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Title: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: 72teeth on September 27, 2012, 03:39:30 PM
After a very cathartic month of ups and downs that concluded this Saturday with my getting drunk in a theatre by myself (guess what movie i was watching) and waking up in jail with a nearly broken hand (im litterally thanking GOD that it didnt break, and is well on its way to healing) i've decided that the time is now or never to answer my true calling, start living a better life, and finally go to battle with this monster known as Resistance.

For one month, September 28th through October 28th, i will be out of town, out of sight, off the web, and fully submerged into writing my first screenplay.. For 2 years, ive been jotting down notes, bits of dialogue, scenes and scenarios, rules and techniques ive come to realize from a lifetime of watching movies, and ive got the film i want to make in mind.

I touched pen to paper a couple months back and was amazed with the results.. I've got what i think is a great opening scene and was able to write up until the title card appears:


Blue Moon.


and now it's time to treat my writing with respect, as the career and life it has chose for me. To focus and dedicate myself. To become "pro." Not in fame or fortune, but in respect.

This is it. The time is now.
I have to have to do this.
I must think and create for a living,
for a better life
and a better me.

I love you Xixax.
Here i go...
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Post by: malkovich on September 27, 2012, 04:07:36 PM
Best of luck!
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: 72teeth on September 27, 2012, 04:11:43 PM
Thank you :) thank you
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Post by: Sleepless on September 27, 2012, 04:38:09 PM
Awesome news - best of luck to you!

(Though maybe, before you go, you'd like to fill us in on what happened between drinking in the theater and waking up in jail. Y'know... if you want to.)
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Post by: ono on September 27, 2012, 06:32:15 PM
Congrats.  Go.  I want to read.  Are you writing to shoot, or what?  Looking forward to the answers.
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: 72teeth on September 27, 2012, 07:29:12 PM
(Though maybe, before you go, you'd like to fill us in on what happened between drinking in the theater and waking up in jail. Y'know... if you want to.)


so yeah, i dunno, ive been very into this unhealthy lifestyle of drugs and drinking and living out of an always packed backback and just overall irresponsibility that ive been getting away with for far too long now.. Friday was a long day at work followed by cocaine and vodka til the wee hours of Saturday morning, which brought another full day of work ending around 8pm..
i get off work, feeling a little haggard but good all and all, and best of all: The Master is now playing everywhere! including the AMC theatre within walking distance! "Ah yes, this is what i need to relax and re-coup... and i might as well get drunk!" so i head over to the corner store and get 2 steel reserves.. with the 2 tallboys in my bag, i catch the 10pm showing and get drinking..

It's beautiful. It's so beautiful im just beaming with pride for PT and pride as a film lover in general.. and ive got my buzz good and going. About an hour in, i realize im all out beer AND that theres an 11pm showing in one of the screening rooms a floor below that i could sneak into and see the first half all over again! "YES! You are one smart sonuvabitch John Michael!" I pass the usher, "oh, i just gotta get my insulin, here's my stub, ill be right back.."

i bumble down back to the store, oh yeah, and i almost always have weed on me, so i smoke a bowl and get 2 more tallboys, pass the usher, "Hey thankth man *hiccup*" (not quite, but i know i was pretty buzzed), and pop into The Master! take two!

this time i get reeeally comfy... shoes off, backpack open for easy access to notebook (the one with 2years of notes in it, my bible), jacket off, belt off, front row.. im king of the castle and its still all such an amazing view on display..

things from here get hazy..

i definitely popped the 3rd can open
i remember up until the "Do you want to fuck? :-)" scene
i remember waking up starting at Freddie waking up thinking "That's me"

and the rest is just flashes...
i remember the handcuffs hurting
i remember thinking (i hate this, but im being honest here) "Uh-oh, theres alot of homeless black guys in this room"


cut to:
voice over: 2 cops talking

"Alright buddy, you been asleep long enough..."
"Come on, that's right, time to get up..."

"mmmmm...hmm? huh? what is this?" im still pretty drunk, waking up face down on the cold cement floor of a jail. "whats.."

the door slams shut and the 2 officers leave with my own realizations.. "oh my god, im in jail. what the fuck. what time is it? i have work at noon.. where are my shoes? are my pants wet? wheres my bag? OWW, my fucking hand!" My hand is crooked and bruised purple-blue with the two middle knuckles gone.

They leave me in there for about 10 minutes before returning.. "okay, come on."

i follow them to a desk.

"You know why your here?"

"i think im.. i think i got drunk.. "

"Yes, that's right. Place your thumb here" they take my prints. "Sign here" i sign..."Okay, lemme get your things..."

They pop my shoes on the counter, then my bag.. my consciousness kicks in, "Oh god my bible!" i scramble through my bag finding every item in there (amazingly. i lose things sober all the time. big things like shopping bags and radios) everything is in there but my book.. my heart drops.

"Oh and here's this, you said its very special."
It's my book! My bible! i cannot fucking believe it, nothing is gone, its all here!
"Okay, youre free to leave, we dont want you back so be smart from now on.. you had a clean record."

"Thankyou officer..." and i start to walk out before asking, "Did i get arrested at the theatre?".

"You were picked up on Gough near Market." ...nowhere ever near the theatre. Where was i going? what happend? Ive since decide im better off not knowing....

i think i was still pretty tipsy, but i definitely, to which i still cant explain, was not hungover... and i felt great in fact, ecstatic even, alive! i realize i how awful, how completely fucking terrible everything could have ended up.. i could have walked into traffic. i could have gotten beat, stabbed, shot or killed. I could have gone into a state of mimicry and gone all "Freddie" leaving the cops with no choice but to mace me or taze me.. but other then my swollen crooked hand, which at this point im still not acknowledging like i should, everything is fine, and i lost nothing... it doesnt make sense other than i had been given a second chance.

i go to the nearest cafe, a hipster cafe/laundrymat/performance space called "Brainwash" and get the biggest coffee and the biggest glass of water.. chugg'em.. and walk out just before spewing it all back up into the nearest outdoor planter.. i use my hand to brace myself, "OW! oh yeah" without thought or hesitation, i make a fist and, what feels like all bones in my hand, shift and pop back into place "FFFFFFK!"  i open my hand again... Nothing! it's fine! swollen, yeah. a crazy color, yeah.. but not broken! And the knuckles are back! i compose and realize i have an hour left before work...

like i said, it's not uncommon for me to pass out, so i always have a change of clothes at work. i get to work early, use the shower, and put on the fresh clothes. I look in the mirror: "It's time to grow-up."

the day went by fine, good even! i slowly sobered up, never got hungover which is still so crazy to me, and only got minimal questions about my purple/blue hand. "Oh, a fight. Im okay." but the whole day, it's clear to me: you will never get this lucky again... dont even chance it. It's time to start your life.

And so here i am. i given up drinking, drugs, and living out of a bag, and it's now so clear and so obvious how ive been completely avoiding my calling.. What am i waiting for? It's here and now, and i just gotta do it.
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: 72teeth on September 27, 2012, 07:39:13 PM
Congrats.  Go.  I want to read.  Are you writing to shoot, or what?  Looking forward to the answers.

Im just focused on one step at a time, im gonna write this thing, show it to some of the good minds i know for critical feedback, and we will see.. But the important part is that im going to be treating writing like a job because i want, so bad in this life, to be a writer, and i think, with the life that has been set out for me, that the life of a writer has chose me.. i cannot ignore this so-strong feeling anymore.
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: 72teeth on September 27, 2012, 08:05:52 PM
okay. this is it. teeth: out.
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Post by: Cloudy on September 27, 2012, 08:10:37 PM
That was one helluva post. One of the best posts I've read on the internet in general. If you write your fucking script like that, with that kind of honesty, I personally think you'll be in a great place.

Substitute your drinking/using with writing, and let it fucking take you to places. Also, just so you know, it's gonna be tough for you to quit all of that stuff by just saying it. You won't be in this "FUCK YES NEW LIFE" state for long (sadly). Discipline will be required, I've had my own personal experience with this.


(congrats on your bible btw)
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: Pubrick on September 28, 2012, 12:43:14 AM
don't fuck that life, teef.
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: Pwaybloe on September 28, 2012, 11:37:40 AM
That was one helluva post. One of the best posts I've read on the internet in general. If you write your fucking script like that, with that kind of honesty, I personally think you'll be in a great place.

I was thinking the same.  Good luck, Teeth.
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: Sleepless on September 28, 2012, 11:38:11 AM
Just got to echo everyone else: damn, if you write your script as well as that post it's going to be awesome. I wish you all the best. Don't fuck up.
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: Reelist on September 28, 2012, 02:18:06 PM
There are so many parallels to 72's plight and Freddie's that I can't even go into because it would spoil it for everyone else...


It's gonna be fun to talk about it.


best of luck, man!
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: socketlevel on September 28, 2012, 04:20:29 PM
good luck my man, remember finding forester and the advice given "the first draft is from your heart. the second is from your head."

My only addition would be, once you start, never look back until you write "Roll credits." You'll have all the time in the world later to revise. Get it on the page son.

One love and godspeed.

No better place than here, no better time than now - rage against the machine
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: Reelist on October 13, 2012, 03:29:29 PM
I almost got myself into a situation similar to 72's when I fell asleep at a midnight showing of 'FrankenWeenie' the night it came out. I had already seen two movies before that and 45 minutes in I said "Fuck this, I'm too tired," walked up to the front row and put the armrests up on four chairs to use it as a couch ( I've been known to do this, " Just treat the place like it's your living room, guy. " ) and fell asleep immediately and seemed like in a blink of an eye, A group of managers and ushers were standing above me in the movie theater with all the lights on, like "Get up." For a second I thought I might have to Freddie myself out of something. Man, that must've been the most awkward moment of my life, I felt like a homeless person who snuck in from the cold to squat there. And unlike 72, I lost my 'Bible' ( didn't really have much in it, like 2 pages of scribbles ) and it was 2 a.m when I left and the busses weren't going so I just walked home. For shame, Me. As I walked through a ghetto neighborhood a cop drove by and flashed his light and me and asked " You all set? " but that was about the extent of my police contact for the night. So it turned out alright, didn't get to FrankenWeenie though  :yabbse-sad:


We should put up a ticker for 72's return. Tomorrow I think it will be two weeks, hopefully he brings the goods.
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Post by: socketlevel on October 13, 2012, 03:36:51 PM
Man... That read like bukowski.
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Post by: Pubrick on October 13, 2012, 10:20:35 PM
I think he made the whole thing up.

If his story resembles Freddie's as closely as people are saying then we may have just witnessed an acute psychotic episode. 72teef just "left the building", mentally speaking .

Does anyone have the kid on fb to verify?
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: Reelist on October 13, 2012, 11:19:09 PM
I think what happened is that 72 punched an old lady in the mouth and now he's in jail for month. He wrote that post out on toilet paper and gave it to Pete, who transcribed it through his account in an attempt to preserve some of the guys dignity. Now when his script's out it'll seem like this grand gesture when it's really just the product of a despicable man trying to pass the time. I mean, anyone could write a good script in jail.
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: pete on October 14, 2012, 12:23:31 AM
fuck you guys just made me stalk him on FB.
I'll tell you what. When Matt was in town for The Master's hush hush screening, we all went out to this little Korean place afterwards for foods and drinks, and 72 mentioned then (and perhaps before too) that he planned on taking off to write his feature with his bro (blood or sworn?).

His sisters were babes.
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: Stefen on October 14, 2012, 03:56:36 AM
I fuckin' love you, teef.  :oops: So glad your rock bottom has you doing something constructive. When I hit my rock bottom I just travelled the country to visit alleged UFO crash sites. True story.

I'll be praying for you. I'm not religious, but it seems like a nice gesture and it doesn't cost any money. Also it makes me feel a lot better.
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: 72teeth on October 16, 2012, 10:15:47 AM
Blue Moon has a rough draft.

Thank you thank you thank you xixax, for your support, your encouragement, and your guidence. Im a little loopy and sleep deprived right now and wish i could write something more poinant, or at least figure out how to work this stupid fedex computer to at least upload a pic of this thing, but the most important thing i want to let you guys know is that its totally possible. all it takes is love, and i know all you motherfuckers love movies, so do it, make them, now.

xoxo, more to come

-teeth

Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: Reelist on October 16, 2012, 10:45:27 AM
That's great to hear. Congratulations!!! Now...



(http://www.troll.me/images/pissed-off-obama/bitch-get-back-to-work.jpg)





So... What do you guys think the title is referring to, This?



(http://ut-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Blue_Moon-580x386.jpg)




or the song prominently featured in 'American Werewolf In London', or could it be...




(http://valleyrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/bluemoon-bottle-and-beer.jpg)




probably the last one...
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: socketlevel on October 16, 2012, 01:36:22 PM
Blue Moon has a rough draft.

Thank you thank you thank you xixax, for your support, your encouragement, and your guidence. Im a little loopy and sleep deprived right now and wish i could write something more poinant, or at least figure out how to work this stupid fedex computer to at least upload a pic of this thing, but the most important thing i want to let you guys know is that its totally possible. all it takes is love, and i know all you motherfuckers love movies, so do it, make them, now.

xoxo, more to come

-teeth

I'll read that shit if you ever want some feedback.
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: Sleepless on October 16, 2012, 01:41:38 PM
When I hit my rock bottom I just travelled the country to visit alleged UFO crash sites. True story.

I don't mean to derail this thread, but I would love to hear more about this.
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: 72teeth on November 03, 2012, 05:05:43 PM
Yeesh... what. a. month. But soooo fuckin good to be back...

Sadly, the pendulum does swing both ways, so as productive and "good-manic" as i was, i have currently been lazy and.. not "bad-manic" (i think ive made it clear how my "bad-manic" goes).. but not definitely not productive. To be fair though, i dont have a computer, and have had a lot of distraction with my best friends wedding (not the movie, but if it came on, id probably watch it), and Halloween (partied sober! wooo! it can be done!) and baseball (San Francisco exploded!).. but still! Excuses Excuses! But i just wanted to catch yall up and again thank you for all the encouragement and support...


good luck my man, remember finding forester and the advice given "the first draft is from your heart. the second is from your head."

This is so fuckin true.. it's a lovely heart draft if i might say so myself, but a head draft of this thing is where the real work begins..
i knew the story i wanted to make and had an idea of some of the characters but i had no idea "who" they were when i started this.. but the time i wrote "The End", i not only loved these people, but i knew every fuckin thing about them, it really is very bizarre "magic".. but now comes the hard work of getting into all these peoples heads as i rewrite and personalize they're dialogue and motives..


I think he made the whole thing up.

...we may have just witnessed an acute psychotic episode. 72teef just "left the building", mentally speaking .

I didnt make it up! and in fact, the stuff i didnt even bother to mention makes it all the more clear that this was in fact "an episode" ... but, as i mentioned earlier, it was a "good-manic", thank god.

Your detective work never ceases to amaze me ol buddy.

I wont fuck this life, P.

72 mentioned that he planned on taking off to write his feature with his bro (blood or sworn?).

Yes! this did all start as an early childhood dream my brother (sworn) and i had as we were hitting puberty.. "One day, we will be Writing Partners!"  and Two Little Indians & Co. Productions will be our company.

With his wedding afoot and baby already on the way, it had lit the fire under our asses to get our lives started. But, with his wedding and baby on the way, it also left him with little time for us to really collaborate on this one like I'd hoped.. but he's the only one who has read this so far and his plan is make his own 1st draft with hopes of adding enough so that in the end, we can share this.. but it is more personal than i realized so this one just might be mine, I'm not sure yet. But the good news is we did talk of another story that already have a great opening scene and killer fuckin ending.. so i guess it's "in the canon"?
i kinda feel like a schmuck already saying that, but earning the right to use lingo like that is what were working toward and as long as we stick to it, then yes, i can say Two Little Indians & Co. have 2 projects in canon. It's gotta start somewhere...

His sisters were babes.

Ima slap you pete.


I fuckin' love you, teef.  :oops: So glad your rock bottom has you doing something constructive. When I hit my rock bottom I just travelled the country to visit alleged UFO crash sites. True story.

I'll be praying for you. I'm not religious, but it seems like a nice gesture and it doesn't cost any money. Also it makes me feel a lot better.

love yoo too dood  :kiss: and Yes, We Need to Hear More of This!
and your prayer must have worked, man, i mean, i said id do things important before but never have i stuck to it like this, and the day you wrote that was the day i need it most. That night i wrote for hours and hours until the words "the end", so i thank you Brother, very much, and I'm glad it made you feel good too :)


That's great to hear. Congratulations!!! Now...

pissed-off-obama/bitch-get-back-to-work.jpg

Yes, thank you sir  :salute:

So... What do you guys think the title is referring to?
The Moon
the song prominently featured in 'American Werewolf In London',
or could it be...

well, the song is present, as is the moon, but quite honestly, ur right, it's the beer! Months ago when i wrote the first scene, i finished the bottle in my hand, looked down and realized how beautiful those two little words were.. Blue Moon.. i just love it. 
Kind of like Reservoir Dogs, i just think the title sounds good but i figured if someone wants a deeper explanation, it'll be this: "Well it would be too obvious to call it "Sad Son", so Blue is a synonym of Sad and Moon is the opposite of Sun which has the same pronunciation as Son, hence, Blue Moon." 

but really, it's just the beer i love :yabbse-grin:



I'll read that shit if you ever want some feedback.


So here's the plan: Ima write my 1st draft, my head-draft, which ive finally started yesterday.. once the typed 1st draft is done, it goes out to all minds and friends and family i respect for feedback and input.. from there, a second draft, and from there, storyboards, and from there i guess we've got a movie on our hands that will take as many people that want to be involved to make.. yeesh, that sounds insane, but i guess thats it, thats how it goes...

im giving my self 6 months to get to final draft and storyboards, so March 28th is my deadline to have a complete definitive film in mind.

ok.. here i still go...


Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: socketlevel on November 03, 2012, 05:23:55 PM
So here's the plan: Ima write my 1st draft, my head-draft, which ive finally started yesterday.. once the typed 1st draft is done, it goes out to all minds and friends and family i respect for feedback and input.. from there, a second draft, and from there, storyboards, and from there i guess we've got a movie on our hands that will take as many people that want to be involved to make.. yeesh, that sounds insane, but i guess thats it, thats how it goes...

im giving my self 6 months to get to final draft and storyboards, so March 28th is my deadline to have a complete definitive film in mind.

ok.. here i still go...

I hope that's all it'll take, but you might wanna do a 3rd, 4th, 5th etc...

If it helps, what i do is usually give a draft to 2-3 people, get the feedback (sift through the subjective feedback, as tastes differ, to find objective solid points) then revise. from that point I give it to 2-3 more and do the same. see, if you unload your 2nd draft onto everyone willing to read it and you get back 8-10 opinions all saying the same thing, then you've essentially wasted all those eyes willing to lend their time. yet if you get the feedback from 2-3 people, change the issues, you still got all those other people to reflect on the screenplay with the major issues resolved. Then when you get to the end of the line, you can go back to those really special and awesome guys/gals that will give it a second go. the second go, though few are willing to do it, is just as important because you get the before and after feedback.

oh so many levels of feedback...

Everyone works differently, and I'm sure you got your method but I think revision should be seen as chipping away delicately, as to not gut it.

I'm so happy for you man! you said you were gonna do it, and you delivered. If we lived in the same city I'd buy you a pint in celebration.

one love.
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: 72teeth on November 03, 2012, 05:32:39 PM
Thank you SL! yes, you are absolutely right, i shouldn't exhaust everyone at once...



Chisel don't Gut. ..beautiful.


..got it man, one love indeed!
Title: Re: This is it. The time is now.
Post by: 72teeth on November 30, 2012, 04:00:04 PM
Blue Moon update:


one of my favorite UCB bits has gotten so much funnier:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eurlpk3trA8