GOLDFISH: Save The Cat

The local film co-op’s ‘screenwriter’s circle’ unanimously absolutely hated this script as ‘unfilmable’ and lacking any structured story It really ruffled feathers… one guy even refused to discuss it at all, refusing to say a single word Honestly I was a bit surprised how upset some people were. It got zero positive comments (except one …

Hot Yoga, Week 16: Downward Dog

This week, I’m really glad that I joined Gyan Yoga.  Joing Gyan Yoga has been, so far, the top decision of my year, I think.  I feel like an athlete; despite an athletic history of rock climbing and swimming and mountain hiking, I’ve never, ever thought of myself as “an athlete”.  Now, on top of …

Mr. ORCHARD and Mr. Snyder

Re-working Mr. ORCHARD this week (to upload to studios.amazon.com) brought Mr. Blake Snyder to mind quite a lot. If I were to read Mr. ORCHARD without any prior knowledge of it, I can’t imagine I would ever guess that I wrote it; it’s really violent and dark. If I were told in advance what happened …

LE DÎNER DES CONS, or, THE DINNER GAME

I cut a dialogue reel of this movie, excising silence, music, and sound effects, reducing it to a one hour track of talking only, and then exported it as an MP3 to my MP3 player.  I’ve probably listened to it over 50 times.  More than anything, and especially in its juxtaposition of a successful businessman …

Patterns: THIS IS ENGLAND

I really recommend this movie. I like all the IFC stuff I’ve seen lately; man, I should have gone to the IFC cinema in NYC. Next time. I think it works for STC. Ultra-indie, ultra-non-Hollywood, but I could see the pattern. To test: GENRE: Rites of Passage. “Going through something,” a “wrong way”, and a …