In this installment I talk about the basics of sequencing your pre-production, general updates on the Hipster! The Musical film shoot and ask a titillating question.
I will admit that I was very excited when I found out about Denver Comic Con. My geekdar pulsed, violently, and I went into total geek mode. On the day of I was a little short on cash and was debating if I should go or not. I discovered I only had one reason for really wanting to go, and that was Billy West.
I’ve never been one who would ever consider screenwriting as my life’s main goal. Through my time in theatre and filmmaking, it just seems to me that screenplays aren’t even remotely as respected as plays are. Other than those (relatively) rare occasions when you have a writer/director in charge of the project or some sort of Brain Trust tasked with writing the script, most feature films see the screenplay as a jumping off point for a director’s creative vision. Case and point, World War Z is shooting now, with Brad Pitt. And there’s no third act written… Read more →
Songwriting is a craft. In my opinion, the craft can only get better. Whether it gets stronger because of new techniques or learning from your rough patches, songwriting builds on itself to create new ideas, stories, melodies, and emotions.
For my whole life, I’ve been a perfectionist. I’ve lorded over group projects in school and volunteered myself for more work than I should have, always wanting to do things myself. If I do something, then I know it will get done the way that I want it to get done.
I used to think that this was a strength, since it meant that I was a hardworker who was capable of doing lots of different things. While it does mean that I am confident, it has donned on me in the past few months that my keen attention to detail in every facet of everything may, in fact, not be as positive as I previously thought.
And this epiphany came courtesy of directing Hipster! The Musical.
I started writing the script in December 2011. At that time, it was a pitiful fourteen page thing, with more characters and fewer songs than it has now. But, even then, I had a strong vision of what I wanted the final project to look like.
And I was going to get what I wanted. Read more →