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292 Days! May 22


Time Flies

292 Days. That’s how long it’s been since my last post. Yikes. So where the hell have I been and what have I been doing?


As much as I love this blog, it occurred to me a while back, that I didn’t want to be a successful blogger. I wanted to be a successful screenwriter/filmmaker. So it was time to adjust my priorities.

Let’s see how things have panned out so far. In the last 292 days I’ve:

  • Had one script place in the semi-finals of Blue Cat
  • Had another script optioned
  • Had my latest script place in the top 25 (semi-finals) of the’s Launch Pad competition (fingers crossed for the finals)
  • Learned how to use Adobe After Effects
  • Wrote a martial arts action movie that’s in pre-production in Thailand (paid assignment)
  • Wrote a short film, that I’m directing in a few weeks

In a nutshell, things  have been gaining momentum.

My Demon Girlfriend

I’m really excited about the last item I mentioned. The short I’m directing is called My Demon Girlfriend, and it’s a funny little script that may be the start of a web series, and will allow me to showcase my new special effects skills.

I’ll post updates as things progress on the production. I will also be writing other articles about screenwriting, movies and television, that I feel need to be discussed — I’ll just be posting them less frequently.

Bottom line is — I’m back! So stay tuned.

Did you miss me? Or were you happy to have less noise to distract you from your screenwriting career?

The Shorts Trend – Big Screen PIXELS May 13

PIXELSThe trend of successful viral shorts being made into movies continues.

Previously, I had posted this article about PIXELS.

Now comes this news:

So many shorts to adapt, so little time. Late last year Sam Raimi paid top dollar for Fede Alvarez’s internet sensation Panic Attack, starting a trend that has continued with Carl Erik Rinsch’s The Gift kicking off a bidding war between major studios. Today, another web short has been optioned by a top-tier entertainer, and given the star power and strength of his studio connections, we may actually see this get made.

THR’s Heat Vision Blog reports that Adam Sandler, through his Sony-based Happy Madison production company, will develop a big-screen take of French filmmaker Patrick Jean’s Pixels. The much-buzzed-about short featuring 1980s video game characters (including Space Invaders, Frogger and Pac-Man) attacking New York City got a thumbs-up from filmmaker Edgar Wright and became a viral hit in April, leading Jean to a contract with William Morris Endeavor.


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Short Film: Evidence May 10

Creepy Girl from EvidenceThere’s an amazing extended scene in the movie Birth (2004), where the camera just holds on Nicole Kidman as she watches an Opera — her head swirling with emotion and confusion. It’s simple, but mesmerizing.

The short film Evidence (1995), by Godfrey Reggio, the writer-director of Koyaanisqatsi (2004),  reminds me of that scene. He’s taken a group of cute, confused and Omen-esque kids, and simply aimed a camera at them while they watch T.V.

Evidence looks into the eyes of children watching television – in this case Walt Disney’s “Dumbo”. Though engaged in a daily routine, they appear drugged, retarded, like the patients of a mental hospital. Evidence is about the behavior of children watching television – an activity whose physiological aspects have been overlooked in the current controversy surrounding television.

Throw in a haunting score by Philip Glass, and you have a chilling indictment of the power of television (or possibly Dumbo).

via Mental Floss

Did the creepy girl at 3:15 make you get up and lock the door too?

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The Raven Apr 24

This sci-fi action short, by Peruvian Director Ricardo De Montreuil, was created for only $5,000 and shot in one weekend in L.A. It was originally conceived as part of a trilogy, but now, according to The Latino Review, the director is fielding calls from studios interested in turning it into a feature film — and the short’s only been on the web for a few days.

What’s stopping you from creating your own amazing short, and writing yourself into Hollywood?

Vimeo Link

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Tamazina Jones Apr 14

Tamazina JonesThe wonderful thing about YouTube is that anyone, with a camera and an idea, can be a filmmaker.

MindbreakOne has created this cute and clever “tribute to one of my favorite movies. Planned, shot and edited in 7 hours.

I just discovered it today, but it’s a couple of years old, so forgive me if you’ve seen it already. The short features Tamazina Jones, a persian cat from Indiana, with mad treasure hunting skills.


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