ALLIGATORS IN A HELICOPTER

a pro script reader ponders movies, reading, writing and the occasional personal flashback

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hey - I Wrote a Book

So first off, clearly I need to post more.  Apologies.  It's been a long two years, for many reasons.

Touching Blue is still in development at Amazon.  I did a couple of passes, and then they brought in another writer.  But last I heard, they are still throwing money at it, which is good.  If it's ever made, I get a big chunk of cash, which would be nice.

In the meantime, I wrote a couple of other scripts that are currently out getting eyeballs on them (hopefully).

And just for fun, I also wrote a book.  The link is here.

I was contacted by a publisher in New Hampshire, who had the idea of doing lightly novelized versions of unproduced screenplays.  So I novelized one of mine, which is literally just taking a screenplay and retyping it into prose form.

The only thing I added was a few "he says" and "she replies".  It's all in present-tense, and very lean.  It's meant to be read in about the time it takes to watch a movie - perfect to read on a plane flight.

It was an interesting experience, and I'm happy with the result.  And the result is sort of eye-opening - it's definitely miles more readable to the kind of non-industry people (like my parents) whose brain hurts when they try to read a screenplay.

And hey, I wrote a book.  It's on Amazon.  And it didn't cost me anything.

So now that's crossed off my bucket list.  And if you happen to pick up a copy, and say a few nice words about it on Amazon...   Thanks  :-)


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Still In Development

Turns out that writing really is rewriting...  and no one is in any hurry, until they are.

I've had a number of meetings with my producers and especially my development people.  The rewrite is coming along, I'm working on a detailed treatment that they will hopefully approve, so I can dig into the rewrite.

The catch is that it's almost completely different.  Really.  Some of the character names are the same.  The fact that Blue feels pain when she is touched is the same.  Everything else is different.  Every single scene is completely different.

Still, I'm excited about the new direction of the story, which is going to make her a more active and hopefully interesting character.  Plus it feels like I'm on my way to....   something.

I feel like a writer.  For better or for worse.  Can't be a bad thing.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

So There's A Movie Made From My Script -

Sort of. It's a feature length (95 min.) "test movie" that Amazon Studios made of my screenplay "Touching Blue", an animatic to serve as a way to have people experience the whole story in a visual sense, rather than having to read the script.

It's a development tool - it's not supposed to be the end-all, be-all of anything. In fact, I've already written a new draft - the one in the animatic is the one that won last June.

I have some quibbles about some of the voice work, and the music is often awful. But a lot of it is cool - and the closest I've come to actually having a script made. So that's nice.

Plus it's easy to just graze around, and skip ahead.

The movie is here

The trailer is here

The new draft is here

Monday, December 19, 2011

Things Are Getting Interesting

Someday, when I'm a working writer, I'll post on this blog more frequently. I promise.

Meanwhile, this just happened....

Which is very cool. Hopefully.

2012 is going to be an intriguing year.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Holy Crap, I Won Again

I am very humbled and sort of blown away to announce that one of my other scripts, "In the Silences", just won Best Script in the Amazon Studios' August contest.

Now I really need to write...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

So Now This Is Happening -

http://amazonstudios.tumblr.com/post/10171964399

Which is pretty cool.

Basically a test film is like a series of sketches telling the whole story, with a dialogue track and music laid over it. Animated films do it a lot, to make sure something is working before they go full-animation on it.

Amazon Pictures believes in it for development as well as demonstrating the potential of an idea, and my screenplay is one of the first test movies that they are creating themselves to show the kind of thing they want to do with it.

Hopefully it'll lead to an actual movie being made of it.

Either way, it should be cool, and though I have nothing to do with the making of it, can't wait to see how it turns out.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Whoa... I won.

I'm pleased and still a little stunned to announce that my script "Touching Blue" just won Best Sci Fi/Action Script in the Amazon Studios contest.

Which comes with a nice $20,000 check.

Which will buy a lot of time to write....