Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Creative Screenwriting Mag.

Has anyone received their new issue?

I subscribed to the magazine in October, but apparently I just missed receiving the issue. After inquiring, I was told I'd be receiving the one that came out in January, but so far I have nothing and they have my money.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Done Deal

There will be changes to the Done Deals web site, read about it HERE

How Reality TV Fakes It

Not that this comes as a big surprise, but...

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1154194,00.html

Sunday, January 29, 2006

2nd comedy spec

I'm going to start diligently working on my aforementioned screenplay. I really like the premise and it's coming out well so far. I would like to bang this out in a month or two. It's light enough and doesn't require that much research. Not to say it will be easy, on the contrary.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

So...

I sent out a bunch of emails with a cover letter and my CV to a few companies based out of LA. I'm hoping to at least get to read scripts and give coverages, etc. I'm also hoping they will ignore the fact that I'm not in LA at the moment.

Keep your toes crossed.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

A million little lies?

Well, the James Frey story has been pretty inescapable here in North America. Frey was on Oprah today, Larry Kin just dedicated an hour to him and Anderson Cooper is doing the same, and I'm sure there have been many other outlets that have covered his story.

Frey is accused of fabricating and embellishing many details og his memoir, A Million Little Pieces. Unfortunately, I have not read the book. I would very much like to though.

While Frey is guilty of lying, I think others are just as guilty as he is. His lame publishers who I feel did not care one way or the other as long as they're making money. Oprah, who on her show commented about hoe the dentist scene should have brought warning flags to the publishers eyes, but then why is she excused? She read that same scene and up until now didn't seem to question it.

Frey is evidently a fantastic writer. His other bestseller, My Friend Leonard, is supposedly terrific.

Query letter

I'm about to send out some query letters and was wondering if I should only include my logline or if I should include a synopsis as well?

How's this:

Dear ****

I got your contact information from SO AND SO.

I have just completed a spec screenplay entitled 'YOU HAVE TO REPRESENT ME'. and feel that you might be interested in it. It's a romantic comedy about BLAH BLAH BLAH...

Please let me know if you're interested in reading it and I will send it to you.

Thanks in advance.

ME

Hollywood Representation Directory

I recently purchased the aforementioned book. It seems to be a great resource and I would recommend it to anyone looking to get into the biz.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Manager

How important is a manager? I've heard from a few people that sometimes it's better o query a managment company first. Any truth to that?

Understanding...

That it doesn't make you a failure if you don't sell the first screenplay you've ever written. That being said, I'd really like to take this screenplay somewhere. I understand that I should continue honing my craft - which I'm constantly doing - but this screenplay is good. The plot is strong, the writing is solid, and the humor is, well, FUNNY.

I'm still making some changes, but I'm excited/nervous for this bad boy to eventually make it to people's desks.

Monday, January 23, 2006

So...

So I had the pleasure of meeting with the head of development of a production company co-owned by an A-list Hollywood celeb. She or he (ooooh mysterious) read my script and gave me some excellent feedback. I am making some changes and will then send it out to some agents and potentially enter a few bigger contests.

I'm also seriously considering enrolling in a UCLA Extension program in the summer...

I'm BACK!

I'll be back posting regularly.

Lots to say, even more to do.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Vacation

I don't think you'll be seeing too many posts from me until mid January.

Sorry.
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