Sunday, July 31, 2005

Waiting & Planning

Haven’t heard from Scott.

Started doing research on a serial killer type thing I’m thinking about. Trying to figure out how to pull off a believable bad guy in a situation I’ve been toying with for awhile.

My elevator pitch?

“Misery in reverse.”

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Waiting for rejection...

Haven't heard anything from Scott about the script, hopefully he's busy and not avoiding me. I'm used to being reject by a much higher caliber of people. I'll wait.

Sunday, July 24, 2005


I finished a draft of the short horror film and sent it off to my collaborator. It was weird writing something that I know will be altered and isn't for general consumption. I felt I could get away with writing the dramatic chase at the end as:

"Hiding and being chased in the woods. SCARY."

... instead of describing what each shot or action would be. As long as I can get the gist and plot down, we can tweak all that later. Also, I know that anything I write will be changed when we get to the location to shoot.

I have one major concern about the story. Actually I have many concerns but I am a paranoid worrier and will concern myself at this writing with one. I am nervous about what happens when we see the scary thing in the woods for the first time. Echoes of test audiences laughing at a mechanical Jaws inspire me to show less. Obscuring equals more complex blocking equals more work during a night shoot where no one gets paid and there will be child actors.

Did I mention there’s a cat?

Friday, July 22, 2005

Changing Lanes

So now I’m writing a different story that Scott, the other creative involved in the short horror film project, came up with. He actually came up with the kernel and I’ve run with it, then I showed him some stuff and he modified it. This weekend I will write the whole thing… or at least a draft of it.

I abandoned (for now) my old idea because Scott’s is so much easier to shoot. Probably one location, possibly 4 cast members, hopefully to be shot in one weekend.

Wish me luck on sitting in my home office in the hottest room in the house and actually writing something good.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Lots of Travel...

... lots of excuses.

I've been on vacation and traveling for work like a bat out of money. I just sat down and wrote the beginning of an outline for the short horror film. I'm nervous about it being ____ enough. Why the blank space? I don't know exactly what makes a great movie different from a merely good movie. Once I figure out what ____ is I'll be all set.

More travel tomorrow. Progress is a slow, dry heat.

More when I'm back from Vegas.