blair witch marketing efforts still relevant ten years later

Jessica Rovello has a good article over on HuffPo on what we’ve learned about online marketing from The Blair Witch Project, what’s still relevant, what’s changed, and where we go from here. This week marks the 10-year anniversary of the release of the Blair Witch Project, the ground-breaking, nausea-inducing, most successful indie film of all[…]

tweet the meat

Yup, the Tweet The Meat submission I sold ran today. I promised I’d let ya know. It’s right here. Or here: The kettle screamed. “Tea time,” she chirped, steaming pot in gloved hand. “Sugar?” He couldn’t answer with the funnel taped in his mouth. Lemme know what ya think.

sold a twitter story to "tweet the meat"

Twitter is giving rise to all kinds of creative applications, including a few ‘zines. Along with PicFic and escarp, there’s the horror focused ‘zine Tweet The Meat, which states: “No serials. No unfinished stories. You must scare us in 140 characters or less. Are you up to the challenge?” Each week the theme is different…[…]

New horror project: "faeries"

Well, that’s it! We spent a couple more hours beefing up some scenes, fixing some final typos, and tweaking the formatting in Final Draft to bring us in at a perfect 100 pages. As always, we’ll continually refine the text… we’d like to keep looking closely at the dialogue and left margin, to assure we’ve[…]

New horror project: the polish

We’ve spent the past few days polishing the script… folded in much (but not all) of the feedback we got, fixed the typos, found some new words that sounded more better.

Still very pleased with the first draft, the structure overall. The polishing is putting that final sheen on it, but it really isn’t getting what I’d call a “second draft”. Don’t think it needed it. Is that hubris? Could be… time will tell. It is after all a genre movie, and it was pretty carefully outlined as such before we set to writing, so we had a clear structural target from the get-go.

Important changes: […]

New horror project: more feedback

Well, it’s been a while since this series has been updated. We’ve had a series of illnesses, a wake to attend, a short road trip (to attend said wake and then to forget about said wake), some storyboards for a music video to get done, and on and on. But now we’re back at it.[…]

Boxing Helena

Finally just watched this film, as I’m working on a script that (I was told) might bear some resemblance to it (not this one). I’m happy to say that it doesn’t. What a terrible film, in so many ways. I don’t like to go on and on, but just truly dreadful writing, the performances are[…]

New horror project: feedback

Well, we’ve gotten feedback from two of our first-draft readers so far.

It was great!! Wow. You guys really put some work into this piece and it shows. Excellent job on many levels … I was intrigued, involved and enjoyed the ride. Felt like a mash-up between Gremlins and The Descent. I don’t think you’ll have any problems getting the right people behind this script!

Of course I lead with the most positive points, and leave out the dumb things he said like “make it better” and whatnot. :) Seriously, he gave us some great feedback, pointed out the weak spots, gave us direction for the second draft but overall, the review was pretty positive.

Then came:

I think it’s a great first draft. No real notes on structure, some scenes need to be a little more kinetic though.

Somewhat more reserved, as you can see. This reader is an asshole, obviously, and doesn’t realize just how groundbreaking this script is. […]

New horror project: day twenty-one writing

And… scene! Spent a few hours today tightening up some loose ends on the first draft. Gave the dog some more face time. Figured out how we could keep the spray can of bear piss, have it still be relevant, then when to get rid of it. Wrote a new stanza for the Victorian poetry[…]

New horror project: day twenty writing

Wrote for about 7 hours today. Finished 11.5 pages of sheer craziness. Another man dead… this time sacrificed to the beasties by someone else. A building destroyed in a massive explosion. Two survivors with a gun in each hand run a gauntlet of creatures. The lead beastie confronted. And escape for our heroes. Plus, we[…]

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