The Untitled Project

It’s Monday, July 15th, and I haven’t updated this in almost a month. I don’t have a good reason for it…

Wait, I DO have a good reason!

See, I’m a dog walker now, you know, because being an artist is tantamount to torture. So now I walk dogs and then when I get home I want to die. The dogs are awesome, the company is awesome. The walking is simply killing me below the waist.

In less days than most people have fingers and toes, I will be 40 years old. And I walk dogs.

I feel like that’s the beginning of some kind of NWITIEU support group. That stands for ‘Not Where I Thought I’d End Up.’

“Hi, my name is John. I’m 40, and I walk dogs.”

“Hi John,” the group says. Someone in the back of the room whimpers.

“I’ve been doing it about a month and a half now. I… I’ve always loved animals. It’s not that I went to school to work with them… I went to art school.”

It’s about that time that I break down. Lisa, she’s 47, never been married, four cats, she lives at home and helps her mom at the family laundromat, she comes over and gives me a hug.

“We all know it takes a lot of courage to come up here and share. We have these meetings because we want to prepare each and every one of you, so that when someone asks you ‘What do you do?’ you can still look them in the eye without that suicidal impulse we all know so well.” She gives me another hug. “You know, it’s times like this that I think each and every one of you can truly embrace the reality of the NWITIEU slogan. ‘It’s not going to get any better!'”

Sigh.

It’s interesting, though. Having a job after so long. You kind of just do it. You don’t think about it after a while.

Ok, that’s a lie, I think about it all the time, but this isn’t a bad job, and I work with awesome dogs. I’m still very thankful for it.

I just need to do more in the industry I want to get into.

I am desperately waiting to hear back about 5AM being selected to the HollyShorts Film Festival and FirstGlance Philadelphia Festival. Fingers crossed.

I made a new poster:

That was for a First Glance poster contest. Came out neat, I think.

In other news, we released episode 9 of The Thing! Came out quite well.

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And finally, the project I’ve been working on for the past 4 or 5 months or so… I finally finished the first draft of the script.

I wrote out the pilot episode… or what should have been the pilot, and then someone put into my head the crazy idea of making it a feature film.

After filming the pilot, I pieced it together and tried to figure out how to budget for a film that was only in my head. I had this crazy notion that we should be in production by September, and wanted to keep this momentum going because, you know, I want to keep shooting.

After a couple of talks with Julie and Lynn, both of whom are a bit more grounded than your humble narrator, we all came the conclusion that I had to finish the script first. The problem was, I had some severe writers block.

Well… after almost a month of not being able to write a word, I wrote 176 pages in about two weeks. The script is STUPID long. 214 pages. It’s The Deer Hunter of mockumentaries. But I also think it’s quite good, and I was very happy with the writing.

So, we’ll see what happens. I’m looking forward to sharing the project with the public, and seeing where it takes us.

I now have to write a 5-15 pages synopsis on 5AM for a contest I’m entering, to see if I can get $20k to shoot a more completed short film. 8 films will be produced in this contest, and then the winner will have their feature made. So, fingers crossed. Again.

That’s where things are at present. I have a couple of projects coming up in the near future. I’ll get to them in a future installment of my blog.

Hope you’re all well,

John

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