Saturday, November 17, 2007

Home, Lawn, & Security

I am currently organizing the music and working as the sound editor for the short film, Home, Lawn, & Security. Updates on this to come.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Look Who's Back!

Time to recap the past few months:

- Work, work, work, work, work.

That ends the recap. Till next time! :)

........Okay, all joking aside, it's been a good while since my last post. So, here's a PROPER recap of what I've been up to:

- I've spent the last three months doing legal assistant work for "one of the top foreclosure and loss mitigation support services firms in the business." Pretty good for a guy who not too long ago was asking "Paper or plastic?" The job has pretty much consumed most of my time over this summer, but my DVD collection and my student accounts both think it's been well worth it.

- The script for Vigilance is really starting to come together. It's been a slow burning process of mulling over ideas, throwing out ideas, writing chunks of scenes, throwing chunks of scenes out, and starting over again. But I can safely say this script has legs (i.e., I'll actually finish it). And considering how many different ideas I've gone through over the past two years, it feels good to know I'm working on a script I truly believe in. More on this process soon.

- Nightwing returned over the past few months! That's right, my budding voice acting career continued with Episode 16 and 17 of Pendant Productions' Batman: The Ace of Detectives audio drama. Check out the links to listen!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Updates on the Way

I'm currently in the midst of getting settled at my new job with my first year of college studies behind me, so life has been a roller coaster ride. I'm also working on the script, Vigilance, like a madman as of late. But the blog will be back up and running like normal very shortly. Hang tight.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Visions of "Vigilance"

For the past month I've been sketching and outlining a feature length script that by the day is starting to become more and more clear. The pieces to the puzzle of the story are coming together, and I actually have a good feeling about this one. I'm in the process of working on the first draft.

The title of the script is Vigilance. And the only way I can describe what it's about at this point is to say that it draws on both my love for comic books and crime dramas, whilst also drawing from my own personal thoughts about how we react to the world around us and how we deal with the pain in our lives.

Let's see where this takes me. More to come later.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Show That Never Was...

So, as I stated in my last post, the Aquaman audio drama that I was writing for Pendant Productions last year didn't get above the water. And yes, that last pun was completely intended.

But that doesn't mean I'm not proud of the project. In fact, I really enjoyed the time researching the King of the Seven Seas and discovering all of the vast details of his character and world. It was also a great opportunity for me to learn what it's like to tackle something you aren't completely familiar with, research it, and craft an entire production around it. Again, it was a fantastic learning tool.

So on that note, you can now read the script for the first episode right here. Writing an audio drama is quite a challenge because you have to remember that your audience can't see the action. The scripts have to be written in a way (incorporating the fact that sound effects will play an incredibly important role) so that the listener can fully understand what's going on, even if you have a lot of physical action going on.

Enjoy the read, and I'll see you next time.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Moving Forward in 2007

It's a new year. Which means new challenges, new struggles, and new successes.

2006 was a fulfilling year for me personally. Graduating from high school, beginning life in college and away from home. I've grown so much from last January to now. And with that growth comes reflection on the ups and downs of projects and endeavors past.

I can't count on both hands how many scripts I started and failed to complete over the past year. Ideas and concepts that for a brief moment seemed like gems, but quickly faded away as I seemingly became bored with them. This isn't out of the ordinary, though. Many writers hit these types of roadblocks on a daily basis. I guess what is most troubling for me is the state I often found myself in, basically sitting down in front of Final Draft and physically attempting to top whatever I tried to do last. Instead of solely focusing on telling a compelling story, I found myself simply trying to tell a better story than the one I told before, even though I really had no clear definition of what that "better" was.

But it wasn't just film scripts that grabbed the attention of my worn and torn writer's hand. I delved into the world of television writing, sculpting together half a spec script for Smallville, and spending a lot of time on a strong (well, in my mind, that is) treatment and proposal. I also wrote a few audio dramas, including an Aquaman series for Pendant Productions, which received really good feedback from the company's founder, but failed to attract a director to head the series.

And then there were a few fan fiction projects that started off extremely well, but wound up fizzling out due to a variety of reasons. To a degree, if King Midas had an evil twin brother, I'd be him. ;)

Nevertheless, I look back on all of this and can only smile. Going where I want to go, it's a journey. And if I said I didn't expect to hit plenty of brick walls, I'd be lying. I know the struggles of 2006 will make me a better person in the long run. I explored so many different avenues to express myself artistically, and they've only helped me grown creatively. Of course the fact that The Misguided hasn't been completed yet is extremely frustrating, but through this whole bizarre process of wait-and-see, it's helped me to understand the concept of how NOT to go about things. And even if the film never sees the light of day, I wouldn't trade in the experiences of shooting and producing it for anything. I was certainly blessed to meet and work with all of the people I did. And if for some reason I never see them again, I wish them all the best in their individual journeys.

So, here's to 2007. I don't know what this year has in store for me, but I welcome any and all challenges with wide open arms. So give me a shovel and a hard hat, and get out of the way. :)

Peace, love, and God Bless.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

"Nightwing" Swoops Down

An all new episode of the ongoing online audio drama, Batman: The Ace of Detectives, is up. And, of course, yours truly lends his voice to the show as Dick Grayson a.k.a. Nightwing. Be sure to give it a listen, and support these guys! And check out their other shows, as well, including Superman: The Last Son of Krypton and Wonder Woman: Champion of Themyscira.

Episode 12 - "Nightwing"