No go for Sundance 2013. Although my script did make it past the first round in the screenwriting lab it didn’t make it into the lab. I’m bummed… but on to the next one.
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This is a commercial I created for Gordon & Associates.
Richard Feynman plays a central role in my film “The Challenger” and part of Feynman’s philosophy is what’s called a philosophy of ignorance. A philosophy of ignorance is something the scientist knows very well and is something he is comfortable with since scientists are always testing new ideas. This idea is a central theme in my Sundance script and Scientific America wrote a piece on it today. Check it out. Following this philosophy also helps when getting input on your creative work. It helps create a barrier between the work and the person. Admitting you don’t know or that you were wrong only creates opportunity for better creativity.
I am a helpless romantic and most of my films have been romantic comedies or love stories. This fact has always confused people especially if they know of my Aerospace Engineering background. The truth is that I have always steered clear of science based films because I was afraid my films would suck balls because they overemphasized the science.
But then “The Challenger” has gotten a good response despite my fears. Now don’t get me wrong there are still major hurdles for me to overcome with trying to boil the science into something that’s brief, actionable, non expositional, connected to emotion and palatable. But now instead of being fearful I accept this as a challenge that my engineering background (not to mention the helpless romanticism) makes me uniquely qualified for. On with scifi.
A friend of mine recently expressed an interest in writing a fictional novel. Over the years I have contemplated writing a novel as well but never really sat down to figure it out until my recent leave from work (more on that later).
I fired up my kindle and read a few books on how to write fiction and guess what? It is the same thing as writing a movie. Now I’m not suggesting the documents (a book vs. screenplay) are similar because they are definitely two different animals all together but when it comes to story structure there are no differences. In fact most of the books I read on novel writing referenced movies when talking about structure… Imagine that.
So after this realization I made the following cheat sheet and sent it to my friend. This is how I organize story structure for my screenplays. It is based on two theories that literally changed the way I look at stories. At USC I learned Frank Daniel’s sequence method from Ted Braun using David Howards book and amended it with golden nuggets I learned from Blake Synder’s “Save the Cat” book. The interesting thing is that this can work for a novel as well. The only difference would be how you divide it up. i.e how many pages/chapters make up a sequence. Exciting! Hope you find this useful.
I am happy to announce that my script “The Challenger” has made it into the final round of two Sundance Institute programs. The first is the Screenwriters Lab and the second is the Sloan Commissioning grant. I have my fingers on both hands crossed and am both scared and excited. I have no idea what my chances are but I have tried to calculate it to no avail. I have started on another script to distract myself until they announce the winners sometime in December. I’ll keep you posted!
So one night back in April I get a call from a friend who says “Hey your film is on TV” and I say “You don’t say, what channel?” Well it turns out the films from USC’s first look aired on KCET. Here is a link to the show.
Movie Genome mapping is nothing new. Netflix and itunes use it to recommend movies to its users based on movies you’ve viewed or rated in the past. This app is a bit different because it’s much simpler. The thing I love about the Discovr Movies application is it’s simplicity and graphical user interface. In the image above I used the app to map movies similar to “Amelie” and “A Woman is a Woman”.
You can’t get more romantic than riding on motorcycle at night. There is just something intimate about racing down the road in an insanely dangerous machine that is “conditionally stable” at best. Here are the top 5 reasons riding two up is sexy.
5. Riding is just sexy in general
4. It looks bad ASS (especially from behind) to everyone else on the road
3. Riding two up is more technically challenging especially at night
2. She has to hold onto you closely
1. She trusts you enough to put her life in your hands
There are two obvious places to film in LA that would be way off the charts romantically. An obvious choice is the much overused (for car commercials) third street tunnel.
And the second is Vincent Thomas Bridge.
Below are two are my favorite motorcycle scenes from Fallen Angel and Love Jones (first 10 seconds).
the challenger takes on the incumbent
the challenger conquers itself then nature
the challenger inspires
the challenger hopes
the challenger bets the farm and picket fence
the challenger fears
the challenger dreams
the challenger fights
the challenger doesn’t give up
the challenger survives
the challenger wins….
Today be a challenger!