XOXO

Sep. 5th, 2012 01:37 pm
kungfuwaynewho: (tng merry men)
I had to take a bit of an internet sabbatical the last few weeks, for reasons that are pretty boring so I won't elaborate on the details - suffice it to say, I've been busy.  I started checking my flist for the first time in forever and became promptly overwhelmed, so.  I think I'm going to catch up by user/comm rather than try to do everything at once.

Some of you may remember my vampire screenplay The House of Bathory from last year.  Good news!  It made it to the semifinals of Austin Film Festival in both the drama and sci-fi categories.  I was absolutely flabbergasted when I got the call.  That means I was in the top 20-25 in drama and the top 10-12 in sci-fi.  I'm pretty excited.  I am nursing absolutely zero expectations I'll make it to the finals, so I'm just very happy with how it turned out.  I had also been reading scripts as a first-round judge this year for AFF, so my conference and festival badge is free.  So I'll be going down to Austin in October, and I'm very much looking forward to it.  I'm taking on some extra proofing jobs to be able to afford going out to eat and such while I'm down there.  (Last time we ate a lot of stolen hotel breakfast foods for lunch and dinner, and cheap dollar menu fast food stuff.  Which is fine, but I'd like to occasionally travel like a real grown-up.)

So again, eighteen months after the fact, I want to thank all of you who read both drafts of that screenplay, who gave me advice and critiques and sometimes even told me what worked.  I know for a fact that screenplay would not have made it as far as it did without all of your help. ♥
kungfuwaynewho: (dwight sad)
Well, the first screenplay competition announced, and I did not make the quarterfinals of the Page Screenwriting Awards.  I did make the second round, which they told people about last week, which made me foolishly optimistic. 

I still have three more competitions/festivals, but ugh.  I've been trying to remind myself that I didn't make Scriptapalooza last year, which was the first one I heard about, and I advanced in every other competition.  However, I think my scripts last year were a lot stronger, so I'm feeling pretty sure that this year is going to end up a dud.

Sigh.  I'm going to try and finish outlining this new one I've started this weekend, maybe finish the first five pages, and just keep on truckin'.
kungfuwaynewho: (tng picard :o)
ALL IN CAPS BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THAT'S HOW I'M LIVING MY LIFE THESE DAYS.  FINISHED MY FRINGE SPEC.  NEED TO BILL AND TED SOME STUFF INTO THE FIRST ACT AND EDIT AND POLISH, BUT IT'S DONE.  WILL SUBMIT EVERYTHING TO AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL TOMORROW AT THE LATEST AND THEN I WILL BE DONE.

DONE WITH WRITING.  (SCREENWRITING, I SHOULD SAY.)  AT LEAST FOR A LITTLE WHILE.

JSYK, I HAVE NO MORE BRAINS.
kungfuwaynewho: (Default)
And technically, since I actually finished the script today (though I won't be posting all of those pages), I did actually finish in thirty days!  Huzzah!  (Of course, I copied and pasted some from the first draft, especially in this last act, so...whatever, good enough.) 
Pages 84-96 )
kungfuwaynewho: (Default)
A big chunk of pages - I've been struggling with sequence and pacing here.  I'm also running a little longer than I would have liked, though not as bad as I feared.  I'm shooting for 100-110 pages for total length, and I still might just squeak by.  I'll need to do more edits/polishing anyway, though.  Forgive what are no doubt many typos; I caught two while formatting here and surely missed others.

Pages 72-84 )

Yammerings.

Apr. 3rd, 2011 02:40 pm
kungfuwaynewho: (firefly crew)
First of all, thank you to everyone who pitched in on the title post.  It was just as helpful to see what people didn't respond to as it was to read through everyone's suggestions.  Right now I'm leaning towards "The House of Bathory" (what up, [livejournal.com profile] nhpw), but I'm not going to settle on anything definitively just yet.

Took a couple days off the computer, which was good.  Finished a book, watched some Farscape, started on a movie, and wrote some.  Didn't write as much as I wanted, being as how it's the weekend which is my prime writing time, but I was having a hard time focusing on the script for some reason.  I'd be in the middle of a sentence - not a scene, or a beat, but a sentence - and just kinda stare out into space for awhile.  But it's still coming along nicely, and I'm reaching the point where I'll be using more and more scenes from the first draft as opposed to writing them out from scratch.  So that's good.
kungfuwaynewho: (sttos spock)
Everyone's invited - even and especially those who haven't looked at a single word of my screenplay.  Because the first thing anyone looks at is the title, and it will help shape preconceptions, make you decide if you want to read or not, etc.

What you need to know: it's a vampire movie set in 18th century Romania.  It's more about creepy and atmosphere than it is about shocks and gore.  So I've got some ideas, and if you want to throw something in the pot, please do so.  Because I am horrible at coming up with titles and it is now T-minus one month and I'm starting to freak out.

Ideas for Titles. )
kungfuwaynewho: (Default)
What do you guys think of the quasi-title change?  (It's pronounced exactly the same.)  Using "Vampyr" just seemed too sacrilegious.

Pages 53-60 )
kungfuwaynewho: (Default)
So sleepy typing these pages up.  Likely many errors.  Please point them out if you see any.

Pages 17-25 )
kungfuwaynewho: (jayhawk)
Continuing to write like a motherfrakking boss. Oh, the perfect high of being in the writing zone. And it was Selection Sunday today! And we're a one seed! And I grilled homemade naan and curried chicken for dinner! And I watched Community! And North Carolina lost! And Tron videos!

Great weekend, babies. Great weekend.

Pages 8-17 )
 
kungfuwaynewho: (Default)
Working title for now; obviously the title of one of the most influential and classic vampire movies, but I have to call it something until I can come up with something better.  Suggestions welcome!

Today was a glorious, productive day.  Woke up and it was gorgeous outside, decided to pack a picnic lunch and write at the park.  As so often happens, once I arrived at the park it was twenty degrees colder and super windy, so I ended up eating my lunch huddled over with my jacket all zipped up, then just walked for awhile.  Went up to Starbucks to write, everything was flowing nicely, and they were giving away free pastries!  Came home, wrote some more, cleaned house, KU won the Big 12 tournament, watched last night's Fringe.  Awesome Saturday, just awesome.

Pages 1-8 )
kungfuwaynewho: (dexter ghosts)
Today I shall commence the beginning of the first part of my second draft of my vampire screenplay.  Well, that's a lie; I've finished the first part, which is going over the first draft with a fine toothed comb, as well as collating everyone's notes.  So I guess I have commenced the beginning, and shall now begin the commencement of the rest of the first part of the second draft - the revision manifesto, and a new outline.  ("Revision manifesto" sounds all fancy, but it's basically just a brief document to help me keep in mind the larger goals I have when writing, the things it came be easy to lose when you're in the middle of some individual scene and are worrying about the difference between two synonyms.)

Anyway, one thing I want to work on, as per my manifesto, is really nailing all the little scary moments early on.  I am not doing blood and gore, but more psychological horror.  This is where you guys come in.

Question: What scares you?  I don't mean things that are real and could actually harm you - like sharks, or heights - and I don't mean existential things - like what happens after death.  I mean, what little creepy things happen, in real life or in the movies, that freaks you out?  That even if you rationally and objectively think about it and know it isn't real or isn't scary, still gets to you?

You don't have to pick just one! 

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