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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Scratching My Itch

So I've been so busy with work over the past few months that I hadn't written a word of my own stuff.

Which is always worrisome. There's always the niggling fear that if not-writing goes on too long, it'll turn into never-writing-again. Which I didn't want.

But I just didn't have the time... or when I did, I was just too brain-drained from other people's scripts to focus on my own.

Still, I had an idea in my head for a script, that I'd been thinking about for months.

Unlike most of the things I write, it didn't have a supernatural element. It was just a thriller. A nasty, violent, high-concept thriller.

I pitched it to my wife on the drive down to the shore 3 weeks ago, and not only did she like it, she brainstormed it in darker directions.

That's my girl.

Still, other than jotting down a few handfuls of notes (and pretty much figuring out the whole structure of the script in my head). I hadn't written word one.

I was ripe to bursting with words. I had blue balls of the brain. But the time wasn't there.

Last Thursday, the woman who ran my writing group called with word that a slot for Monday (last night) had opened up, and did I want it. I said no... and then I said yes. Because I wanted to push myself, to write at least 10 pages over the weekend.

I wrote 19.

They are rough, the characters need development, and when I brought it in last night I wasn't sure what the writers/actors would make of it. They're a tough crowd.

But they loved it. I've got something by the tail, and now I just have to write it.

Time will be made. The brain balls will not get blue again.

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Tropic Thunder beat out Dark Knight over the weekend, making a very solid $25.8 million. Though this seems to be one of those odd comedies that seems to be scoring a little better with critics than audiences.

Star Wars did $14.6, so I was really close on one guess. Mirrors did $11.1; I'm not sure where the horror/thriller audience has gone.

Vicly Christina Barcelona did $3.7 million. Fly Me To The Moon only did $1.9. Henry Poole did only $805,000, which for 527 theaters is pretty bad.

5 Comments:

At 9:45 AM, Blogger marcoguarda said...

Mind to find out a good title for your HC-Thriller.

As someone reported in an interview at "Two Adverbs":

"A good title is 50% of the battle."


M.

 
At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Douglas Emerson said...

I get a somewhat different media stream from you folks, being up here in Canada, but I've been surprised by the relative lack of promotion for some of these late-summer releases. I'd come across promo for FLY ME TO THE MOON and MIRRORS exactly *once* prior to this Friday.

Now, I don't know whether that represents fatigue on the part of the respective marketing departments, or budget constraints from distributors that blew their promotional loads earlier in the summer, or just a peculiar bubble I've been living in the last few weeks.

I'm curious to know if anyone else has had the same experience.

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Scott, congradulations on writing 19 pages this weekend. What a stud! And you're even getting your wife involved. Even better!!

Lately I've been bouncing new ideas off my aunt for a cartoon feature I think I'm going to write next after the script I'm currently working on. I LOVE including others in the creative flow, but I've found is many people I have availible to me aren't very helpfull.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

 
At 6:22 AM, Blogger The Moviequill said...

the Tropic take would have been higher if they included Wed & Thursdays box though right? that was just for the weekend?

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Yeah, Tropic was just for the weekend. I think it did almost $40 million first 5 days.

I saw a lot of commercials for Mirrors and Fly Me To The Moon down here in the LA area, and I don't watch all that much TV.

 

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