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June 14, 2008

Back on the East Coast

It took much longer than expected, but here I am, back in the good old tri-state area. (Those tri-states being MD, PA, and DE, by the way.)

I sat down on the plane at LAX and immediately we are told, "There will be a 2.5 hour delay for take-off."


But I was resolved to making my flight and delay production. I read a friend's whole script and wrote very involved notes for it. And...

I finished my latest screenplay!

And I quite like it. Although I don't know what my problem is lately. This one, the one I thought would be around 90 pages and "a breeze" ended up being 135 pages long. I need to cut that down considerably!

All told though, I got a ton of the emotional that I was hoping for, and about 60% of the imaginative fun of a fantasy world that I think I'll have in the final draft.

It's funny with this one, after lumbering through the first 60 pages at a very slow 6 pages per week pace, I wrote the last 65 in one week. And actually, the last 45 in two days.

It's such an odd feeling leaving Philadelphia Airport and driving on I-95 in our old convertible VW, as if none of the California stuff has actually happened, that it was just a dream... And my GPS, which was turned off and in my suitcase for the flight, was awfully disoriented by the change too. It practically screamed "How did we get across the country and why wasn't I activated to navigate it!"

It's late, I'm going to bed.

For those of you keeping track. The Kingdom of Tovenray marks the third screenplay I've written at UCLA, and my 8th screenplay overall.

Of course, I'm only trying to write top tier screenplays anymore, but I think by the 4th or 5th draft, this one will definitely be ranked up there with me. It's a tremendous amount of fun and I really want to see it on the screen.

Posted by jason on June 14, 2008 02:44 AM


I wanna see it too! Good luck. Enjoy your time at home.

Posted by: Anonymous on June 14, 2008 03:35 AM

Awesome, Jase! I bet it's awesome! Also, It's strange that you guys are home and I am here...Give everyone (and I mean every last person you see) a huge bear-hug for me. Who am I kidding? You would do that even if I didn't ask you to...

Posted by: jessica on June 14, 2008 04:34 AM

I find that now I have adult kids that I sometimes feel like I did in high school waiting for that special boy to call. I don't want to make plans just in case one of my kids will call to do something or just to talk. Don't worry! I'm still living my life.....but I can't say that I'm not totally excited for the 24 hours we get to be with you on Tuesday to Wednesday! How special!

Posted by: Mom on June 15, 2008 08:20 PM

And what about waiting for that special girl to call...?

Posted by: jessica on June 16, 2008 03:25 AM

jason sounds like this is the best it is going to get

Posted by: Anonymous on June 17, 2008 03:56 PM

Hey man.... good to hear you're back around.... sad thing is, i'm headed out of the country Thursday. I got some recording in with Ian at his studio though, it turned out good... 2 solid songs and 2 that sounded pretty good for a first recording. Hope things continue to go well.

Posted by: Grand Master of 108 Tongues aka jason on June 18, 2008 01:25 AM

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