Posted 8 months ago

Scene: She’s Got a Boyfriend, Bro (15/365)

Cody: He man, why don’t you hit up your neighbor, she looks pretty cute.

Ryan: That’s the first time I’ve ever seen her man.

Cody: You live right next to that hot piece of ass and you’ve never once said hello.

Ryan: Nope, and I probably never will.

Cody: Why not?

Ryan: She’s got a boyfriend.

Cody: Pussy. Wait, you said this was the first time you’ve ever seen her.

Ryan: Yeah?

Cody: If this was the first time you’ve ever seen her, how would you know if she has a boyfriend?

Ryan: That’s her car right there, right?

Cody: She drove up in it.

Ryan: Take a look at that car. It’s a Volkswagon Beetle. That car absolutely screams “security” and “ready to settle down.”

Cody: Maybe she’ll settle down with you. ::wink::

Ryan: ::ignores wink:: Look at that lanyard.

Cody: It says “Air Force.” She’s a patriot. That kind of shit turns me on, man.

Ryan: No, you idiot. The only reason a chick would have a military lanyard is if either, A: they are married or dating a guy in the military or B: they just got out of the military themselves. She looks way to hot to be a jarhead so I’m just going to assume her boyfriend is a marine.

Cody: Look look, she’s coming out.

Ryan: Look, she’s talking to her boyfriend. ::indicates to someone standing off-screen::

Cody: No, I don’t think that’s her boyfriend.

The girl leans forward to kiss the unseen person who finally steps into the frame as her butch girlfriend. The two guys shake their heads in disbelief.

Posted 8 months ago

Character: Immune (14/365)

This character is immune to drugs and alcohol. He will never know the experience of getting high or getting drunk and not remembering anything the next day. He takes every kind of drug he can think of until one day, the drugs finally work.

Can he handle and moderate himself or will he go too far into the deep end?

Posted 8 months ago

Character: Witty Woman (12/365)

I’ve been watching the Golden Globes tonight, and they had an achievement award for Woody Allen. I’ve never been a big Woody Allen fan, but from what I know, he has always created strong female characters with different loves, wants and needs from the standard stereotypes. What I will attempt to create with this character is a strong female character who goes through obstacles in her life that only make her different (not stronger or weaker) from where she first started.

This character will never be about dying. She will always be about living.

Character: Julia Lee

Age: 27

Race/Ethnicity: Korean

Occupation: Hotel Receptionist

Positives: Adventurous, nonchalant, negative things happen to her and she just rolls with the punches. Creative with an eye for art.

Negatives: Stuck in dead-end receptionist job that limits her creativity. Strong need of friends, afraid to do things on her own. Boyfriend cheats on her. Has never left Chicago.

Julia Lee lives with her cheating boyfriend and lacks the drive to change her life situation. She spends her days having coffee with friends and nights working the graveyard receptionist shift at the Grand Marriot hotel.

Julia browses the Internet while at the front desk when she receives a thank you email from a hotel guest for her wonderful service. In the email, the man offers her $10,000 but only if she spends it all on vacation and traveling the country. She must make the decision to go on the adventure of her life on her own or decline the offer and go back to a life that does nothing for her.

Posted 8 months ago

Story Development: Career Advancement (11/365)

First off, a little disclaimer: I just got back from a week in Las Vegas late last night. I was working with my company for International CES, a week-long electronics trade show, the largest in the US. I worked over 109 hours this week and had absolutely no time to write, but I’m going to get back into it starting today.

I learned a lot this past week about professionalism and how to advance yourself in your career. I learned who the people are that you’re supposed to impress. I learned about what looks good and which things important people notice. Before coming into this week, I felt like nothing more than a worker with no direction. After a week of non-stop go-go-go, I think I’ve come up with another story idea.

Story: Josh was just an over-worked intern sent on a week-long business conference to help set-up and tear down the meeting suite for his boss. Before the week was over, he had become the most important person in the company.

Posted 8 months ago

Character: Breaking Down the Jolley Fat Man Stereotype (3/365)

I’ve been watching a lot of Game of Thrones lately, which is filled with such wonderful and vile characters, but none moreso than Tyrion Lannister. This character is filled with an noble ambition that has not yet been snuffed out by his short stature in life (pun intended). While his family tears each other apart like lions, his character holds his own as a man who just wants to be loved and adored, bring justice into the world, and enjoy the excitement in life along the way.

Tyrion is not the only character to catch my eye. The other being Samwell Tarly, the fat young man who joined the Night’s Watch toward the beginning of Season 1. While I’m not quite caught up, I do enjoy the development of his character. Yes, he serves as the innocent comic relief in the grim scenes featuring the men of the North, but there is more to him than just the jolly fat guy stereotype.

Samwell starts as a boy in way over his head when he joins the Night’s Watch. He could easily be eaten alive by his hardened brother’s but is protected by his new friend Jon Snow. Samwell grew up a sheltered life, not really good at much, but enjoyed reading quite well. Samwell finds strength in knowing things (mostly about ancient mystical history) and is smarter than he looks. While still being a bumbling idiot lacking any self-confidence whatsoever, he finds his first love and continues to serve as the voice of reason for his friends.

I wish to create a character, overweight as he may be, that is not just another fat joke. I want to take the character of Samwell from Game of Thrones, remove the jokes and dive in deeper to how strong a fatter character can be (no offense to any of my overweight readers). I plan on exploring his wants and desires in more than just a supporting, funny friend or evil henchman.

Character: Simon Munz

Age: 21

Race: Jewish

Occupation: Gamestop Employee

Positives: Compassionate, witty, educated, innocent

Negatives: Socially awkward, not many friends, afraid of driving

Random Character Notes: Simon was in a car accident as a kid. Both he and his mother were hospitalized but made a full recovery. While recovering from his back surgery, Simon gained a lot of weight and was never able to put it off. Not afraid to argue with someone over even the most minor of debates. No experience with women or clue on how to get them to like him. Only time feels comfortable around a woman is when he is debating/arguing with them.

Posted 8 months ago

First Character: Chuck Po (2/365)

I watched “American Hustle” in theaters this past weekend and enjoyed it very much. It was the second film I’ve viewed from director David O. Russell, the first being “Silver Linings Playbook,” my personal Best Film of 2012. A lot of the same actors were involved in my second taste of Russell’s world, but the characters were much different. “American Hustle” made me realize something, also confirmed in later interviews, that Russell develops strong characters first then the plot blossoms from there.

My whole life I have chosen to tell the story from the perspective of the situation, not from the character’s own eyes and point of view. As I begin the new year attempting to improve my writing, I better start it off by doing something different: focus on characters. My plan is to develop character profiles for seemingly random, unrelated characters that you would want to follow their stories, the see what kind of script I can blossom from my favorite characters. With that being said, let’s dive into my newest character, gay, black struggling singer/songwriter, Chuck Po.

Character: Charlie “Chuck” Porter
Age: 19-25 or mid 30s
Race: African-American
Gender: Male
Occupation: Aspiring singer
Positives: Outgoing, social, talented singer
Negatives: Drug addiction, anxiety, desire to please everyone at expense of self
Random Character Notes: Gay; Knows about best New York restaurants despite never have been there; Afraid to say “no”; Knows Star Wars trivia

Chuck Po grew up in a household of five children. Being the second youngest of five, he had to do his best to stand out and get attention. Chuck Po began singing at an early age to impress his family members. His mother and three sisters were often impressed with Chuck Po’s voice, but his father and brother always put him down.

Chuck Po wants to become a professional musician and tour the world, but first, he does not have a contract with a record label or a big enough YouTube subscriber base to support a tour, and second, Chuck Po is addicted to methamphetamine to deal with high anxiety as a result of the pressures of his childhood.

It’s hard enough being a gay, black man in the south with an affinity to geek culture and Star Wars trivia, let alone try to make it big in the music industry, but to try doing this while battling drug addiction, anxiety attacks and lack of self-esteem makes it nearly impossible. Will Chuck Po defy the odds or be doomed to spend the rest of his life in this hick town hiding from the world his true self.

Posted 8 months ago

2014: The Year I Will Follow My Dreams (1/365)

I’m not a big liar. In fact, it’s really hard for me to lie even to people I do not particularly like. When I was maybe 6 or 7 years old, I told a lie.

My mother had recently given me a hand-me-down Boston Red Sox T-shirt from her coworker’s son who had recently grown out of it. The t-shirt was the first piece of sportswear/teamwear that I had ever owned in my life. I didn’t know much about the Red Sox or even cared very much about organized sports at all at the age of 7, but I became very proud of this well-worn t-shirt.

The first time I wore this shirt at school, my friends came up to me asking where I got the cool shirt from. Deciding that the truth wouldn’t be very impressive to my peers, I chose to tell them that I had recently become a professional baseball player. Mind you, this was a child’s t-shirt, a worn one at that, not a professional-looking jersey. My friends were in awe. They had never met a professional baseball player, nor knew what one would look like if they did. I told them that I played on the weekend, and that I hit home runs every time I stepped up to the plate. The teacher’s, to their credit, did not put me on blast in front of my friends; they even played along with it, faking astonishment and asking me more questions about my new-found profession. My lie was complete.

As the days went on, my lie faded away never to return again, but the excitement and attention I received from the storytelling to the people around me had a lasting affect on me. I had entertained my friends and had felt a great satisfaction upon doing so.

I kept to myself for the most of my younger childhood days, but the desire for attention was always there. I feel that I had a different experience than most children do with this attention. While you will often see children (and even more-so in adults) doing whatever they can, whether good or bad, to get attention, I did not fall into that category. I did not necessarily desire attention as much as I didn’t mind it. I didn’t have stage fright. I felt much better when I could bring smiles to the people’s faces around me.

The desire to entertain was much more prominent in my younger days and eventually led me into acting in high school. Without my experience acting, I never would have chosen to major in Radio-TV-Film (entertainment) when I was accepted into Cal State Fullerton.

Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to entertain the people around me, tell stories and create things that bring smiles to people’s faces. This long-winded intro leads me to what this post, and all of the next 365 posts will be about for the rest of the year. I want to entertain. I want to write. I want to film movies.

For the next 365 days, I will be using the blog site to write for at least 10 minutes every day. It may be a scene, a story idea, or even just a few quotes or lines I would like to see a character of mine say someday. However, I use this page to write, the key word will be “consistency.” In terms of creativity and my professionalism, I have always lacked consistency and the motivation to finish projects. This page will be used to hold me accountable, to teach me what it takes to be a screenwriter, and to hone my craft.

My New Years Resolutions for this year are:

  • Write every day
  • Work out (at least) twice per week
  • Eat healthier
  • Film at least two short films (one GoPro, one traditional)

I’m going to be eventually creating a YouTube channel once I begin production of my first film, and I want to thank everyone in advance for your support and helping keep me motivated to pursue my dreams of entertaining the world. Thanks, and Happy New Year!

Posted 3 years ago

38/365

The day the 365 died.

I didn’t take a picture yesterday, and I don’t plan on taking one today. Things have gotten really busy, and I just don’t have the passion to stay with this hobby every day. Photography is something I just do for fun, and while I enjoy it very much, I can’t let it stop me from being productive. From now on, the pictures that I post here will be the best quality I can manage, but it won’t be every day. I will continue to number them #/365, but they won’t necessarily be an unbroken line of numbers (ie. 105/365, 106/365, 110/365). Thank you guys for your support, and stay tuned.

Posted 3 years ago

37/365

Happy birthday Mel!

Posted 3 years ago

36/365

Late night Mafia will show you a different side of your friends. (taken after midnight so it still counts!)

I’m starting to lose some steam on the photography. I don’t think I can last the year because I can barely last more than a month.