“FADE TO BLACK…”
For those of you who who regularly check out Tripping The Kenyans (thank you so much, by the way) you might have noticed that my posts have been a little fewer and farther between the last few weeks.
The thing is, I’ve been writing like crazy.
Just not for this blog.
Don’t worry, I’m not writing for another blog behind your back.
That’d be silly. If I was writing for another blog, I’d sure as hell be telling you to check that one out too (I’ll gladly take all of the publicity I can muster).
Nope, I’ve been finishing up a feature script.
In other words, my day job.
Waxing poetic about pounding pavement is a helluva lot of fun, but unfortunately you can’t pay the mortgage with witty running puns (believe me, I’ve tried).
Ever since I first moved to LA back in ’95, I’ve been pounding pavement of a different kind… the kind that involves agents, studios, rejection slips, development deals and the occasional movie premiere.
Yup, I’m a producer and screenwriter.
And I’m happy to say I’m one of those screenwriters who has actually had a film produced… several in fact.
Years ago I penned a trilogy of horror flicks: SHARK ATTACK, SHARK ATTACK 2 & SHARK ATTACK 3: MEGALODON.
They were theatrical premieres everywhere in the world, except for the US of A. Here you could catch them on HBO, Cinemax, USA Network and Syfy. Heck you could even rent ’em at Blockbuster, back when there was a Blockbuster. And if you’re one of the seemingly few people out there who still gets DVDs from Netflix, you can cue me up.
Here’s a link to the trailer for SHARK ATTACK:
That’s right; sharks eating people like popcorn and not a Sharknado in sight.
I’ve also produced “behind-the-scenes” Blu-ray/DVD documentaries for dozens of flicks, TV shows and animated titles.
Here’s a link to the trailer for a feature-length documentary I recently produced called NECESSARY EVIL: SUPER-VILLAINS OF DC COMICS.
So, for the last few months I’ve been toiling away on a script (co-writing it with Lindy… she’s a fellow writer/producer).
And this past week we got to write the words many writers use to end their scripts, which is “Fade to Black.”
It always feels good.
And what’s the script about you may ask? That’s the bummer. We can’t say just yet.
It is rather frustrating to burn barrels of midnight oil only to have to keep you stuff under wraps, even temporarily.
But that is the nature of the beast. During my career I’ve had to sign several NDA (Non-disclosure agreements) where I had to keep movie endings (and other movie surprises) “Off the record, on the QT and strictly hush-hush.” Any fellow LA CONFIDENTIAL fans out there?
In short, no spoilers from this boy.
All I can say about this script at the moment is it’s a big departure from what I’ve done in the past (yup, kicked myself out of my comfort zone) and is something both myself and Lindy are proud of.
Oh, and no sharks in this one (at least not this draft).
I’ll let you in on more as soon as we get the “thumbs up.”
And other things are afoot “workwise” that I plan to sprinkle in here on TTK. I hope you enjoy hearing about some of the stuff I do in between races.
Have a good day… and Run on!