Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lights and Internships

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INT. BRET & TARA'S APARTMENT - DAY

It's raining in Vancouver, but that didn't stop Joe Carnahan and his crew from filming next summer's blockbuster A-Team. They had a city street blocked off so BA's stunt man could repel down a 30 story building. It was a three camera set up, one on a crane to the west, one on a pulley system that tracked BA as he raced down the building and another on a window washing cart across the street. They had Audi's, Smart cars, Mercedes and VWs on the street dressed with European plates. It's amazing how they can make downtown Vancouver look like Germany... Film making, the ultimate team sport.

It's my final term. Less than two months to go. Then I'll be back out on the street armed with a degree from one of the top film schools in North America. Crazy...

Currently I'm taking Final Feature, TV Pilot, Adaptation, Web Series, Writing for Comics, Journalism and Biz Marketing... On the side, I am gathering letters of recommendation and revamping my resume to start sending out to Hollywood production houses for internships. We're casting for web series on Monday and will be shooting four student episodes in December. I will get to work with the actors from Come Home Soon. And I am really excited to work with Chase and Mox again! Our directors for the shoot.

Last night I attended a Lights concert. She's an indie pop singer out of Toronto. Extremely talented and very fan friendly. An avid comic book reader and lover of WOW with an enthusiastic following.

http://www.myspace.com/lights.

Check her out. She surprised me. That's all to report for now. Just plugging away... Take care and stay tuned.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Been a while...

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INT. VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - DAY

Three pigeons huddle atop the Centre Theatre. Shivering in the sun. The only warmth to be found is in the colors of the changing leaves. Winter is coming. I know it, and so do they as they huddle closer together.

Now that that is out of my system... Yeah, I know, it's been a while since my last post, so here's the run down of events since March... Really? That's the last time I wrote. Jeez...
  • I finished a full length feature about off road muscle car racing in Georgia, written a sitcom pilot about airport attendees, webisodes and commercials, have outlined my second full length feature (a western) and hour long TV pilot.
  • Mouse trapped while trying to learn to wake board (Mouse trapped is when you hit your face so hard against the water it sounds like a mouse trap... fun).
  • Hiked Two Mouth Lakes' ridge (I still can't feel my legs Bryan).
  • Watched a lot of movies (I really recommend Paranormal Activity and Zombieland).
  • Had three of my short scripts filmed. (A modern western, a drama, and thriller).
  • Worked with the talented acting students, along with my classmates, to write and produce an hour long theatre play about route 66.
  • Went to a Rugby game.
  • Watched my main man Brandon Roy and the Portland T-Blazers destroy the Phoenix Suns.
  • And attended my first Canadian Thanksgiving.
All in all it has been a very rewarding year, especially having the short scripts filmed.

Regarding the short scripts:

The Thriller was called Heart Strings - about the dangers of internet dating. It was chosen to be filmed during the VFS Summer Intensive Course. Charlotte Chanler acted in it. It should be out now, I'll check on that.

The modern western was called Three Little Words about a man who has to decide between staying with the love of his or leaving for the rodeo and one last chance at a buckle. It was directed by Hilary Marsh (she is a gem) and the actors were Barry Haggis and Amy Lee McGrath. Much props to Wade Fennig & his crew for all their hard work. We actually filmed on a spacious ranch, backed by mountains out near Port Moody - provided by Laura Doyle my TV Spec & Pilot teacher. The screening will be November 20, and posted to the web sometime after that.

I spent last week on set of my drama Come Home Soon. This film was crewed by Michael Chase, Mox and Barry, starred Arielle Tuliao & Jared Abrahamson and was directed by Matthew Lillard - his directorial debut. It was an amazing experience. The student crew was amazing, especially in the way they looked out for each other. The professional crew was a well oiled machine and Matt was so focused, enthusiastic and committed that I could not have asked for a better team to helm this project. We have some beautiful footage and a wonderful story to show later in December.

Well, I am off to dinner then a haunted house. Take care and talk to ya soon.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Vancouver weather?

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INT. KYLE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

I am sitting in my domicile; taking a break from dreaming up one-liners for my Two and a Half Men Spec Script to give a brief run down for the latest happenings:

I am hooked on Supernatural!  Had this happened a few months ago, I would be writing a spec script for that show. The dramatic action style fits my writing to a T, and I have always been interest in the mystical, more archeological than demonic though.

I pitched my log lines last week: I will be writing a drama and a comedy, later in the term. I am stoked! 

In animation class we are developing spec scripts for Kid vs. Kat (Tom and Jerry with a more violent edge) and one of our own ideas. Mine is called Treasure Hounds - it's about three adventurous canines who travel the globe recovering ancient relics of their world all while outrunning and outwitting the evil feline Lord Seamus and his vicious FANGS (an acronym for their motto: Feline Agents Never Grant Surrender). Think Indiana Jones meets Cats vs. Dogs in a Disney animated series similar to Kim Possible. I am working on the poster in my off hours.

Personally, it has been, go to school, go home and do home work and go to bed. I am looking forward to the snow melting so I can start hiking in the BC mountains.  There are a few provincial parks in the area with trails that top out on the peaks with great views of the city and ocean.

That is about it. Not too exciting, but I am sure things will pick up. Until then take care and stay tuned.

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What is the rule of three?

A: In screenwriting three is everywhere: Three act structure, three beats (main points) to a B plot, three beats to a supporting character's arc, three types of stories - Hero goes on a journey, stranger comes to town, and town is rocked by scandal - a love triangle between characters, Bang, Bang BOOM - for action. Three is the maximum number before people get annoyed or bored.  The next television show or movie you watch, start counting, three is the magic number for a gag to play out, for the drama to be built up, for a secret to be revealed. Three never overstays it's welcome. Tune in and count.  You might be surprised. I was. 

Next post: Film Noir.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

End of Term One

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INT. KYLE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

 I am kicking back listening to Free Bird celebrating the end of term one. On deck for next term are classes such as: TV SPEC II, Script Genre: Crime, Dialogue, Basic tools and the one I am really looking forward to: Writing for Animation. It looks like a light load, but the reason is I'll have more writing to do on my own. For TV Spec I am paired with the head of the writing department, Michael Baser, so I have to be on top of my game. 

But this weekend I get to relax.  I am finishing up Andrew Horton's Laughing Out Loud while reading Clive Cussler's Trojan Odyssey at the bus/train stops. I am also watching CW's Reaper (Simple yet funny), Supernatural (Action, horror and a muscle car - it is filmed in Vancouver), It's always Sunny in Philadelphia (crude and hilarious), Two and  Half Men (the best one liners on TV), History Channel's City of the Underworld (A modern day Indiana Jones), and CBC's In Search Of Myths and Heroes (A modern day Alan Quartermain)  I seem to always have more than one iron in the fire.  Who wants to live a stress free life?  

And as promised here is my latest writing project. A twenty line poem for style class:

TWO

Two single people
Two busy streets
Two curious glances
Two numbers exchanged

Two nights later
Two place settings
Two opera tickets
Two enchanted hours

Two stubborn opinions
Two hours shouting
Two heartfelt apologies

Two golden bands
Two-car garage
Two golden retrievers
Two boys and a girl

Two coffee mugs
Two rocking chairs

Two head stones
Side-by-side
Forever

Lately, I have been exploring Stanley Park, the pride of Vancouver. A thousand acre urban park, the largest city park in Canada and third in North America (it is 10% larger than Central Park). It is my escape.  The towering cedars drown out the city noise so I can relax. There is a bench overlooking a secluded lake where I can sit, watch the ducks swim by and brainstorm until the sun goes down. A little slice of home in the urban jungle. 

So until next time, take care an stay tuned...

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Question of the Post:
What is the difference between Montage and Series of Shots?

Answer: They are similar because they are both multiple shots that progress the story. However, the difference is that a series of shot happens in one location, in or around the same time ala: a highlight reel (i.e. - Hoosiers: during the Championship game when Jimmy and the boys go on their scoring spree.)  Montage is a cluster of shots in different locations, at different times all linked thematically ala: a tale of love (i.e. - Casablanca during Rick's flashback when he and Ilsa met in Paris.)

Next post: the rule of three.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Play time is over...

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INT. KYLE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

My first term is winding down and I am gearing up to pitch three feature film ideas.  I am thinking one sci-fi/horror (Project Skylight - about seven survivors of a plane crash who must escape an island overrun with genetically enhanced insects), one thriller (One More Run: about a desperate, blue collar man who - in order to fund his wife's chemo treatments - enters a vicious cannonball run sponsored by a scrupulous Russian Mobster) and one drama (either AM 1450 - about a African American radio host in 1960 - or Spokane Man - about an affable old man in a 1930's retirement home who convinces a young journalist to go on a cross country trip to Wyoming in search of a cache hidden by Butch Cassidy). 

Earlier this week I pitched an episode idea for Two and a Half Men: 

Alan starts dating a sexy yet pale model that Charlie, Jake, Evelyn and Berta all think is a vampire. She 'works' nights at a hospital, she dreads the sunlight, hates garlic, wears gold not silver, and is a history buff... because she lived it? They confront Alan at a Halloween party (where the woman dresses the part) but Alan gets defensive and to prove she is not a vampire, he plans to stay the night at her basement apartment. Meanwhile, in order to impress a woman, Charlie pretends to be an animal rescue volunteer and takes in a stray 'cat', which actually is a raccoon and is now loose in his Malibu pad.  Left to his own devices, Alan ruins the relationship with the model in typical 'Alan fashion' while Charlie wins the heart of a woman for his valiant effort to rescue animals from the exterminator he called to eradicate the raccoon.

That was my one minute pitch.  Now I have to make a beat sheet (shortened outline) for the episode. Laura Doyle is the instructor for the TV Spec class, she worked on Early Edition, which was one of my favorite shows growing up.

In the last week my class has studied such films & TV Series as the Graduate, Legally Blond, About a boy, My Girl Friday, Barton Fink, Fargo, House, Grey's Anatomy, Casablanca, Battlestar Galactica, and Curse of the Black Pearl. We break down three act structure, inciting incidents and character arcs. So awesome!  Who knew, all those years I spent watching TV instead of doing my math would actually pay off:)

I also had to pitch a made up movie from a list of dummy log lines retrieved from a gag book. Here is what I ended up with: A NFL football player, realizes his passion for dance in a documentary narrated by James Earl Jones.  So I pitched an hour long documentary called: Dancing with the Star Wars featuring Warren Sapp.

On a personal note, I started running again. There are a few parks around my neighborhood (one with a nice pond) that are a great escape from the black top and concrete.  I can see the mountains from the Skytrain every morning, but it's not the same as Idaho. 

So there are the happenings for the week.  Take care and stay tuned...

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Busy, busy, busy

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INT. KYLE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

This week has been pretty intense. I wrote a poem, formatted a short story into a screenplay, read, rewrote and read some more, created a game show for my group's Working Girl presentation, had to pitch a movie I loathed (The new Dukes of Hazzard movie with Jessica Simpson and Willie Nelson) as if I loved it, and I finished a character analysis of my protagonist and antagonist for the first screenplay I get to pitch at the end of next week. The general consensus is to pitch a sci-fi or a drama. They say comedy is a tough sell and action adventure scripts are too high priced for Canadian production companies.  And the 29's and 28's (those are the classes before me) said for your first feature you want to pick something that you are not emotionally attached to because it will be shredded in workshops for the next 8 weeks.

In my Biz Pitch class I am pitching a remake of an existing movie and a sequel to a movie that has never had one.  For the remake I chose Arachnophobia, I think Jack Black would be a great for the John Goodman character.  And I chose to do a sequel to the Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon hit Some Like it Hot. I call it  Some Like it Hotter:

Joe and Jerry's musical grand daughters - Michelle and Georgia - are on the run from a ruthless loan shark and have to dress as men and join a rock band on tour in Mexico to escape death.  The girls simultaneously and covertly court the same man, the handsome yet emotionally distressed lead singer, Carl Jones.  Soon Michelle finds herself living a duel existence pretending to be Michael, the drummer and Martina the Latin landowner in pursuit of Carl's real estate.  Georgia also finds herself in the crosshairs of a rich music woman, Salena Perez who wants to make George (Georgia) the lead singer of her own nightclub band.  But as soon as things start heating up romantically the loan shark and his goons close in.  Michelle and Georgia must make a choice, cut bait or sleep with the fishes.  

It's a new twist on an old story.

I found a basketball court out back in the alley to shoot on. However, after sinking a couple shots from outside something seemed fishy.  So I walked up to the rim and raised my hand. Then I took a step back and dunked the ball.  The rim is a little over 9' tall.  Dang it.  But the dunk made me feel good.

A couple of my classmates and I went to UBC (University of British Columbia) Thunderbirds basketball game on Saturday night.  That was awesome! They are 21-2 and rocked VFU by 20+. Now I am jazzed for the NBA all star game coming up on the 14th-15th of this month.

And now I have to do a rewrite for my Jim Reaper script and break down the structure of Legally Blond between the 60-75 minute mark before tomorrow.

Until next post, take care and stay tuned...

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Flu and the first assignment

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INT. KYLE'S APARTMENT - DAY

I am in full on containment mode right now.  It seems I have contracted the same flu bug that has ravaged the writing department for the last week and a half.  So I have committed myself to lots of rest and fluids and am trying to stay awake for the big game today.  Cavs vs. the Pistons.  Lebron vs. AI.  It's a rematch of the 2007 Eastern Conference finals. New faces, same old rivalry. It should be epic! 

And I wanted to take the time to post my first assignment.  There were only two minor changes my Style Instructor wanted to see: One stronger verb and one shortened sentence.  The assignment was to create a story in three paragraphs using the traditional three act structure.  We needed a clear protagonist, an antagonist, an inciting incident, an all is lost moment and some type of resolution.  So here she is:

Ils ne passeront pas!
They will not pass!

2:24 p.m.
December 22, 1943
Ortona, Italy

Corporal Owen Dupree felt the burn in his chest before he heard the sharp staccato echo through the ruins of Ortona.  He staggered, dark blood oozing through his Van Doo uniform.  Lung shot.  A second Herman bullet slammed into Dupree's shoulder and spun him around.  He fell behind a crumbling church wall and landed beside a tear-streaked Italian woman.  She trembled with fear.  Her muddy loafer firmly committed to a German anti-personal land mine.

That however, was the second detail Dupree noticed.  The first being her fruitful figure.  He guessed she was six months along.  Maybe seven.  Bracing his back against the church wall, Dupree struggled to his feet.  He knew what needed to be done.  Bullets chewed through the bricks.  He cringed and inched his boot closer to the mine.  The Italian mother shook her head.  Speaking swiftly, she waved her arms urging Dupree not to attempt it.  He confidently slid his boot next to her, depressing the mine.  She shivered and looked into his eyes for assurance.  He nodded.  She trembled, hesitating.  Dupree squeezes her shoulder.  Gentle, but firm.  And with that, the mother closed her eyes and lifted her foot.

Nothing.  The woman exuberantly kissed Dupree's cheek, a tearful thank you.  Then she skirted the wall and slipped away.  Dupree adjusted his stance as a German officer barked orders.  Closer.  Within striking distance.  Dupree checked his magazine.  Ils marcheront ici.  Mais aucun plus.  Ils ne passeront pas!  With a breath of courage, Dupree spun around the wall and emptied his rifle.  Five Nazi's fell to the ground.  Dead.  The remaining three leveled their Mausers.  Dupree smirked, and then lifted his boot. 

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Ils marcheront ici.  mais aucun plus.  Ils ne passeront pas! - Evil will march here.  But no further.  They will not pass!

Here is a little history behind the story.  Van Doo is a French Speaking arm of the Canadian Army founded in 1914 (originally called the 1st Canadian Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force) to help the British in WWI.  During the onset of the war, most of the battalions being formed were English speaking, and this was not an oversight for at that time Canada was in the process of forbidding teaching French in schools, which was outrage.  In 1921, the battalion was called the 22nd Battalion and in 1928 the name was converted to French and deemed 'Royal 22e Battalion.'  Since then they have bravely served in every war including a current tour in Afghanistan. Van Doo is a corruption of vingt-deux, French for 22.

The battle of Ortona was one of the bloodiest campaigns for the Canadian forces.  In December 1943, the Highlanders (New Zealand's regiment) were outmanned and out gunned by the advancing German army.  The Canadian forces arrived (including the Van Doo) and helped turn the tides.  In bitter house to house fighting, and under constant threat of snipers, booby traps and land mines, the Canadian forces fought valiantly and helped push the Nazis out of town.  Van Doo Captain Paul Triquet's leadership, epitomized by his battle cry "Ils ne passeront pas" They will not pass, earned him a Victoria Cross.  The highest military decoration awarded for valor 'in the face of the enemy' to a member of the armed forced of British Provinces.   

There's some exposition for you.  Hope you enjoyed the story and stay tuned for more...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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INT. KYLE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

I just got back from a meet and greet with other acting and film production students.  It seems everyone wants to do comedy or horror, there is no real middle ground. But my phone is full of potential Horror actors and comedic directors, contacts that I will probably not use tomorrow, or next week but sometime during my career as a writer, I will call upon their talents.  It's not only what you know, but who you know.

Let me catch you up on the week and weekend happening.

The stairwell pitch went well.  We split up into our two production groups and spent a minute pitching to the opposite group.  The other group critiqued our presentation and at the end of class they had the chance to option one of our pitches. They optioned Romancing the Stone, which is the one I pitched. So that was a nice confidence booster.

I know I said I would be posting one of my projects, but we are scheduled to workshop it this Friday.  Hopefully, you will see it next week.

Over the course of the year, there are a number of 48 hour film shoots, where writing students can submit scripts and if they are good enough, they will be filmed by VFS students over a weekend.  I will be teaming up with one of my classmates to write the short 'Roommates', which I pitched in my last blog.

I finally found a basketball crowd.  There are four guys in class that play and we have set up times every Sunday - weather permitting - to play ball. It is a nice stress reliever.

Things are starting to ramp up! Tonight, I will be reviewing the script Planes, Trains and Automobiles, rehearsing another pitch, writing a twenty line poem, typing out a character study, and trying to keep one eye on the chicken in the frying pan.

Take care and stay tuned.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stairwell pitch

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INT. KYLE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

I am just sitting down with a warm bowl of Mac and Cheese and a log line for Romancing the Stone that needs to be rehearsed for my stairwell pitch tomorrow. Wednesday is going to be a huge day!

I pitch three original ideas (Roommates - a mocumentary about the perils of rooming with a polar opposite, Tag - an animated action piece about a rambunctious game of tag between a young boy and his pet Velociraptor and Couch Time - a comedy about the dynamically insane relationship between a therapist and her patient who thinks he is a super hero). That morning I turn in a critique of 'Some Like it Hot." Awesome movie if you have not seen it. Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis. Quick, witty dialogue.

Then in the afternoon I pitch the 'Romancing the Stone' line while walking down a flight of stairs. Selling an idea is hard. Selling an idea, making eye contact while walking down a flight of stairs backwards... well, we'll see.

I met Tim Brown, President of Distribution of InSight productions in Vancouver. He gave a half hour talk about the business side of the movie market. Good thing I am passionate about writing and not in it for the money. He said if we have an idea, write up a one-page synopsis and send it to him directly. He reads everything himself, because InSight is small enough that he wants to help develop talent. He is friendly, approachable and down to earth kind of guy looking for action sci-fi scripts with female protagonists. And wouldn't you know it; I have one locked away in the vault. I'll let you know the response when I pitch it to him.

I have agreed to play street hockey this weekend. Should be an interesting experience. I have not attempted such a feat since we took an old chew can, wrapped it in electrical tape and kicked it around the icy basketball court in elementary school. Even then, my foot-eye coordination was not that grand.

Well I am off to rehearse my pitch. Take care and stay tuned...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

It's all about story...

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INT. KYLE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

So here is an interesting tid bit that was brought to my attention today. In feature films, actors and directors are in charge. Rightly so. However in television, writers are kings and queens. Directors come in for a few weeks at a time, film an episode and are gone. Actors and their characters could come and go also. But writers are the constant. They are the backbone of the series. Not exactly safe, but somewhat secure in their occupation.

I started out with the intention of writing for feature films, but television is getting more and more appealing all the time. I am scheduled to write a television spec. script later in the year. I have narrowed it down to Two and a Half Men, Grey's Anatomy or Chuck. I am leaning more toward Chuck. Hopefully it does not get cancelled.

I also have the option of writing my own pilot in September. I have a few ideas. One being Millwrights: a mocumentary about a group of eccentric and comical mill workers who have to put their difference aside and band together in order to keep a small North Idaho sawmill from foreclosing. It's the Office meets MASH, woodsman style.

I had a chance to chat with Michael Baser, head of the writing department this afternoon. He wrote for sitcoms such as Three's Company, 9 to 5, the Jefferson's, Full House etc... He is an amazing talent, who has spent more than 30 successful years in television. His advice: Solid story. Know the characters and structure, but have a solid story. For television it is all about story. Most of the characters in TV are catalyst characters, they may not change a whole lot from episode to episode (however they may bring about change in others) so focus on the story line and write it so it reveals a little more about the characters.

So spread the word. It's all about story. Well, I am logging out to finish my adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's Maltese Falcon. Take care,

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P.S. Spec script is short for speculation script. It is a script written on the speculation that is will be sold. In other words it better be epic.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

basketball and short films

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INT. KYLE'S APARTMENT - DAY

I spent the morning scouring the local parks for a basketball court. The pickings are bleak. There is an elementary school close by with hoops, although I'll be waiting for the weekends to go shoot around. I really don't want to mimic Samuel L. Jackson in the comeback (2002). If you want a laugh check out: http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/67265/detail/

The above was one of the short films we previewed in Friday's class. We also watched two from Juno's Director Jason Reitman's earlier days

Gulp: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXnOMrGwjoo

and In God we Trust: http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/02/25/cool-stuff-jason-reitmans-short-film-in-god-we-trust/

Our class will be previewing short films for the next two weeks before we pen our own 5-9 page script. Feel free to recommend any short films you have found humorous or inspirational. I am looking to soak in as much as possible before I start writing.

I received my first assignment on Friday. Write a three paragraph short story (any subject) using proper three act structure. I chose to do a historical piece on the Van Doo: the French Canadian infantry regiment formed during the outset of WWI. I will be posting a polished draft later in the week.

Stay tuned and take care,

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Characters & Greys...

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INT. KYLE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

I am kicking back after the first official day of class. We studied different types of character's, specifically villains, because 'the better the villain, the better the film' (Hitchcock). And as a personal assignment I went through all my stories and identified the villains and their motives. Some are blah, while others... well they scare the crap out of me. Which is good. Those will be the stories that I'll be concentrating on this year.

And now it's 9:50 and I am watching Grey's Anatomy (my dramatic addiction) doing character studies. Not a huge day in terms of adventure, but progressive. And inspiring. I am devouring the story telling information and excited about applying it to my future cinematic projects.

See you all in the movies.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

VFS: Let the adventure begin...

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INT. KYLE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

I am finishing up the book: Laughing Out Loud, by Andrew Horton. A slick intellectual read that dives into the world of comedy, many of his references are from France, Mexico and Slavic countries. But for the last hour I have been side tracked researching the legend of Atlantis. Everyone has their theory (Santorini, N. America, the depths of the Atlantic, Cuba - Yep Castro has been hiding Atlantis for years), however Jim Allen dug up some very compelling evidence that places Atlantis on the west side of South America. He compares the Poseidon legend with that of an Inca legend, which recounts the tale of Tunapa "god of the waterways," who is said to have destroyed the ancient city with violent quakes and a flood. Interesting.

The reason I bring this up is because I am scheduled to write two 110-page feature film screenplays and I wanted to base one on the legend of Atlantis. Here's the pitch: An adventure/comedy about an American Intelligence officer - Jackson McMillan - who is called to action when the villainous Sigma Corporation, headed by a rogue U.S. agent raids an Asian archaeological site plundering artifacts linked to the lost city of Atlantis. In order to thwart the Corps scheme, McMillan teams up with a goofy computer tech for a globe-trotting race through the hills of Ireland, the streets of Madrid, and the temples of India to a remote Caribbean Island where they discover an ancient, underwater necropolis harboring mystical powers that could destroy the world.

That's just one of the idea's swimming through my brain at the moment. My brain is like an onion, lots of layers:) That's for you Deano.

So far there is a really creative group of writers in my class from all over the world. They really have a drive to succeed. I already find myself feeding off their energy, kinda of like drafting when you run. And they all have innovative ideas and inspirations, which will be awesome to tap into throughout the year.

Well I have to get some sleep before copyright orientation tomorrow, followed by a 'Tech up' workshop. Take care.

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P.S. Sage advice 036: Just because the label is translated into French does not make it French bread. So put it back and get the cheap stuff.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Orientation Day

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INT. VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY, 3RD FLOOR - DAY

I have a few minutes before I return for the International Student orientation. Sat through a highlight video of past students works. The bar is high, and there are some really talented students in my class. Out of 24, I am the third oldest. I never thought 26 was that old...

I get my ID card and schedule Monday, January 5th and for the first two months I go to school 4 days a week. Bonus. Finalized paper work for Canadian medical insurance: $54 a month. Double bonus. And snagged a few bottled waters on my way out the door. If they are free, grab three, especially water. Triple bonus.

Well off to one more orientation. Take care and keep it between the ditches this winter.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Years Day

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INT. LITTLE STREET APARTMENT, VANCOUVER - NIGHT

Joseph Campbell is deep. Ocean deep. Cosmic deep. I am finishing Hero of a Thousand Faces and at times I feel as though I am drowning in his knowledge. Which is good. Because the fear of drowning begets the necessity to swim. So I glean a little today, apply it tomorrow, continue to tread, continue to breathe and soon I'll be swimming with the big fishes. Soon.

Orientation is tomorrow. 8:30 a.m. I have my map, my schedule, transit ticket and ambition. So in the words of the Joker, "Here... we... go..." Only time, persistence and fate will determine if I made the right move. And so begins act two...

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