Oh how time dogs my every move. I have so much to do and not enough time. Re-writes are my highest priority. Learning my lesson from the past, I am not going to shoot a frame until the script is at 100%. The table read proved we were at 90%, but still not all the way there. My newly adopted method is to solicit more opinions, get more feedback.

I think it’s a great thing when out of all the harshest criticisms, there is absolutely NO CHANGE to the structure; the scenes are all solid. Just some character and dialogue tweaks. When the only major revisions are on your second and third string characters to make them as well rounded as your leads, then you know you’re working with a decent script.

In my mind, I know there are a 2-3 tent pole moments missing from this script and I need to adapt scenes that are there and make them better. I want the screenplay to be the strongest it can possibly be before I shoot. I did not do that on my first feature film, so I paid the price for that. This is my blueprint that the rest builds on. I will not proceed until I am convinced there is nothing more I can see done to the words on the page. Lesson learned.

Money has started to trickle in for ACCIDENTAL ART. I’m trying out the whole INDIE GO GO and KICKSTARTER sites. We’ll see if those yield any results, so far INDIE GOGO is more active. I don’t think we’ll see a lot on those sites, though. It’s all about private investment for indie films with a larger budget over $10,000. We want to book at least 2-3 name stars, so our costs will be higher.

Once we get enough money and we start to book talent, then the world will come down on us. The sycophants and haters will converge. I don’t care anymore. People will do what they are going to do. Don’t mistake my notating and predicting as actually caring. At this stage people are so predictable. One of my favorite lines from a movie rings even more true now than ever before…. “People are unreliable, but at least that makes them predictable”.

Maybe I’m too cynical right now, but that’s only in some of the people I know, not about myself or my projects.

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Peter John Ross

A filmmaker, a dreamer, and the world's only Dan Akroyd Cosplayer


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