Friday, March 20, 2009

Communication Failure

Don't worry! I promise Jason and I are communicating just fine.

I'm worried that I'm having trouble explaining to people how awesome our movie is going to be. Whenever we tell people we're writing a movie, they ask us something along the lines of, "What's it about?" I have trouble deciding how to answer this question. "It's a romantic comedy about indie 20-somethings living in Boulder. And there are poly people!" doesn't really do it justice.

I'm not sure how much of our humor actually translates to other people, either. We certainly make other people laugh in daily life, but we make ourselves laugh even more. I've tried explaining a couple of the funny scenes we've come up with to various acquaintances, and they often don't get it. Perhaps I'm doing a bad job of explaining. I think a lot of our humor relies on visual cues. Also, we know the characters, so situational humor makes sense to us when it doesn't to people who don't know the whole story. I anticipate that I'll get better with practice at helping people understand that we're writing something entertaining. And maybe I'm just being paranoid.

Right now, one of the things Jason and I have been talking about is a logline for the movie. How do you describe a complex, psychological plot in two sentences without making it sound incredibly boring?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Storm After The Calm

It's been quite awhile, so gather around for the news.

Craziness has been the overall motif of my life lately. Wicked Faire was awesome, and I am definitely looking forward to going back and eventually shooting a movie there. We were having too much fun to get much writing done while we were there, though, and it's such an amazing event that it was hard to get back into the swing of "real life" afterwards. Add to that new relationships and the fact that I was laid off from my job, and it's easy to see why it has been so long since you've heard anything from us.

I am happy to say that we have been working on the story though, and we are getting ever closer to having the first complete scene list. It seems that some good connections have been made and our little screenplay is going to get every chance to actually get turned into a movie. I have been working on preparing materials for pitching the story to people. In fact, I am going to pitch to my family first, that way I can get some good feedback and who knows, maybe they'll invest.

Something else I am working on at the moment is setting up our LLC. This way we can start setting up investments and work on getting our names out there. We will also have a company name to register the script under, that way our personal assets are untouchable if anyone decides they want to sue us for any stupid reason.

I should have a logline finished by the end of the day. The logline is the short description you read in papers or magazines. Usually about two sentences long. Also, I have every hope that a treatment will be finished soon. When it is, we will be able to start showing it to investors, and hopefully get someone to pay us to write the movie (it's a bit crazy, but I can dream can't I?).

That's all the news I have right now. Expect a big joint post sometime in the near future.