12
Oct
09

Worst Kind of Monday

The worst kind of Monday is a Monday like today. Outside it’s grey and rainy and unfriendly and dark. Looking outside right now is like looking at my bank statements 3 weeks into the month. You kind of sigh with resignation because there’s nothing you can really do except endure.

 

Go straight back to bed. Do not pass go. Do not collect 200

Go straight back to bed. Do not pass go. Do not collect 200

 

The best kind of Monday is a Monday like today, when you can stay the fuck in bed. That was impressive, check that out, italics, it’s taken me two weeks of blogging to figure that out. Fuck, I’m smart.

Right now, in a perfet world, I’m doing this, writing like I am now, exept I’m still in bed and I’m getting paid a shitload for it. That’s the goal people. I’ve always suspected that if I stuck with writing, really worked hard at it, relentlessly, I could end up doing something pretty sweet. This blog is my attempt at sticking to a writing routine, no harm in that right?

But for the sake of my readers, I’ve decided to add a ‘Character Bios’ page to the site. That way I’ll make it so you can just click a hyperlink whenever someone is mentioned, click that person’s name and get a rad bio of that character. That way we all get to know one another in a close, intimate way and we become pals for life. I’ll try add the first one tonight and then add one a day until everyone’s up there.

After that post yesterday I didn’t go back to sleep, I decided instead to tidy the entire flat with lots of encouraging words but not much physical effort from Jenni-fuh. J-Rab had to go to the airport to meet up with her cousin who was in transit for a few hours, so I figured I’d use the time to straighten things up and do some scripting.

I’m scripting an animated TV show, I don’t wanna give too many details over the interwebs where people can steal it and stuff, but Wopna and I decided a few months back that we were going to combine his skills as a designer and animator and mine as a writer to make the pilot episode of an animated series.

We scripted the pilot and it turned out pretty good I thought, pretty funny. This took us about 2 months. Then after that Wopna started the storyboarding, and so far he’s sketched out about 8 shots in four months and has made it all the way to page 2 of the 33 page script.

Frustrates the fuck out of me. What we’ve got is so good, it has so much fucking potential and we work really, really fucking well together creatively, probably the best I’ve ever worked with someone else, but since we’ve hit the storyboarding part of our project, NOTHING has happened.

It’s a repeating pattern in my life. That’s also why this blog is important, it’s something I can do by myself, I don’t have to rely on a goddamn soul and that’s why it’s going to succeed where everything else I’ve tried so far has failed.

 

Tarddog in action

Tarddog in action

 

So anyway, I did get some scripting done yesterday for the episode after the pilot (episode 1? episode 2?) but wasn’t that happy with it. Mostly I was just going through the motions, just putting words to paper. The magic, in most cases, is in the editing and re-editing and re-re-editing of your work. The first draft is just a way of getting it all out, a lump of raw creativity, only after you’ve done that can you start to whittle it down to something you actually like.

I studied English at varsity for four years and got my honours, and a side-effect of studying and analysing and criticising so many novels is that I am seriously cirtical of anything I put down. It has to be perfect, it has to move me in some direction, otherwise I hate it and want to tear it up and burn it.

We ended yesterday in the coolest possible way by veging on the couch and first watching Men in Black II and then The Girl Next Door. MIB II was a real shocker, just kinda bounced around all over the place, wasn’t funny, and then ended. The Girl Next Door was actually surprisingly good though.

 

No girl I've ever lived next door to has ever looked like this. EVER.

No girl I've ever lived next door to has ever looked like this. EVER.

 

Any movie has to follow a certain structure in order to appeal to a mainstream audience, it’s something I’ve studied in my own capacity over the last two years, and while I still need a lot of practise recognising and analysing it in the movies I watch, I can spot the major turning points as they happen.

What I like is when a movie flows and reaching those points happens in a natural and unexpected way, The Girl Next Door did this with a lot more proficiency than typical high-school, teen-fest movies. When a movie very clearly just forces the storyline to get to those points, it feels clumsy and lazy to me. Watch Zack and Miri Make A Porno for an example of a movie that just moves from one disjointed point to another simply to satisfy basic story structure.

 

The only thing worth watching in this movie is Miri

The only thing worth watching in this movie is Miri

 

It has funny parts, but generally fails because it relies on predictable and cliched plot devices to advance the story. I could give you the two sentences that set the story up and you’ll guess the concluding one in a second.

My top 3 movies of all time right now are:

1. Fight Club

 

Because we are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world

Because we are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world

 

2. Memento

 

Because I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there

Because I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there

 

3. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

 

Because I came up with a new game-show idea recently. It's called The Old Game. You got three old guys with loaded guns onstage. They look back at their lives, see who they were, what they accomplished, how close they came to realizing their dreams. The winner is the one who doesn't blow his brains out. He gets a refrigerator

Because I came up with a new game-show idea recently. It's called The Old Game. You got three old guys with loaded guns onstage. They look back at their lives, see who they were, what they accomplished, how close they came to realizing their dreams. The winner is the one who doesn't blow his brains out. He gets a refrigerator

 

I love those fucking movies. Time to pull my head out my ass though, time to hit the grindstone.

Later party people!

-ST

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4 Responses to “Worst Kind of Monday”


  1. October 12, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Loving the blog dude and especially looking forward to the progression of the SS…

    I also look forward to being considered for a spot on the character page – do you have an application form for me to enter my creds?

    Life is short – play naked!

    • October 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm

      Dude, you’re in. I’ve sent my special discounted rate card for you to choose the size of your character bio. In fact, I added a special size just for you, ‘python’ in lieu of the countless times you followed your own recommendation and played life naked 😉

      I need a profile pic. Go wild, if some cheloger is showing it might boost my traffic.

      -ST

  2. 3 Peggles
    October 12, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I would rather be a slick-willy than a smooth-arse-hole, Mr Slick Tiger, don’t you agree?


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