Home again, home again, jiggidy jig.
One of the first things I get to see when getting a ride into the city from Newark airport is the Empire State Building. There’s something very comforting about being able to see your home from a state away. Well, obviously I don’t live in the ESB but it’s a block and a half away. Mmmmmm, home. -lb
That was an adventure. So much fun (too much) with so many new friends (never too many).
But now I’m back on the plane, headed back home to NYC. I’m sure that I’ll have more time to reflect on it once my liver has dried out a bit.
Until then, I’m just trying to figure out which kind of single-serving friend (Fight Club reference) that’s been seated next to me. So far she is quiet and I’m trying to figure out where the smell of tomato juice is coming from. I think it’s impolite to lean over and sniff a fellow passenger so I will continue to speculate. Or maybe have a Bloody Mary. (No more, winkey smiley-face)
Anyway, homeward bound and looking forward to my pillow. -lb
Not that there is much doubt but we’re ahead of the curve again. (I swear that wasn’t douche-y)
I had a chance to attend a great panel with the creator and writers of Mind-Games. What made it interesting was the way that they work and they work like we do, here at the Chaos.
G+ Hangouts are an integral part of the collaborative process for their team and by the sounds of it, the ability is extremely rare. It took the creator 2 previous tv shows with critical acclaim to have enough pull to convince the studio that it can be done or that he was valuable enough to give him the option.
I can’t conceive of writing collaboratively without G+ anymore, it’s such an integral part of our workflow.
I also found out that almost no other team works as closely as we do. We work on almost every single line and word together and it seems to feel right for us. The standard seems to be to break an episode together and then each writer leads an episode individually. Once they’ve done a first pass, it gets another session where everyone tears it apart and then the lead writer of that episode goes back and re-works it. Ultimately each episode does that a few times and then gets cleared by the creator or show runner. And then he/she tears it apart and then the lead writer of that episode goes back and finishes it off. That sounds so much more time consuming than what we do everyday.
Bu what the hell do I know?
So that happened. Austin Film Festival has a crazy competition that I was lucky enough to be a part. 16 writers get to stand up in front of about 50-60 people and pitch their idea/script. 2 judges that have already sold their own scripts sit at the front and you pitch to them. No pressure.
I feel pretty fortunate to have pitched to 2 of the most laid back judges (seriously, these guys were great) but it didn’t stop my butt from puckering throughout.
In my group of 16, I tied for 3rd. You need to be in the top 2 to make it to the finals so I missed the mark slightly but somehow I feel ok about it. Just doing something like that is an accomplishment. For anyone.
Headed to the finals tonight with my friend Vanessa (met her at the ‘office’ a couple nights ago) who was one of the winners of our group. She’s going to stand up in front of all of the finalists and Second Rounders and pitch at the closing party tonight. That would be so nervous-making but amazing at the same time. I’ll be her sounding board between the last panels of the day and the event itself. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.
Quite a day (and it’s only 1 o’clock).
The festival continues…
Panels are interesting. If the festival is good, they have a plethora of speakers that have had some measure of success in the industry and relate their experiences to the next generation of aspiring writers/filmmakers. The real problem is that every success was achieved in a different manner, so what is being passed on seems to be a batch of unique experiences.
I find it strange that almost every other professional in the film industry that I have spent time with or heard from uses a caveat with everything that they say.
Well, in my experience…
I don’t suggest trying this but here is what I did…
This isn’t normally the way to get it done but…
I was told not to but…
It seems to me that the more we play by the rules, the more we can put ourselves into a place to make it easier for people to say, ‘no’. While rules are important to learn, sometimes it’s solely to know when to break them.
The panels are great and as usual, they provide a chance to meet successful people. The difficulty becomes how to turn those meetings into a situation to get to know them. If they don’t know you, they sure as hell won’t agree to work with you for 2 years.
It is an interesting and bizarre quest to become more successful by making friends. Because in the film biz, you work with your friends.
So it’s back to the ‘office’ for me to make new friends. And the BBQ. Yay friends.
(I think my liver needs a break)
Well, I suppose it’s merely a- Later New York.
Anywell, I’m Austin bound and getting excited, almost as excited as I get before Banff. I suppose the only reason I’m not quite there on the happy ha-ha scale is that I’m missin’ the fellas. That’s right, I’m making this journey on the solo tip.
What journey?, you ask. Well, thank you for asking. Austin Film Festival. That’s the journey. Our feature script Shoot This made it as a Second Rounder which opened a bunch of perks and meetings. Pride. Yay us.
Anywho, the event is a week long but all the second rounder goodies are over the next 3 days and I intend to listen, talk and shmooze myself to a productive trip.
And what are you there to sell?, you ask. Why, that’s a whole new post, I believe.
So it happened again. We got together online and did the writings.
Thank you G+; for bringing our living rooms together, for allowing us to work together from different countries, for creating that little delay that plagues Matt with a lag and ensures we step on him every time he says a word, for pixelating us, for freezing us, for replacing us with an icon, for accusing us of falling asleep, for not syncing our voices with our faces. But mainly for the allowing us to work together part.
Sometimes, without pants.
Hey everyone, Matt here. Just taking a brief moment to drop a line between rehearsals, cold medication and trying to memorize lines to say that today was a very glorious and fun-filled Chaos work session. After a few weeks of madcap merriment and mayhem (being geographically challenged, uprooting myself and leaping across the mighty land mass that is Canada, a super secret celebration of the birth Lee in NYC and finishing up work on the pilot for Znation), Team Chaos has landed on our next project. If all goes to plan we are going to be going to camera with in the next month or so. I don’t really want to be too specific or give up the goods just yet, but I will say this: you know when you are in the room and ideas are jumping back and forth and scenes start to take shape? When the idea grows and everyone casts everything else aside and try to make that ONE scene the best it can be? We had that today with THREE very solid scenes! That’s right, THREE pliable units of action across an overreaching arc, with multiple levels of depth in the writing that could shatter the looking glass, with another coming into focus on the tail end of the day. Not a bad start, not a bad start at all. Pretty jazz-ed to see what tomorrow brings. Yes, yes indeed.
Timberlake might have brought sexy back but methinks we’re making it Schtick. Oh…that should read….ah hell, you know what I mean. -mK