New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s officially 2016. One more year of your life is officially over. Or for you optimistic people out there, it’s the beginning of a new year to prosper, learn, and grow. That is what I will be indulging in…hopefully.

I, like most people, have a few problems that tend to set me back when trying to get work done: I get lazy, which can consist of me not getting enough work done. I have ADD/ADHD (I’m sure), which results in getting distracted easily. And I live my life going through different phases which results in me going from one thing to another. One month I’ll be obsessed with Youtube, the next writing, the next filmmaking, then photography, etc. The list goes on and on.

That’s why this year, I hope to GET MORE SHIT DONE. I will do this by having more structure in my life and creating less distractions. This year is my year, I can feel it. Instead of wasting the valuable time I have, I will be doing something that is PRODUCTIVE. This is the year of productivity.

I will do more. I will create more. I will write more. I will experience more.

I can be a pretty boring person. I rung in the new year completing a short script, about 35 pages, but for me, that was a kick ass way to start my new year. Accomplishing more. Doing more. Focusing more. That will be me.

So down below, I’ll name a few goals I have for this new year:

  1. WRITE MORE

I hope to write, and COMPLETE more screenplays. I have so many scripts that I have started but haven’t finished. I strive to accomplish more by putting pen to paper…or hand to keyboard I should say.

2. READ MORE

I hope to read more in general, whether it’s news, novels, stories, but mostly I’d like to read more screenwriting books. I have read a lot, but I have so many that are collecting dust.

3.  EDIT MORE

I hope to do a lot more editing of my scripts so I can get them sent off to Hollywood or in competitions.

4.  WATCH MORE MOVIES

This includes new movies along with classics.

5.  BE MORE PRODUCTIVE ALL AROUND

In all facets of my life.

Those are my New Year’s resolutions and I hope to stick to them. Good luck with all your New Year’s rezzies. May you have a productive year!

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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Still Alice – Script of the Week

The script of the week this week is Still Alice, written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, based on the book by Lisa Genova. I am well aware this film won all sorts of accolades but I was less than convinced. I read the script before watching the movie. While reading the script I found it very rushed and hasty. The emotions, events, and relationships felt unnatural, and I was unable to connect with these characters. I realize with most movies you only get 2 hours tops to tell your story, but I felt at nearly 2 hours, (1hr 40) the script fell short. It’s as if Alice was fine one scene and the next she had Alzheimer’s. Don’t get me wrong, I respect the hell out of the concept, I just don’t think it was executed properly.

Like I said, after I read the script, I watched the movie. I went in with an open mind. Maybe I just rushed through the script and didn’t give it time to marinate. I love the cast, maybe the cast will be amazing and will do the movie justice where the script didn’t. These were the thoughts lingering in my mind. After watching the movie, I was left with a sense of longing…perhaps longing for something better, something more, something deeper?? The movie fell flat. Many lines of dialogue seemed forced and unnatural, comparable to the script. I thought Julianne Moore was great, that’s just because she’s great in everything she does. Besides the wonderful Julianne Moore, the film held nothing exceptional.

This could have been a great script, a great movie even, but sadly for me, it was not. Tell me what your guys’ thoughts are on the script or movie.

Script –> Still Alice 

Trailer:

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