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So, this week I found I had a fair amount of free time at lunch.  So, I decided to use this time to work on one of my old projects; that being my screenplay Chains.  As I’ve mentioned before, this one needed to be cleaned up some.  Well, maybe not so much.  As I read through it I realized I was pretty happy with the bulk of the work I had already done.  But, to be fair, let me go back to the beginning. 

In 2001 I answered a call and joined thousands of others by entering the first Project Greenlight contest.  To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting to win, and didn’t even want to win.  Truth.  It would have been nice, at the time, but it wasn’t what I wanted.  What I was really seeking was validation.  You can understand that, right?  All I wanted was to make the first cut.  I’m not going to go into my feelings about the contest, and all that, but I will say that I thought the review stage could have been handled better.  So, I had to come up with a story, in a short amount of time, and get it out there.  Had to be in the proper format, registered with the Screenwriters Guild, and Library of Congress, and all that.  Oh yeah!  Thus, Chains was born.  Now, Chains is a pretty simple and basic story about three friends that rob a bank.  But, the story isn’t about the robbery, it’s about friendship, and what makes people who they are.  The three friends represent 3 different phases, one being moral good, one being sort of in between (teetering back and forth), and one who is morally- let’s says deficient, but not necessarily bad. 

The screenplay has always stayed on my mind because of the characters, and how their friendship holds them together.  Anyway, getting back to the point…  As I was reading through and doing my clean-up, I wasn’t seeing much that needed to be cleaned.  Dusted off, sure, but not overhauled the way I thought.  Well… I do need to straighten out the format, and I need a good screenplay program for that.  I also need to break up the dialogue in spots.  There’s this entire Silver Surfer monologue that is important, but I think it takes too long.  About a page long.  Oh, this story is a complete geek-fest, too!  If it ever gets made, “Hope. Hope.” (thank you, Dick Ritchie), it’ll be one that develops a core fan base, cause it’s not for mass audiences.  There are enough comic book and pop culture references to rival the San Diego Comic Con.  Why am I plugging something I’m not at?  Silver Surfer.  With the Fantastic Four movie, you’d think it’d be easier to slip this in, and cut back on the dialogue, but it’s not.  That’s a sticky wicket.  Then, there are the random quotes and things said continuously by one of the other characters.  This is important to who he is, but I understand how this can lose a viewer who doesn’t get it.  I have a Duckman reference in there, for Pete’s sake.  Who the hell remembers Duckman, but me?  BTW, season 1 & 2 are on DVD.  It’s pretty funny. 

So then this week, I had this idea that hit me like I was Billy Batson.  I’ll by a camera and shoot it myself.  I can do it all fairly cheaply.  The whole thing was written to be done with a max budget of $50k.  There are about 5 locations.  It honestly wouldn’t take much.  Thinking about it kinda excites me, like I’s just come up with the idea for Prestige Worldwide.  “Investors?  Possibly you!” 

Anyway, once I finish running my mental Swiffer across it, I’ll post it up.  I’m not really going to worry about the format issue right now.  As Seth Gecko would say: “It’s not a big deal, until you make it a big deal.”  Then again, Seth would also say: “Your best better get a helluva lot f-ing better, or you’re gonna feel a helluva lot f-ing worse.”  Which works, too.  Now, there’s a guy who knows how to come up with words of inspiration.  Screw you Vince Lombardi! 

BTW, when I make my first round of “big money”, I’m making a sizable contribution of Wikipedia.  I really don’t know how I made it without you.  Where else can someone like me find answers to my random thoughts of weirdness and pop culture?  Can any of you tell me where this Blog title comes from?  I thought not.  “Quite.” 

 Jerale C

Mindseyechronicles@comcast.net

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About a year ago I had an idea for an episode of Family Guy.  I came real close to writing it, but was really having a problem coming up with random things to toss in and 80’s throwback nostalgia.  Me having problems with random weirdness?  I know!  Plus, it was more of a notion than an idea.  The episode had two separate stories going on, like most episodes.  One had Peter taking the trash out one night when he’s attacked and bitten by a large snarling animal.  He doesn’t think anything about it till dinner time.  Meg goes to get the last piece of meatloaf and Peter growls at her and bites her on the arm.  The next day, he walks in on her while she’s changing clothes and sees her hairy back and thinks that he was bitten by a werewolf and has passed the curse on to her, too.  Maybe have him watch a werewolf movie before that, or maybe the mayor creates some stupid law that has to do with werewolves.  Peter, Quagmire, Joe, and (at the time still with them) Cleveland go looking for the werewolf that bit Peter.  Quagmire will make a comment about hoping it’s a female and that he has a thing for hirsute women.  He used to pilot a route from Quahog to Quebec.  While this is going on, Brian and Stewie are trying to stop Eliza, the now orphan little British girl, from exacting her revenge on Lois.  If you remember back to that episode.  Well, since now Stewie realizes he’s not ready to kill Lois, he doesn’t want anyone else to do it either.  Eliza’s plan is really good, and Stewie and Brian are having a hard time stopping her; which makes Stewie question his own intellect.  Lois and Meg have a small scene where Meg questions why they’re not in the episode.  Lois explains that the male writer doesn’t know how to write for female characters, and then says they should go rent some girl on girl porn to watch together.  Everything works itself out in the end.  Brian and Stewie save Lois.  Peter and the guys find the animal and kill it.  The episode ends with Lois asking Peter if they caught and killed the werewolf.  Peter explains that it was just a large badger, and that he wasn’t a werewolf himself, he just has rabies. 

In other news… Nicholas Cage has stated he wants to do a sequel to Ghost Rider and kind of re-conceive it.  Well, it just so happens that I have a good idea for that.  Like to hear it, here it goes!  But first…  I have to say, that I didn’t like the first GR movie.  I did at first, but the more I watched it, the more I grew to hate it.  Well, hates a strong word.  Let’s say severely dislike to the point of disgust?  Which is why I came up with a sequel idea that would get it on the right track.  Oh no, stay with me, cause this is good.  What would you say to two Ghost Riders fighting each other?  Sounds a little cheesy at first, but I assure you, this is lactose free. 

Well, in conveying my concept I kinda ran over the length I like to have for a blog post.  So, I put it over there on the right hand side with the others.  Granted, this isn’t a complete ready to go idea, cause frankly I’m not getting paid to think this stuff up so investing an inordinate amount of time in it for no good raisin doesn’t make any sense.  Yes I meant “raisin.”  If you don’t get the joke, then you don’t get the joke.  Sorry.  If you like the Ghost Rider 2 concept, you should hear my Daredevil 2 idea.  I bring in the hand, and bring back Bullseye.  Zang yo!  That’s right, I’m fixing everything that Mark Steven Johnson broke.  Though, I did like Daredevil.  Ok, that’s all for this week, for now at least. 

“Stay gold, Ponyboy.”

 

JeraleC

Mindseyechronicles@comcast.net

 

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I am seriously dating myself with these posts.  I’m officially posting an open call to all artists.  If you can draw and feel like working on a project, let me know.  Sequential art preferred, but not necessary.  I’ve been looking at pulling out a lot of my old comic ideas and reprocessing them.  I say reprocessing, cause at the time that a lot of these were conceived the industry didn’t call for well thought out ideas and characters.  Not to say that they were half-assed, but well… Development was secondary to cool characters and action.  Nowadays, the reader demands a better class of comic writers, and I’m gonna give it to them.  Well, help at least.  For my short stories and novels, I occasionally like to have a page of illustration for each chapter, or what have you; ala Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf.  (Side note: Beautiful work by Bernie Wrightson.  Spider-Man: HookyBatman: The CultHulk and Thing Graphic Novel.  And of course we can’t forget Captain Lincoln F. Stern from Heavy Metal.  Great stuff.)   We have become a very visually oriented society.  I’m not complaining, I’m a product of it, too. 

I love comic books.  Always have.  Comic books made me a reader, and evolved me into a writer.  I love writing short stories and novels, and screenplays, but comics have always been a media that has held my heart.  Bleh! Calling Jane Austen!  What I’m saying, is that it’s a community that I’ve always wanted to be a part off, and I’ve never been able to stay away for long.  I shocked someone at the Heroes Con when I told them that I started reading X-Men during the Dark Phoenix Saga.  Dating myself again.  I started collecting with X-Men #141, Days of Future Past storyline.  I technically started with issue #140, the one with Kitty Pryde of the cover and it said something like: “Welcome to the X-Men, Kitty.  Hope you survive the experience.”  It had her in a circle in the center with images of Angel and others fighting in the Danger Room.  I’m going off memory here, so sue me if I go astray.  But when I woke up this morning, could’a sworn it was judgment day.  Go ahead sing it, don’t be ashamed.  Yeeeeeah!  My point, getting back to it, is that comics are in my blood like I was a copy of the KISS comic magazine or a first printing of Squadron Supreme trade paperback.  If you don’t know what I mean Google it.  It’s important.  I’ll defend them till I’m blue in the face, and if you are under the age of 60 and call them “funny books” I’ll punch you in the face.  That’s part of why the next project I’m working on with Jessica “Pablo” Knight is being done Fumetti style.  That, and I really want to focus a lot of attention to her talent. 

Before I go to far, I want to give a big congratulations to Ryan Reynolds for landing the role of Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern movie.  I think he’ll do a great job.  Of course, Guy Gardner is the only true Green Lantern in my book.  He was the first one chosen by Abin Sur and has a greater willpower than Hal, and shows no fear.  The only Lantern that comes close to Guy’s strength is Kilowog.    

In other news, I was asked by a friend if I wanted to contribute to their new site http://www.raptorface.com on a semi-regular basis.  It’s kinda hard to come up with other things to write about on the side, while still trying to do the stuff you’ve been working on for months already, but it sounded like something fun and interesting.  On top of that, it would be a departure from my normal fair.  I came up with a little editorial on Michael Bay.  I also brought out my old whipping boy and gave him a few lashings.  You’ll know what I’m talking about when you check it out.  Is it right?  Maybe not, but I think I shed a little more light on my dislike than in the past, so maybe you’ll sympathize with me more.  Also, check out I Want It Now over at Raptorface, it’s pretty funny, and sad. 

That’s it for this week. 

Were you just looking at my bum?  Cheeky monkey.

JeraleC

Mindseyechronicles@comcast.net

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