Sunday, January 9, 2011

A New (Old) Script on the Horizon?

I know I'm supposed to be working on the web series and the book and leaving the Hollywood pursuits alone, but over the last few days, I've had some strong yearnings to work on one of my screenplay concepts - a first draft that was in the midst of some major rewriting when I put it down. It's called Hardwired, and you can find out more about it on a blog entry dated March 17, 2010 here.

At first, it was a script to be shot here in Houston. Then I decided to market it around Hollywood, thinking it could be commercial enough to sale and use the money to fund other projects. Then, I decided once more to keep it independent. Well guess what?

The challenge here is that I could see the script as both something that could sell and something I want to make here in town. But when it comes to the story, a big difference exists between what you can write for Hollywood and what you can write for your own shoestring budget. I went back and forth as to how to approach the rewrite, even deciding at one point to write two drafts, one for a large budget and one for a more modest cost. But the final answer is I'll write the best story possible and worry about cost later. So if I want that big explosion in the train yard - it's in. Another scene where a car gets shot to ribbons with the hero inside? Check. But in all this, the biggest change is going to be with the hero, Harvey. In the initial drafts, he was a white man in his mid-late 40s, early 50s. I'm rewriting him as Black, probably the same age range. The story won't be changed as a result of the racial difference; it's just one of those "what if...?" questions that really stuck with me. And I can already see the poster...

I'm fairly certain I'm going to break down soon and start playing around with the script. It's calling me. And when I'm done, I'm eager to see what Hollywood will have to say (I'm already working on a marketing strategy). I know I said I was 100% into self production and that the "dream" was all but dead, but when something has a good feeling about it, you just kinda have to go with it and see.

Who knows?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Abby Waller Promo Graphics

I'm also developing an original web series, The Life and Times of Abigail Waller. These are graphics I made up myself. I'm nowhere near a Photoshop expert, but it gets the point across.You can follow the progress of this project on FacebookTwitter, or at it's own website.

Lupus Moon Promo Graphic

Just a little something I whipped up in Photoshop to help promote the book. Right now it's on the Facebook page for the project. I might make an adjustment or two, but I really dig it; thinks it sets the tone for the story perfectly.

Hot Like Fire...

So we're sitting here, minding our business, when WHAM! Something thuds somewhere loud enough to shake the ground. We're startled, dog's barking. I go and check it out.


Come to find out it was a package that was tossed onto our balcony (we're on the third floor)! Better yet, it was a porcelain coffee mug! I assumed at first it was one of our sorry-ass neighbors, because only a few folks would know which balcony to throw a package onto. Them and... no... it couldn't be...

I grabbed the box and high-tailed it to the mailboxes and, sure enough, the mail truck was there. I asked the mailman if he delivered the package, and he admitted he did - claiming he threw the package on the balcony to keep anyone else from getting to it. WHAT?! Are you f@%king kidding me? What if it landed on the balcony below us? What if it smashed a window? What if the damn mug shattered? What if it hit our dog, a laptop - US? The package was several pounds. Dude should've known better.

Shaking my damn head...