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

Lately, I’ve been working my ass off trying to convince people to let me work my ass off. I have called several different productions over the past week. What I’ve come to realize, 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 retain 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 massive 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 mean someone will hire you if you’re not in the union. It might be illegal, but one production came right out and told me that if I wasn’t in the IATSE, then they weren’t going to hire me. I’m sure I would love the IATSE if I were in it, but right now… it’s a fucking pain in my ass!

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 PA position. Only to learn, that more than half of the productions I’ve applied to 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 than 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 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 passionate about, and if I do it well, I can at least use it to snag an agent or a producer’s attention.

I’ll keep posting every once in a while about the trials, troubles, and tribulations, which 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 from 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 need temporary housing around the Atlanta area until I get a few paychecks. That sounds like a bitch to figure out. Craig’s 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 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 excited 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.

Just Read: The Brigands of Rattleborge

This page used to hold a review of The Brigands of Rattleborge, but I have since concluded that reviewing screenplays is fucking stupid. So, sorry to waste your time, but I’ve since deleted this review. Go find the script and read it for yourself!

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 greenlight 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. 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, board games, 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 and 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 the show is on 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.

It’s All About Story Structure

Student and independent filmmakers, more often than not, have an annoying and unrelenting ability to make films without a plot. I’ve never really understood it. It drives me crazy!  Currently, in film school,  I see this happen all the time.  The worse part is that these filmmakers don’t even notice that their films are sometimes downright hard to get through. Yes, making a movie is hard. Yes, that dolly shot was beautiful. Yes, you did a good job pulling some great emotion out of those actors. Wow, that location was great! Very artistic cinematography!  Holy shit! You did a sweet crane shot!

BUT WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!? There is absolutely nothing going on in your story to keep me watching.

I talk about this now because I happened to read a great article by John August that you can read right now HERE.

No. Really. Read it. Now.

Read the script Buried. I did a small review on it a while back. The entire script takes place in a coffin. ONE LOCATION. ONE ACTOR. Yet, you keep reading because it is full of conflict, and questions that you want to be answered!

Your crane shot doesn’t matter; your witty metaphorical dialogue doesn’t matter, your million dollar location doesn’t matter. Not even your actors matter more than the ability to tell a clear and concise story that keeps your viewers intrigued and watching. Story is the backbone of any successful film.

Story, Story, Story.

In Jerusalem!

Hey Guys,

I’m currently in Jerusalem. This place is crazy… and awesome. I’ve been in Israel for six 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 anything 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 six weeks in Israel, playing Starcraft 2 beta, working, reading, and writing papers.

I promise to write an excellent 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.

MOVING TO HOLLYWOOD

Read it.