Posted: March 7th, 2009 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Journal | Tags: blackwood, Blog, Movies, screenwriting, script frenzy, tumble | Comments Off
And like that he was gone. Underground. Nobody has ever seen him since. He becomes a myth, a spook story that criminals tell their kids at night. #
I’ve said it before and now I’m gonna say it again; my work here is done.
Last time I said that I not gonna write any more on this weblog at all. I’m not gonna be so absolute in this time around. Just don’t expect any new posts anytime soon. All the smaller updates will be on my Tumblr page.
My new job at 1508 is not just great. It’s superb. So far it might very well be the best job I’ve ever had. Really nice colleagues, great projects, superb office, and just a heck of fun time.
I’ve been thinking about restarting with an entirely new weblog focused solely on screenwriting (a la the Story Tricks series). That might or might not happen anytime soon, but don’t keep your breath, because as the time is right now I’ve rather spend time with my wife and son and actually write screenplays and write about them. And there are only so many hours a day, so I have to prioritize.
And if any of you are up to it, I’m gonna participate in the Script Frenzy again this year. Feel free to add me as a writing partner. Although I’m gonna “cheat” a little this year, by writing a complete rewrite of my script from last year. The story structure is more or less unchanged, but the story itself is getting a major overhaul.
And don’t forget that you can track my movie watching adventures on the Movies page.
Posted: April 25th, 2008 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Journal | Tags: fade out, screenplay, script frenzy, tumble, winner | 3 Comments »
… and FADE OUT.
And that leaves us with the following;
- 106 pages
- 25499 words
- 71 scenes
- 1 protagonist
- 1 antagonist
- 7 main supporting characters
- 3 supporting characters still alive at the end of the screenplay
- 50+ extras (that all die)
- 1 large explosion
- 22 hours of writing
- 5 pages in average per hour
- 4 pages in average per day
- 51 minutes spend per average per day
- 25 days of serious mood swings
- 1 feature length screenplay
- 1 winner of the Script Frenzy 2008
- 1 very proud person
- 1 very tired person
- 1 person in serious need to relax and do something else for the next week or so
Next time, I’m gonna write a light romantic comedy… in pre-historic space… or something…
Posted: April 23rd, 2008 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Journal | Tags: 100 pages, screenplay, script frenzy, tumble | 4 Comments »
I’ve done it!
I’ve written 100 pages of a screenplay in less than 30 days. As I mentioned the story isn’t done yet so I’m not celebrating just yet, but I’m damn proud of my self for being able to write 100 pages in this very tight time frame and with all the limitations I was facing.
Posted: April 21st, 2008 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Journal | Tags: alcohol, final draft, screenplay, script frenzy, tumble | 1 Comment »
After a weekend of heavy drinking (again) at one of my friend’s weeding I didn’t write that much on the script as I should have.
But I did manage to write 3 pages last night. And these pages I’m very much looking forward to be reading once the whole script is done. They’ll be interesting because they were written very much in a free flowing form, since my brain was still heavily impacted by the alcohol, and I really had no idea of where the scenes where going.
I still have 8 pages to write to win the Script Frenzy, and I gonna make it, no question about that. The only problem I have is that the story is not finished. I still have a lot of ground to cover, so the final script is gonna run somewhere between 115-130 page, which is way too long for a story of this kind.
But I’ll use the summer to do a through edit of the script and I presume that the final draft (oxymoron) will be around 90 pages long.
Posted: April 15th, 2008 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Journal | Tags: antagonist, first draft, screenplay, script frenzy, tumble | Comments Off
I’m so tired of writing, but that was bound to happen at some point right?
I hate the antagonist, but only not because he’s the antagonist but because he’s such a pain in the ass. I’m almost afraid that he maybe he’s too annoying and that the audience will hate him too much.
Good thing this is just the first draft, because lot’s of rewriting needs to be done on this area.
Posted: April 10th, 2008 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Journal | Tags: dialogue, script, script frenzy, tumble | Comments Off
The crisis is over. Not that my mood as changed dramaticly, but I am over the top now and that feels great.
I still have doubts about the greatness of the story, but my writing has approved again after some days of shit poor writing.
I’ve just finished one of the larger dialogue scenes and in it my main character, David, says at some point:
- I’m not asking you to do anything against your will. If you wanna stay up here and wait for some rescue team to come sweeping through and take you with them, fine by me. But I’m not laying down my life waiting for something that might or might not come. If I’m gonna fucking die in here, I’m sure as hell are gonna die trying.
That’s me… if I’m gonna do this thing and write 100 pages or more in one month, I’m sure as hell gonna trying standing up.
Posted: April 5th, 2008 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Journal | Tags: script frenzy, tumble | Comments Off
I found 45 minutes yesterday and used them actively to turn out 3 more pages. Amoung many things I wrote:
He bends down and touches the leg. When he does he discovers that he’s standing on the other foot and making it bend in a direction mother nature never intended it to bend. The person attached to the leg is very much dead.
I might be a little cheesy out of context, but I really like it.
As you’re reading this I’m out celebrating the upcoming wedding of a very good friend of mine, so no writing today, and today’s presumed high intake of alcohol might very well make that two days without writing.
Posted: April 4th, 2008 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Clippings | Tags: report card, script frenzy, tumble | Comments Off
Since I didn’t write anything the Report Card tells me that if I continue in this pace I’ll never finish the script.
We’ll see about that my friend. You just wait.
Posted: April 3rd, 2008 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Clippings | Tags: script frenzy, tumble | Comments Off
I’m really on a roll here.
Too bad that I don’t have any time for the next three days to write anything and on Sunday I’m properly gonna be gonna have a hangover from the bachelor’s party we’re having on Saturday.
So it actually makes me 4 pages short of my goal of 4 pages per day.
Posted: April 2nd, 2008 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Clippings | Tags: script frenzy, tumble | Comments Off
To put it mildly I had a flying start on the Frenzy.
Last night I wrote 7 pages of kick-ass intro in less than 2 hours.