27 February 2007

only cuz I know you care

UPDATE:

WAR DRAMA -- starting to slide out to various folks, none of whom yet seem to be so bowled over that there is a crush of check-waving folks at the door. Yes, that was the hope and expectation. No, I am not serious. Yes, I will gladly act as if I am serious if any check-wavers actually appear....

ROM COM -- now again sliding towards some sort of readable form after a month or more of... just... sitting... there. Mocking me. I think I have a handle on what it needs (or maybe what it doesn't), and I'm plodding along addressing those moments and scenes and large chunks of script where these changes and deletions and additions need be made. Hopefully I'll have it ready for people to look at within a week or two, because....

LA TRIP -- back in October I sorta made a mental note to stand ready to head back to LA in the Spring of 2007 in order to press the issue and chase down whatever contacts and meetings and face-time I could manage. As 2007 broke onto the scene I decided i'd not just blow off that self-made promise but would instead see if I could hold myself to it, so now I'm sitting here chasing leads and contacts and acquaintances to see what meetings (if any) I migth manage if/when I arrive in-country in mid March for a hurry up whistle-stop tour of town. "We shall see."....

CRAZY HISTORICAL ADVENTURE -- it's still there, and the outline is roughly 90% clear in my head, but there's a critical sequence of scenes and beats down the homestretch which for now do not yet reveal themselves to me. I am plotting and planning and poking and prodding, but there's a double black diamond run of events I need to take place—logically and justifiably yet surprisingly—which I've not been able to work out to my own satiusfaction. I know the solution exists, and I know I haven;t found it, and I know I will, so for now this project sorta simmers as I walk slow circles around it....

MIXED UP WESTERN -- there is an outline, and it gets me from FADE IN to FADE OUT, but it's not really thrilling me, nor is it giving me the major rush I expect and demand the story to give me for this piece. It's an odd mix of genres at work, a mix which creates a special sort of problem in making the two story mechanisms play nice together—kinda like getting a DVD to play in your Betamax—but I know I'll eventually figure it out. Or get sucked away by a twister or something....

BUDDY COMEDY ADVENTURE -- years ago I came up with a major action sequence (actually a major story mechanism) which was too good to forget, and it keeps bubbling up as the possible lynchpin for a sort of ensemble buddy adventure movie. Think something like OCEAN'S 11 or THE STING in that there's a caper, and the fun is figuring out how it will (or won;t) work, but the mix of characters in the caper are as much fun as the caper itself. I have entire sequenbces clear in my head, but I need to work out a few more cool story wrinkles and twists before it's truly ready to start sketching out in outline form, but damn it's making me smile to think about....

COLLEGE ROMP -- my own personal albatross, the beast which will hang round my neck til the end of all time. In some ways this one seems familiar enough that I'lll not write it so much as just recite it from memory—recount it more than construct it—but it's also just not the top-most item on the old interest poile this week, so for now....

Nicholl Fellwoship deadlines are on the horizon, as are the deadlines for the Austin contest and a slew of others. I remain hopeful to be ineligible ASAP, but one should always prepare for the worst even while laboring to deliver the best. So I'll likely have some new crap to fling at strangers by May 1.

Unless I don't.

Hooo-waaah.
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1 comment:

Lab Lemming said...

Sounds good. Keep on inkin'.