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2012 January


Scriptshadow review

I’ve been reading Scriptshadow for a while, so when I was scrolling through my Google Reader yesterday, and this came up: Screenplay Review – The Augmented Geologist (Amateur Friday) I stopped for a second.

That’s my script.

Reading through the review and comments I am just as encouraged as hell. The script has sticking points which people seem to agree on, but they are things that are definitely fixable, and I would agree with most of the feedback.  What really caught my eye were the positive notes on the writing, which are generous. As soon as I sort out my structure, I’m gonna be deadly. Check this out:

But like I said, I think James is PACKED with talent. I wouldn’t be surprised if 3-4 years from now, you see him writing some big Hollywood sci-fi film. And hey, if he can get a handle on this story and give us something more mainstream and less existential, he might be able to salvage it. Either way, he’s a writer to look out for.

I you haven’t seen it yet, head over there and read the review.

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Back from LA, and not a scratch on me

The LA recon mission was a big success. It consisted of mainly drinking in different neighbourhoods and shopping for socks. I felt instantly at home. We are so moving there.

Man, I know I’m the seven billionth person on the planet to say this, but LA is BIG. I can’t even get my mind round it. In New York I’m so used to only being able to see about 20 feet ahead of me, my brain pretty much broke down at the sweeping arc of the Santa Monica and the mountains beyond. I had to be revived with a pint and a burger.

It was really good to catch up with friends who have moved out there and are doing so great. Everyone seems genuinely happy, they acknowledge the cities drawbacks, but one thing everyone has in common is they are here doing exactly what they love to do (ok, except the one guy who designs porn dvds). That unabashed enthusiasm to follow what you really want – and be able to make a successful living out of it – it what really draws me here.

We stayed at a place called the Farmer’s Daughter, a boutique converted motel in West Hollywood. Highly recommended. Tons of stuff to do around there and right next door to the Writer’s Guild of America. (Note: banging on the windows and shouting “LET ME IIIIIIIIIIN!” like Louis Tully, does not get you into the guild)

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Lactose Intolerant

Working on a new cartoon pitch called Lactose Intolerant. I have the basic idea in my mind and now I’m just sketching to see what comes out.

These guys are Lactoids, basically milk creatures in the future that have gone bad.

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Destination: LA

Well, this is it. The decision has been made. I’m moving to LA.

I knew this for ages, but what makes it feel like it’s really happening is when we booked tickets yesterday – We’re going on a reconnaissance mission for neighbourhoods, and we’re  meeting up with friends who are out their already. All we have to do is drive around, figure out the area we like best and then bug the shit out of people with questions, probably about traffic and pizza.

Apart from my (very real) reservations that I’m too English and out of shape to make this work, I’m excited. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to be involved in the entertainment industry, now I get to do it. I hope something works out right away and everything falls into place, but even if not, just making the move feels like a big step. If I do get anywhere, I guess this moment counts as The Beginning.

It better get more interesting.

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