Onward and Upward

This weekend we finished post-production on a short film, No Time for Romance. It’s a fourteen minute short about a pregnant wife who must decide to stay with her live-in boyfriend or prepare for the end of the world. It’s really about much more than that though: the rising nuclear tensions and the effects itContinue reading “Onward and Upward”

The day I broke the chain.

2 years, 3 months, and 13 days. It was a Monday. April 14th. When I started this blog more than two years ago, I blogged about something called “Don’t Break the Chain”. It was a writing technique practiced by comedian Jerry Seinfeld. It was simply a promise to oneself to write every day. Using aContinue reading “The day I broke the chain.”

Go back to where it all started.

When a good idea comes, I write it down. Eventually the really good ones are turned into a screenplay. But all these “good ideas” are placed into a folder on the computer. Often when I begin my outline, I copy and past the very first notes into another word document where I can continue toContinue reading “Go back to where it all started.”

ULTIMATE GOAL: Getting paid to do what you love to do.

I landed a writing job last month, rewriting some script. Although, it didn’t exactly pay a whole lot, I realized a huge lesson… I was getting paid to do what I love to do. And as I polished the script, I was enjoying it to the full extent.  I’ve had various other small writing jobsContinue reading “ULTIMATE GOAL: Getting paid to do what you love to do.”

I (don’t) envy those who have “lazy days”.

Browsing social networks, I often come across posts like this: “Day off work, putting in a good show and being lazy, all day!” “Lazy day, with wine!” “It’s raining outside, so I’m not going to do shit, but sit my lazy ass on this computer and share my recent gaming achievements” — okay, I exaggeratedContinue reading “I (don’t) envy those who have “lazy days”.”

New Orleans Film Festival, here we come!

Good news! The short film I produced earlier this year was selected for the 2013 NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL! I blogged about it about five months ago, just after our kickstarter-funded production wrapped.  The writer, director, and editor, Gus Péwé, is just finishing up the final cut to send it off. In all honestly, we weren’tContinue reading “New Orleans Film Festival, here we come!”

If you’re going to start something: Start Monday

I think this is a great practice. Even know, I’m all about saving time and getting the most out of my day, starting Monday is the best idea when you take on a new goal. Whenever I finish a new project. Or perhaps promise myself to start to working out; A new healthy diet. OrContinue reading “If you’re going to start something: Start Monday”

Be patient. Don’t force it. But be adamant in your search.

Something is missing. It’s flat. It’s boring. I have had these feelings on various occasions upon finishing a 1st draft of a script. Even after all that pre-writing and outlining, the story is missing something. Perhaps it’s a bigger plot point, or action or something riveting that really makes the story original. I didn’t noticeContinue reading “Be patient. Don’t force it. But be adamant in your search.”

Send a friend a screenwriting book

I’m not much of person who enjoys writing with others. I honestly don’t know how partners do it. From what I’ve read, writing partnerships only work if you write separately and then send each other drafts for the other to write ALONE. This process continues until you both feel it’s complete. THIS SOUNDS GREAT. IContinue reading “Send a friend a screenwriting book”

You should hate your script after you’re done.

I’m about to finish a script I’ve been working on since last June — I plan on this being my final draft. I CANNOT WAIT to be done. I hate this screenplay with everything I got – the story, the characters, the reasoning, the message. At this point, it downright bores me. Not that it’sContinue reading “You should hate your script after you’re done.”