Time for another Screenwriting update, Modern Philosophers. You’ve come to know me as the Guy in the Toga who tells you crazy stories about life in Maine, but don’t forget that I’m a screenwriter first.
This has been a busy week in terms of the movie side of things.
Earlier in the week, a movie producer friend contacted me to say that she knew a producer who wanted to read one of my screenplays. She had told him about me and my blog, and since he is down in Atlanta where “The Walking Dead” is filmed, he was definitely interested in checking out a script.
This producer and I connected, and I ended up sending him two scripts to read. That gives me two more tickets in the lottery, as I like to refer to the movie biz. Every time I make a new connection and get my scripts out there, it increases my chances of getting that life changing phone call.
And I did get a very good phone call tonight. Matthias, the Producer/Director who plans to make my bank robbery script, .33 Reverse Gunter, called with an update on the project.
I don’t understand the Producer part of the business as well as I should, but apparently I need to change that because in tonight’s phone call, Matthias informed me that I would be a Producer on the project.
Most of the conversation focused on Matthias’ upcoming trips to LA and NY to meet with actors he wants to cast in the film, and the various ways we will go about raising the money for the budget.
Something that really caught my interest, however, was Matthias’ desire to use the blog as a platform for building buzz, luring investors, and getting people excited about .33 Reverse Gunther. I’d always thought of this blog as a fun side project to keep my creative juices flowing, to distract me from the absence of The Girl Who Is My Muse, and to give Maine’s Otherworldly Beings an outlet to get their stories out to the rest of the world. Suddenly, though, it is a key part of the production process.
Matthias could not believe how the blog’s numbers had jumped this week, and I warned him not to expect that kind of readership regularly. However, I do hope that anytime I post about the movie, my loyal readers will share the posts on various social media sites to make sure word spreads as if I were writing about Zombies filming a TV show up here.
Another intriguing piece of news that came out of tonight’s call was that Matthias plans to shoot a short film before Gunther help interest investors and actors. I’ll have to write the screenplay for that, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
I don’t talk much about my time in California, but I seriously dreaded going to meetings with Hollywood types. I always had to fight an incredible amount of traffic, production company folks don’t take up and coming screenwriters seriously, and it was impossible to tell if any of them were ever telling me the truth.
So, I have to admit that I really prefer taking production meetings at The House on the Hill. There’s never any traffic in my living room, Matthias takes me very seriously, and this is our second project together, so I’ve come to know him as a straight shooter.
I’m excited that .33 Reverse Gunther is inching closer to the starting line, and I hope that this other producer likes the screenplays I’ve sent him to read.
We talked about so much more on the phone tonight, Modern Philosophers, but it’s really not anything I am free to share at this point. I do, however, want you to be excited and trust me when I say that good things are happening. I would love for you all to be a part of the process, and intend for this blog to be the main way to provide information about the production of the film. We’ll have contests, I’ll do interviews with the cast, and I’ll sneak you photos from the set. Obviously, I intend to be cast as an extra, so we’re going to have to have full coverage of my big screen acting debut.
Are you excited and looking forward to being a part of my first project as a Producer?
Can’t wait to tell you more…