Because I'm a screenwriter, I'm in the Writers Guild, and this means LOTS of free screenings during fall and winter, better known as "awards season." We not only get to see all the big holiday movies, but also all of the good movies that came out during the year, which are screened again. They're shown in really great theaters or screening rooms, with no ads and no lining up for tickets (no popcorn though). Also, you're guaranteed to be with an enthusiastic, appreciative crowd.
Over the past couple of weeks and in the next couple of weeks, I'll be seeing, hope to see or have seen the following:
A Serious Man
Where the Wild Things Are
Up in the Air
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
(500) Days of Summer
The Blind Side
The Lovely Bones
The Hurt Locker
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
This means seeing multiple movies during the week, or sometimes even the same day. It's hard being a movie fanatic...
In the movies...
When I watched movies as a kid, I loved how people who lived in the city (especially New York City) always had someone an opera singer living upstairs, or a piano player across the courtyard or could hear a saxophone coming from nearby.
Then, when I moved to New York City to go to film school, I actually ended up with an opera singer living upstairs. Her singing echoed across the courtyard. In another building I lived in, there was a trumpet player. It was just like the movies!
Here in L.A.
I now live next door to a musician, who writes music for different venues -- films, TV, commercials (from what I understand from his cellphone conversations -- the buildings are very close and I can hear EVERYTHING). It's all original music, all in very different styles, although he may be writing music for a demo too.
Luckily, I like his music, because I often have to hear the same tune over and over and over, as he works on it, or listen to just parts of it, over and over and over, as he edits/produces. His relentless work ethic is actually quite inspiring. He revises and revises, just like I do when I write, down to the tiniest detail.
Mostly, it's just really cool. A couple of days ago, I heard him working on the lyrics with a collaborator. They sit out back under the avocado tree (the tree is actually on their property, although the branches happily extend to our side), and brainstorm. It's so awesome to hear them discuss phrases and rhymes -- it's just like the movies!!
Right now, as I write this, he's playing his guitar. Just a short, sweet acoustic riff. I think I'll go listen...
I'm a novelist and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. Find details on this "blog" about my books and appearances. Want to reach me? You can Contact Me here.
What I'm working on now:
- A new YA novel
- A middle grade novel
- An original screenplay for the Disney Channel
Writing Book of the Month:
"The Comic Toolbox" by John Vorhaus.