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“A SHARED KISS”, my Short Screenplay Challenge 2013 Round #3 submission

As expected, I tapped out in the third round of NYCMidnight’s Short Screenplay Challenge 2013.  The Romance genre finished me.  Admittedly, my submission was pretty pedestrian.  Given more time, a better idea might have occurred, but of course that’s a big part of the 48 hour deadline.  Nonetheless, I thought I’d share my script, as a cautionary tale for those who follow.

A SHARED KISS
Two people meet under sweet circumstances.

The genre, as mentioned, was Romance, the location was a candy store, and the object was a lock.

On kind of an ironic and bittersweet note, I was picturing a young Philip Seymour Hoffman as my leading man.  Zooey Deschanel was my leading lady.

It was great fun writing for this contest, and best of luck to those who are moving on!

“THE RECRUIT”, my Short Screenplay Challenge 2013 Round #2 submission

I just squeaked through the first elimination round of NYCMidnight’s short screenplay contest with my script “The Recruit”.

For Round #2, my genre assignment was Fantasy, location an army barracks, and object a limousine.  I only scored 7/15 for this one, but with my points for Round #1 it was enough to put me in the top 5 of my group, and advance.

THE RECRUIT
A young soldier receives a mysterious offer.

I’m not optimistic about Round #3.  Genre was Romance, location a candy store, and object a lock.  Romance is very much NOT in my wheelhouse, so I’m not confident with my submission, but we’ll see what happens in February!

“POKERFACE”, my Short Screenplay Challenge 2013 Round #1 submission

NYCMidnight runs a short screenplay contest, which I entered this fall.  Writers are given a genre, location, and an object, and have 48 hours to write an original, 5 page screenplay.

Despite catastrophic computer failure this weekend, I managed to get in my submission for Round #2 before the deadline.  Whew!

I thought I’d share my Round #1 submission, which scored 14/15 points, and puts me in a good position for Round #2, the first elimination round.

My genre was Thriller, my location was a poker room, and my object was a laptop computer.

POKERFACE
An online poker game has deadly consequences.

WARNING: Language, violence.

I’ll share my Round #2 submission when results are announced.

KIDZ being aired tonight on VCTC (Valemount/Kamloops local television)

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My zombie short film “KIDZ” will be airing tonight on VCTV as part of the Horror Film Night short film series, starting at midnight, before “Night of the Living Dead” (1968).

VCTV airs locally in the Valemount/Kamloops area on channel 7, but can also be seen on Bell and Telus Satellite on Channel 653, call letters “VALE”.

Indie Game: The Movie is terrific!

The filmmakers give us a warm, sympathetic presence with game developers who are pouring their heart and soul into their work. It captures the angst of the creative process, the frustration of the technical challenges, and the driving passion and love of games.

The film gives us three stories of indie developers at different points in their career. Jonathan Blow, a veteran finding success late in a long career, with Braid. Young partners, Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, releasing their most anticipated title ever, Super Meat Boy, to great success. Rookie Phil Fish fighting to finish* his masterpiece. One thing they all have in common is a vision, often individual, always deeply personal, that they, like artists, are struggling to realize.

Mentioned during the Hotdocs Q&A was the Internet itself as a character. The filmmakers deftly capture the positive and negative influence of the net on the developers, how it can be both adoring worshipper and cruelest critic. The camera brushes aside the curtain of arrogance, cynicism, or bravado that netizens must often wear for defence, and finds vulnerable, intelligent humans.

First time documentary filmmakers, James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, accomplish all this with a light touch, and are barely present in the movie. It doesn’t feel like interviews, but like we are the subject’s trusted friend.

The story of the movie itself is an indie success story as well. Financed in part through two Kickstarter campaigns, the film went on to win at Sundance, and find great success in festivals. A limited theatrical release begins in a couple of weeks, and it will no doubt do well in digital.

8/10

* 4X ALLITERATION COMBO!!!