Monday, March 28, 2005

I'm writing my first movie and I don't care if nerds like it

To make a long story short, I've been writing all my life, even if I didn't get paid for it most of the time. I remember writing my first comic book at the age of 8 with one of those pens that has a tab for red ink, blue ink, green ink and black ink. I wrote it on a tiny homemade note pad on paper that I cut and stapled together. My Dad was proud. I always got good grades in creative writing exercises. Then I decided to go John Wayne and embarked on a journey toward becoming a TV sports announcer/reporter after college. That dream lasted a few years, but had to come to a close because I had other plans for my life than living in places like Temple, Texas and Sparks, Nevada. Then I transitioned into PR, still got to write and be creative, just in a different way.

Now I have a two-week layoff before starting a new job with an awesome company just 3 miles from my house. I figured now is the best time to write that movie that's been floating around in my head for the last few years. Around this time last year I fooled around with a superhero movie idea with no idea of how to write an actual screenplay. Over the last year I've been reading and studying Lew Hunter's 434 secrets for writing a "spec", industry-standard screenplay. This thing will be legit, at least in its form and structure. My research comes form a lifetime of experiences and a helluva memory. Beauty will be in the eye of the beholder or the possible agent that tries to sell it (if I'm that lucky).

So, I am off to the races! I may never have two weeks to dedicate to my passion of creative writing, so I am seizing the day, 8 hours a day, cranking out a minimum of 10 pages per. Following my detailed step outline, I feel like this thing is coming to life from the pages of my screenwriting software. I finished Act One today in a flurry of 18 pages that flowed from my finger tips. I feel so alive.

Won't be able to share until I get the copyright is filed, but hey, I may as well secure the intellectual property before the rest of the wannabe's in the world start trashing my effort - and that will happen. There's a lot of jealousy and ugliness in the world of "creatives" and artists. I saw it all the time in the TV biz. Anyway, here's a hint on the premise of my sci-fi thriller:

A man travels into the future where he has a chance to make all of the dreams of his hollow, unfulfilled life come true. The price of success: possible death. The price of failure: a certain, brutal death. How will he respond to the challenges? Stay tuned, true believers.

In closing, here's what I have to say: I'm having fun writing this movie and I don't care if every fanboy in the world nit picks it to death. So there! See you at the movies.


Amber Lynn said...

Call Matt Damon and Ben Afleck. They might be able to give you some pointers.

O-dogg said...

You know, I don't have their current phone #s. J/K, I know what you mean. They have a thing called Project Green Light where they help aspiring filmmakers. I don't know that I'm as interested in making the movies as I am in writing them. Anyway thanks for the advice.