New horror project: day ten writing

We’ve had the money shot! Today was a tough day logistically… Sean planned to work remotely via Zhura, but ended up with errands to run and participated largely by phone while picking up prescriptions and other such mundane tasks. He did his valiant best to stay focused, especially considering he wasn’t able to see the[…]

BLUR screening in LA – May 6 2009

BLUR, a feature film I art directed a few years ago, is screening in Los Angeles on May 6th, at 6pm. British Film Festival Los Angeles. Starring Charlie Hofheimer, Burt Bulos and Katherine Towne. Charlie is nominated for best actor in a feature… Break a leg, Charlie! Sadly not nominated for best art direction but[…]

New horror project: day nine writing

Another story meeting. We’ve completed the story up to the point where the creatures are to be revealed, and our characters have to take off on a dangerous journey through the mountains while being pursued. Today, we wanted to review the outline, and add more clear roadblocks to their juggernaut trip (is that redundant?) to[…]

Scriptwright v Playwright.

People who write plays are playwrights. It has a romantic, artistic, craftsmanlike quality to it because it’s not quite literal… not a play “writer” but a play “wright”. Wright, of course, meaning “a worker, esp. a constructive worker (used chiefly in combination): a wheelwright; a playwright.” So it’s not simply writing… any literate person can[…]

Why Zhura isn't perfect

(Follow up post here…) As you may recall, my writing partner and I are using the online script writing collaboration tool “Zhura.com“. We usually use Final Draft, but wanted something that was web based, would allow us both remote access to the script, and preferably simultaneous access for true collaboration. We looked at a number[…]

New horror project: day eight writing

As last mentioned, we’ve reached a place where an adjustment of our outline is in order. The outline calls for another day at the cabin before the creatures are fully revealed. A day of further development of the character arcs, a ratcheting of tensions between them, some flashback scenes with the crazy old lady (illuminating[…]

Playing For Change

Great song. Amazingly talented sidewalk artists from around the world. All mixed together. Brilliant. “Stand by Me” performed by musicians around the world from SKAT on Vimeo. From a documentary called “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music“. Here’s more about the filmmakers… Playing For Change Explained from Playing For Change on Vimeo. One Love.

New horror project: day seven writing

Four pages today. Went back and added a scene… we’d had the discovery of the hidden darkroom happen off screen, but decided that was a lame move. We need to see that happen… the secret door, the creepiness of the first entry into the old root cellar. So now we do, thanks to the new[…]

New horror project: Day six writing

God it’s hot. It’s around 98 degrees outside, and at least 85 inside. Oh, for a little AC. Oh well. We tried something new today… Sean stayed home, and we both logged into Zhura, while talking on the phone. Worked pretty well. Still not as satisfying as being in the same room together, but all[…]

Yes, I know what genre it is.

Success! Acting class today. Had a scene from True Crime, in which I played Eastwood’s part, Steve Everett. Had the script for a week or more to work the lines, but only practiced with my partner Chelsea in the hallway for 20 minutes. Nevertheless, we (as Randy Jackson would say) “worked it out, dog.” Scene[…]

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