Friday, August 21, 2009

Getting Back to the Writing

I can't believe summer is halfway over, even though its been 90 degrees most days this week, I still feel like Connecticut hasn't had much of a summer. The weather this summer has been a wash, luckily my life is not. Some really good things have happened to me and I consider myself blessed.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a screening for After the Headlines at Western Connecticut State University. That was a major accomplishment for me. Right now, I'm submitting the film to some festivals. To date, I think I've submitted to about seven. I will probably add one or two more by the fall. I have no idea if I will get in, but I'm crossing my fingers. In my mind it's a potential opportunity that is worth a shot. For a few of the festivals, I've submitted in the student category. I've gotten a few confirmations that the film has been received. Now the waiting game begins, but it will be months before I now. I'm trying not to focus on that, instead I need to get back to my core. My writing.

It was nice to attend a film festival, but that would have not been possible if I didn't take the time to focus and write the story that was in my head. It's time for me to reconnect with the writer in me. With all of the things going on in my life, I've neglected my core, but I still yearn to sit down with pen and paper.

This weekend I will attend the Pilot Pen and audition for a short film. I'm looking forward to both back activities. It will be a nice change of pace for me. But come tomorrow morning, back to my morning pages and when I return from my tennis match on Sunday, my goal is to finishing my weekly reading, which includes two scripts, and then I will write. Even if it is just random thoughts of characters and scenes I will write.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

2009 Connecticut Film Industry Mixer Interview

Hello all,

Earlier this summer I had the privilege to participate in the 2009 Connecticut Film Industry Mixer. The link attached is my interview, where I talk about After the Headlines, my passion, and Western Connecticut State University's MFA program among other things.

Here is the link: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=62105318

One thing I can say, is that I need to work on my ums.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Mr Reflection for This Week

I've had a pretty good week. I want to say thank you again to all the folks who came to the first screening of After the Headlines (ATH) on Tuesday at Western Connecticut State University's student theater. PJ Moretti gave me a wonderful introduction. I was really nervous about showing the film and I'm sure it came across as I introduced the premise of the film and told the audience why I wanted to direct it. I know I said one to many ums. I'll try to work on that. After the introduction, I left the theater. I didn't want to watch and audience watch my film. I probably should have stayed, but I had seen it many of times. I think part of me was worried that people were going to hate it. I was wrong.

Grant it, ATH isn't the next Citizen Kane, I'll have to work up to that. Do I think the film could be better? Yes, but I will stop being so critical of myself (which I have been), because I can say I got it finished. Back in May, I had the great opportunity to meet Mira Nair, director of films such as The Namesake, Mississippi Masala, and Amelia (to be released this fall). She told our group that you have to push on and be proud of your script, film, or whatever work you produce, because most people don't do that. She also made the point that it is easy for others to be critical of films, plays, songs, or scripts, but if the artist gets it done, good or bad, they should be commended for finishing something they start.

To be honest ATH still isn't finished. I need to create a trailer, create a special features menu for the DVD, finish the artwork for the DVD, and the DVD case cover. When that is all done I can make copies for the cast and crew.

Due to my win at AOF, I have an agent who is interested in the feature version of the script. I need to get cracking on that, because it is going to be a lot more work. I'm shifting the voice from the mother to the daughter. That shift is going to require additional research on my part and I will have to give the story an enhanced plot. This will be my major writing project for the months of August and September.

In addition, I will continue to look for festival to submit the film in. Right now, I think I'm up to five. I won't worry about getting in to the festival, because that's not in my control. I have to look ahead and build on the good work I've done. The creative process doesn't end it just continues. Thanks for reading:)