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January 28, 2008

Update

Sorry I haven't updated in a while, my laptop is getting repaired. I've been hard at work on writing. I finished the second draft of A Well Adjusted Boy (I think I've gone back to that title), but will be working on another one soon, I'm sure. I also just finished a 10 page outline of the next film I'm going to write. That was VERY hard work, and I'm so glad to have it finished.


It's strange, when I'm first working on a new story, my mind is just constantly attacking it from all angles. I find that very often I daydream the story, different little scenes, different problems, it's like I'm on autopilot. I don't decide to do this, and I guess I could actively work against it, but for the most part my mind keeps going back to solving the story. It's good, I think, but at the same time I can become kind of withdrawn and really quiet. Darby noticed it again today, and knew what was going on.

The good thing is that it does stop, normally when I start actually writing pages. The prep time is actually kind of the hardest. By the time you are actually writing pages, it's a relief.

You may notice that I haven't really talked much about what my next film is about. That's because I want to finish it before I publish anything about it online, because it's about a historical figure and it could easily be taken away because it's public domain. Now, mind you, I've done a ton of work and I think the angle I'm approaching the story is unique and novel. That's exactly why I don't really want to discuss it. But I'm very excited about it, it's going to be a fantastic screenplay, and it's not like anything I've done yet.

I will be discussing my outline in class tomorrow, and then in the next 4 weeks we have to finish the first draft of the screenplay. This pace is daunting, but it's also exhilarating and inspiration. I mean, I know that I can write a screenplay in 1 week, because I've done it. But to be able to consistently polish them off in 10 week chunks, that's just a great feeling. I have so many ideas, and I'm one of those people who HATES wasted potential, so just the thought of getting another one of those ideas down on paper every 10 weeks is so amazing to me.

We went to Mosaic Church in Beverly Hills today. The pastor there was talking about the story of the Witch of Endor, and asked people to raise their hands if they had heard this story before. Out of like 400 people, only me, Darby and around 4 other people raised their hands. WHAT? That story has always been one of the most intriguing in the whole Bible to me, with Samuel the ghost showing up and talking to Saul and his death. Who are all these people not even knowing that story?

Lyric and I played Monopoly for like 2 hours today. It was fantastic. She's going to win though. She got all the good monopolies.

My 434 workshop is so fantastic, because we're getting two geniuses for the price of one. Michael Colleary has a writing partner, Mike Werb, who sits in on our classes and actively gives notes and suggestions. They are both, without exaggeration, geniuses. And they have such helpful attitudes. I feel like I've lucked out so much in my first two quarters, managing to learn under 3 screenwriters who are currently working (well, once the strike ends at least), and getting movies made, and successful. It's exactly why I wanted to be here.

I got into the advanced Imagineering class, which is taught by the Chief Creative Imagineer for Disney, Bruce Vaughn. It's going really well. Our main project is to put together a total plan for a physical presence and experience for the Google brand. We are going to be pitching it to actual Disney execs at their studio in Burbank. Pretty cool. Also, we are visiting Disneyland with Bruce and getting backstage tours... we'll also get to visit the Imagineer labs in Glendale. For a Disney fan like myself, this is all pretty amazing.

So yeah, things are going well. Stressful, but good.

Posted by jason on January 28, 2008 02:08 AM

Comments

if we guess what the screen play is about, you have to tell us about it.

My guess is that it is about a historical secret soceity involving leonardo da vinci, jesus, mary magdalene, and they all band together to find the original drafts of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

Eh? EH?

Posted by: paul on January 28, 2008 10:03 PM

I think it's about a college dropout delivery guy who is doing absolutely nothing with his life until he randomly saves the life of some babe who falls madly in love with him and buys him a winning lottery ticket right before she tragically dies and leaves him to "mourn" with her two best friends who happen to be twins with huge... tracts of land around the world where they can vacation together for eternity because SURPRISE ENDING they all have superpowers.

but that better NOT be what it is, because it's totally my idea.

Posted by: SnakeMan on January 29, 2008 12:46 AM

snakeman's story is actually autobiographical, but the twins aren't girls. they're dudes and they always wear bright colored track suits with big gaudy gold necklaces. one of the twins looks like huge jackman and people are always like dude you look like wolverine, he pretends to have steel knives that come out of his fists. his name is jerry.  
and snakeman didn't save the babe though. close, he shaved gabe, his poorly named, handsome beard lady. she was the bread winner of their short-lived marriage. everything else happened exactly as snakeman said, except there's no surprise ending.

Posted by: childish on January 29, 2008 01:38 AM

That's awesome that you get to tour the disney imagineer labs! Finally, you can tell those producers in Myrtle Beach that you really ARE in contact with a Disney Imagineer...

Posted by: jessica on January 29, 2008 02:55 PM

So how did the pitch go? your readers what to know!

Posted by: jonathan on January 29, 2008 11:56 PM

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