February 04, 2004

project greenlight 3

Hey loyal readers (all, uh, three of you):

I had every intention of posting a new entry every day this week. In fact, that's still possible. But there's a good chance I'll be silent for the next couple weeks.

See, this little ol' thing called Project Greenlight 3 has reared its ugly head, and although I managed to resist temptation the first two times, I've finally succumbed. Unfortunately for me, the screenplay deadline is Feb. 28, leaving me less than 24 days to write a script from nothing.

Now, I'm not a total newbie when it comes to screenwriting. I've been screenwriting with serious intent (is that a crime?) for about four years now. In 2002, one of my scripts, Saint Callistus, won second place in the Underexposed Screenwriting Contest, and put a thousand smackeroos in my pocket. (Okay, so maybe that's when I got serious about it.)

Since then, I've had a number of scripts in development ("in development" here meaning "notes and half completed .fdr files"). So you'd think, when PG3 came around, I'd have a script at least partially ready to freshen up and send in. Well, the new owners of PG3 (Bravo) have decided that the screenplay must be either a horror or thriller piece. Of course, I don't have anything like that ready, which is ironic, since horror is my favorite genre.

So now I'm going to try and create something decent in the next 24 days. I don't know if it's feasible, really; it usually takes me 4-6 months to produce a draft. But (supposedly) Soderbergh wrote sex, lies, and videotape in a week, and that Dawson's Creek guy wrote Scream in 3 days, so who knows? (Of course, they never tell you how shitty those initial drafts were.)

24 days. It'll kinda be like that Kiefer Sutherland show, only with fewer bear traps and mountain lions.

Wish me luck. Or at least wish me something.

Where we saw it: project greenlight | We deign to rate it: outta 100
Posted by kza at 08:23 PM | Comments (4)

Wow, good luck. If you need ideas, I have several rather outre ones that I'll probably never use... :-)

Posted by: Steve at February 5, 2004 06:35 PM

Thanks, Steve! I'm thinking of posting regular updates on my progress, so if you have something to share, there'll be a forum to do so. I think one of the reasons I never write horror (despite my love for it) is that my ideas aren't outre enough.

Posted by: Kza at February 5, 2004 07:01 PM

LOL! My problem is pretty much the opposite -- I'm convinced that my concepts are so whacked out that they're unsalable... I should tell you about "The Supervirgin Chronicles" sometime...

Posted by: Steve at February 5, 2004 10:37 PM

you go, KENT!

i think that posting updates might help... that and a lot of mountain dew.

Posted by: mary at February 14, 2004 09:16 AM