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A Childs Laughter

Families are like fudge… mostly sweet with a few nuts.  ~Author Unknown

Pictures of my sister’s son Ryland and me hangin’ at the house.64975358_201380569_0_1

There is nothing more beautiful than a child’s laughter.  I love being able to make other people laugh…to make them forget just for a moment about their worries and their problems.  I think it takes them to that childlike carefree state where they are being protected and cared for and loved and nothing horrible in the world is going to happen to them.  As adults where does that place go? It is repressed for the most part and only coaxed out by large amounts of alcohol or the most skilled comedians or both.  I don’t however want to write pure comedy.  Because I also want to make people think…to inspire change.  So how do I find a balance between the two?  How do I write touching, thought-provoking pieces that also allow laughter and freedom…taking them to that child’s place where maybe they are more able to be receptive to my message and change?  When I write it seems to come out one way or the other, black or white.  I haven’t quite been able to infuse enough of myself into it yet.  I am naturally always trying to make people laugh…but much of that is through sarcasm which doesn’t exactly translate to the page as well as I would like.  It is about tone of voice and dependence upon the listeners understanding of your intent….and this is starting to sound like some scientific paper….what is that?

HMMM….I guess my true goal is to be real in my writing.  Not some stuck up, perfected version of myself.  I don’t think I’ve gotten there yet.  Maybe in my emails and instant messages I am closer…but I can judge the exchange…have constant feedback of how my audience is taking my words.  Maybe I just have to trust in myself more.

I’ll get there….laughing or crying all the way.  It will just take time and the commitment that I have.

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January 30, 2006 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

A Thousand Words

Martyrdom… is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
  – George Bernard ShawP1010050

How do you summarize a 120 page screen play in a thousand words?  Fifty words I can do, no problem, but a thousand, what do you include, what do you leave out (alot).  I’m applying for film school in Sedona in the fall and my application essay is supposed to be a thousand word synopsis of my film.  Who would have thought that would be harder than writing the screenplay itself.  But, I’m excited.  I’m applying for three different programs with this script and hoping to get accepted into one of them.  The first is the Zaki Gordon Film Institute in Sedona.  It’s critically acclaimed, only accepts 40 students into its one year program and has just added a second year program with a guaranteed screening of a group short at cannes. 

The second is the Sundance lab, which takes place for three weeks in June at Sundance.  All expenses paid, you get to workshop your script to make it better and then they will produce it with big name stars and most likely screen at sundance as well as other top tier festivals….which means…great chance of distribution deal.

The third program I’m submitting this script to is the ABC/Disney fellowship, which is a one year paid program usually a feeder for staff positions and produced scripts through their many prod cos, mirimax being the biggest and most acclaimed.

I also had word yesterday of a contact through my dad with an important producer (who I won’t name) who is willing to read my script, so I’m excited about that.

Now, I just have to finish it. 

The process is going great and I’m loving it.  I’ve also started on a collaboration with my friend Leslie on another script we’ll be working on together and I’m very excited about that one…more to follow on that as it’s quite different from my current writing.

Well, back to work for me.  And you, get back to work!!

January 27, 2006 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

A Thousand Words

Martyrdom… is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
  – George Bernard ShawP1010050

How do you summarize a 120 page screen play in a thousand words?  Fifty words I can do, no problem, but a thousand, what do you include, what do you leave out (alot).  I’m applying for film school in Sedona in the fall and my application essay is supposed to be a thousand word synopsis of my film.  Who would have thought that would be harder than writing the screenplay itself.  But, I’m excited.  I’m applying for three different programs with this script and hoping to get accepted into one of them.  The first is the Zaki Gordon Film Institute in Sedona.  It’s critically acclaimed, only accepts 40 students into its one year program and has just added a second year program with a guaranteed screening of a group short at cannes. 

The second is the Sundance lab, which takes place for three weeks in June at Sundance.  All expenses paid, you get to workshop your script to make it better and then they will produce it with big name stars and most likely screen at sundance as well as other top tier festivals….which means…great chance of distribution deal.

The third program I’m submitting this script to is the ABC/Disney fellowship, which is a one year paid program usually a feeder for staff positions and produced scripts through their many prod cos, mirimax being the biggest and most acclaimed.

I also had word yesterday of a contact through my dad with an important producer (who I won’t name) who is willing to read my script, so I’m excited about that.

Now, I just have to finish it. 

The process is going great and I’m loving it.  I’ve also started on a collaboration with my friend Leslie on another script we’ll be working on together and I’m very excited about that one…more to follow on that as it’s quite different from my current writing.

Well, back to work for me.  And you, get back to work!!

January 27, 2006 at 9:26 am Leave a comment

Livin La Vida Loca

  P1010161_1 Livin La Vida loca at that Dodge Theatre.

Leslie and I went to the Ricky Martin concert last night at the Dodge Theatre. It was my first trip there and except for crowded seating it didn’t fail to impress.  Neither did Ricky.  His show was great, very ethnic which I loved, he played music and incorporated aspects of all different cultures, while he was shakin his bon bon up there.  It was a great concert for dancing, and I definitely want to get his new album, although it was a little hard with the seats so close together and the little grandma who came up to below my chest that was sitting next to me was almost as entertaining as the concert itself.  But great times were had by all.P1010152_2 Ricky_3 PS. The last photo is a stock photo from the paper, my camera wasn’t quite that good.

January 24, 2006 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment

Living La Vida Loca

  P1010161_1 Livin La Vida loca at that Dodge Theatre.

Leslie and I went to the Ricky Martin concert last night at the Dodge Theatre. It was my first trip there and except for crowded seating it didn’t fail to impress.  Neither did Ricky.  His show was great, very ethnic which I loved, he played music and incorporated aspects of all different cultures, while he was shakin his bon bon up there.  It was a great concert for dancing, and I definitely want to get his new album, although it was a little hard with the seats so close together and the little grandma who came up to below my chest that was sitting next to me was almost as entertaining as the concert itself.  But great times were had by all.P1010152_2 Ricky_3 PS. The last photo is a stock photo from the paper, my camera wasn’t quite that good.

January 24, 2006 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

Playing Dress Up

Picture_009 Today was spent sitting in a room with mostly middle aged men learning about film production.  There were a few good tidbits of info, but the 3 hours were long and I was restless, not to mention cornered by a guy during the entire break who wanted to talk about his roomate who brokered the deal for Out of Africa and how everyone else in the room was a hack.  I found myself wondering how much I wanted to be involved in my film.  There are so many different avenues to go.  I do think I would be good at producing.  One of the panelist wrote the screenplay, directed it, produced it and was planning on starring, but backed out.  My ego says I would have given something else up first…but then I think back to Halloween.  And Last Monday for the Golden Globes, and Weddings, and any other excuse I can find to dress up and play a part, and I realize that acting is a part of who I am, but you have to be true to what you are writing, make it the best it can be, and accept that I may not be right for any of my characters, and be fine with that.  I have enough roles to play in real life, but I would like to do some auditions and get some time on set, just in case I decide to go the independent route…free film school, can’t be beat!

January 21, 2006 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

I Am a Rock

Rock_1 A winter’s day

In a deep and dark December

I am alone

Gazing from my window to the streets below

On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.

I am a rock, I am an island.

I’ve built walls,

A fortress deep and mighty

That none may penetrate

I have no need of friendship

Friendship causes pain

It’s laughter and loving I disdain

I am a rock, I am an island

Don’t talk of love

but I’ve heard the word before

It’s sleeping in my memory

I won’t disturb the slumber of the feelings that have died

If I never loved I never would have cried

I am a rock, I am an island

I have my books

and my poetry to protect me

I am shielded in my armour

Hiding in my room, safe within my womb,

I touch no one and no one touches me.

I am a rock, I am an island

And a rock feels no pain, and an island never cries.

-Paul Simon

 

I came across the words to this song in my research on John Donne.  It really touched me, not only as a perfect metaphor for one of my characters, but for my own life as well.  It describes the “shutting down” and depression I go through when I’ve been hurt emotionally and slight dissociation that is our bodies natural way of protecting and healing itself.  It’s a beautiful thing when I can look back at it, not caught in the throws of it’s power as I have been from time to time.  Simon is contradicting Donne’s statement that “No man is an island” in a very powerful way, and I agree….we all need to be islands from time to time, it is the only way we can gain the strength we need to continue to grow.

January 21, 2006 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

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