Posts in Writing
Fantastic Beasts: A Series in Five Acts (Potentially)

If Act One of the Five Act Structure is essentially the exposition, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” nails it. This brings us to Act Two, or, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”. Often referred to as the “Rising Action”, Act Two is where the stakes are raised. With the audience now thoroughly immersed in this period of history within the Wizarding World, the plot begins to build up some momentum.

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Biba Guahan: Prologue & Chapter One

About a week ago, I asked in a poll on my Instagram whether or not my followers would like to read sample chapters of a work in progress in the same way George R.R. Martin teases all of us with spinets from his latest volume of A Song of Ice and Fire. (Still waiting on Winds of Winter, George. Still waiting.) Everyone who voted said, "Yes." So, here we are. 

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Music Video Treatment: There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back

While summer does not officially begin for another two weeks, here in the Valley, we are already feeling the heat every day. Unless you are like me with your desk at work directly underneath an air conditioning vent and you turn into a popsicle for eight hours. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. On the plus side, I do get out of work at my day job much earlier on in the day during the summer which means I can do things like head out to Art Hop with my camera like I will be doing later today. A friend of mine sent me a few tracks to play with for a video so once I have that ready, I will be posting on the site. For now, I wanted to share another music video treatment with you all how and Art Hop was a huge inspiration for it.

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Finding Ideas and Inspiration

One of my creative writing instructors in college asked us to pull out a piece of paper at the beginning of class and write down people or events in our lives that we believed to be remarkable. Me being me, I asked how we were to define what was or was not “remarkable”. And of course, the response I received was that it was up to me. But for the sake of being less argumentative than I might have been at that time, the Oxford Living Dictionary defines remarkable as “worthy of attention”. Ask yourself which ones you talk about most - or which ones you don’t. Where do you put your attention?

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Multiple Projects or Single Focus?

For argument’s sake, let’s say that you focus solely on one screenplay. You put all of your time, energy, and creativity into one singular film idea - and it happens to get picked up by the studio you want to work with who can get you the director you’d love to see bring it to life with your dream cast, production has started, the whole nine. There will still be the question of “What else are you working on?” Oh, crap. In all likelihood, they don’t expect you to hand over a perfect feature film script right that moment but the recommended number of completed scripts agents require to even entertain a new writer is at least three.

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Music Video Treatment: Start a Clean Slate

Indo’s remix to Beta State’s original track, “Start a Clean Slate”, is infectious, upbeat, difficult not to sing along with once you know the words - in short - it’s fun! That’s why the music video should be just that. I’d play this on my Beats when I was cleaning to energize myself for the tasks at hand that would end up taking much longer because I would end up dancing around the house more so than actually clean. But I believe, at the time of its release in 2013, Indo’s remix was also ahead of its time. With all of the EDM collabs out there now with mainstream hip-hop and pop music, I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy this track if that type of music is your jam in the first place. I would even go as far to say that I prefer this version because the vocals are not competing with the guitar as they were in the original. There, I said it.

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