A CGI Light Saber Video thank-you!

July 17, 2012

I’ve been waiting ever since April 30th for a ‘Script Frenzy video thank-you’ montage to come out – I donated to support the event, and at my donation level you could send in one line of your script to be acted out. I picked a funny bit from a walk-on Klingon cosplayer where he rants a little about Jedi Knights, from my fandom romcom “Geek at Heart.”

I was starting to wonder if the video would be stuck in Development Hell, especially since Script Frenzy has been sorta-cancelled 😦 – but an email from Grant showed up this evening, and O M G…

They actually did a CGI Light Saber effect!

On one level, I hope that the OLL staff didn’t spend any money on that, that it was just a stock effect in some video program that they were already playing with, or a free online tool, or whatever. But – light sabers! Yay!! Harry, my main character, is probably a bit miffed in that he doesn’t get to play with CGI light sabers, just the moderately pricey glowing model sabers.

In other news, traffic and my air conditioner are conspiring to drive me crazy. Tune in tomorrow to see if they succeeded…

May the Fourth be with you.

May 4, 2012

Happy Star Wars day, everybody!

I’d like to ramble just a bit tonight about my completed Script Frenzy screenplay draft, ‘Geek at Heart’. It’s a romantic comedy set in the world of fandom, and my main character and a lot of his friends identify as Star Wars fans and dress up as the core cast of ‘A New Hope.’

That was a last-minute decision, because I was planning everything about Script Frenzy at the last minute this year. Sometime well into the last week of March I was still thinking I was going to be writing about a dating agency with all of the set-ups happening on trains – still a romantic comedy, but that movie would have been very different in the details. And I’m not a big Star Wars fan myself, but I guess I’ve absorbed a lot about it, because all kinds of cool Star Wars stuff kept coming out as soon as I got familiar with those characters. 🙂

My favorite line, which is hopefully going to be in a Script Frenzy official video, is from a montage where all of Harry’s friends are working the various fan groups that have come to the big convention, trying to find dates for him – and mostly striking out. Amanda, who plays the role of Princess Leia in their group, talks to an older Klingon couple about the possibility of setting Harry up with a Klingon girl:

“We have heard of your Jedi Knights, princess, with their light sabers and mind tricks. That is not the path of a true warrior, and there is no honor in it. Do not ask again!”

Six Sentence Sunday – Geek at Heart 4

April 29, 2012

First six. Second six. Third six.

Still in the initial scene, and still all in dialog. Note that Brent is the character dressed up as C-3PO.

Here’s wishing all of you a good week full of writing joy! And at least 100 pages to all my fellow Script Frenziers!

Six Sentence Sunday – Geek at Heart 3

April 22, 2012

First six. Second six.

Okay, we’re still in the introductory scene of my script, showing the main character Harry, who’s dressed up as Luke Skywalker, and his friends waiting to get into a convention.

See you next week!

Six Sentence Sunday – Geek at Heart 2

April 15, 2012

Okay, I’m continuing with my first draft script from last week. This is an establishing scene that might not actually make the final cut – my characters are waiting to get into a big fan convention, and they’re all dressed in their best Star Wars costumes.

Six Sentence Sunday – Geek at Heart

April 8, 2012

If you read my post from Friday, F is for Formatting, then you’ve already seen these six, actually, as I used them as an example in this post. They’re the first six sentences of my new script, though, (as nearly as I can count sentences in a script,) so I wanted to share them again for the SSS crowd.

My not-too-fantastic Script idea

March 29, 2012

So, it’s been crazy with the NaNoEdMo editing and the car buying and a few other things, but I’ve sorta come up with a notion for Script Frenzy that isn’t science fiction or paranormal fantasy or anything else that’s tough to produce. In fact, it even falls a little bit under the heading of ‘write what you know.’

I don’t have a crazy bulletin board of index cards for it this time, just an idea with a character and a situation, a plot idea about what he wants. I’m not even sure if there’s going to be a clear antagonist, or maybe it’ll be one of those plots where the MC is his own worst enemy. But this will be the story of a passionate Star Wars fan, who vows to find the love of his life by going on blind dates arranged through sci-fi geek groups. 🙂 I’m thinking of calling it ‘Geek at Heart.’

What do you think? Who should the bad guy be? What will the ‘All is Lost’ moment entail?

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