Friday, August 11, 2006

It's Log! It’s Log! It's better than bad, it's good!*

It began with about a dozen loglines I worked up and emailed to my manager in search of my next spec idea. For various reasons, none were The One.

After another week of mental gymnastics (oh, okay, origami), I sent him a log and brief synopsis of another idea. He wasn’t jazzed. Not enough to encourage me to write it.

(Note: I’m fully aware that I am the employer in this relationship. I wouldn’t write an idea I’m not excited about just ‘cause he is, however, I don’t see the point of writing something my manager isn’t excited to sell.)

I pitched him a couple of unjelled ideas over the phone, both of which he felt had potential, so I spent a week playing with them to see if they might wanna grow up to become movies. One of them, we later agreed, was more compelling than the other.

A couple days ago, I sent him loglines of eight different takes on that one premise. Happily, there was one log and a couple fragments of others he liked, so now I’ll finesse ‘em all into a beat outline and see if it resembles a movie.

I’m not gonna share any details of the story here, except that I may have found “Bill” a home.

I’m itching to start writing again. Percolating is necessary, of course, and sometimes fun, but I miss tangible work product I can read and touch and tear into frustration confetti.

In POOL BOY news, we must be getting closer to production, because I was just sent a final contract to sign and return to my attorney (oh yeah – my kickass manager got me a likewise kickass attorney). I’m told we have our first actor attachment – a recognizable character actor for whom I’d written a cameo role. (I’ll disclose his name once I’m certain he’s really in.) I’m not so much in the production loop, but I hope to have news as to locations and casting soon.

But for now, I’m off to work on my outline…

*Title was borrowed from THE REN & STIMPY SHOW:

"The Log Song"

What rolls down stairs
alone or in pairs,
and over your neighbor's dog?
What's great for a snack,
And fits on your back?
It's log, log, log!

It's log, it's log!
It's big, it's heavy, it's wood.
It's log, it's log, it's better than bad, it's good.

Everyone wants a log
You're gonna love it, log
Come on and get your log
Everyone needs a log
log log log


(You're singing it now, aren't you?)