Life happens quickly. Back when I first started this blog I was working on a shortfilm concept dealing with depression. Things were happening - but then everything ground to a halt and my life switched tracks. Met my now wife, moved, had a baby boy and now here we are. "Outsider" is not dead, it's just dorment. In its place, for the better part of 5 years, I've been writing a web series called "Dance Through the Fire."
I have 6 whole episodes completed and it feels amazing.
I didn't understand this before, but when you're younger, your writing sucks. You have to grow older, and mature to learn to be a good writer. Now, I'm not saying I'm good by any means, but all I do is write, generally. It's the only way I can fill the creative void left over from the massive undertaking that was "Damned."
After countless hours of working on that project, I needed a long hiatus to focus on writing something that would not constrain my imagination and would effectively tell a meaningful story. In short, Dance Through the Fire is a story set in a post ecological apocalypse, that follows a guy and a girl attempting to survive and seek answers in a world wrecked after the end of oil.
The seed for this story was planted in 2010 and started out as a romance, but evolved into something bigger. I turned my film maker brain off and stopped worrying if I could produce what I was writing - something they tell you in film school. Just tell a good story. Create interesting and diverse characters. Move the plot.
For me, I have always loved the post apocalyptic genre, and because zombies have been played out (I never had zombies) I thought a story set to a climate change gone arry world would really chart into something less cliche. For years, I have done research, studied climate change articles, spoken with actual climate scientists and really delved into the science to try and add as much realism as possible. From there - I outlined what I saw as the entire first season (about a page per episode) and then scribbled notes about how the entire story should play out over a much longer outline. I saw this spanning several seasons, but wanted the layers to build and the mysteries set up in teh beginning to be answered by the end. And to that end, I had to make sure I knew where everything was going before I started writing a single word.
It's an exhaustive process, but if you don't do it this way, you end up with show endings like BSG and Lost...where the writers end up struggling to chase down story threads for several disparate plots with a rather contrived, long winded, expository scene...but I digress. The point is - this is the best writing I've ever done and I'm excited that I've been working on something worth while for the time I've been away.
In other news - my long time film making buddy, Kevin Sylvain, has come back to tell me about his experiences in Atlanta and the amount of talent feedback for casting on projects down there. Makes me exceedingly jealous that so much talent is in that collective region. Anyway - long story short - he has ressurrected the idea of producing Damned on a somewhat larger, episodic scale. This would effectively turn the original 60 page story into several 45 min stories with fleshed out characters and expanded stories. Something that would allow him (perhaps with my assistance) to expand on a Heaven Vs Hell story that I always thought was pretty neat, and only loathed for the amount of blood, sweat and tears it took to produce on our shoe-string budget. But anyway, if you're interested in seeing the original series - here is the link.
I look forward to ringing in the new year with an expanded film production company, delving back into weddings and corporate work, but also in telling good stories. Either writing, or finally settling down to produce something again. 2017 should be an interesting year. Cheers!