I know I should probably be sleeping right now, but my mind seems to be racing. As all writers typically do, this is my way of procrastinating/avoiding actually typing my screenplay. I know. I know. I’m bad, but this just seems soooooooooo much more interesting (or important) right now. Just kidding. But not really.
So here’s a list of the things writers to do procrastinate or avoid writing altogether:
- Eat, cook and/or put snacks in a plate in “preparation” of an epic writing session.
- Drink (or smoke) past the point of “finding inspiration” to the moment where writing is impossible.
- Clean. Because of all the times the bathroom could’ve been cleaned, a true writer will do it before they sit down to write. Must. Clean. All. Things.
- Meticulously organize their desk, rearrange furniture and feng-shui the entire apartment.
- Read TMZ, check Twitter, open Facebook on another tab, peruse the headlines at CNN, text a friend about something unrelated and then check/reply to some emails.
- Youtube a particular song for “inspiration” and then end up on some random cat or baby video.
- Listen to a popular song, dance around Lena Dunham style and then put some clothes on. Because who actually writes naked?
- Take a nap. Because 1 thru 7 kinda wore me out already…
- Make a writing schedule/calendar. Color code it and then hang it. Then change it, redo it and hang it back.
- Binge watch a show on Netflix. Not just a show, an entire season!
- Make lists like this one. See what I did there?
I hope this list has inspired someone to write, because it’s pretty much just made me really sleepy. JAJA! Have a wonderful night.
I haven’t updated this since October of last year! WHAT!? I’ve been working like crazy. What can I say? 12 hour days on set. Rain, shine, humidity…all in one day because it’s Texas.
On set in downtown Houston. SELFIE!
Aside from this awesome PA gig I managed to land, I’m also working on a screenplay. (Isn’t everyone?) I’m tired of being so hyper-critical of my writing. I’m just going to write and write, until I get to where I need to go. Seriously. I sometimes feel like my worst enemy when it comes to this stuff. But I don’t care anymore. There are stories that need to be told and I want to tell them. Even if takes a while. I’m in it for the long haul.
Youth isn’t wasted on the young, it’s wasted on the lazy.
Back to work everyone.
Originally Written on: Thursday March 28th, 2013
Posted on: Tuesday April 16th, 2013
That’s a wrap! So I missed my daily blog deadline for the past few days or weeks. I’ve been caught up with production and post-production for the upcoming short film “A Kiss From A Whore,” written and directed by Thomas Jackson.
As the producer, I’m not really required to be on set, but my controlling and compulsive personality won’t allow me to just sit back and watch things fall apart. When I wasn’t typing out call sheets, daily productions reports or counting money/receipts with the assistant producer, I tried to alleviate some pressure from the AD’s and the props master (who also happened to be craft services and a character in the film). Filmmaking is organized chaos. It’s quite beautiful actually.
Did I mention we also had 5 actors drop out of the film while we were in production? Julian Kane, the 2nd Second AD/casting director, and I had to drive to TSU campus to pick up some actors and find some last minute replacements. It got to the point where we had to put some of our own crew in the short film. Seeing as how they were required to be on set all day, scheduling wouldn’t be an issue.
We broke a lot of rules! Although it was a class project, we still had to adhere to common film set rules. Of course, if we missed the exact lunch hour…the unions weren’t going to come knocking on our door and shut us down, but the whole “simulated” reality situation really helps us prepare for the future. We had a working lunch on day 3. Some of the crewmembers and I were literally making hot dogs and feeding everyone while they were prepping for a scene. I just wanted to make sure everyone ate. Yes, I sometimes feel like the Mom on set.
It took 3.5 days to get this short film in the can! The screenplay was about 30 pages long. The crew was about 18 people, including our 2 film professors who did everything they could to help out. 12+ hour days and minimal sleep means everyone was on edge! Despite all of the heated arguments and utter chaos, it was a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
(Film = Fun) > 9 to 5
P.S. For more information about our film visit: www.facebook.com/akissshortfilm