Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Finally, Something to Report

Hello all! Sorry that there was not post last week, but we didn't really have anything new to say.

I'm happy to report that we were able to write this week after not getting anything done last week. We worked on the same scene I mentioned in the previous post, and after getting our thoughts together we added a page to the scene. I think this is a huge step forward for this movie. This is an important scene, where the chemistry between the main character and the love interest needs to be established. The scene works pretty well, and it is funny which is always the main concern. Now we just need to work on the next scene which is even more important and will most likely be a lot harder. Hooray!

Also of note, we came up with a new mantra today. It was "It can always be changed later" but then we promptly changed that to "Everything is better with rum." I wish I got paid to write. Even better would be getting paid to write drunk. Oh well.

Some friends of the blog might like to know that I recently purchased a cheap video camera which I will be using to make some short films over the summer. Nothing high minded, just looking to have fun. If anyone would like to help, let me know. Especially if you have sound equipment that can record sound separately. The microphone on this thing is crappy.

That's all for now, folks. Get home safe.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Script Frenzy is done...

But we continue the writing of the script anyway. We didn't make it to the 100 pages required to win April's Script Frenzy Contest, but we did pretty well for only getting together only a few days this month. If nothing else, it got us to start writing the rough draft, and the pages we do have is a good start.

We had our first writing session in May this week, and it went fairly well considering life is popping up all over the place these days. Jessie had finals this week, and I'm preparing to move to cheaper lodgings, so I don't think it's too surprising that we didn't do a whole lot of writing.

Writing did take place, however, and it's a pivotal scene that we are working on right now. Our main character talks to our love interest for the first time. It's a fairly difficult scene to write because we have to make it clear that these people have chemistry and we need to make it seem natural that he would go out with her later that night. All in all a huge task, and I imagine this is one scene that will be rewritten many times, and I'll enjoy developing it over the coming months.

For those that want to keep track, even though it means little at this point, we wrote another page and a half, almost all of it dialogue. Food figures heavily into this scene, like it seems to in all of our scenes. I wonder if that means anything...

Now it's time to start moving. See you all next week.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Script Frenzy Update 5

It's late Wednesday night (early Thursday morning) so it must be time for an update.

I'm happy to say that some good writing took place this Tuesday. We did a little re-writing on the script to resolve some story problems which caused us to have a smaller page count. After this we actually added to the screenplay. Most of it was dialogue, which is good because this is going to be a dialogue heavy movie. The result is an overall gain of 1 page, bringing the total to 12 pages of written script.

Not enough good news you say? Something else we discussed this week was our title sequence. Now, we have what I think is a pretty good scene to put the titles over, but there is something that has always bothered me about it. I like the idea behind it, and I think it is fairly original, but I don't think it sets the right tone for the movie. Jessie and I had a talk about it, and I think we have something that will work even better. I am very excited to write the dialogue for this scene; I think it will be very funny.

And there's more to be excited about. Jessie and I (mostly Jessie) came up with an interesting and clever way to do some marketing for our movie. If done right, it will be incredibly subtle and be drawn out over a couple years. I don't want to say exactly what it is right now, but we will be revealing it to our loyal followers soon.

It's been quite awhile since I've had this much to talk about. I'm all tired from writing this much. Well, that and the lateness of the hour.

Goodnight all!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Script Frenzy Update 4

As promised, here is the weekly update on the status of our script.

Unfortunately, I have nothing new to report. Jessie and I have been unable to get together to write this week. Things have been very busy for Jessie, what with the school wrapping up and all.

Hopefully, we'll be able to get together in the next few days to write and I'll have a more interesting update afterwards.

Good night for now.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Script Frenzy Update 3

Here is the first follow up on my weekly updates. I almost didn't make it.

The page count for this week is, wait for it....

The same.

What? Yeah, we worked on the script this week, but we didn't have very much time. Mostly we took what we had written already and made it make sense. Which is important. Next time we will add to the script. Overall it's been very productive writing.

We did notice that there seems to be some sort of food in every scene though. It's like The Godfather, except without all the mob stuff.

That's it for now. See you next Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Script Frenzy Update 2

Two quick items for tonight.

First, I have finally gotten more of what's been written into script format and I've uploaded it to Script Frenzy. We have a grand total of, wait for it....

11 Pages!!!!

As you can see we are well on our way. Wish us luck in getting to a significant number of pages.

The second item for tonight. This post is is coming on a Wednesday night. Expect a new post ever Wednesday night from now on. I will be making sure that I will post something every Wednesday from now on. There will be joint posts and posts from Jessie if she's ever not busy enough, but at least one every week from me or your money back.

That's all for this post. Until next week...

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Script Frenzy Update 1

We had our first session for writing the actual screenplay tonight. It went really well and we got a lot done for people with no attention sp... look, a penny.

What I've come to tell you is that I just finished formatting tonight's work into screenplay format and we have just over 4 pages. That means we just need to do what we did tonight 25 more times and we're free. Since this will never happen, you should just congratulate us for getting beyond the blank page and writing something down. All in all though, it was fun.

Another page count update will follow as soon as we have new pages.