I’d like to give a BIG THANKS to people who have been requesting Script Coverage! Apparently I have a talent for consulting people on their scripts. Is it something I’d do professionally? Not so much. That whole shtick has left me tired and soulless, but I’m more than happy to do it for friends. I’m thankful and touched I’m considered the go-to guy for this type of thing!
2013 was an exciting year. Made the big move to Los Angeles, had an opportunity to read the Nichol, Page, & Scriptapalooza Finalists, and was even a decent year writing wise. Go team ME!
My top goals for 2013 were:
- Make the move to Los Angeles.
- Write at least 2 new pilot scripts.
- Write a feature script.
How many of those did I accomplish? Two! Two and three quarters! I can offer a variety of excuses, but a failure is a failure and I never finished my feature. I was a growing boy in 2013, with a lot of things to learn on the craft.
Now, look at the top goals for 2014:
- Finish up HEY JUDE; my bro-comedy pilot and accompanying series bible
- Finish up BAD GYNO; my comedy pilot and one pager, which will probably extend into a series bible
- Finish up ROCK BOTTOM; my comedy pilot and a one pager
- Finish up SECRET WORLD OF KID SORCERERS, my children’s pilot
- Finish up A VIRGIN STATE OF MIND, my teen angst one hour pilot
- Finish up KING, my coming of age feature
- Finish up KID CADETS, my comic book venture
- Finish up DEAD MANS PARTY, my horror feature
Notice the difference?
My efforts have solely been placed on “spec” work, or “written on speculation,” in hopes that some spectator will take the risk in investing in unproven commercial ventures. A few of these scripts have placed in competitions, so I know my hope of striking it rich isn’t too far off. Yeah, writing a spec screenplay is a risky venture, in the sense you could spend so much effort on creating something that no one is willing to purchase when it’s done.
My goal was always to be a working writer, but it’s more of a vague aspiration and not a tangible goal. There are steps to make this into a reality, because it’s not something that’s completely in my control. Sure my specs are written without a request or obligation or any guarantee of sale, but they’ll prove to be useful in other areas. For example, fellowships and Contests. The big ones: Nichol, Page, Austin.
I’m sharing these goals because I want to hold myself accountable for finishing these projects. If I fail, I’m failing publicly. Yeah, I put way too much pressure on myself sometimes, but I’m learning to write with an element of fun.