Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday Shorts: The Lady In the Walls

This was an entry in the Youtube and Legendary Entertainment's House of Horrors contest from a few months back. Guillermo del Toro picked the 5 finalists and the winner gets a development deal with Legendary.  "Lady In the Walls" didn't make the cut but I liked its set up and overall simplicity -- the ending probably could have been stronger and there was a bit of CG that felt unnecessary. You can check out the other entries here. Interesting to see the different stories crafted around the same set...

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Blade Pilot Script

While procrastinating, I happened to come across David S. Goyer's site and discovered he has a few produced scripts online, including the short-lived Blade: The Series. 2006 feels like ancient history, but if I remember correctly -- too lazy to check my archives -- The Spike Channel expected stronger male viewership and were confused by an unexpected and sizable female viewing audience. Kirk Jones didn't have a martial arts background and some fans were probably disappointed that he couldn't fill Wesley Snipes' shoes in that regard. Anyway, you can check out two drafts of the pilot below:

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Shorts: Room 8

I don't want to spoil this one, but I will say it's a great example of how good dialogue can be about what your characters don't say.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

2014 Black List

So, with much fanfare, the 2014 Black List was announced this week. You can find it here. Surprisingly, my scripts were nowhere to be found. My Franklin Leonard voodoo dolls are obviously defective...

Now I was going to list all the lucky sci-fi and horror scripts that made the cut, but the good folks over at beat me to it. Seventeen scripts is a pretty good number. While there's some overlap with the 2014 Blood List,  a couple of fresh titles were also recognized. Who says you can't make a name for yourself with a good genre script?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Shorts: NIGHT SWIM

Welcome to a special Monday edition of Sunday Shorts! (I fell asleep before posting...)

NIGHT SWIM, directed by Rod Blackhurst + Bryce James McGuire, stars Megalyn Echikunwoke -- you might remember her from The 4400 and House of Lies -- as a young woman who gets interrupted during a swim.

I like the way it plays on one of our biggest primal fears: darkness. No crazy effects or exploding heads here. Our imagination does most of the heavy lifting. The setting also adds an extra level of vulnerability.


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