Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Double Dreams

Last night I had two dreams. In both instances I was grabbed from behind by a stranger on the street. In the first instance I managed to fight my way free and ran over to some security guards who were sitting in a corner. They did not stand up, only began leisurely questioning the stranger and I had to run on my own. In the second instance, after I freed myself from his hold he began following me and yelling. I called the police and the officer's response was "boys will be boys".

Clearly not an expert at any sort of dream analysis, I turned to the layman's favorite tool for misinformation - the Internet - where I was told that dreaming of being attacked means that you have stress or uncertainty in your waking life. Really? Is that the best they can do? Anti-climactic is the theme for the day. I think the thing that surprised me the most was that the dreams took place one right after the other, and practically mirrored each other. In both instances I was grabbed from behind. In both instances I wrestled myself away. And in both instances I sought help from a higher authority who did nothing.

How does this link to my writing? I'm not certain, but I feel like the connection is there. Maybe after several hours of wakefulness (and copious amounts of caffeine) I will be able to find a use for my overactive subconscious.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Penning Correspondence

I wish people still wrote letters.  More to the point, I wish I still wrote letters.  To friends, to family.  I feel like my life has been fast-tracked by technology, especially of late.  Thanks to Facebook and Twitter (both of which I admittedly use religiously) people know the news far before they'd receive a letter.  To the point where the effort to open the letter could almost count as an archeological expedition due to how ancient the news is by the time the letter is received.

That doesn't stop me from wishing there was a way to reintroduce the art of letter writing back into my life.  Anyone need a pen-pal?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Less is More

This is the philosophy I'm trying to force myself to adapt in my writing, and more importantly in my pitching. Clearly I'm a rambler, so I will have to force myself to bit my tongue.

My big question is - should I give away the ending of the story? Or just leave them hanging?

In the spirit of less is more (and because I haven't had any coffee yet) that is all I have to say at the moment.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Phase 1: Registration - COMPLETE.

So today we secured our pitching spot for the Crazy 8's Film Festival. The only problem is that I've never pitched before. Currently I'm working on revising the script. I'm filing away all the little promising tidbits I can think of, and trying to capture the feeling of the film as I write. I want the pitch to be dynamic, but not cheesy. Derek is looking after the technical aspect of the pitch and fielding any questions regarding the visuals or equipment, so I am focusing on the story, which will take up the bulk of the time.

I'm struggling between having the main character narrate for himself, or having an omnipotent narrator in manner of Anthony Hopkins. I'm leaning towards the first option as the story centers around the fantasy that the main character creates for himself, and the isolation he experiences because of this. It would seem like a conflict of the point to allow an omnipotent narrator inside his head, privy to the very thing he keeps secret, that separates him from everything else.

While I'm wrestling with the story does anybody have any pitch suggestions for me?