Monday, December 12, 2011
When I first got into writing I was stupid enough to think I could make a living at it from the beginning. I let my first publishing success go to my head and I made a lot of bad choices, but it didn't take long to be humbled.
To put it simply, I started drinking my coffee black because I couldn't afford sugar and I stopped smoking because I couldn't afford it.
Things have changed a lot from those days. I'm still not making a solid living on writing alone, but things have turned around and I'm building a body of work I'm proud of. I look forward to writing more books, and I actually want to write more movies.
The full first draft for TERMS is finished and approved. Director Joshua Hull loved it, and the buzz sounding this movie is growing at a fever pitch. I think people are really going to like this. I can also say that we have officially enter pre-production and casting should start around the first of the year, but I can say that Noah East (Beverly Lane) & Raymond Kester (Scalene) have already joined the cast!
Finishing NaNoWriMo is 20 days and finishing the script for TERMS in a week and a half, I have shown that I have a commitment to writing and that I can do anything I set my mind to.
My next project is rakishly clever zombie film for Well Hung Pictures, the production copy I co-founded with Brandon S. Bennett. We started brain storming movie ideas about two years ago, but this is the third thing I have written for WHP. Due to budget, equipment and casting problems, neither of those other projects made it off of the ground.
This time is already different. This time is also the first feature film. I am already1/4 of the way finished with this script.
Currently, this film will be directed Brandon S. Bennett, of Indie Film Revue fame. Bennett has worked on Steve Balderson's STUCK! He also worked on The 100 Years of Monster Movie production, in addition to his cameo role in Darkrider Studios contribution to The Collective, Meateater.
Meateater was based on my short story Contravention, from Eclectic Collection. I was lucky enough to write the first treatment of the script. That was my first dip into writing for film since my work on the movie/ TV series scripts I did for Evil Waise, in 2007/2008.
I am really enjoying working on these films. I have said before that I was ready to get out of horror and that I didn't have an interest in working in film again, but I have learned to shut up and just see what happens. I'm looking forward to a lot happening in the very near future. 2011 was productive, but I think 2012 is going to be an even better and more productive year.