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UPDATES and the THR Writer’s Roundtable

Wow … it’s been a while since I have updated this blog.

A whole year.

Things have been happening…

And things have not been happening…

Such is life.

Still holding down the assistant desk, answering phones, updating calendars, making coffees, and picking up lunches. But I’m trying my damned hardest to get into the paid writer’s world. I had a manager last year. Wrote some scripts with him. Went out on a lot of meetings around town. Met some great people. But the manager and me didn’t work out. We’ve moved on.

Good news is, I have 4 new managers reading me this weekend, so hopefully one of them will work out and I’ll be in business with someone else this year. It’s a long hard road trying to become a paid screenwriter, but god damnit, I’m going to make it happen.  My new years resolution for 2016 was to find representation.  And now my new years resolution for 2017 is to… find representation.

I wrote a new pilot at the end of last year. It’s gaining some traction. “Is this the year?” I ask myself. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I’m sure I learned a lot over the last year that I can share with you all on this dwindling near-dead website of mine. Maybe I can pull an article or two out of my ass over the coming months. Blow a little life into this fire.

I’ve visited this little blog now and again over the past year to check in, filter out spam, and update plugins… but to be honest, and it’s kind of embarrassing… I forgot my login password. And rather than put in the work to figure it out, I’ve moved on to other things. But I finally got off my ass and figured out what the password was, and here I am! Woo. Fucking hell…

I feel like there is more I wanted to write, but it’s not coming to me now. Oh, yeah, we got a new president. Fucking just kill me now.

Oh, and I watched Arrival last night. I really enjoyed it. But I was left feeling super depressed at the end. Anyone else feel that way? Just like… what is the point of living anymore? I think the message of the film was the opposite of that but, jesus christ, was I depressed.

Overall — I think this year’s Oscar season is the most boring it’s been in a long time. This year’s selection of films do nothing for me. It’s kind of a drag. There are usually a handful of award films that I really enjoy each year. This year we have….

Arrival —  I’ve already told you how that one left me feeling. But I liked it. Even though I wanted to slit my wrists in a warm bath.

Fences — Didn’t see it. Doesn’t really interest me.

Hacksaw Ridge — Loved it. I’m an unabashed Mel Gibson fan. Don’t get me started. Is he a nut job? Of course. Does he make amazing movies. FUCK YES HE DOES.

Hell or High Water — Thought I would love it. But the dialogue was so witty, it took me out of the world and the story. Disappointed by high expectations.

Hidden Figures — Looks like a lifetime movie. Didn’t see it. Don’t want to.

La La Land — Heard it’s great. Doesn’t interest me in the least.

Lion — Looks good, but again… not enough to get me to watch it.

Manchester by the Sea — Saw it. Great acting. BUT FUCKING CAN A MOVIE GET GET MORE DEPRESSING. Jesus christ.

Moonlight — Just like Lion, looks good… but ugh. It takes a lot to get me to sit and watch a movie these days. Probably wont see it.

Jackie — LOVE Natalie Portman, but jesus christ was that movie boring.

There are more — but I can’t even bring myself to name them. So there you have it, a list of movies I couldn’t be less excited about. Except Hacksaw Ridge. That one was pretty good.

Anyway — Here is THR’s full Writer’s Roundtable. Worth watching despite how I feel about this year’s selection of movies.

 

12ptCourier’s Top Posts of 2014

Here are the top 10 posts on the site in order of views for 2014:

#10: Tips for a PA: Downtime and Cold Calling [UPDATED]

#9: Production Assistant Resume Template

#8: TIPS FOR A PA: How to Roll Calls aka Answering Phones for Newbs

#7: What Kind of Jobs Do You Get From Being a PA?

#6: Tips for a PA: Clothing and Accessories [UPDATED]

#5: Production Assistant Pay [Updated]

#4: Tips for a PA: Walkie Talkie Lingo

#3: Tips for a Production Assistant: Set Lingo

#2: Resumes and Curriculum Vitae (For the PA)

#1: Production Assistant Job Description and Duties [Updated]

12ptCourier’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

There are a lot of movies coming out next year that didn’t make this list. A few that deserve a mention are Mission Impossible 5, Ant Man, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. I really enjoy those franchises, but I feel like I’ve already seen what they have to offer, and I’m excited for something a little different in 2015.

THE LIST:

#10: INSIDE OUT

I love Pixar movies and the trailer looks really cute.

#9: CRIMSON PEAK
I am excited about anything Guillermo del Toro is directing.

#8: UNTITLED SPIELBERG COLD WAR SPY THRILLER
I know nothing about this film except that it’s directed by Spielberg, stars Tom Hanks, and is about a cold war spy. ‘Nuff Said.

#7: JURASSIC WORLD

I am very scared of being let down by this movie. But it still hits my top 10. Because Jurassic Park.

#6: THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Because Quentin Tarantino.

#5: CHAPPIE

Neill Blomkamp is one of my favorite new directors. District 9 is one of the best Sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen. I also really enjoyed Elysium despite unfavorable reviews. I’m very excited to see his next film.

#4: THE MARTIAN
I still have faith in Ridley Scott despite his recent string of movies. I haven’t read this book yet, but it is rated one of the best of the year. Also — Matt Damon.

#3: 007: SPECTRE
I love James Bond. I grew up watching these movies with my grandparents. I’m in the Daniel Craig camp. I think this new era of James Bond movies are fantastic — with Casino Royale being one of my favorite movies of all time. I don’t know a whole lot of details about Spectre, but it’s #3 on this list because — James Bond.

#2: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

I really love the original Mad Max movies. The fact this new one is from the same creator and an all-star cast has me really excited. But perhaps the most exciting thing about it was the trailer. Which is probably not only the best trailer of the year, but maybe the best trailer I have ever seen.

#1: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

I have never felt more anticipation for a movie in my life. Maybe that statement isn’t totally true. But that is how I feel right now. My entire childhood evolved around the original three films, and the trailer brought back those feelings. Not the prequel feels… but the original feels. I can not wait to see this movie opening night.

12pt’s Best Movies of 2014

Not going to go into detail. Just a quick list. Also — there are a ton of movies I haven’t seen this year. This is just a list of what I was able to see!

1 – Guardians of the Galaxy (A)

2 – Edge of Tomorrow (A)

3 – The Raid 2 (A)

4 – The Lego Movie (A)

5 – Gone Girl (A-)

6 – 22 Jump Street (A-)

7 – X-Men: Days of Future Past (A-)

8 – The Grand Budapest Hotel (B+)

9 – The Hobbit (B+)

10 – Snowpiercer (B+)

11 – Night Crawler (B)

12 – American Sniper (B)

13 – Whiplash (B)

14 – Unbroken (C)

15 – Into the Woods (D+)

Still haven’t seen:

Jodorowski’s Dune

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Calvary

The Purge: Anarchy

How to Train your Dragon 2

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Fury

The Babadook

Birdman

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Chef

Big Hero 6

Bears

John Wick

The Unknown Known

Interstellar

Creamy, Spicy, FUCKING AMAZING, Butternut Squash Soup

I made some soup from scratch last night. It was so damn good I need to share it with all of you. It’s so easy. I took a couple recipes off the internet — ditched some ingredients, added some others. It turned out so fucking good.  Some of the best soup of my life.

Portions: Made 4 good sized bowls of soup.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2x butternut squash
  • 1x Chopped White Onion
  • A stick of Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt (as needed)
  • Ground Pepper (I used White peppercorn for more flavor as needed)
  • Honey (A couple big squirts)
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp or so of Fresh chopped/grated ginger
  • 4 cups of Vegetable stock/broth
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • Sour Cream for Garnish

DIRECTIONS:

THE SQUASH: Set your stove to 400 degrees. Cut the ends off the squash. Half them length-wise. Scoop out the seeds and gross shit with a spoon.  Lather those fuckers with melted butter. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Put them on a baking sheet with some tin foil. Pop those fuckers (4 halves in total) into the oven. Set timer for 55 minutes (or until they’re soft as fuck. Just don’t burn them).

THE BROTH: Wait until the clock on the squash has about 10-15 min or so left. Throw some olive oil in a sauce pan on low heat. Not a lot. Just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Throw in about 4 TBS of butter.  Let that butter melt a little. Throw in the chopped onion, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and chopped ginger. Squirt in a couple good goblets of honey. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of both salt and pepper. And stir all the shit together until the onions are soft (NOT BROWNED). Add in the 4 cups of vegetable broth and then stir until hot and add that 1 cup of whipping cream.

By now your squash should be done and out of the oven — cooling off. Take a spoon and scrape all the meat out of that squash and put it in the broth. Stirring at you do so. Try no to get any of the squash skin in there.  Mix all of it in together and let the flavors fuck each other for a bit.

Dump all of it into a blender and purée that shit. Instead of using the blender lid, tightly hold a dish towel over the top to let the heat escape easily.

After the soup is pureed, give it a taste and adjust salt, pepper, and cayenne to your preference.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

Fuck yes.

(For Extra points — You can also butter and bake some sliced baguette. Take it out of the oven after about 10 min or so and add some shredded cheese, put it back in for 5 min, take out and serve with the soup.)

Cool Stuff! Writer Emergency Pack!

Hey Guys. Check out this cool deck of cards that the crew over at johnaugust.com are making.

Writer Emergency Pack is a deck full of useful ideas to help get your story back on track.

Go grab yourself one! Or two… like I did. They make good gifts!

Quote from Stephen King’s “On Writing”

I’m reading Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”, and I stumbled across this motivational quote I wanted to share:

I had written three other novels before Carrie — Rage, The Long Walk, and The Running Man were later published. Rage is the most troubling of them. The Long Walk may be the best of them. But none of them taught me the things I learned from Carrie White. The most important is that the writer’s original perception of a character may be as erroneous as the reader’s. Running a close second was the realization that stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.

I am very familiar with the feeling of shoveling shit. It’s nice to hear a big time author like Stephen King feels the same.

The Weekend!

No post yesterday. I’ve been running into a ton of website problems. I can’t tell if it has to do with this site or if it’s server-side. All I know is this website has been running slow as shit and it’s stressing me out. I’ll have to tackle it again on Monday — Hopefully it starts working better over the weekend.

I’m almost done with the first draft of my next pilot! I’m going to finish it this weekend. That’s the goal at least…

Everyone have a great weekend!

Funny Video: “Barely Legal Pawn, feat. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Julia Louis-Dreyfus”

No description necessary. Watch this video. 🙂

And with that, I’m about to jump on the 10 and sit in traffic for an hour and listen to Scriptnotes.