Friday, November 19, 2010

37 pages

Of knife wielding, blood spewing, metal body transforming, engine oil drinking madness!  "Goddess From The Machine" is officially underway, and it's pretty dope.  I just have to make sure I don't get bored and stop working on it 50 pages in...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

writing is writing is writing

So I'm feeling better today.  I was inspired by watching Up yesterday, and have been writing.  Of course, I'm not writing All Of The Love In The World, but writing is writing and writing is good. 

I'm "re-envisioning" this really bad Japanese action flick called Machine Girl which is about a babe with a machine gun arm.     I am applying the very effective and commercial structure of Pixar films to a genre flick.  I'll get into the specifics of that when I talk to you next.  This is sort of an extension of the Too Big To Live experiment.

The gist of the project I'm outlining: an alternate near-future where society is overrun with all-female gangs and young men have been disappearing at alarming rates .   JJ is a girl who has been saddled with the responsibility of caring for her simp of a little brother after their parents passed away (dead parents are a great back story for this sort of thing).  A gang of girls bully and kill her younger brother.  She vows revenge.  When she goes to get revenge, she is captured, tortured, impaled on a bunch of iron rods and left for dead.  Her firey rage fuses the metal with her genes, or something, and some Tetsuo Iron Man shit happens where she becomes part machinery. 

She is nursed back to health by a neighboring woman  who's infant son was recently abducted.  As payment she agrees to help get the son back.  One of her arms, damaged beyond repair, is amputated and modified to accommodate  a variety of weapons that she can like, control with her mind and shit.

They journey to get the woman's son back, and eventually find out that the abduction and her brother's murder are (you guessed it) related incidents.  The infant boy has been captured to be groomed for an underground ring of male prostitution, and JJ's brother was killed for some other related reason. 

I want to force myself to finish All Of The Love In The World, but it just hasn't been happening.  It's this hugely ambitious  project.   I may be trying to run before I can walk.  There are so many characters, and it is so emotionally complicated that I am paralyzed.  How can I handle that if I haven't even written a simple, 3-act, Syd Field approved script with one main plot, one subplot and a decent late-second-act reversal?

So now I have 3 projects that I can sharpen my teeth with besides AOTLITW:

River of Silence-straightforward psycho/supernatural thriller.

Too Big To Live-straightforward (but slightly more convoluted) action comedy

and now...

MACHINE GUN GODDESS/GODDESS IN THE MACHINE (just made that up).  A VERY straightforward action flick.

Here's to writing!

Scripts in the pipe

So, since nobody reads this, I think it's safe to post my current and upcoming scripts without worrying about plagarism.  These aren't well thought-out loglines.

1) All Of The Love In The World:  My current project that is driving me mad.

When a young man finds out about his estranged ex-wife's death, he is thrown into an unwanted reunion with his ex in-laws and forced to confront the possibility of his ex-wife's death being a suicide.

2)  River of Silence

A father and daughter go hunting in the woods of Main and cross paths with a demonic entity that abducts children.

3)  Too Big To Live

A male pornstar trying to transition to "legitimate acting" must survive long enough to make an audition at the end of the week.

4)  Untitled thriller

A young woman accepts the responsibility of assisting her best friend's transition out of a mental institution.  But something has followed her friend and threatens to steal both of their sanity.

5)  A possible adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Chronicles Of A Death Foretold".

6)  A possible adaptation of the Japanese film "Machine Girl, which sucks, but has potential.

All of these projects, but I can't move on any of them in good conscience until i have a proper draft of AOTLITW.  And that is sooooooo hard!  But, I think I be making very slow progress back to place where I can be productive on it...  

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I have been very unproductive about approaching All Of The Love In The World.  I just can't get back into it.  The seasonal changes aren't helping.  When it gets dark at 4:30,  I have a very hard time doing anything but watching movies, jerking off, playing video games or sleeping.  Plus, I get up at 1 every afternoon and barely have any daylight. 
But those are all excuses.

Hopefully getting feedback from Susan will help.  I need to start forming the mess of a draft into a story, but how to do it?  I feel like a talentless hack who got lucky with a couple writing projects, and am destined for... see I can't even write a decent sentence in a fucking blog post.

In other news, I just watched Machine Girl, which was terrible.  I am considering trying to adapt it into a good script.  But that requires that I am actually able to write a good script.  Ah, fuck.  I'm gonna eat a sandwich and watch Ninja Scroll.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

So I'm trying to blaze through my first draft of All Of The Love In The World.  Since I am so incredibly far removed from the world of my script (It's been at least 4 months since I was "in the zone") that I have to watch page after page of shitty, non-dramatic exposition come out of my fucking word processor.  It's really frustrating, but necessary. 

So I have 75 pages of scenes which don't progress in any dramatic way or build on one another.  They are also almost entirely made up of two people talking to each other, not talking about much of anything, not advancing any plot, not revealing any character, and all speaking with the same voice.  It's really quite depressing.

BUT, I need all of these scenes.  In fact, I am going to write as many scenes as I can think of.  I don't care how many pages the first draft ends up being.  I don't care how boring and repetitive it is.  All that matters is that when I put it down,  I can return to the characters, return to my outlines, find the core of my story and begin plucking any scenes that have potential and crafting them.

I have a very, very long road ahead of me.