Sunday, October 24, 2004

Long time gone

So it's been almost a month since I've sat down to write this journal. If anyone out there has been reading and wondering where I've been, I'm sorry, but I've been consumed with writing other stuff. Namely a new screenplay, and reworking some of the Griot script.

Since the last time I wrote I've been working my bum off. I was in Annapolis for a week working with a production of Chalk at Broadneck High School. The kids and teacher of this school were absolutely brilliant. It's still difficult to teach students a "Poetical" because very few people have seen what a "Poetical" actually is, but on a whole I thought the kids did really well. I don't know if I'll be able to see the actual production, but I will be very interested to see how it came out. The teach working with the kids is one of the dedicated hard working teachers that I meet all over the country, but don't get enough credit. These children are blessed to have such an incredible individual as their teacher.

So the screenplay I've been working on something really different. I've never been crazy about writing screenplays, because it seems like the pie in the sky. With a play I can pretty much control when it hits the stage. With a movie, no chance. I'm writing a really simple story, that hopefully, one day, I will be in a position to film. It's right in line with what I said earlier about doing a movie in 2005.

Also on the film front I was asked to write screenplay for a film that was to be filmed here in Jacksonville. The concept was brought to me by creative types that I totally trust. So I worked on an idea to pitch to the money types and from there, we would see what was happening. We did and the money types loved it. They agreed to pay me, to write the screenplay. I decided I would not write a word until I saw some money. I'm glad I did. First it was you'll get the money next week, then it was the week after that, then it's we have to re-discuss this. Blah-blah-blah. Of course they never came with the money. They came back and said I should write it for free and when the movie is done we share in the profits. Yeah right. I'd end up writing for two months then the project would go nowhere, and I've got a script I can't use and no money. No thank you.

So that's about it not much cooking on this end but hopefully next week I'll have a lot me.

1 comment:

Caroline D. said...

Dear Al,
I don't know if you remember me. My name is Caroline. I played Alma in Broadneck High's production of "Chalk". I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had just changed schools and was going through sort of a rough time. That play really helped me keep things together and it impacted me more than you could know. I just moved to Fallbrook, CA, and it has been very interesting. I used to have a barrier built up about the types of friends I wanted until I was enlightened by "Chalk". It's good to be myself and not act like someone I'm not to impress people anymore. I just wanted to say thanks.