Holy crap the summer flew by and I ended up completely skipping out on September. Well not skipping out exactly, but left for a twelve day trip to Spain. Many people asked if I thought about shooting a film in Spain and my answer is sure I would shoot a film in Spain… so um anyone have a film they want to shoot in Spain that they want help producing… anyone?
So here I am five days into October and working on a pilot that is shooting in December. Trying to score some locations and get a solid crew together. It’s coming together, albeit slowly. Also trying to get a documentary project going for January as well as working on some online web content for a new website. So keeping busy. The big news is this week I have decided to lock myself in my room and write. For one week, for 8-10 hours a day I am writing. I don’t know if I will get anywhere, I don’t know if it will be any good, but I have some of my own stories to tell and since I have been working so long on other people’s scripts I figured it was high time I put up or shut up and write my very own screenplay. So this week this here blog will be about my frustrations, my fears, my victorious moments of starting my very first feature length screenplay.
Day 1: Started later than I wanted, at 10:12am. Got a few sentences in and realized I was hungry so grabbed some Cheerios. After eating I got back to it. After the constant tings of my Apple Mail I install Freedom. For those of you who do not know Freedom is an application that essentially disconnects you from all things time wasting such as facebook, twitter and of course writing blogs like this. I could have simply disconnected myself from my wireless network, but liked that I could place time limits on myself to track progress. I have to say I didn’t get as far today as I would have liked. I know the bones of the story, and have some solid characters developed, but the start of the script was far more challenging than I realized. I have written short stories in the past and usually the words flow quite easily, but for some reason the structure kept throwing me for a loop. I kept getting bogged down in the description, overcomplicating what should have been a simple opener.
I have to say regardless of the first day of frustration, it was nice to have the time to just write something that was mine. I now cherish the writers I work with even more especially those that can turn around a draft in no time flat, A that means you=)!
More on my writing journey tomorrow…