Some Shows I Like

Since I’m a bit tight on cash, going to the movies is out for the moment (sorry Crimson Peak, but I will see you on Blu-Ray eventually). I did get to see a lot of new season TV shows, and this is a post about them. I will say this, there are some shows I looked forward to returning, and new ones I wanted to see.

The Player: This one’s more of an action-thriller. I am a fan of Wesley Snipes, and Blade I and II are two of my fave Snipes movie.  Snipes plays Mr. Johnson, and he’s not the hero in the story, and more anti-hero. Mr. Johnson is quite cold-blooded and cunning when he needs to be. Let me add that Phillip Winchester from Strike Back is also on the show as Alex Kane. I loved that show. So far I’ve been enjoying the episodes, and will turn in for more. Alex stopping crimes, and trying to resolve the mystery around his wife is interesting. I’m curious as to the outcome.

Speaking of Strike Back, I’ve been watching The Blindspot, which stars Sullivan Stapleton, and Jamie Alexander. It is a crime/action show. The focus is on Jamie Alexander’s character, Jane, who’s amnesiac and covered in tattoos that serves as some sort of messages that leads to crime.  I kinda wish I could binge watch this one.  Not 100% into the show, but I’m sticking with it.

Heroes: Reborn: Full disclosure-I quit on the original series after watching a few seasons, but refused to watch the last season. Why? Well, the stories got progressively worse to me. I was tired of tuning in to hate on a show. With Heroes: Reborn, I was willing to suspend my doubt and try the mini-series. While I’m not at hate-on levels, I am rather wondering after a few episodes of multiple storylines if there is a payoff. I do like that there are varying storylines, which is both a strength and a weakness. Some of the characters-to me fall a tad bit flat, and I’m having a few logic fails.

With these three shows, there’s some sort of resolution I’m anticipating. Out of the three, the Player holds my attention the most. I should do a full post dedicated to it to give a little more details. As a writer I like to see the structure of a show, and how I am hooked, or not.  At the very least knowing as a viewer what I’m willing to put up with, stick with, or reject.

Creativity on the Go

Two projects got worked on-the spec pilot, and a concept for a video game.  Now the speculative pilot is known, but the game concept is new.  The spec pilot keeps inching forward, which is not bad, since its not on a timetable (and maybe it should be). I even tinkered with the idea that this may actually be a screenplay, and not a pilot.  The brain keeps coming up with options.

Last post I discussed how I imagined the projects I’d turn out if I were working on mobile/video games. In a way its a keen exercise for the mind that I come up with concepts and actions. So I took more to pen and pad, and wrote down things like what’s in the protagonist’s way, what happens when the protag doesn’t get their goal, what peens when they do. I even found myself writing some sub quests to do along the way.  Now all I need is some boss fights.

I did wonder if I should come up with a fantasy or sci-fi RPG (role-playing game) in the same manner.  The exercise at least gets me to think of concepts, goals, consequences, and various obstacles my mind seems to not process while doing the usual screen and script writing exercises. I do like to see a page full of notes and images. As to the format they will unlimitedly take, that’s up in the air.

Happy creative endeavors.

This Could Lead to Fun

The other day I saw an academic program geared to mobile game design. I was immediately fascinated by the subject, and sought to learn little more. Then I wondered what kind of games would I produce if I was taking these courses. This lead to me inventing some left of center concepts that felt satirical, funny, and playful at the same time. At the time, I didn’t want to delve too much into it, as I was supposed to be working on another project, however my mind keeps drifting back to it.

Let me say its not that I think I’m suddenly going into game design, or that I’ll be the super hit nobody knows about yet. It’s that the thought of concepts for new territory fueled my creative needs. And I like that I had concepts I could explore in my head, and eventually on paper.  One concept had me laughing, cause I’m like, “who’s gonna play this,” but at the same time, I’m putting it down. It doesn’t matter who would play this, i was at least amused to think of motives, goals, and what the risk success could be. The only thing I didn’t think of is what will happen if the main character doesn’t get what they want, and I figured it out.

For most stories, if the characters followed the sensible paths, the story would be over. This has been my silly moments for this evening, and I love it. Gotta keep smiling and writing.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

Back To Sunday

I should have written a post sooner.  It seems like things come and go.  On a positive note, I had an interview for a job, and visited some friends, so there was some out of the house experiences to be had. I remain hopeful and positive gainful employment shall come my way.  In the meantime, I need to keep on being creative.

Did write out some dialogue which needs to find its way to being formatted and placed within the script.  Was experimenting with voices and how one particular character speaks. So I created his lines around in a particular accent to see where it went. So far so good.  I need to give the other characters distinct voices.

Today my mind was on plot, and how to make things work better.  This means looking at the structure, and possibly making more adjustments. I also wanted to look back at the genre and premise.  While I initially came up with a premise, it slowly changed when I picked a specific main character. For that to work he’s perceived as a cog in the many moving parts.  Where he’s at now, is on what he wants and needs, and that’s a different concept.

More work to do.  Never give up. It will get resolved.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

Cool Sunday

Today was the first day it was chilly, and I wasn’t 100% ready for that. I would happily settle on some sunshine and warmth, but it is fall. The wind knocked over some plants. Gotta sweep off the porch more than usual, and hot coffee never felt so comforting.

For the past couple of nights, I’ve taken to doing revisions for act two and three of the spec pilot. The revisions for act two had me rewriting parts of the A and B stories to reflect new characters and plot points. I also made some adjustments to some existing characters. Characters always seems to need some tweaking.

The main/A story of act three needed updating. I believe the second and third stories in the act are fine as far as plot and character elements go. Will still glance over them before I advance to the fourth and final act.

I know I’m going to change the A story, and parts of the B story in act four (final act). Will likely change the ending to reflect the changes in A and B. The C story should remain roughly the same.

I did confess to a friend that I didn’t like the second episode I wrote for this series, so I may scrap this and write a new outline. I do, however like the third episode, and will likely tweak some parts of it to reflect a few things.

So I remind myself to push the story forward, and remove things that don’t work, even if I like a scene. Trust me, I liked a few of them, that I removed.

As always, Happy creative endeavors.

Crimson Peak

I so want to see this movie.  I’ve read several reviews on Crimson Peak. Mostly people didn’t enjoy the film, but praise the production values and cinematography. That’s a fair perspective.

One thing I will note, is this film, based on reviews, has an expectation issue. It’s not a horror or ghost story (I’d have love to see a ghost story), but rather a gothic romance, which is a genre unto itself. Admittedly the trailer looks like this is a a horror film. That would screw with my expectation as well.

I must admit that I love a del Toro film, so I’m willing to go see Crimson Peak for myself.

The Weekend is Upon Us

It’s Friday, and I wish I wrote something sooner than now, but happy that I am putting time forward with a post. As I told a friend, i was writing her, working on the blog, then off to scripting. It’s gonna roll like that.  Had ideas this morning, but didn’t execute them.  Better get on top of that.  On a positive note, some inspiration came to me, and decided to get some stuff done.  That’s not to say I didn’t have to wrap-up other errands, but I hate for ideas to linger without being written down.  Water under the bridge. Gotta put the time in and discuss what happened after the face.

So the weekend is upon us, and I intend to get some writing done.

Happy creative endeavors.