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Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino

So much for blogging every other day in December. Ugh. So annoyed with myself. I hate to give an excuse but I will. Might as well turn it into a blog post…

A few months ago, Anna Rose and I started writing a screenplay together. Writing it for the girls of Action! We worked really hard and often – felt like I saw her every day. The outline took about a month, and then we were writing. A few scenes in, is a car scene. Why not use this for Conversations in Cars? And so began our focus on writing the short. Once we had a first draft, I brought it to Writers Group. Dane said AR could come if we wanted to get feedback together. She was thrilled, to say the least. Long story short, AR is now a member of Writers Group. Every week we would bring in a new draft. Get feedback. Then go back and work on it again.

Towards the beginning of December, the ball was rolling. Let’s shoot this thing. Get a crew together. I thought this would be a much longer process, but before I know it, we’re setting a shoot date for January 5 (well, AR is – she’s an animal). What?!! That is so soon. We don’t even have a final draft yet! And what about everything else we need? And all the people we need?

We’ll figure it out. And so, AR and I continued working on the script, now sending it to Greg and Ben for their feedback as well. This thing has changed so many times, but I’m happy to say that on Christmas Eve, AR and I spoke on the phone and nailed down a final draft. And I like it.

Now here I am, less than a week before the shoot date, and it’s all I can think about. This entire month has been consumed by making a “perfect” script and figuring out crew, equipment, costs, etc. I couldn’t think about anything else. So there it is. My excuse.

What’s the short about? Four badass chicks take a girl hostage. But they’ve got the wrong girl. Think dark comedy. Think Quentin Tarantino – he was our inspiration from the start. Somehow, I wrote myself as the hostage. Four badass chicks, and I play the victim. What was I thinking?? Idiot.

I’ve got the most difficult role. At least, I think I do. I’m nervous I won’t be good enough, but so pumped to challenge myself. This will be a new role for me. Something different. I know I am going to feel AMAZING when we wrap on Sunday night. For now, I anxiously count down the days.

Starting the year facing my fears. Feels good.

Happy New Year Everyone!

*Village People

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