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Controlled Chaos: Tohubohu Productions News

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And... Action!

This just in: Project Greenlight is back! Not the series (yet, though it’ll be airing on Bravo this time around), but the contest behind it all. I’ve entered twice before, and I’ll be doing it again this time.

This year, however, I’ll be entering both the screenwriting and directing contests (as of last season, the contest was split in two). I’ve already put together a working script for my three-minute directing scene (entitled “Loose Ends”), as well as a potential shooting location (casting will be a little tougher). The feature screenplay (Holding Pattern) is coming into shape, though the mandate this year is to go with more of a “genre” film — so I’ve still got more work to do to be able to (realistically) think of it as a “romantic comedy.”

Hey, if anyone wants to offer a critique (as opposed to just reading for fun), let me know. And if anyone wants to help out with the scene — a far more collaborative effort than writing, to be sure — I’m more than happy to have you.

But at the very least, I recommend that everyone head over to the PGL site and take a look. You don’t have to be an aspiring filmmaker — you can sign up as a reviewer, which means you’ll have a chance (but not an obligation) to read and critique submitted screenplays. Chosen at random, naturally, so I won’t be able to game the system by having my friends all give me glowing reviews.

Though if I figure out a way to do that, believe me, I’ll let you know.

Time to Break Out the Keyboard — and the Camera

Hot damn. First I get a message that the 48 Hour Film Project is gearing up for the 2004 competition, and today I see that Bravo just picked up Project Greenlight for a third season. Yeah, it’ll suck having to be censored for basic cable, and it sure as hell won’t be the same without über-antagonist Chris Moore, but still...

They’re looking to start taking submissions in just a few weeks. And this time I damn well plan on entering both the screenwriting and directing contests (I missed out on the directing one last time around — I just couldn’t put together a scene in time). So if folks don’t hear from me across the next couple of weeks, that’s why.

And by the way, if anyone wants to help out — either by critiquing my screenplay (yeah, in the interests of time, I’ll probably be dusting off the old standby, Holding Pattern) or helping put together a director’s scene — let me know A.S.A.P.

(And by the way, that goes both ways — if anyone wants help, let me know. There are some things it’s worth taking time to do, even with my own schedule in mind.)

An Unhappy Realization

I screwed up royally. I’ve been going on at length (in the real world, anyway) about participating in next spring’s 48-Hour Film Project. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the project, production teams are given one weekend to produce a short film, starting from a randomly drawn genre — say, “film noir,” “romantic comedy,” “musical,” and so forth — unique to each team, and with a mandatory character, prop, and line of dialogue, drawn also at random but applying to the entire competition. All creative work — writing, rehearsals, casting, shooting, editing — must be completed within that 48-hour window, and the completed films are shown at a screening at Visions Cinema the following Monday evening. The competition doesn’t take place just here in Washington (though it originated here), but in cities around the country. “Best of” shorts go on to compete nationally.

I’ve been spending my off time working out a lot of the details to make this happen, from assembling a team to arranging for equipment. But one thing we realized was that it’d be a great idea to do a “practice run,” a test to iron out the kinks before the real thing. Of course, not having a real deadline makes it a little less exciting, less urgent, but at least it’d be something. Well, in my lack of attention (well, more like my emphasis on my real life), I never noticed that there was a fall event! Aparently, they’ve got an affiliate competition, the National Film Challenge. Imagine the exact same competition but on a nationwide scale. Everybody does it simultaneously; instead of hand-delivering your finished tape, you FedEx it to the national competition site. You don’t have the local screenings, but you’re still competing.

And it happened the weekend of October 17th through the 20th. We missed it. All because I couldn’t be bothered to keep on top of things.

I am so not happy right now.

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