"What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me … is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.
But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.
It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through."
I haven’t really made an original post in ages… so I just thought I’d talk about my screenplay :)
It is a story focusing on one humans journey through life condensed into one day; from dawn till nightfall. However, it also spans roughly 4 million years…
There are 10 epochs that he goes through. It begins 4Mya (millions years ago); at dawn when he is a small baby. From that point each successive time frame is cut in half. So, in order: 4Mya, 2Mya, 1Mya, 500kya, 250kya, 120kya, 60kya, 30kya, 15kya, and 7,500 years ago. During each epoch I include some of the major advancements that humanity takes, both technological and social. By the last epoch the main character has lived a full life and is gazing up at the night sky pondering about his own existence in this world he hardly understands.
Capturing the nature, and essence, of our species is my main goal. However, a lot of the behavioral aspects of the characters are purely speculative; mere assumptions taken from our short history.
I may post the main plot later on once I actually form the first draft. I have the flesh of it in mind, but it needs work. Writing a screenplay with no dialogue, and only expressions / actions is difficult… but hopefully by the end I’ll be able to express the relationships between individuals well enough to comprehend.
As of now I’m frightened it’s too ambitious and complex to tackle, especially as the first screenplay I’ve written. Fortunately I hope that the symbolism and camera shots will be enough to emphasize exactly what I’m getting at. If all else fails, my professor will at least give me a good mark given the challenge of writing such a difficult script.
Well, I think that’s all I have to say about it for now. I’ve been drinking quite a lot of wine tonight and feel really inspired to continue the task at hand. In the words of Hemingway: “Write drunk; edit sober!”
I want to be 110% healthy that’s what I am going to work towards that’s my priority
Sleeping is my drug,
My bed is my dealer,
and my alarm clock is the police.
Here’s an image of the space shuttle Endeavor captured from the International Space Station by a crew member of Expedition 22 during the most recent space shuttle mission, STS-130 on February 9, 2010.