The quiet mountain nights, spent gazing up at stars so close you could polish their shine, gave me plenty of head space to develop the story. By the time I finished the summer session, I was well on my way to a complete draft of Charlatan.
Then I fell prey to scriptus interruptus, a common ailment for screenwriters.
In early September, the agent representing my sitcom pilot "Contempt of Court" (written in the television class at Hollins) called me and asked for rewrites specific to a well-known actor who was considering the project. I eagerly worked in his suggestions to accommodate the talent, and we hope to secure a production agreement soon!
Finally, though, it was time to put those last thirty or so pages onto my thesis script! Crack the knuckles. Pour the coffee. Here we go...
Until the phone rings. Brad Yoder, the producer and my co-writer on the film Ocean Drive (www.OceanDriveMovie.com), had just signed an agreement with Fred Roos Productions (the Oscar-winning producer of Godfather Part 2, Apocalypse Now, Lost in Translation and The Bling Ring). A few rewrites had been requested. So, I set my red pen to the script, and slashed my way through the wilds. In a brisk two weeks, I had a cleaner, leaner, meaner draft in the hands of our new producer.
At last, I could turn my attention to...
Nope. Not yet. I was asked to join the crew for the film The Taking. (The subject of my next blog post.) I was honored to work with them from October to December.
Luckily, Christmas break shuts down most of the world! I finally completed a solid, presentable draft of Charlatan on December 30th. I look forward to rewrites with my mentor, Tim Albaugh, in March of 2014, with a graduation (finally!) scheduled for May.
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