Thursday, August 28, 2008

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

I'd been hearing good things about Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, so I picked up the first disc from Blockbuster.

And... I'm not really sure how I feel about it. Perhaps I was expecting to be blown away like I was for the pilots and first few episodes of Battlestar, LOST, Dexter or even Mad Men. Maybe because I know the story of John Connor through so many films, it's just not fresh to me. Although, I must say that Lena Headley is a total MILF (those are actually my girlfriend's words) and Summer Glau is cyborg-next-door fantastic as a sexy but naive Terminator.

Granted, I've only seen the first two episodes, and will watch the third tonight. I know that a show can take a while to hit it's stride and pick up steam. I do like it enough to continue watching it for now, so we'll see where it goes. Don't get me wrong, it is exciting. It's visceral in the punch-you-in-the-nuts variety, but I'm still waiting for the emotional meat. I'm an omnivore, you know?

Update: I'm on disc 3, and it's getting good. Really good. It's not Battlestar Galactica, but there is some serious man/machine conflict, and not just the physical kind. Guess it just needed time to ferment.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Will Spell-Check for Change

I am sorry, blog.

I have been neglectful of my blog these past few weeks, because things in my life have become increasingly, maddeningly busy. My new writing gig has begun part-time on top of my full-time non-industry day job (which I just gave my 2 weeks for! woo! that felt good). I'll start with the prodco full-time in mid-Sept, as I'm going on vacation to Italy for the first 2 weeks of the month. So I'd better get blogging before I go. For that matter, I'd better get writing in general - I'm not bringing my laptop so that will be 2 weeks without writing a single courier font character. This will be painful. I played with the idea of heading to an internet cafe each day but taking a holiday means taking a holiday. As a writer, all writing is work, and if you work on vacation then I think you're not really taking a vacation. Ideas and brains can get old, stale and cobwebby and I think a periodic cleanse can bring clarity.

On top of this, I'm launching a guerrilla marketing company with a friend. Because I think to make money in Canada as a screenwriter, you always need to have your hands in different picnic baskets. Especially when you're starting out. I did acquire a full-time writing/producing gig with the prodco, but it's only a 3-month contract and therefore expires in mid December. It took me 8 months to get that job since my last industry job, so while I know each credit makes it easier to get the next I'm not fooling myself. I know I could end up scrambling in December, so I'm taking some precautions: 1) starting to search for my next job now and 2) taking any other opportunities to earn money, as long as they don't conflict with writing. Maybe I should start a paper route?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Huzzah!

My first paid writing gig!

I've been hired by a production company that makes tribute and roast videos. Essentially companies, or people, hire out this company to create a doc/mockumentary about someone, usually for their retirement, birthday or whatever occasion. So I'll research, write and associate-produce these videos. I get to be funny, and be paid for it.

The producer asked me to write a sample roast and tribute for him, essentially 2 10-page shorts written in documentary format. He liked them, so told me this morning that he would be using me as a writer.

Of course, this is the tv-writing equivalent of a wedding singer. But it's a definite resume and contact builder.