Catching up with the #screenplay challenges #amwriting

If novel writers have NaNoWriMo then these two examples are for screenwriters. ZeroDark30  and from BlueCatScreenplay is  Goalpost: Write a screenplay in 30 days which AprilAustinWriting blogged here.

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BlueCatScreenplay’s screenplay challenge pic is giving me the 1940s vibe so #AgentCarter? I’ll probably follow in invisible mode for these two groups for a while and see if my perseverance can take it. 🙂

Interview with Stunt Performer Hannah D. Scott

A nice glimpse into what world of stunt performers! Ace!

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

hannah_d_scott.jpgI really enjoyed chatting with Stunt Performer/Actor Hannah D. Scott about her profession. She was very open about everything and you can feel her passion for the industry and what she does in her answers. Enjoy!

Matthew Toffolo: What job has been your most valuable experience?

Hannah D. Scott: I think that part of the answer lies in not actually working, but watching people work. The set is such a massive machine and being able to take a step back to listen and learn is priceless. I was once asked, a long time ago, to step in as kind of intern of sorts. Understanding the camera, understanding how the director communicates with actors in order to get the right result, what cues to give to help them understand and so on was incredibly valuable. I could see how different lenses worked, how framing could make or break a shot, how…

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What Color Lightsaber Would You Wield?

Yeah, pretty much in the #StarWars #TheForceAwaken high. 😀 Find your light saber color here.

You got: Green

Historically, green-bladed lightsabers were the mark of the Jedi Consular. Wielders of green-bladed sabers are generally more diplomatic, and only rely on physical confrontation as a last resort. Jedi that use green-bladed lightsabers tend to be morally good, and prefer to use light-sided Force powers connected to mental abilities, such as the Jedi mind trick.

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Writing for Animation, Comics, and Games by Christy Marx

Listening about the world of comics and comic writing  from Let’s Voltron Official Podcast episodes: 2, 7, 2131, 37,38, 39 , and 44 plus an unexpected find at the book thrift shop, which I wasn’t sure if the price was really discounted and sold graphic novels still at the standard rate, I had to pick this.

Ruse

Ruse: A Guide to Victorian to Murder by Mark Waid, because it gave a Sherlock Holmes vibe and I was especially intrigued by the great cover art.

Online, I  also came across “Writing for Animation, Comics and Games” by Christy Marx.,  available for rent on Amazon and I didn’t know she has another book “Write your way into Animation and Games: Create a Writing Career in Animation and Games.” The second book, I’ll rent later or until I finish the first one as I have until January 2016 to finish a 200+ book. lolz.

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To spec, or not to spec, that is the question…

Bring in a healthy and positive attitude and trudge on knowing while writing another page is another learning experience too.

My Blank Page

scripts 2Screenwriters must always be writing specs.  It’s a simple reality of our business.  You may ask, “What are the pros and cons of writing spec projects?”

First, the pros:

  • You own your spec.  If it’s truly amazing and everyone wants it, you can leverage the frenzy into a producer credit to have more control.  A bidding war can garner a great sale.
  • Specs are exactly the way you envision.  No producers have unleashed their idiotic tinkering yet.  Your spec is pure—it’s a virgin project.  (Do not get used to this, as once it sells it will become defiled and corrupted).
  • If you spec does not sell, it can serve as a showcase your unique voice and style.  It can open doors, get you meetings and even get you hired to write a screenplay on assignment (the bread and butter of working writers).
  • No producer or executive…

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Drive-by: The Rice Terraces of Banaue

Jeffer's Odyssey

Road trips, at least in the minds of most Filipinos today, call to mind those teen flicks and indie films (That Thing Called Tadhana, anyone?) that have been released in recent years. If you’re of the older generation, however, it’d be more like tales of Bonnie and Clyde and hitchhikers that look like Brad Pitt. But movie references aside, road trips are the perfect representation of the “journey being as worthwhile as the destination”. The idea is to take stops – y’know, other than bathroom breaks on roadside cafes and (dis)comfort rooms – and check out what you are passing through. On our Plan B is for Batad getaway, we stopped by Banaue on our way to Bontoc. And here are some snaps and snippets that I want to share about that. 

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Hello WordPress!

It continues to surprise me, again, I find myself trying out a different platform having set up my personal writing escapade page called Passages of the Pen several years ago but have lost fire to post entries there then before that, when blogging was the latest hot trend alert, Wayfarer’s Way blog came about, which also has stalled for post entries. Hopefully, with a sleek, looking site such as this, I can maintain enough entries that will focus on my screenwriting endeavors and what-not (okay, maybe a few nature pictures along the way).