton of frustration with this script, and I was really thinking that I'd have to scrap it totally. I mean, why was this project so much harder than the others? Was I losing my mojo? Do I really suck as a writer and I'm just now finding out? Have I wasted the last 9+ years of my life?

Turns out the answer is, "No." I had simply run smack dab into the glaring fact that I didn't have a story - at least not enough story. My original (handwritten) draft, written at the end of 2003, clocked in at 91 pages (front and back on college-ruled paper). When I recently re-read the script I realized there just wasn't a lot to it. Characters were weak, one-dimensional and underdeveloped, dialogue was "soap opera horrible," and the plot - not much at all. As it stands now, the plot still isn't going to be intricate (it's a basic premise - see werewolves, kill them), but there's going to be more going on and chances to go deeper with character. I think when it's said and done, this script will be a nice setup to what I believe could be a viable franchise (I've already got ideas for four sequels; I think Lupus Moon would work great as a comic book as well), and if there's one thing we know, Hollywood loves a good franchise.

But for now, I'm just happy that I've got a road map to the finish line. I'm sure there will be changes from this point, but if all else fails, it's comforting to know I have a framework to fall back on. I'm really excited about this script again, and damn if it doesn't feel great to say that!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Lupus Moon Update #2

I'm glad I'm persistent. That, or crazy.

For what seems the 1,428,016th time, I've decided to do a ground-up rewrite of the script. However, seeing as how there's only 16 pages of script actually written, this rewrite consists primarily of moving scenes around. I was working on one in particular that was giving me trouble while in the back of my mind worrying that it was going to be too long when it hit me - the thought that it might work better as the opening scene.

It takes place at a high school party: we meet a couple minor characters, kids dance and hang out, boys gawk at an attractive teacher - the usual. Things are going well until the whole thing turns to shit as the party is crashed by a gang of attacking werewolves. People run, scream - total pandemonium. In the midst of the frenzy, one of the escaping kids runs into a strangely-dressed woman - Alexandria Craine - our protagonist. She steps into the middle of the fray and begins to do what she's done for the last ten years...

BAM! Intros, inciting incident, emergence of the threat, introduction of the heroine - all in one sequence. I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner; there's been at least three other openings in previous versions of this story. But this new one just feels right, so it's what I'm going with for now. I won't know until I get more into it, but I'm thinking I can rearrange what I have so far without having to throw much out, which is good, 'cause I like a lot of what I had to this point.

Time, of course, will tell.