Friday, February 28, 2014

Making I, Frankenstein



While in the midst of some podcast hunting on SoundCloud, I came across these interviews from an I, Frankenstein press junket.

https://soundcloud.com/prinz-lee-1/i-frankenstein-aaron-eckhart

https://soundcloud.com/prinz-lee-1/i-frankenstein-kevin-grevioux

https://soundcloud.com/prinz-lee-1/i-frankenstein-stuart-beattle

Three different perspectives on the same material. Eckhart was under the weather during his interview, so there's not a lot to glean from his segment, but you get a sense of what attracted him to the part of Adam Frankenstein.

Grevioux has a pretty good attitude about the development process.Your script is going to be rewritten. Deal with it. Still, it must have been jarring to see all the changes. I think his original concept of Adam as a hardboiled private detective dealing with classic movie monsters in a noir-styled setting could have been fun.

Beattie had his personal take on the material and focused on elements that interested him. I can understand why he felt another Lakeshore movie featuring vampires and werewolves would be overkill at this point. There are countless mythical creatures just waiting to be introduced to movie audiences.

Interesting to see how the project came to be, the subsequent changes, and the final product. I, Frankestein's box office was a bit of a disappointment -- hey, it happens -- but I get the impression the concept might find life in video games and/or comics.



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The World's End (Outline)


The World's End was one of my favorite movies of 2013 and as luck would have it, look what Simon Pegg tweeted today, a one page (first) outline of the script:

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This is arguably more informative than the actual screenplay because we get to see the how and why of the story.



Saturday, February 08, 2014

2014 Nicholl Screenwriting Competition




Well, that time of the year is upon us again, the 2014 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting and dream crushing Competition is now accepting entries. Last year, I went Nicholl-free for the first time in a while. I’ve run out of things to tweak with the current script so it looks like I’ll be jumping into the fray with my supernatural thriller.

You know the drill:

Early deadline: 5:00 p.m. PT,  February 28; entry fee US$35
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. PT, April 10; entry fee US$50
Late deadline: 5:00 p.m. PT, May 1; entry fee US$65

Details can be found here: http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2014/20140130a.html

When the notifications are sent out in August, I'll probably be shaking an angry fist the sky and cursing Greg Beal, but I still think it's the best bang for your buck when it comes to screenwriting contests. Good luck!

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