In Jerusalem!

Hey Guys,

I’m currently in Jerusalem. This place is crazy… and awesome. I’ve been in Israel for 6 weeks on a dig. Yes, an Archaeological excavation. It was amazing. I leave on Tuesday. I’ll write more later.

Note: If you want to increase your writing potential… TRAVEL. Experience. Indulge.

Note 2: Petra is awesome. Indiana Jones…..last……crusade.

Note 3: Depressing article in the LA times.

So… I didn’t write before I left. I will write when I get back. Sometime.

Great Article on Moving to LA

Hey guys,

I’ve been doing a lot of everything and a lot of nothing. Preparing for my 6 weeks in Israel, playing Starcraft 2 beta, working, reading, and writing papers.

I promise to write a nice little post before I leave.

In the mean time I would like to share a great article I just read about moving to L.A. Something I plan on doing within the next couple years.

http://johnaugust.com/archives/2010/moving-to-hollywoo

Read it.

Void Rays and Writing Partners.

Work on Christopher Stone has stalled out for the moment.  I  just recently got a writing partner, and rather than continue working on Christopher Stone by myself, I am now working a new untitled thriller with my new untitled writing partner.

Working with a writing partner is SO MUCH EASIER than working by yourself. Just being able to collaborate and shoot ideas off each other helps the creative process explode.  In a good way. We’ve only had two meetings so far…and we’ve already beat out most of the script.  We should be able to start writing here soon. I’m pretty excited about this script. I think it’s going to be a fun one.

In other news I just got my Starcraft 2 Beta key! I’ve been raping noobs in the ass with some Void Ray rush cheese. 10min games. Currently trying to develop my Protoss skills and actually learn how to play.

So basically Starcraft 2 and this new script are all I’ve been doing recently. If I don’t start work on this doc in the next couple of days I give you permission to slit my throat.

Charlie Kelly is Awesome. You are an Idiot.

Who the fuck thinks the guy from Burn Notice is a better TV character than Charlie Kelly?   You people are all fucking retarded.  Charlie Kelly is one of the best, if not THE BEST TV character in the history of anything.

Look at this shit. http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/show-patrol/2010/04/redeyes-best-tv-character-tournament-championship-round.html

Really?  Who the fuck watches Burn Notice? And who the fuck in their right mind thinks that show is better than It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia. But then again NCIS is one of the top rated shows on television… So fuck me.

Charlie.  I love you.  You have my full support. Magnets and Milk Steaks.   Bitches.

How did the mom from Sons of Anarchy beat Dexter Morgan?  And how did the guy from White Collar beat out Barney from How I met your mother AND Don Draper from Mad Men????

WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO?  *stabs eyes with a knife*

One down. One to go.

The semester is over.  Holy fucking shit.  One more semester and I graduate in December.

A lot of stress, many sleepless nights, the temporary loss of hearing in one ear…. but I passed all my classes and people LOVED my film. Apparently there was clapping and cheering in the middle of it. Before it was even over. Awesome.

What does the summer hold?

I have the month of May off…. kinda.  I have to do development on a doc I’m shooting this summer. I have to get my wisdom teeth taken out and get a tetanus shot. I have to get my eyes checked and get new glasses. I have to work.  I have to WRITE! Due to school I haven’t been able to really sit down and write in weeks…

In June I go to Bonnaroooooooo! and then I’m going to Israel for 6 weeks. Then I have the beginning of August to get my shit together before school starts again.

Post Workflows and Fire Eyes

For my senior project I produced a short film called Foreclosed. For the past three days I have been doing non-stop post work.  I had an editor… but one thing about film school is, eventually you end up doing everything yourself. It just happens that way.

Basically this is what the past few days have looked like.

Final Cut Pro — Sonic Fire Pro — Final Cut Pro — LiveType — Final Cut Pro — Pro Tools 8 HD — Final Cut Pro — Sonic Fire Pro

Tomorrow it will consist of.

Sonic Fire Pro — Final Cut Pro — LiveType — Final Cut Pro — Color — Final Cut Pro — DvD Studio Pro

Hopefully I well be about to wrap this project up by then.  Oh wait.  Then I have to send a Time-coded version out to the person doing music.  When I get the music back I think I’m going to have to go back into ProTools and Final Cut… and then get a copy to send out to festivals.   fml.

Basically post production is a giant pain in the ass — literally.   I have been sitting in a chair looking at a computer screen for 12 hours a day since Monday. Right now my brain feels like it’s running out my ears.  My eyes feel like they are on fire. My throat is scratchy. I just feel like shit. Not to add I have real finals next week.  Tests I can’t study for because my film is due.  My director made a good point the other day when he said his falling GPA has a direct correlation to how many films he makes.  …or something like that.  Basically we are film majors….we make movies and get shitty grades… It’s how it works.

But hey, at the end of the day I have a finished film.  All the shit I went through to get it is worth it.

To sum it up.

  • Post is a pain in the ass.
  • Film school is run very inefficiently.
  • The work might be hard and make you want to stab your eyes out, but in the end you get a finished product with your name on it… hopefully.

sounds like scratch’n

Hollywood Vpype Pitch Contest Extended

The Hollywood Vpype Pitch Contest on Face book has extended its deadline.

***Please note – due to a sudden high demand and the updated version of Vpype Live Broadcaster…and the fact that you might just be worrying about your taxes – we’ve pushed the deadline to Midnight Sunday April 18th Pacific Standard Time!*** GOOD LUCK!

You have a few more days to get those pitches in! Good Luck!

Just Read: BURIED

BURIED

by Chris Sparling

Paul is a U.S. contractor working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

This entire story takes place in a coffin. From start to finish with no flashbacks or anything. With that said, this script is awesome!

The Good.

  • Being only 79 pages this script is short and fast paced.
  • This script is exciting and entertaining! Once I started reading I was sucked in and didn’t stop turning pages until the end.
  • There is one part in the script where I almost had to stop reading. It made me squirm and I loved every minute of it.
  • The ending was awesome!
  • This movie is really unique and proves that locations do not matter if you can tell a good story.

The Bad.

  • Paul is running out of oxygen in the coffin. Then he lights a candle. Fire burns O2. This bothered me.
  • The script was great, but I’m not sure if an audience is going to be able to watch a dark coffin for an hour and a half.

The Verdict.

READ IT!

This script is amazing, short, exciting, unique, entertaining, and the movie will star Ryan Reynolds.  One thing I learned from this script is that story is really the only thing that matters.  This whole script takes place in a coffin. One actor.  One location.  If anything, this script is a perfect exercise on relying on story alone. Why don’t you try and write an engaging script with one location.  You think you can do it?

Script Link

(UPDATE: Apparently the script over at script shadow was taken down. Sorry folks.)

Breaking Bad

This isn’t really a post. It’s more like a threat.

Watch the TV show Breaking Bad or I will kill you.

You will thank me.

Just Read: The F-Word

THE F-WORD

Written by: Elan Mastai
Based on the Play “Thoothpaste and Cigars” by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi.
Draft Dated: November 28, 2007.

So last night I went to my pile of unread scripts and picked out The F-Word.  This movie is basically an R-rated semi-romantic comedy. Wallace and Chantry meet and fall in love. Chantry has a boyfriend, so Wallace is stuck in shitty friend-zone. Chantry has to figure out if she wants to stay with her boyfriend or go with Wallace. Wallace has to figure out a way to show Chantry how he feels about her, without possibly ruining their friendship forever.

Romantic Comedies aren’t usually my thing. The reason I read this script was because I knew it was a comedy, and it was called The F-Word. I love the F-Word. I think it’s one of the best words. Little did I know, this F-word was FRIEND. I will not review the entire script, because why would you read it if I told you what happens? Instead I will list what I liked and did not like about it.

The Good.

  • First off you will notice that the script is written well and reads easy. You can really visualize what is taking place. The characters are dynamic and actually take on personalities of their own…which is what they’re supposed to do.
  • Some parts of this script are actually funny! I found myself literally laughing out loud while reading!
  • You really feel for the characters, each in their own personal predicament. Half way through the script I actually found myself wanting to know what happens at the end. The story and characters drove me forward.

The Bad.

  • The first thing I really didn’t like about this script were these weird animated “dream” sequences that happen. For some reason it really took me out of the story. I actually found myself subconsciously speed reading through these parts.
  • There is one scene in the script were Wallace is really determined to do something. A bunch of bad things start happening to him all at once. Mustard is shot on his shirt — he keeps going — a rain cloud forms above his head and rains on him – he keeps going….etc. It’s really dumb. This whole movie has well written witty comedic dialogue, so why screw it up with really cheesy comedy? I don’t know. It doesn’t work for me.

The Verdict.

READ IT.

It’s a script worth reading.  I would suggest it to anyone who likes comedy (Who doesn’t?). The characters are great, the story’s compelling, and it’s funny.

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