Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Twists and Turns


The end of the semester is upon us. And looming deadlines. So I spend most of my days tucked away at Einstein's Bagels tapping away at my trusty little Mac Book. Either putting together my class outlines and lectures or brewing up crazy adventures in screenplays.

I'm about to sign another option agreement on a script. We've been back and forth on the contract since January. But I think we've reached an agreement. Oh contracts. Gotta love 'em. Or not.

Toddy and I will be out in LA again in June. We'll have our Brother In Law script in tow. Since we got back from our last LaLa land excursion last March, we've been hard at work. We're a few days from a first draft and will spend all of May cranking out a 2nd and 3rd draft. It's pretty ridiculous and nutty. In a good way. It's my job, dude. This is what I do.

And when it's not my turn with the Brother In Law, I'm working on my own stuff. I'm about 50 pages in on a 2nd draft of The Child Thief. It's taken a whole new angle that I'm psyched about. Less ghost, more psychological. I'm liking it a lot more now.

And lastly, I'm desperately trying to convince Toddy to do a campy horror film next. I can feel the tug of resistance. Horror isn't her thing. BUT I know we could write something pretty great. With our mad comedy skills and my mad love for horror ... sky's the limit. Plus I keep fleshing out this cool idea in my head that I think would AWESOME! Now I just have to convince her of the awesomeness.

WRITING ADVICE #1 - Twists and turns. When you think to go right, go left. It's something I constantly have to remind myself. Keep 'em guessing.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Karaoke Kat

Me and D. Smith partying like ... Devo at MV's birthday party.

Me and the boy.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Screenplay Workshop - New Classes

from Jill ...

THE SCREENPLAY WORKSHOP

New workshops start Tuesday

Tuesdays
7:00-9:30 pm
Central Austin classroom

* FUNDAMENTALS - 5 weeks (April 27-May 25) - $225
* MASTER CLASS - 10 weeks (April 27-June 29) - $395

-SPECIAL OFFER -
New students who mention code "Kat" when registering for the Master
Class will receive a $25 discount!

www.thescreenplayworkshop.org

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My Little Hamster Wheel

I hereby vow to read one Black List script a week. Preferably ones that haven't made it to the screen. So far I've read, The Muppet Man, The Beaver and Buried. It's nice to read something that's considered "oh my god this is so freakin' awesome" by the Hollywood folk. And it's nice to read something you don't have a comparison to on screen. All you get is what's on the page. It's a nice education. It makes you realize what gets Heads of Development excited. And in turn, makes you work that much harder.

And I also vow to try and come up with one new story idea every day. Just a simple log line. It can be totally lame or it can be totally brilliant. But to just keep that little hamster wheel of creativity turning in my head.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

What are you working on these days?

I still get that dreaded question. And over the last several years, I've avoided social networking situations and have managed to dodge the question. But occasionally it still pops up. And it's kind of hard to explain. So my answer usually is ... "Writing. Lots and lots of writing." Which is entirely true.

When I'm not in the CMB or CMA building on the UT campus teaching or twiddling my thumbs in my office hours, I'm writing. At least 3-5 hours a day. That includes the weekends. It's not recreational. It's work. And it's good work. I usually have about 2-3 scripts going at the same time. And usually they're different genres in varying stages. From outlines to second and third drafts. And I love it.

There's cool, exciting stuff going on, but to talk about it would probably jinx it. So I'll just keep my mouth shut until there's something that I can scream from the mountain tops. But sadly in this business things are fleeting. It's kind of like my husbands always says, "I don't want to get too excited because it could fall through at any second." True that homeboy.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Monday, April 05, 2010

Love Bug - Tallahassee Screening

FSU Student Life Cinema
Sat, April 10th: 9:30 PM
Sun, April 11th: 11:45 AM

Regal Miracle 5 Theater
Sat, April 10th: 9:45 AM
Sun, April 11th: 1:15 PM

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Love Bug - April Screenings


Fearless Film Festival (Fort Worth, TX)
Saturday, April 10th, 12:45pm and 3:30pm
Sunday, April 11th, 2pm - 3:30pm

Florida Film Festival (Orlando, FL)
Regal Winter Park Village Theater
Sunday, April 11th, 6:45pm
Thursday, April 15th, 4:00pm

Hill Country Film Festival (Fredericksburg, TX)
The Stagecoach Theater
Saturday, April 24th, 5pm