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Screenplay Reading and Gearing up for the Weekend

November 22nd, 2017 at 04:17 am

My screenplay reading last weekend went great, despite some nasty weather that I'm sure kept some people home. It's always such a gift to hear my work brought to life, and my actors were fantastic. I'm very lucky. I got so many positive comments from attendees. Many asked what the next steps were, if there are any plans to put it into development because they'd actually like to see it as a movie. That's what we're aiming for, so it's good to hear the story is resonating with people. It bodes well Smile

My producer thinks the script has about one or two more passes before sending it on to the distributor. Once we do that we're hoping for some buy-in and leverage to gain funding (this distributor works with big name studios as well as indie companies). He's the money guy. I've got not connections in the biz. But he seems confident this could actually happen. I'm trying to not let my imagination run away with itself.

Submitted the script to two film festivals. I'll hear back in February and March on both of those. The first draft went to the semifinal round in a screenplay contest earlier this year, so I'm hopeful that they will be accepted in its current (better) state now. Acceptance or a win would be great leverage for pitching the movie as well, so crossing my fingers!

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This week has just been flying by! It's exciting to have tomorrow and Friday off work, but I always feel the push to get completely caught up before a long weekend like this. Luckily, I've been fairly productive.

As far as spending goes, only spent about $33 at the grocery store over the weekend. We had dinners left over from last week, and we'll be out of town for the holiday - so it was mostly breakfast food, lunch fare, etc. Though I did pick up a pack of country style pork ribs for a little over $3 and cooked them in the crock pot with a bunch of leftover veggies and cream of celery soup. Yum. Will be adding that one to the rotation.

Got an oil change last night. Used a $10 coupon from the mail. It was still expensive, but we have a 5-hour drive back home coming up and it's been a little overdue.

It's going to be really nice to get to spend time with everyone. I'm glad we're not doing all 3 cities in one day like we typically do. Instead, we're doing a day per city. I'm hoping that will make it far less exhausting and allow us to really enjoy our time with each family/group. We'll be with family tomorrow and Friday, so I'm hoping it wont be a super expensive trip. Really, it should just be lunch a couple of times and of course extra gas.

Not doing any Black Friday shopping. I don't do crowds. I may hop online to see if there's anything worthwhile to grab. I'm still not sure what the story is with DH's family or whether we're doing gifts this year, so I've been holding off on planning for the moment. I'm sure we'll figure it out when we see them tomorrow, though.

Today will be finishing up work (and possibly staying late at work, depending on how productive I am), working out after, and getting ready for the journey. I hope you all have such a lovely Thanksgiving!

4 Responses to “Screenplay Reading and Gearing up for the Weekend”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Very exciting progress with your screenplay! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Wow, I somehow missed the news about writing a screenplay! Is it something you do regularly? What's it about? How did you hook up with the producer who has connections?

    Super exciting--congrats!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    So glad your screen play reading was exciting. I'm sure it is thrilling to hear what you've written become totally authentic.

  4. pjmama Says:

    Thanks, everyone!

    @ceejay74: It's a relatively new thing - the last couple of years, anyway! I've always been writing something, but I decided to give this medium a try after joining an acting studio and working with film scripts for a while. My script is actually kind of a silly one (it's a comedy) about a guy in his 30s who is forced to "get back into the game" of competitive Pogs (the fad from the 90s) to pursue his dream of owning a business. Met my producer through mutual friends at the acting studio I mentioned before. Hoping that it leads somewhere! Would be incredibly exciting!

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