The best thing about Vimeo.Com is that when you click on a page the default “play” mode is “off,” unlike YouTube’s default “on,” which means you’re suddenly plunging yourself and those around you (like – uh-oh – your boss) into the video and it’s SOUND.
The second best thing about Vimeo.Com right now is this:
Written and Directed by Patrick Kalyn
Cinematographer: Cliff Hokanson
Produced by Gabriel Paul Napora / Triton Films
Music by Sam Hulick
Manager: Scott Glassgold / IAM Entertainment
Feature length synopsis:
In the wake of an alien infestation, an ex-special forces soldier’s daughter is killed in an alien attack. Seeking revenge, she leads a team deep into alien territory to a quarantined lab. Soon, she discovers the aliens aren’t alien at all, but a failed government experiment to create a bio-hybrid soldier. She must then expose the governments cover-up and save the last standing city in the quarantined zone from falling.
So c’mon already, where the fuck is the Kickstarter.Com campaign?
by Team TVWriter™ Press Service
Amazingly, TIGER EYES, which is having a limited release because, we suppose, none of the right Big Media people believe in it, is the first of Judy Blume’s myriad Young Adult bestsellers to be made into a film.
Back in the ’70s, when Are You there God? It’s Me, Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and a ton of other Judy Blume books were selling even better than Marvel Comics, Ms. Blume made the mistake of turning down most of the film offers she got. Those she accepted ended up aborted. (And became a stinkeroo TV movie. Hey, it happens.)
So when she wanted to get her 1981 best-selling novel, Tiger Eyes to the screen, Ms. Blume had to do it herself. She wrote the script, her son, Lawrence Blume, directed, and the financing was set up via a small prodco called Amber Entertainment.
Is it a good film? As good as the book? We haven’t seen it yet, so we can’t say. We’ll all have to find out together when it’s released in early June in theaters and Video On Demand. Meanwhile, to whet all our appetites, have a trailer:
Great title! Great article! Man, we wish this had been written exclusively for us:
by Susan K. Perry
What makes words flow? Some authors and poets swear by a highly particular writing ritual. Others swear they don’t do anything special to get to that place where the words begin pouring forth.
Some time back I questioned, in depth, a large number of novelists and poets (76 in all). Nearly all had won awards for their writing or were bestselling authors. When they described their creative process to me, most mentioned some sort of routine.
Not all writers concede that their routine is vital or important, or even that it matters all that much. Some, though, are aware that the activities they pursue pre-writing do matter. I suspect that the majority of the rest do what they do so routinely that their “rituals” are no longer on a conscious level.
The particulars of a writer’s rituals may be perceived as somewhat fetish-like. Whatever has worked in the past will work every time, right? Mustn’t deviate. Habits become entrenched, writing happens, and before you know it, you’re in flow.
What’s that? You’ve never heard of Justin Marks? Yeah, that’s the point…
My Life as a Screenwriter You’ve Never Heard Of
by Justin Marks
Here’s a day in the life of a writer that you don’t always get to hear about.
It was 5 p.m., and I was playing Call of Duty. Why? Because I wanted to. The phone rang; it was a producer with whom I’d just spent the past two years laboring over a cable pilot, a time-travelly science fiction thing. We’d delivered the final cut to the network, and we were awaiting The Call — the one where you hear that your show, which tested well, is being picked up, that your life is about to change.
But the producer had That Voice. Any experienced writer knows That Voice. Because That Voice means one thing: The network passed. “Hey,” the producer said, “we fought for it till the end. We’ll find something else.” I agreed. And that was that.
Probably not three minutes had elapsed in my game of Call of Duty. Two more minutes to go upstairs and erase my now-dead pilot’s name off the list of projects on my dry-erase board. Two years of effort gone in five minutes.
As I wiped the board clean, I saw another project listed below. Kind of a back-burner thing — I was busy at the time — but I owed the producer a call. So I picked up the phone. Told him I was in. By the next morning, I was back at the keyboard, as if yesterday’s pilot had never happened.
And that, my friends, is what it means to be Just Another Working screenwriter…
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It’s hard to miss the fact that articles and posts relating to our People’s Pilot and Spec Scriptacular contests continued to own the field this week, with only our 2-part conversation with THE WALKING DEAD’s Curtis Gwinn and writing info from our own LB breaking the contests’ monopoly. Which makes this as good a time as any to point out that OMG! there’s only two weeks left to enter two of the top writing contests on the web!
Thanks for making this another great week, and don’t forget to read what you missed, re-read what you loved, and, most importantly, come back for more soon!