*** UPDATE 2017: Since this post was written, the screenplay’s been sold to the producers of Fat Rose & Squeaky (the film Julie and I worked on together) but is hung up in development. At this point in time there’s no production schedule in place.
It’s (semi)-official… Julie Brown is verbally attached to the Rocket Summer project in the role of Mercy!
Learn more about the script HERE.
Just to be clear, this is a verbal attachment… that means she’s expressed interest in the project, but there’s no contract… just big hopes and happy intentions.
Rocket Summer is great, I love it and would love to be in it!
– Julie Brown
Julie and I worked together a few years ago on the film Fat Rose and Squeaky (where I was Art Director), she was great to work with, and I couldn’t be happier to have her interested in RS.
For those of you living under a rock: Continue reading Julie Brown expresses interest in indie script “Rocket Summer”
Given the positive response to the female characters in Faeries, I’ve been giving some thought to the issue of writing strong women characters. As a man, I’m often told that it’s not possible for me to do so.
It is true that Lacey, the young girl in Rocket Summer, is probably the least complex character in the script (and that has been pointed out by some readers). But it’s also true that she is the glue for that group of dysfunctional friends… a caretaker, a realist, and a “person of interest” for a pair of boys with very fucked up home lives, one of whom lost his mother at a young age.
Unfortunately, to some, that makes her “stereotypical”… a character whose only job it is to fulfill the traditional “female” roles of mother, lover, nurturer. Me, I take exception to the word “only”. It’s important stuff. And she’s conflicted about it in the process, and seems to be setting aside some of her own desires to take on that role. For me, that’s a strong, flawed, and thus interesting female character.
Some people are never satisfied. Continue reading on strong women characters