Now it’s time for me to put my money where my mouth is regarding all this planning I’ve been talking up.
I just sat and divided up the year into manageable chunks. Maths is not my strong point, but I think I need to be churning out an average of 12 pages a week to achieve my goals.
I admit in breaking it down it’s pretty terrifying, as if I screw up even one day that’ll mess up my schedule for the rest of the week. But also, I kind of need that to keep on track. Plus, there’s always Sundays. Good old reliable Sunday afternoons.
My plan this week is to crank out around 10 pages of a new feature. GASH PALACE is about female monster truck creators defending their autoyard against their ex-friend’s demented invention: JAGUCARS: Half car, half jaguar!
Yes is it ridiculous, and yes it is unlikely to be greenlit in New Zealand, but thus far it’s been a blast to work on. Since I’m still really just trying to get good at writing features as opposed to trying to sell them, this thing suits me fine and dandy.
For directing this week, I’m gonna continue reading Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen by Steven D. Katz.
This is a solid book on directing basics I’ve been inching my way through for a while. This week, I’m going to focus on the line, and not crossing it. See, this and screen direction have always been my Achilles heel. Some people are born without good spacial awareness, and I definitely one of those people. But that’s okay. I’m going to practice it this year and I will get better.
Last thing! Here’s what I’ll finish every weekly blog with: 3 or more new ideas. Either loglines, or titles, or characters or settings, or just whatever jazzes me.
- I really want to write a movie called BEAST CASE SCENARIO. The logline could be something like: When a ragtag group of failing military school students on a training exercise uncover a monster in the bush, they must band together to get through their biggest challenge yet: BEAST CASE SCENARIO.
- We went to the Napier Aquarium over the holiday period, and they have a new dinosaur fossil exhibition, with videos about Joan Wiffen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Wiffen Holy shit, how have I never heard about New Zealand’s kick-ass female amatuar paleontologist? She’s amazing, and there should be a movie about her. Either biographical, or just vaguely based on her and involving time travel, because clearly she deserves to meet some dinosaurs.
- Interesting character: Jonas and Levana Strewan are nutso survivalists living in in a fortified home in Waikanae. They have a young daughter, Lila, who they’ve been training since birth to handle any apocalyptic situation. When shit does start to go down (meteorites? plagues?) and Lila’s parents are killed, she is the sole person in the area with a safe place to live and the knowledge to get through. Suddenly the whole community is coming to her for advice on how to survive. She’s 11 years old, but she’s the only authority on how to live during the end times, and is now the head of the community.
Tune in next Sunday to find out whether I managed to get up at 5am every day this week!