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INHUMAN CONDITION Reaches IPF Round 2!

My webseries Inhuman Condition has been selected to move forward to round 2 of IPF funding consideration!

A bit of math: Out of 188 applications, 23 projects progressed to Round 2: 14 English-language and 9 French. So, it’s very exciting that we’ve been selected to move forward! We’ll know in June whether Inhuman Condition will receive funding to produce more episodes.

Introducing INHUMAN CONDITION!

In early 2012, I put the final touches on the crown jewel of my screenwriting portfolio: a 100+ page webseries behemoth called The Inhuman Condition. The script won me the Best Upper Year Script award at my school’s annual TARA Awards, and was bought by Smokebomb Entertainment, who would go on to produce a trailer and pilot the following year. Not only is this project where I’ve done my best writing, it remains my favourite.

This month, I get to finally share it with you.

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WRITING: Achievement Unlocked! Third Feature Drafted!

Last night (or more accurately, 7am this morning) I completed the first draft of my third feature script, More. Something I’ve learned that has been consistent with every one of those three scripts: an utter exhilaration upon completing that first draft. It’s like nothing else in the process, really; the outline always feels incomplete, and any draft after the first will never, ever feel final. I hear that even with shooting drafts, as films are revised and changed even in the editing room. What’s the saying – art is never finished, just taken out of our hands? So the first draft finish line, to me, is my favourite part of the whole process.

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2014 Incoming

I try to get these posts done pretty soon into the new year. Last year it was out on January 4th, after all. January 2014’s almost over and I’m just trying to write this now, I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted, last year… But that’s not just it.  I hadn’t had a webseries pilot shot or a professional project released. I hadn’t been to Banff for the World Media Festival or co-founded Compass. I was, in a lot of ways more than now, master of my own destiny, because everything was a lot smaller than now.

This is the first year where big things feel like they’re on the way. Which makes it a lot harder to predict where I’ll be, come December 31, 2014. Will I be in the same place or fall even further back, disillusioned and disappointed? Will everything have changed and evolved into something amazing? It sounds the height of arrogance to expect that, but the past year has been so eventful, it’s hard to know what to expect. What’s realistic.

Either way, if 2014 is half the year 2013 was… It’ll be one hell of a year!

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ABOUT THE BLOG: An Update and a Few Thoughts

The Diversionist has become that most hoary and yet consistent of blog cliches: once the writer’s beloved home base and regular publication, only to devolve into a quiet hole where the only posts are the occasional apology for the ongoing silence. In the past three months I’ve posted a grand total of twice, a shameful record.

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PERSONAL: Summer Blitz

I have neglected The Diversionist. As happens to many blogs, life has carried me away. That, and a general unease with acting like I know what I’m talking about since really entering the industry and realising exactly how little I know… I’ve had very little impetus to blog.

That, and a thousand projects capturing my attentions, making me feel guilty for even my occasional sidelong glances at my blog. As the wise ones say, you should be writing. So, I have indeed been writing.

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2013 Oncoming

Last year, I went public with my goals for 2012. Now is the time to reflect on those goals, and make some new ones…

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WRITING: Would You Share Your Scripts?

Here’s an interesting point of discussion in the screenwriting community: would you share your scripts publicly?

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WRITING: Picking the Procedural Pilot Story

The bread and butter of dramatic network television, no matter your grander ambitions, is procedural storytelling. From the whimsy of Castle to the grimness of Criminal Minds, television is saturated with procedural storytelling, so an aspiring TV writer had best master this skill. One thing that seems to trip me up every time I work on a drama pilot with procedural elements is choosing the beginning ‘case of the week’ for the characters to solve in the first episode. It’s an intriguing question: How do you choose which procedural story to start with?

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WRITING: No, No, NaNoWriMo

So, NaNoWriMo 2012 was both a huge success and a bit of a failure. By the standards of the contest it was a pretty stark loss: I didn’t even hit half the required minimum.

However:

In the 16 days I was still actively participating, I’d written 12,502 words of prose. That is a stunning victory considering my previous flailing attempts at writing prose in the past few years. And what more, I actually enjoyed myself, despite feeling completely out of my depth in that style. I got inside the heads of two of my characters, more intensely than I ever did in the development process.

I also got some practice thinking in prose terms. I came up with some interesting formatting ideas that wouldn’t fly in scripted content, with regards to parallel narratives and shuffling chapters. Thinking about the potentialities of a digital novel. That was a lot of fun, and perhaps might lead to something down the road.

I don’t have hard intentions to keep writing the prose version of this idea for the moment – too many projects, not enough time! – but I’ll definitely keep one eye on continuing when my writing life slows down, or when inspired to try prose again for a while.

How did your NaNo projects go? Final wordcount? Level of pride and/or failure?