JUST BLOWING OFF SOME STEAM


I haven’t added anything to my blog for some time now and I always get nervous when I don’t. This probably wouldn’t be that big a deal to me, but I’m suppose to be existential which basically means in this context, this is a blog, therefore I should blog. Lacking anything incredibly meaningful to say, I thought I’d just write down what’s going on with me and my life. You know, the sort of thing that I find boring and makes other people want to hang themselves.
I may even try to do it on a more daily, dear diary sort of schedule. Which means in addition to being existential, I’m also a tad pathetic. But isn’t that the definition of a screenwriter in LA?
I’ve been a little frustrated this week because I’m suppose to be doing the next installment of a screenplay that I’m writing with a partner. The reason I’m frustrated is because the screenplay is actually going very well. I think we make a good partnership and the whole thing feels right. So it’s just annoyingly maddening that I’m not writing my guts out.
My main problem is that I’m busy with work, which is a good thing. The Slamdance Screenplay Competition and Regent Entertainment/Here! Networks has been keeping me pretty busy. So I’m not complaining. Well, I am complaining, that’s pretty obvious, but I’m trying to do it in a noncomplaining way because with the economy the way it is, I’m happy to have money coming in.
I was also suppose to have a staged reading of my screenplay Rough Trade in New York in October to start off a reading series for OTF (Out in Television and Film), but I couldn’t find a director. I found this quite mind boggling, but there it is. However, it turns out it might be for the best. One of the reasons I was going first in the series was that the one who was running the series was having difficulty finding a script to read that he liked (which made me feel pretty pleased with myself, to tell the truth). But it no longer looks like that is a problem and instead I’ll be kicking off the LA staged reading series beginning in January. The stress is off.
I’m also behind at doing my reviews of movies I’ve seen. In many ways, this is the area where I am most frustrated with myself. If you talked to my friends, they would all tell you that I can rarely shut up about the movies I’ve seen. But I still haven’t put my thoughts done on such flicks as Flame and Citron and Inglorious Bastards, among others.
Well, no matter what else, I got it all off my chest for a little while at least.

Slamdance Screenplay/Teleplay Competitions Call For Submissions


From the Slamdance website:
Writing Competitions Launch:
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After the festival, we turn our attention to Slamdance’s Writing Department: 2009’s Writing Competitions have already kicked off with fantastic prizes and sponsors. The Short Screenplay Competition’s final deadline is just around the corner (February 9, 2009), so hurry up with those submissions: the Grand Prize Winner walks away with $500.00.
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And wait … there’s more! One of top five finalists will be selected and produced as a part of Slamdance’s $99 Special Competition and screen at the 2010 Festival! Check out previous Slamdance $99 Specials here.
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The Teleplay Competition Call For Entries has also launched: The scripted portion is sponsored by Act III Productions and the unscripted portion is sponsored by the Greif Company: early deadline is February 17, 2009. Save some money and get those original ideas in ASAP – we want to read them and connect you with companies who want to produce your ideas. Step to it now!
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Feature Screenplay Call For Entries opens in March 2009 and is sponsored by Upload Films with a $7,000 Grand Prize Award. Upload Films recently signed an option agreement with our 2008 Screenplay winner Neil McGowan (NUMBERED).
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The Slamdance Horror Screenplay Competition begins in June 2009 and the winner walks with $5,000 as well as a possible option agreement. And regardless of genre or length, if you have a script and you want some constructive feedback from our expert team, check out our year round coverage service.

DEPARTMENT OF SELF-AGGRANDIZEMENT


Just a weekly catching up of what’s going on in my life.
I received positive comments back on my script for Here! Networks/Regent Entertainment. Any further notes are waiting until there is a production imminent. As everybody in the industry knows, getting a production can never be counted on until the movie is in the can (and even then, one sometimes wonders), so there is still no guarantee the film will be made. So wish me luck and keep sending out those Richard Gere positive karmic thoughts.
I just completed a workshop wherein I did revisions on my sci-fi film Revelation and I am pleased with the results.
Two theaters in England expressed interest in taking a closer look at some of my plays. One said they were going to have an in-house reading (just among the members, no audience) of Queen Christina Goes Roman. Again, keep those Richard Gere thoughts going.
I am starting up reading again for the Slamdance teleplay competition. Last year, I had to not participate due to too many conflicts. I am always looking for private consultation gigs, so if anybody knows of anyone, please pass my name and blogsite on to them.
I’m debating whether to take the long bus ride to go to the Nuart to see Moscow/Belgium or take the lazy way out and see the International today. Tomorrow night I may go to the LACMA for the Germany Divided movies of Escape from East Berlin and Funeral in Berlin.
Oscars Sunday. My guesses, Slumdog Millionaire (Ron Blagojovich has a new nickname: Slumdog Million Hair) for picture, director and adapted screenplay. Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Heath Ledger, Penelope Cruz acting; and Milk best original screenplay.
Talk to everyone later.