Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pitching your script to a studio

All right, so I just got home from a pitch for a television concept I came up with last week.
The studio I went to wanted something not over developed, but something they'd be willing to work with me on.

Pitching is an unusual art form. You're selling your project to them, whether that be a screenplay, a TV show, a treatment, whatever, you are selling this thing.
Not only are you selling this "genius, fresh new film" but you're selling yourself too. Don't be a douche bag when you're in there. Be courteous and polite... And don't dress like you're about to go to Chilis with some of your dopey alcoholic buddies, either.

I went in with a proposal I had worked hard on, to give a fifteen minute pitch (which I felt was too long), and then just leave.
It's draining. It really is.

This wasn't my first network pitch, so I kinda knew what I was getting into... But when you leave, prepare to feel emotionally gone for a while.

So, what I do is, I let myself be down and out on the ride home. Generally, you're going to be in the LA area, you're going to hit traffic. I let myself reflect on the pitch, whether feeling good or bad, then once I get home, I don't allow myself to feel that way.

So, what's next?

Well, you can take your super original, fresh new screenplay elsewhere, or get started on your next project.
For me, I've got a new script that I want to write, so that's my primary focus...

And I have another pitch next Friday.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

2011.09.20 - Daily Writing Exercise

Have you been writing today?

Have you been writing everyday?

Answer honestly... It's okay if you haven't been.
Start writing everyday! You have to get in the habit of doing this.

I started doing my own exercises daily now. I'm starting to take moments of my day and re-write them to how I would have wanted them to go. I spent about twenty minutes writing six and a quarter pages today.

Here's a brief snippet of what I wrote today.

Try this at some point. The more you write, the better you'll become.
Take 15 minutes and write, even if it's not in screenplay format. Start a journal and writewritewrite!

Here's your update. Just for you.

So I've got several projects in the works. I have a network pitch in a few weeks for a television series that I've been working on the past six months.

I'm excited for that.

This is going to be great, I've got three other shows that I've been developing with my Dad that we're going to start shopping around too.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jonathan -- pre-production

My new movie, Jonathan, is heading into pre-production!

The shooting script is all set.
My shot list is done.
Storyboarding will begin this weekend.
Preliminary location scouting begins tomorrow.
Auditions will be in two weeks, after locations are secured.
The shoot schedule will be done next week.
Crew assembly is this week.

It's looking good so far. On a tight schedule, but it's going to be fun.

I can't give any plot details, but just know it's going to be different.
It's going to be a nice, creepy film.

I'm also going to be producing a friend's short. Production will begin almost immediately following Jonathan.

I've also got some other projects in the works. Since January, I've written a couple shorts, a few treatments, and two full lengths... Plus, another full length one act deep, a new treatment, and a couple TV shows that are going to be pitched to networks within the next six months.

There's a lot coming up, but I'll keep you posted on the update of Jonathan.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

It's been awhile...

So the passed few months I've been working on various projects.

I've completed two full length screenplays, as well as other short scripts.
Right now I'm working on a new film as well as a sitcom pilot.

My next step is going to be a short film that I've had written... While doing pre-production, I'm going to do some rewrites. The basic film is already written, but what I want to do is just clean up the dialogue.

This one is a different type than what I've done in the past. It's more of a psychological-thriller. It's non-violent, but it blends the genres nicely.

I'll give more info as the time comes!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I'm pleased with myself.
Within about two days I've written close to fifty pages.
If I keep up with this momentum, I could be done with this first draft by this up and coming weekend.

The outline may have taken me longer than I had hoped, but the actually writing of the script is coming along rather quickly now.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Few days in.

I'm officially about five days into writing my first draft of this film here.
It's coming out alright so far... I wish I was writing as fast as John Hughes could.

We'll see what happens as we draw closer to it being done.

I wanna have a huge reading when the first draft is finished. I'll be able to clean up the dialogue more and get people's opinions on the script itself... Plus, a night of beer and script reading sounds enticing enough as it is.

I'm planning on locking myself up away from the world and Netflix tomorrow, just to get a bunch of pages completed.

I start school again in a week and a half... It'd be great to get most of this draft finished by then.