June 22, 2009

Three Weeks in the land of Disney

I can’t believe three weeks have passed. Time is flying! Anyway, things have been going very well. I am kept pretty busy with reading scripts and various other activities. Though I cannot mention specifics on scripts because of confidentiality (I had to sign my life away…just kidding. But I did have to sign a confidentiality form), I can say that I have read some very good scripts that Gunn Films is currently in the process of developing. My opinions matter, and I am given tasks, such as reading a script and listing 10 actors and actresses who I think would be good for the lead roles, or coming up with additional ideas for a script.

I can't believe three weeks have passed. Time is flying! Anyway, things have been going very well. I am kept pretty busy with reading scripts and various other activities. Though I cannot mention specifics on scripts because of confidentiality (I had to sign my life away...just kidding. But I did have to sign a confidentiality form), I can say that I have read some very good scripts that Gunn Films is currently in the process of developing. What is really cool is that my opinions matter - I am given tasks, such as reading a script and listing 10 actors and actresses who I think would be good for the lead roles, or coming up with additional ideas for a script.

Last weekend, Heather (Andrew Gunn's assistant) went to a Pitch Fest, where a bunch of writers pitched her scripts that they have written, or are currently working on. We sent out some emails to those who had the best ideas - let's just say, among the few that were really good, there were some that were really bad or absurd (When I see the sheer amount of bad ideas that are out there, it gives me hope for my own work). Like the other scripts that they receive, me and the other intern will be reading them, then passing them along to Heather if we think they are good enough, along with detailed coverage.

Also, last week I showed Heather and Blaise, one of the writers, my short film "A Grim Touch" that I spent all last semester working on. They had expressed interest in watching it, so I was curious to see what they would think. To my relief, they enjoyed it. Later, when I showed it Lloyd, one of the other writers, he was laughing at almost all the jokes. Comedy is a challenge for me to write, so I was glad that professional screenwriters enjoyed my film. When I asked him if he had any criticisms, he said that the opening scene, even though it was funny, wasn't really needed. Also, it seemed like there was a killing epidemic at Buffalo State College, but he understood that's not how it was supposed to look. (The story is about a Grim Reaper - it will be posted on the TFA site or Buff State Youtube page in the near future). Aside from that, he told me it was well done and that I succeeded in making it funny. When he learned that I am a fan of Lost, he told me he is friendly with Damon Lindelof, who is one of the showrunners of Lost. I may have a chance of meeting him or Carlton Cuse this summer! (Both him and Damon are the two head writers of the show.) He also offered to read one of my full length scripts and give me notes at some point this summer, so I'm looking forward to that.

Aside from interning, things have been pretty busy out here. At home I work at a movie theatre, and I was able to transfer to a location up here. When I'm not working or interning, I've been working on my own scripts (touching them up or starting new ideas), enjoying the sun (now that June Gloom has passed), hanging out with my fellow TFA buddies, meeting new friends, and exercising. P90X to be exact (Yeah, the same workout that Cy is doing, as well as Dan and Scott). Perhaps we'll all be ripped when we come home in August. Well, maybe not ripped, haha. But in very good shape. Oh yeah, I'm seeing movies whenever I can as well. That's kind of important, seeing as though that's the industry I'm making my way into. If you haven't seen Up or The Hangover yet, GO SEE THEM.

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