Wednesday, December 31

In 2009

Happy and healthy...

That's the goal.

'Nuff said.

Tuesday, December 23

Year end update

Hey all, it's been a while but with all that's going on I figured it was time. While I've been keeping busy with tutoring and teaching at Westwood college in LA, I managed to find the time to do the following:

On the feature film front...
I recently saw a rough/assembly cut of my first feature Near Fall (aka Beyond the Mat) and I have to say, it looks like a freakin' movie! Ha. Seriously, folks there is nothing quite like the experience of sitting down for the very first time and screening a film you wrote, the actors do their parts, the director's vision, the production all coming together. To say the least, it was quite the moment. So, with that said the director is trying get a finer cut done so he can screen it for people and get some feedback and then show it to the distributors who have expressed interest while sending it out to festivals. So be on the look out for mentions of Near Fall in 2009.

Also, my human trafficking script, Los Coyotes, is currently in the hands of a director who is seriously considering it as his next project. He has worked with some top name talent in TV and film, and is currently my management company's top pick for the project. So here's crossing our fingers that the film kicks into pre-production in 2009.

I also completed work on Bounce With Us, and Indian-American dance film being developed by fellow Chapman alum Sabina Shamdasani. She's currently rewriting the script and with any luck we'll be in pre-production by the latter half of '09.

In other film related news, I'm currently at work on a new spec, which both myself and my manager are extremely excited about - it's an action romantic dramedy with a Latin twist - more as this one develops. Also, I'm currently circling to work for hire jobs (and gasp, they're paying jobs!), one with long time associate Kirk Wong, who is planning on shooting a new film next year. Financing is nearly in place and cast is already in talks for the film, which is sort of a martial arts "superhero" film with a bit of a sci-fi twist.

On the digital/web horizon...
I'm currently developing a web series which I hope to put into production next year. The idea is still in its early stages but the great thing about it, is that I'll be running it like a TV show complete with a writing staff (who come in the guise of my ever talented writer's group). I'm also developing a web series/commercials with my management company in the style of the BMW films but with a very tongue in cheek tone.

In comic book news...
July saw the publication of my first comic book short, Everybody's Hero, in Image Comics' Popgun Vol. 2. In July of '09 you'll see me contribute another short story, titled The Proposal, to the Popgun series (Vol. 4). I've also completed a polish of my first full length book, Solomon Wakes. All were waiting on is some art revisions, then we can get to fine tuning the bad boy. The book is set to drop in Spring of '09. And if that weren't enough, I'm gearing up to pitch a new on-going comic book series, titled the 7th Wonder. Set in the not too distant future, it's the story of a 19 year old Latina named America who has been raised by six of the world's greatest hero's. When they are murdered during her first official mission with them she takes it upon herself to discover who killed them, while struggling with carrying on their mission and saving the world in the process.

Whew! Seems like a lot, and it is, but it's all part of my love of the craft of storytelling and writing.

More as it comes...