Monday, March 30, 2009


I have been accepted into UCLA's Professional Program for Screenwriting. Woo hoo! It is a year long non-accredited but still respected writing program designed for those who work full-time.

There are a couple of reasons I'm excited about this opportunity.

1) The program is taught by the same faculty who teach the MFA program at UCLA, which is one of the best, if not the best, screenwriting programs in the world.

2) It will give me a chance to get feedback and inspiration from other writers.

3) It help me be disciplined to write (by the end of the program I will have written two more complete screenplays).

4) Many of the students who complete the professional program later earn admission to the MFA program, which I still want to do, partly because getting an MFA would allow me to teach.

5) It will help me begin networking, which besides being an original and talented writer, is everything in the entertainment business.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mirror Mirror on the wall...Who's the fairest facebooker of all?

I can't keep my eyes off of me.

First of all it's natural. Everyone does it. I mean, who hasn't pumped out some pre-flex push-ups and then struck a series of Mr. Universe poses in the bathroom mirror? Or turned a can of mousse into a microphone and belted out Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" for an imaginary audience of admiring fans?

When you got your yearbook every June, what was the first thing you did? You went through and found every single picture of yourself. Be honest. You know you did.

We're naturally obsessed with ourselves. It takes work to care about others, to really care about what they're saying, what they're up to, what they're feeling.

And Facebook isn't making it any easier. After recently rejoining the burgeoning ranks of the unemployed I've gotten addicted to Facebook. It's cool to be able to keep tabs on all your friends and acquaintances, but that's not the real appeal of Facebook.

Facebook is my opportunity to be on yearbook staff without having to stay after at school, wear skinny jeans and thrift store cardigans, take journalism classes or pretend to be interested in Key Club.

Finally, I can publish my own pics, write my own captions--P.S. Yearbook Staff, would it kill you to learn some tennis terminology?--and generally broadcast my brand around the world.

Last night, I was staring at 24 inches of luscious iMac flat screen and racking my brain to come up with a status update that didn't make me sound like a pop-culture newb...or an over enthusiastic dog owner...or a pathetic unemployed whiner. Finally, I spied my freshly arrived copy of Cook's Illustrated lying by my printer and I started typing: "Paul getting ready to geek out to Cook's Illustrated."

Perfect. Self-depricating, sufficiently odd, and truly me. Plus, you can't beat CI's product reviews. They're the consumer reports of cooking periodicals.

Don't get it? That's all right. I'm a bit of an acquired taste. I'm the indie band you haven't heard of yet. I am the re-emergence of beards. I am bubble tea 5 years ago. And by the time you're scrawling your own update about Cook's Illustrated, I'll have moved on to...wouldn't you like to know?

Point is, I'm not sure all of this self-publishing and self-awareness is entirely healthy. Is it prolonging a period of immaturity that we're supposed to shed after we leave the 'rents house and get real jobs? Methinks this new technology makes for too many chiefs and not enough Indians (Oh, racist sayings of yore).

Maybe there's something healthy about how the boomers did it: get a job, start making babies. It reinforces the "you're not the center of the universe" theme that most of us need to hear more frequently.

If nothing else, all this micro-blogging and status updating sometimes keeps me from being an actual productive member of society. The irony is while I'm seeking to increase my visibility and brand-value, I'm not going out and doing the things that would make me a better more interesting person. Hmmm...

Did you hear about It's this rad website where you can post videos of yourself setting very specific world records (i.e. fastest consumption of a 24 oz. bottle of breakfast syrup ). It's the next youtube. Surprised, you didn't know that ;)

P.S. Thx to Sigurd Decroos of Belgium for the cool mirror illustration

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Animated Feature Logline

I'm a day behind on my logline a day project. So sue me.

Regal the Beagle...

is an animated adventure about a Beagle named Regal who is born to show dog royalty, but before he can follow in his parents famous footsteps he's dognapped by a jealous contestant and ditched out in the country. Two kindly farmers who run a mom n pop rescue shelter find Regal and take him home with them. There Regal grows into a fun loving teen, but when the farmer's wife comes down with a deadly disease that she can't afford to treat, Regal decides the only way he can save her is by winning the $50,000 Cambridge Cup like those dogs on TV. I guess it's kind of Lion King meets Best in Show.

Talk amongst yeh'selves. Waddeya think?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Two loglines...playin catch up

Already behind the 8-ball on posting daily loglines. So I'm doin 2 today. Don't forget to rate them 1-5 (five is the best), and tell me what you like or don't like about the idea...Oh, and tell me if you've already seen either of these movies. I'm trying to be original.

I Know You Are But What Am I?
A teen comedy about a girl who becomes like every boy she dates, until a friend finally points it out and she vows to take a year off from dating...just before she meets mr. right.

Would this be funnier and reach a broader audience if it was about a guy with the same issue?

In Charm's Way

A comedy about a dangerously charming guy who breaks hearts wherever he goes who unexpectedly falls hard for his flirty female alter ego, only she's not interested in anything serious.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

So...about that job

Hey everyone,

So the new job for the window company didn't work out. Turns out I don't have the personality for it. I'll leave it at that. I'm back in the job hunting saddle again, which is discouraging. But I read something in the Bible this morning that encouraged me: 2 Cor. 4.18 reads, "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

That quote brought some much needed perspective. I'm grateful for God right now. I'm glad that over the long run he rewards character. I'm glad that pain is temporary and that he sticks with me through it. So for anyone else who's dealing with economic suckiness, joblessness, etc., there is a God who promises to "never leave us or forsake us." BTW, that last quote specifically has to do with God's willingness to provide for us. So yeah, at least there's that. Also, I'm glad to have a wife and extended family who love me, support me and pray for me. Love you guys.

Thanks for reading,


P.S. Logline of the day:
is a comedy about a young out of work software engineer who has to move back home with his brand new bride to live with his QVC obsessed mom, work weary dad and his video gamed addicted older brother who's never left home. Living in his old bedroom is just the kind of motivation he needs to hit the job hunt hard and his searching leads him to some unexpected places, before he finds the courage to strike out on his own with a crazy business idea that will be a family affair.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A logline a day...keeps the real writing away

Coming up with creative ideas is hard. Communicating them is harder. Knowing if they are any good is the ultimate goal.

To that end, I am going to publish one hopefully original logline a day on my blog. I say "hopefully original" because I haven't seen all the movies in the world and sometimes my mind plays tricks on me.

Here's where you come in. You've gotta tell me 1) if the idea's orignial, 2) if it's any good--I propose a scale of 1-5: 1 being, "Um...I think that would make a great made-for-TV-movie...for public access Tanasket, WA"; 5 being "You Genius, you're next Speilberg!"--oh, and 3) you've got to tell me why you like or dislike it.

So here's my first logline (a.k.a. brief movie description)...

Novelty Kill
Two bumbling brother's with records as long as your arm, who also hapeen to own a novelty shop specializing in peaceful but clearly anti-government art, purchase a government surplus jeep that unbeknownst to them contains smuggled nuclear materials. When the FBI shows up at their door the fun begins.

Let me know what you think.

My friend is rad

Hey everyone...
If you like interesting videos, you'll like my friend Adam's new blog: He doesn't make the videos. Just posts em. They're not your standard Youtube fare. Hope you like.
God's peace,