Sometimes I find it hard to justify writing fiction, because the real world is so much more intricate and intriguing than one person could ever imagine. In fact, it never ceases to amaze me.
At times like that I remind myself that writing fiction is not reconstructing truth through verisimilitude. Writing fiction is revealing Truth by looking beyond what’s obvious. This is not just the privilege, but the duty of anyone telling tales.
My biggest fear as a writer isn’t failing at this. It’s forgetting it.
“Put your money where your mouth is.” I live pretty heavily by that rule, mostly because it’s usually ends up satisfying some curiosity or another. In my case, I wanted to answer the question, could I really leave my Mac for Windows?
The short answer: absolutely. However, doing so had its highs and lows. Despite these highs, however, I’ve decided that going back to Mac OS is the right thing for me at this time. I emphasize those last words because ultimately it’s about whatever works for you. Once it stops working for you, or once you find something better, then it’s time to move.
They’re short, so go ahead and enjoy, especially if you’re reading this in January or February and are cold, in July and want Christmas to come around again, or at any other time during the year because you feel like watching a video. I have a bit of info on how I made them, plus the videos, below the fold.
New video time! In this Halloween short, the White Rabbit meets Alice for the first and last time. But don’t get ahead of yourself: the end is the beginning is the end.
While I wrote the screenplay for this, the fact is that this piece was a team effort by Wicked Window Productions. They gave me all the elements and I did what I do best: text back and forth with the director, throwing ideas at the wall, until we came up with a narrative that sounded good. Luckily, this took us all of 30 minutes, instead of the usual 14 hours spread over 10 days.
In any case, enjoy the very short film, which is only about a minute long. (Here’s a YouTube Link, in case you need it.) Oh, and before I forget: Happy Halloween.
This has been a tumultuous year, to say the least. With my new job, my work with Wicked Window Productions, my reading, watching (critically) too many movies, and life in general (including the death of two family members), I’ve hardly had time to (1) write on this site (though I post a large amount of stuff on Facebook) and (2) work on any novels. Mostly, that second one has more to do with my spending time writing screenplays and scripts than anything else.
That changes this November. Here’s my plan: Read more…
I’ve been busy these past few months learning about filmmaking, especially the writing side of things, but also about the audio recording/sound mixing side. Most of that learning came via Wicked Window Productions‘s latest film, Resurgence. This was presented at the 2013 Action Film Challenge. It’s about 15 minutes long, and received nominations for Best Actress, Best Villain, and Best Directing.
You can also read the full script here, including noting the differences between the film and the script (most of the differences had to deal with location changes and other limitations), as well as seeing the alternate version, WITHOUT the Joey character. And yes, the original name was Conversion. (NOTE: please excuse the hideous formatting. The program I was working with, Scripts Pro for the iPad, is great at a lot of things, but final drafts isn’t one of them. For that, I’ll use Final Draft.)
I’m in the film as a security guard near the beginning (1m 49s). I later get killed next to a machine-gun toting stunt woman we nicknamed “Boot Camp Barbie.”
I perform in the end credits, playing the violin parts.
I’ll likely write a post about the lessons learned here (such as spending all the time you need in pre-production, instead of trying to figure things out on filming days), but for now, please enjoy the film. I’ve even put a few bonus features after the fold: A joke commercial for Suave, outtakes, and pictures. Read more…
So, there’s a video that came out a few months ago called “The Real Bears“. It’s a PSA (public service announcement) that talks about the dangers of drinking too many sugary drinks, particularly cola. In fact, it’s a spoof on the famous Coca-Cola bears. You know, the polar bears in those heart warming winter and Christmas ads? Now, while I do enjoy writing about health and fitness, PSAs aren’t usually worth mentioning. And I won’t lie, I won’t enjoy writing this. But that PSA did something no other has ever been able to do: it made me cry. Read more…
Over the past few years, I’ve made it a point to learn how to write scripts. Like with any new endeavor, my first tries weren’t anything to brag about. But, anything worth doing is worth doing badly until you can do it well, and while I still have a long way to go, I’m finally seeing some of the fruits of my labor. This 2 minute short film (commercial, really) represents my the first completed and released project. It was done with Wicked Window Productions, and it’s for a little internet radio station called NX Grind. (By the way, I’m actually IN the commercial, too, the dude in the green football jersey.)
If you like it please, please, please share it. The more views we can get on this, the better. Thanks for watching! And in case you can’t see the video, here’s the link to the YouTube page: http://youtu.be/VEoGXsPIimo.
There are moments when we all become someone else. Something other than what we are. It takes only a moment. But we spend the rest of our lives looking back at that moment in shame. For one instant, out of a lifetime of service, he became his own worst instincts. — Delenn, “Objects at Rest” (Babylon 5, Season 5, Episode 22. Written by J. Michael Straczynski)
There are times in our lives when, because of hurt, or immaturity, or anger, or any other strong emotion, we do things that completely alter the way others see us. At those moments, we reveal the very worst part of ourselves, the part we choose never to show. (Bloggers have documented evidence of these moments, usually because of hitting “Publish” too early.) Some call this “the true self,” but I do not subscribe to that. We are more than the worst of ourselves, more than what we reveal during times of great emotion. The actions we take then are choices we make once, but for which consequences can last a lifetime, especially when they involve others. And sometimes, the very worst of these, happen due to misunderstandings brought about by one simple fact: that to every story there are three sides: your side, their side, and the truth. Read more…
A while back, I read the following in Neil Gaiman’s Journal, as he wrote about his impressions of the most recent Dr. Who episodes:
[T]here were bits of plot . . . that necessitated not just suspension of one’s disbelief but the surgical extraction of said disbelief before dangling it over a vat of bubbling acid in the hopes that it would shut up.
It was a moment like that which finally tossed me over the edge and forced me to pursue the life of a fiction author, in the hopes that one day people would choose to read/watch/play my stories and not have to suffer a full-on suspensionofdisbeliefectomy.
Then again, I wonder whether disbelief can be used in order to enhance a story. Does it always detract?