Thursday, December 20, 2007

Take care of my baby

Who would YOU trust with your baby? If you had to give up your one and only newborn and hand her over to an adoption, who would you pick to take care of that child? To mold her and sculpt her to maturity? And remember--it will be HIS name your baby will be known by from then on, not yours. You'd be handing that child over body, mind, and soul.

I would PREFER to be the director of my script. But I know that it's not possible. Not even remotely so. Therefore I must brace myself for the reality that in the very unlikly situation of this script getting the life-infusing bestowment of serious studio money, another director will have to take my place. I'll have to hand my baby over to someone else. Forever.

Who would I trust?

There are just FOUR people on the face of this Earth I would trust with this precious creation of mine. Here they are in alphabetical order:

1) Ron Howard
2) Frank Peretti
3) Tom Shadyac
4) Stephen Spielberg

If any one of these guys were to contact me about my script, I would gladly go the table and strike a deal with them. AND (get this!) I'd be perfectly willing to surrender to them ALL aspects of creative control --because I KNOW none of these guys would make bad decisions in that respect. They'd all do just beautifully. Hit all the right notes. Find the right tone. And make my script absolutely sing.

Rewrite? You want me to do a rewrite? Sure Mr. Famous Director, sir! No problem! Tell me EXACTLY which scenes you want rewritten and I'll overhaul them to your specifications. YOU are the artist here, and YOU know what you want the end-product to look like. I have COMPLETE confidence in your vision.

Any one of these guys would do right by my baby. No question.

Art Defined

One working definition of art is: Truth revealed through beauty. Now if this is the case, then any project which is neither beautiful nor truthful cannot be called art.

Let's apply this definition to cinema.

Hollywood is certainly preoccupied with that which is beautiful, and even seems to have a pretty good handle on it --an obsession with it might be more accurate. But truthful? Hollywood truthful? That's debateable. Truth in Hollywood shifts constantly. Perhaps the most positive take on that sad fact is that such malleability might be what makes Hollywood so versatile. If different people have different takes on the truth then we benefit from a broad variety of stories coming out of Tinsel Town.

Such a beautiful town full of such beautiful people. But are they also truthful people? I guess that's where one draws the line between craftsmen and artists.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

So NOW what do I do?

I have been slaving over this screenpay since January. And now it's done. Now what?

I have lost my sense of direction. The whole world is amiss now that I am no longer agonizing over that script. I am a captain without a ship to sail, a cook without a dish to prepare, a seamstress with no garment to sew.

I did intend to begin the novelization. But somehow that's just now clicking right now. I feel so lost.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

E-mail confirmation came today

Here's part of its message:
Semi-Finalists will be announced in January 2008 with the winners announcement at the 16th Annual MOVIEGUIDE Awards and Report to the Entertainment Industry on February 12, 2008 in Beverly Hills.

So I guess all I need to do now is hang on and see if I make it to the semi-finals. (I wish they would give a more firm date than just "January.")

Here's to hoping either Spielberg or Ron Howard gets to read my script.

The Check is in the Mail

Actually, the check arrived yesterday. According to the USPS tracking system, it was delivered yesterday at 9:59 AM in Carlsbad, California.

Okay. So now I guess I need that e-mail confirmation. (Maybe they won't send me one of those until the check clears.)

Yes I am obsessing.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Update on my Kairos submission

I e-mailed them and asked: "Gee, did you get it?"

They replied that yes they did get my script. They said they normally do not send an e-mail confirmation until the check arrives. I sent the check snail mail, but I have a tracking number on it. So it might not arrive until this Friday. And HOPEFULLY when they get the check and the hard-copy application, it will all prove to be in proper order.

Can you tell I am obsessing over this?

Saturday, December 8, 2007

I entered Kairos

Last night. At 9:00 PM eastern time I hit "send" on my e-mail and submitted my script.

I did NOT get a "mailer daemon" but I also did not get a "Thank you for entering" either. So I'm a little worried. I read and re-read the e-mail address repeatedly to make sure I didn't mess it up. I will call them on Monday and ASK if they got my submission. If not, then I guess I am ... outa luck.

Nerve-wracking.