Pitching a film? Here’s how you prepare

For the past 2 days, I’ve been immersed in film and film culture by attending the St Petersburg Sunscreen Film Festival. At the festival, I took part in what’s called a “pitchfest”, or a way for people to pitch to a bunch of studios at once. By “took part”, I mean, “sat back and watched others…

Confusing Truths, Forgetting Duty

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…

Alice: A Dark Tale

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…

Preparing for NaNoWriMo

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…

New Film: Resurgence

Resurgence, a Wicked WIndow Productions film written by Norbert Cartagena

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,…

Suspension of Disbelief

Neil Gaiman on Dr. Who - Suspending Disbelief

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…

Anything Can Happen After Your First Draft

Neil Gaiman

I saw this on Tumblr recently and felt it had to be shared. Rantings Ravings Dragon Tamings asked: Dear Mr. Gaiman, I am following your advice on writing and well, writing. I’m even handwriting so as to stop myself from preemptive editing. However, every day it becomes more and more apparent to me that the book I…

One Bit Better

Kamigoroshi

[I]f the question of perfection means wading through hell and back for some minuscule attempt to be better than you already are, because I love what I do, I see nothing wrong in that. I guess that’s what passion is about. — Edrei Zahari of Footsteps in the Mirror, in response to Quality: When Enough…