Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I want you to know that this blog is officially dead. As always I am around.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

48hr contest: free to be me

Free to Be Me from andy orin on Vimeo.

Written by me. The required line of dialogue was "I believe anyone can change," the required character was Claude or Claudette, a guitarist, and the required prop was a hat. So, I wrote the whole thing to culminate in the 'change' line.

We won the audience award for our screening group!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Would you like to read the short screenplay I wrote under the sceptered-isle-eyes of instructor Julie Oxendale this quarter? Because you can, at http://drop.io/mrskeleton

Monday, April 27, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

blu-ray evangelist

I generally no longer purchase DVDs, in favor of HD content. I also don't download HD content, because it's just high res low bitrate stuff. Quite decent but not tops. Blu-ray is the ticket. Physical media will be around for a while, me thinks: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_skeleton/tags/bluray/


View the largest image size available, which is actually about 75 percent actual resolution, to see why blu-ray is cool.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The medium is the message

The popular assumption that the brevity and rapidity of twitter necessitates mundanity seems arbitrary and obtuse.

Monday, February 16, 2009

and I called it Ricki Tiki

I'm writing this down in hopes that my thoughts will be sorted. I'm developing a short script, something ten minutes long or so. But I need a decent idea before I develop it.

First I wanted to do something centered around a conflict between a young couple, with loaded and witty conversation. I want to shoot it to look like Mad Men, implicitly set in the late fifties or so, but only by the exclusion of modern references, and perhaps the wardrobe. The problem is that if the film includes only this conversation, it will be limited in scope and it will be difficult to sustain interest for ten minutes. It's also hard to conform it to a traditional protagonist v antagonist three act arc, a hero's journey, which the school strongly advocates. There could be an arc to their conversation but not to either character, which is the real problem.

Then I thought of a story about a young woman who works in marketing and wants to gain the attention of some guy. I ran with this for a while; she'd use her knowledge of marketing strategies to get the guy to ask her out, except she'd fail of course. Then Something happens. I also wanted cupcakes to play a central role in the story-- either the marketing firm is doing work around cupcakes, or, I don't know. I have a few variations of what could happen, but I couldn't figure out who the guy is and why he is so hard to get to. I wanted a female protagonist because men are pretty dumb, more instinctual. I even wrote a rough outline to pitch to my instructor, but I knew it was a crappy story because there's nothing at stake, there's nothing to make the man really worth her investment, and there's nothing to keep them apart.

Instead, literally on the way to class, I wrote an outline in which a young woman wants to become a bartender at a famous tiki bar, and spends a week devotedly researching tiki culture and trying to perfect her drinks. She's completely drunk the entire time because she samples her own recipes. She finally has an interview, and it goes horribly of course, but she pours the perfect mai tai. She passes out and wakes up the next morning in bed with her arm around an inflatable palm tree. I pitched this in class.

That's a nice, silly story, but there's no pay off at the end. I don't want to write it because there's little to write.

The problem is that I still have the idea about the arguing couple stuck in my head. I've thought of a dozen things they could be fighting about but haven't figured how to make it worth ten minutes of time. It could be about the man's addiction to an online game, like World of Warcraft, but I'd hate to make it so topical and silly. It would then become too lighthearted and would limit it's universality. I don't want it to be about Now.

I have to write a detailed outline by Friday.


the end of something.