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Getting a Job is Hard. Getting a Screenplay Produced is Awesome!

Lately I’ve been working my ass of, trying to convince people, to let me work my ass off. I have been calling several different Productions, all week long. Basically, what I’ve come to realize over the past week, is that people (usually) don’t hire people they don’t already know. It’s becoming a real pain in the ass trying to get the position I want, especially when people hire the same crews over and over again — on every Production! Unfortunately, that old Hollywood adage still holds true – getting your foot in the door IS the hardest part.

Another thing I realized, is that trying to join a Union right out of school, is also a huge pain in the ass! I NEED to have some work experience, to be accepted by The Union… but I sorta’ need to be already accepted by The Union, before employers will hire me, for said work experience.  Funny how that works, huh? So, on that note —-> I’ve also become aware of the fact that, just because a State is a Right-to-Work State, doesn’t actually mean someone will hire you, if you’re not Unionized. It might be illegal, but one Production came right out and told me that if I wasn’t in the Union, then they weren’t going to hire me. I’m sure I would love the Union if I was in it, but right now… it’s a fucking pain!

So, now that I’ve accepted the fact that I am not going to get the job I originally wanted, I’ve started re-applying to all the same productions for a Set P.A. position.  Only to learn, that more than half of the Productions I applied too, are now totally crewed up! If you are planning on working in the Industry, I guarantee you will come to loathe the term “Crewed Up”. Every time you hear it, your immediate response will more then likely be the “f- word”… screamed at the top of your lungs… in complete anger and frustration. Just make sure you say it after you hang up the phone.

In other news, a short film that I recently wrote over the past few months is now being produced! I got to visit the set last night and it was pretty weird/amazing to witness my words being brought to life.

Now that I’m done with the short, I have finally started on my next feature, which is a little more innocent than my previous scripts. It’s kind of like How to Train Your Dragon meets E.T. and I’m writing it for animation, even though I know all the big animations guys (Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks… etc.) develop everything in-house. It’s a story I’m really passionate about, and if I do it well, I can at least use it to snag an agent’s or a producer’s attention.

I’ll keep posting every once in a while about the trials, troubles, and tribulations, that arise from my attempts at getting a job in the motherfraaaacking Movie Industry.

Oh, and look for a new script review coming soon! As well as a further detailed article on what I’ve learned while trying to find a job.

:FADE OUT.

Graduated! Now what…

Finally graduated college. All done.

Now what do I do?

The hunt for work has officially begun. I’m craving it. If i’m not on a production soon I might just paint my bedroom walls with the inside of my head. Too bad my friend’s IMDB pro account expired. I need to start cold calling and throwing my resume around to everything going on anywhere. The hardest part right now seems not to be getting onto a production, but figuring out where to live/stay for the first couple weeks while I find an apartment. I basically need temporary housing around the Atlanta area until I get a few paychecks. That sounds like a bitch to figure out. Craigs list? I don’t know. Hotels are expensive.

The good news is I hear there is an ass load of production coming to Atlanta this year.

In other(writing) news I finished another feature. I’m sitting on it right now while I develop a couple more ideas. I know it’s not going to rewrite itself but I think some time apart will give us a fresh start when we reignite our relationship. I am actually developing a script for animation right now. I’ve never written for animation, but I think it could be a lot of fun. It’s also a very innocent script, unlike the R rated thrillers I have been writing recently. I’m exited about it.

I also have a stack of unread screenplays to read and review. So I better get started on some of that.

That’s where I am in my life.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Official

Just hours after my previous post I was perusing around IGN and read that Frank Darabont has confirmed Season 2 of The Walking Dead.  This is good news.  This means that the show is so good that AMC doesn’t feel the need to test season 1 before they green light season 2. There will be 13 episodes and they are supposed to start shooting in February 2011.

For more about Season 2 and the possibility of casting Michonne visit IGN.

Zombies on TV and I Love AMC

I don’t know about you, but I can not wait for the zombie apocalypse. First thing I’m going to do is grab my surviving group of friends. Next I will take over the closest Walmart. Just think about it. A Walmart has everything you need to survive. Slowly eat your way through the food– fresh to canned. You have ammo and guns, clothes and toiletries… practically anything you would need to survive. Plus you can get on the roof for some fun afternoon zombie sniping, then at night head over to the electronics section and watch a movie or play some video games. With all the video games, boardgames, and lego boxes, who could get bored?

As you can see, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about zombies. So it should come as no surprise that I am super excited about AMC’s new up coming show The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead, based on the comic book by the same name, is about Police officer Rick Grimes and his attempt at leading a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies. When I first heard someone was finally doing a zombie TV show I was skeptical. I knew someone was going to fuck it up. Then I heard episodes we’re being bought by AMC.  I immediately got super excited. AMC so far has been pretty amazing at acquiring TV shows worth watching. Breaking Bad is amazing, Mad Men is irritatingly addicting, and even their new show Rubicon has me watching every week. Zombies check AMC check Frank Darabont, wa wa wa wa WHAT! You mean the writer/director of amazing films such as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile is behind The Walking Dead!? Well, now I’m just ecstatic.

The show, which airs October 31st, was shot in Atlanta. This is also exciting because Atlanta is close to where I reside and a place I plan on trying to find a job after I graduate. So be sure to watch it when it airs so that it receives a 2nd season, and let’s pray it stays shooting in the ATL.

Check it out HERE.