First off, I sat down, put my nose to the grindstone, and wrote a screenplay that's been floating around in my head for a while now. I just felt like I had to get it out. It was kind of like lancing a boil that had been bothering me, so it was nice to just put my ass in the seat and write a totally original screenplay that wasn't for hire or based on someone else's pitch or idea.
The following week, I took Max to a special "family friendly" taping of Tosh.0. Max is a big fan of the show and it was cool to see it all put together. If you catch re-runs, you can see us at the beginning of the show and if you go to the Tosh.0 blog, you can see Max interact with Tosh in a segment that got shortened for the actual airing.
My screenwriting experience went so well earlier in the month and it was so liberating to just write my own thing, so I tried it again. I went out into the desert - Joshua Tree, about 2 hours away from L.A. - for four days. Rented a house from a filmmaker friend, bought some microwave dinners, and wrote 75 pages of another new script. Wasn't able to finish it until I got back to Los Angeles, but I typed "The End" on it a week later. In essence, I wrote two entire screenplays in about a month and a half. Here I am at the amazing El Rancho Reposo (which any writer can rent for a retreat right HERE) working solo in the desert:
I've never gone on a "writing retreat" before, but I wish that I had and I plan on doing it again. It's sometimes hard to be an artist and prioritize your creativity when you've got kids and a house and laundry and dinner, etc, to worry about. I was able to get a huge amount of work done in peace and also able to give the script my full and unadulterated attention. I plan on returning to El Rancho Reposo as soon as I can to do it all again (because I've got a LOT of script ideas waiting in the wings, believe me).
Once I finished the second script, I gave myself a day off ...
... Then started right in on another Lifetime Channel movie, which I'm about 40 pages into now. I've got a mid-November deadline on that one, so I've been writing furiously. Taking a break for a little bit to update this blog, but I'll be right back into it in an hour ...
Let's see ... On the "release" front, I teased a "top secret project" a few months back (which is something that I don't usually do - I either tell you about something or I don't) in the Switzerland update. I flew to the East Coast right after the Swiss trip and worked on my very first video game, which came out a little over two weeks ago.
It's called THE EVIL WITHIN and it was created by Shinji Mikami, the man responsible for RESIDENT EVIL, and it's now available in all gaming formats worldwide.
I don't want to get into particulars, but I was brought in to help with some writing for the game. If you play it, you will read some of my words and hear some of my dialog. I also got to work on the DLC for the game, which isn't out yet.
It was a real pleasure to get to work on a project that wasn't film-related and I got to play the hell out of the game months before it came out (or was completely finished). The whole process was fun and fascinating for me and I have to thank Bethesda and Tango Gameworks ... I would LOVE to work on another video game one day.
Here's a shot of me and Creator Shinji Mikami at this year's E3 convention:
And at the E3 they had a booth where you could put your face on the cover art. Here's mine:
So to re-cap: that's 2.5 screenplays written and a video game release since the last time I updated the old blog. I also managed to squeeze in two huge costume parties, a visit to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, a day at Disney for their Halloween spectacular, a rocking wedding for a long-time friend (and founder of the seminal death metal band REPULSION!), and went all the way down to Santa Ana the other day to see MADCHILD and NECRO in concert. Tomorrow night I'm just gonna take the little ones out trick-or-treating and then come home to a horror movie on the couch.
Halloween party #2's costume was something I had to throw together quickly. Luckily, since I directed CHOP, I was able to go as my favorite character from my own movie:
October, you are crazy and I love you, but it's time for you to go.
As always, trying to stay busy. Now I've got to figure out what to do next month (aside from finishing the new Lifetime movie) ...
As always, thanks for visiting. Happy Halloween!