Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A Year Goes By...

OK - so the journey has begun much, much later than anticipated. Almost a year to the day! Now there's dedicated blogging for you!

One of my 2006 resolutions is to write something every day. Another of my resolutions is to give daily focus to getting my film made. And since I am committed to having a comprehensive record of the process of bringing Harvest Home to fruition... Voila! Here we are: birds everywhere, one stone.

Depending on the day - this blog could relate to the story, the characters, the pre-production process, etc. Honestly, I think it will just take on a life of its own. So, hop on and enjoy the ride.

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Catching Up

Last March I completed the first draft of Harvest Home. I finished the screenplay in approximately a week and a half of dedicated writing time. The draft was read on March 13, 2005 at TheatreWorks in New Milford, as part of their Page to Stage series. The reading was well received and several of the attendees asked provoking questions and offered helpful advice.

Following the reading, Patrick provided feedback around the story and some thoughts for making the screenplay more visual. His next advice was to step away from the screenplay for a while because I was too close to it. So I did... Of course, it has now been 9 months and I am just now about to start rewrites. I think those 9 months have been well spent. I continue to live with these characters and they keep nagging at me to tell their story. And this time, per my father's advice, I won't hold back.

From the business side, I have quite a few tasks to attend to over the course of the next couple of weeks. I am currently on sabbatical from my day job and will be spending a lot of time focusing on pre-production. Once I've done my rewrites, I am going to assemble the prospectus and arrange meetings with potential investors. Once that is in place, I've got to get in touch with Aleks regarding the distribution. There is definitely a lot of work to be done but I am confident that I will get it done.

Generally speaking, I have been doing my best to purse activities related to film. I took the 1 Week course at NY Film Academy last winter and volunteered at the Bethel Film Festival this fall. I was finally able to see Scott's film, NOVEM, which ended up getting the Best Feature award. I'm also planning on attending a screenwriting seminar to learn more about pitching screenplays.

Of course, this is my favorite time of year: Oscar Season. And I plan on seeing a few movies while on break. I've already seen many more than usual. I think I will save my reviews, however, for another blog -- when I have less to say. :)

The stretching of the atrophied writing muscles has begun...

1 comment:

Warren said...

Welcome to the Scribosphere! Looking forward to reading more over here. Good luck with the script in the new year.