john august on 'making of'

John August was interviewed on Making Of, where he talks about adaptations and choosing projects. “My favorite genre of movies are movies that get made.” Something you and I have in common, JA. Full interview here.

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: […]

"Away We Go" gains instant indie cred via hand drawn title font

Away We Go is just the latest in a long line of “indie” films to leverage the oh-so-cool “hand drawn title” font, lending it serious street cred and instant indie validation before anyone even sees the film. Recently popularized by 2007’s JUNO, the quirky hand-made title font brought visions of diary entries and emo-teen angst-filled[…]

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.[…]

The logline affect… er, effect

Just got this lowdown in my email on a film from the upcoming New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. It’s About Time When the Earth’s Atomic Clock is altered by one second, three friends must deal with the unexpected affect it has on their lives. Directed by Kevin Shinick (Writer/Director/Actor, Without A Trace,[…]

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[…]

New horror project: day nineteen writing

Another 6.66 pages today. We’re SO close to being finished we just want to get back at it right away tonight. But ah, duty calls. Sean had to take his Aunt to the doctor again, and my son has a baseball game tonight. Then later it’s American Idol Finals! And Dancing With The Stars results![…]

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