Archive for October, 2010

Working On The Script For Ambush, My Next Film

It’s been so long since I sat down and wrote a fresh new script (not since early 2003) or rewrote a script I was going to shoot (9:04 AM, with Grant A. Balfour), that I’ve really had to go back to school, if you will. I’ve been reading Syd Field‘s updated “Screenplay” and “Screenwriter’s Workbook” to help me out, and it really is paying off in spades.

I first discovered “Screenplay” while reading another, semi-decent scriptwriting book in early 1995, and bought it at my old college, where they had/have screenwriting classes (I attended a year later). I read through the book and it really helped me with my first feature-length screenplay, but “Workbook” guided me every step of the way. And it’s helping me, over 15 years later.

Today, I had a brainstorming session with Jeremiah Hall, who is going to help produce the eventual film, and started revising how I was going to approach the film’s opening. I need to tweak the first act, then structure it on 3 x 5 cards and I’ll start writing onĀ Final Draft! More news soon!

Radiohead’s Kid A Came Out 10 Years Ago Today

I love Radiohead, but for years (1998 to around 2007), I was OBSESSED. Nowadays, I still love them, but I’m not quite as bad. Anyway, I was so pumped for Kid A to come out, much like the rest of the world. It debuted October 3, 2000 and was just incredible.

I was in a weird place in my head at the time, and I was heading out on the road from Colorado back to South Florida. I stopped somewhere in Kansas for the night, and the next morning, I went to a K-Mart and bought the CD. I must’ve listened to it 16 times when I rolled into St. Louis about 10-12 hours later. I stayed there a week, because my head was swimming! I had a great time hanging out with my stepmom, stepsister and the rest of my friends and family out there. It helped me heal and get back onto the right path when I returned to South Florida 9 days after Kid A came out. I also remember my cousin Chad downloaded In Limbo 2 weeks before the album came out–what an amazing song, we were blown away!

It was a completely different album, but like I said, I loved it immediately.

I haven’t thought about all that stuff in a long time, because I could just sit back and listen to Kid A without thinking about it. But it was… an interesting, strange, sad, exhilarating time. Check out this blog from Radiohead fansite, At Ease.

ps-Seven years later, Radiohead released In Rainbows and became my favorite album by then. Before that, OK Computer was.