Tags: screenwriting


Looking for New Media help

 I've got a question for you all out there.  Yesterday I went to a Charter High Shool who is transitioning from a vocational school to a Digital Arts school.  They are really hot on making all the electives in the film industry -- which is a fabulous idea since New Mexico is so hot right now.

Anyway, they're talking to me about teaching screenwriting, but want me to develop a 'pitch' which I'll present at a student assembly about why the students should learn screenwriting.  Okay, I can do that.  But I want to branch out here.  Yes, it's good for film and television, but right now video/computer whatever games are hot and looking for script writers. My friend and fellow Clarion West littermate Jeff Spock has made a career writing them.  I also know there's other new media out there where scripts are required -- but I don't know what they are.

Can anybody out there point me either to a site or book about other media using scripts -- or simply just fill me in.  I have to present this in the next couple of weeks so I'd really appreciate the help.

I love the idea of teaching teenagers how to write scripts.  This is a very culturally diverse school and I think the stories that could come out of them would be incredible.

Movie at Lifetime

A year ago last January I rewrote a horror screenplay to submit to Lifetime. They are doing a series of low budget horror movies with women protangonists. Perfect! I had the perfect script. Just let me cut back on the gore and the body count and add a wee bit more sex.

I just got word (it's now April more than a year later) that the script has gone all the way to the head of Lifetime and they all really like it. Now we have to wait and see how it works with their schedule.

And writers complain about the lag time in magazine editors responses.

I do have to say that it's very satisfying to hear they like the script. It's good for the ego. Now, if we could just make it good for the pocket book. Selling stories to horror anthologies is great fun. I love it. But when the payday is only $140, well, selling a script to Lifetime would be fun AND give me money for a year.

Ah well. Hurry up and wait is all part of the writer's life...