Tuesday, July 10, 2007

WHOOMP… CRACK! I’m okay!

With the kids out of school for summer, the hours whoosh by me at warp speed and by the time I catch my breath, another day’s gone. (My ADD brain, wired, apparently, by Dr. Seuss, requires more structure than this to get stuff done.)

Since my last post:

AMERICAN SUMMER wrapped and I’m, once again, out of the loop (“writer”). I’ve heard a couple rumors about release dates but nothing realistic enough to repeat. More on that when there’s more on that.

As expected, I had a conference call with the producer who read THE MIDDLE AGES. It was the first we’d spoken but she’s read all my stuff and seems to be a fan – in fact, she’s the one who hooked me up with my way-cool manager. I like her a lot – and not just because she had a few very flattering comments on TMA and some kick-ass notes.

I’ve spent lots of time this past month letting those notes marinate, coming up with new beats to replace the ones I’ve excised (“excising” is so much bloodier and, somehow, more satisfying than merely “cutting”). The story’s going to be much more streamlined, now – I’m yanking a fat thread the producer showed me I never really needed. I think I’ve almost got the outline ready to begin the next rewrite… but there’s something missing. I feel that like an itch. I’m chomping at the bit to crank up Final Draft and get going but the sense of a missing link keeps holding me back. So annoying, ‘cause it’s right there, like a floating spot behind my eyelid, dodging all efforts to look directly at it…

I’ve been invited to be a panelist at the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters’ Conference this year. Even did my first Q&A which was fun.

If you haven’t attended AFF before, here’s some of what you missed in 2005 and in 2006.

Still not enough motivation to part with a month’s worth of beer money? Here’s a current list of some of the other panelists who’ll be there this year:

Scott Alexander (writer 1408 - '07, Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Agent Cody Banks)
Greg Beal (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ®, Nicholl Fellowships Program Coordinator)
William Broyles Jr. (Flags of Our Fathers, Jarhead, The Polar Express, Cast Away, Apollo 13)
Curtis Burch (Latitude Productions)
Channing Dungey (ABC Studios fka Touchstone )
Dan French ("Dennis Miller", "The Late Late Show", "The Best Damn Sports Show Period")
Terry George (Reservation Road- '07, Hotel Rwanda, In The Name of the Father, My Left Foot)
James V. Hart (August Rush, The Last Mimzy, The Snow Goose, Sahara, Tuck Everlasting, Contact, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Hook)
Jon Hurwitz ( Harold and Kumar 2, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle)
Chris Hyams (B-side Entertainment)
Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, Laws of Attraction, Three to Tango)
Duncan Montgomery (Montgomery Law/ Fireside Releasing)
Terry Rossio ( Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Dead Man's chest, The Curse of the Black Pearl, Déjà vu, Shrek, The Mask of Zorro, Aladdin)
Eric Roth (writer Suspect, Forrest Gump, Ali, Munich, The Good Shepherd, Lucky You - '07, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - '07)
Thomas Schlamme (Studio 60, The West Wing, Jack and Bobby, Sports Night)
Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar 2, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle)
Ed Solomon (writer/ director Levity, writer Tokyo Suckerpunch, Men in Black, co-writer Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and currently co-writer of Nowhereland starring Eddie Murphy)
Christopher Vogler (Story Consultant, Producer, author The Writer's Journey)
Gary Walker (TEX FX)
Audrey Wells (writer/ director Under the Tuscan Sun)
Guinevere Turner (writer George of the Jungle, The Truth about Cats & Dogs)
Herschel Weingrod (Trading Places, Kindergarten Cop, Twins)
Larry Wilmore ("The Office", "The Bernie Mac Show", "The PJs", "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "In Living Color")
Bill Wittliff (The Perfect Storm, Legends of the Fall, Lonesome Dove, The Black Stallion)

I know a couple of these people and have heard most of the others in various panels over the years. If they’re talking, you want to listen. AFF 2007 is October 11-14. Mark your calendars and get your passes.

Wondering what that WHOOMP… CRACK! was when you first popped in? That was Malfoy, almost six, body-slamming me without warning July 4th.

I thought for sure she'd cracked a rib or ruptured something – my usually-high pain threshold has been on Red since it happened. So, this morning, I finally took myself to the doc for x-rays and he said I’m no more cracked or broken than I ever was. Good and bad, that. Nothing left to do but eat some more Advil and get crackin’ on my rewrite…


Blogger Brett said...

get busy on that rewrite-- I'm going to be busy shopping for Ferraris by the time you get that thing read-ready again.

(welcome back to the loand of the blogging, btw...)

4:31 PM  
Blogger annabel said...

Julie is back! Hooray!

Good luck with the rewrite on TMA. :)

I hope to get to Austin this year. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ma'am- keep us informed on release dates. I plan on being first in line with my $9, er, $10, $10.50? Better just charge it, I can't keep up.


8:09 AM  
Blogger Dante Kleinberg said...

"So annoying, ‘cause it’s right there, like a floating spot behind my eyelid, dodging all efforts to look directly at it…"

Ooh, I hate these! I have a few on my actual eye... the optometrist said they're called floaters... they're there whenever I'm around bright sunlight, especially as reflected through glass. Ugh!


Anonymous: The Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills is $6 if you go first thing in the morning, like 11 AM-ish.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Shawna said...

See you in Austin, girlie! :-D

5:18 PM  
Blogger Laura Reyna said...

Keep us updated ...and continued good luck! :-)

5:53 PM  
Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Nice! You're in good company.

Now go write.

12:52 AM  
Blogger Chesher Cat said...

I could tell you what's missing but I haven't read it.

Congrats on moving up the food chain to 'panelist'. What do I have...three months to come up with an embarrasing question?

9:53 PM  
Blogger Ryan Rasmussen said...

Congrats on your Austin gig! Does that mean we get to heckle you extra? Not that we would do that. Of course.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Julie O. said...

There will be no heckling of the noob panelist, thankyouverymuch.

(And, Deb, you know I don't embarrass that easy.)

6:57 PM  
Blogger oneslackmartian said...

Mrs. Origami, you are SOOOOOOOOOOOO cool!!

Do tell more.

1:00 AM  

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