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making the short list in the john august scene writing challenge

scene_challengeA few days ago, John August announced his latest scene writing challenge. It’s kind of like one of those 24-hour filmmaking challenges, except you don’t have to actually make a movie… just write one. And not even a whole movie… just a scene or sequence. Simple, right?

John has done these a few times before. Each one garners more and more responses, from more and more good writers.

There were 145 entries for the Superheroic Scene Challenge, and some of them were looooong. Printed out, they totaled 406 pages. Going side-by-side shrunk it to a still-ridiculous 203.

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how do you get an agent?

This is a great read, particularly as I’m just undertaking this next step myself (trying to find an agent or manager). Part of the question I’m struggling with is whether it’s better at this point in my (nascent) career to…

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on strong women characters

strong_womanGiven 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.

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grampa: prodco request

Yup, it’s true. We’ve already got one script being considered by a reputable production company. Now we”ve got two irons in the fire. Grampa Was A Superhero is being looked at by a production company in the Midwest… East… Southeast……

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Faeries: prodco request

A minor new development in the ongoing story of our feature horror script “Faeries“. Thanks to a lead from InkTip, the logline and synopsis were submitted to a Canadian production company with some solid success in the creature feature genre….

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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……

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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:

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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…

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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…

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greatest screenplay ever not made

According to ScriptShadow, [one of] the best scripts ever written but never made is “Harrow Alley“, written by Walter Brown Newman in the 1960’s. This is it folks. This is the one. Considered to be the best script that’s never…