Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I don't think I'm going to make the Nicholl final deadline -- there goes that New Year's resolution. It's still possible, but highly unlikely at this point. Even if I did, I probably wouldn't be satisfied with the quality of this current draft. Despite the fact that I could feel myself falling behind, I just didn't apply enough pressure to get over the hump. Given enough time, anyone can pound out a competent feature-length screenplay. Writing with a clock over your head is another matter.

James Cameron wrote Aliens, Rambo: First Blood Part II, and The Terminator in 1983. Clearly, I'm no James Cameron. There's a distinct line between hobbyists and people serious about becoming professional screenwriters. Gut check time.

So now what? My last paragraph might have been a *tad* melodramatic. I'm still going to write like I have a deadline to meet. Beyond that, there's always the Austin Film Festival. I could even swallow my pride and go for one of the smaller genre contests (again). However, my primary goal is to finish the darn thing. I still like the premise and outline is solid. Not as niche as my last script, but that's probably a good thing. Onwards...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Buffy vs. Black Widow

Here's an excerpt from a recent USA Today interview with Joss Whedon:

In a fight between Buffy and Black Widow, who do you think would win?

Buffy would go easy at first, but as soon as Natasha popped her with a Widow Sting, she'd start bringing some slayer brawn to the fray. Natasha's fast, but a couple of good connects and she's wobbling, possibly something broken -- she whips out her glock and now Buffy's dodging -- right where Natasha wants her. Natasha shoots the cable holding the steel barrels and they tumble onto Buffy, nearly burying her -- Buffy just arcs out of the way, grabbing the splintered cable and swinging directly onto Natasha, a bullet grazing her cheek as her feet land hard on the Russian's shoulders, sending her back flat -- crack! -- on the floor, Buffy wrenching the gun away and tossing it, fist ready for the final strike. Natasha, struggling to stay conscious, says the fight's over. Buffy agrees, but Natasha explains: She poisoned Buffy hours ago. That waitress that brought her salad …? Natasha smiles. The poison is dormant -- 'til it's activated by adrenaline. Buffy's eyes narrow. "Too bad I didn't use any." Wham! Natasha's out for the count, and Buffy's heading -- slowly -- to Willow for a mystical cleanse.

That'd be my first guess.

Obviously, it's not in screenplay format, but a fun read nonetheless. Interesting how it differs from the pages I posted from David Goyer's Blade script. The action isn't so cut and dry. Much more playful. I tried emulating his style for a while, but it was just a really poor imitation. The goal should be figuring out your own voice.

And for the record, my money's on the Slayer.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Looper Trailer

I love time travel flicks, but this trailer has me more than a little perplexed. Sending targets into the past (our present) so they can be eliminated by sleeper hitmen from the future? How does that even make sense? Disposing a body must be very difficult in the future. I long for the good old days when fictional assassins would travel back in time to kill Hitler or prevent the future leader of the resistance from being born.

And another thing, Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks nothing like Bruce Willis. The facial prosthetics are plain weird and distracting. The September release is also very telling. Hey, maybe there's a terrific story here and the trailer just did a poor job of conveying the goods... or not.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

The Fades Cancelled

Well, this truly sucks. One of my favorite new shows from 2011 got the axe a few days ago. Thanks, BBC Three! Initially, I wasn't impressed with the dense pilot, but the horror/fantasy series quickly grew on me. Nothing groundbreaking in terms of premise: teen with extraordinary powers and the fate of the world seemingly in his hands. Sort of a mashup of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the last few seasons of Supernatural -- just a little bloodier.

A deft mix of horror, humor and coming-of-age story. Now we're left to ponder what will happen in the ongoing war between the Angelics and The Fades (that lovely fellow above). I hope we get a little bit of closure in some form of ancillary media -- maybe a graphic novel? The six episode series just came out on DVD for region 1 players.

But don't take my word for it, check out the pilot while it's up on youtube. Again, the pilot throws a lot at the viewer without explaining very much, but still manages to entertain.

Once your done with that, check out the script over at the BBC Writersroom.


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