Austin Film Fest


As I mention in yesterday’s post, Script Number Two of Six in 2006 is done. I print it up on Sunday, which is a good four weeks later than I’d palnned. But sickness, New Mexico and Coachella all conspire to make me late. And Script Number Three is already twenty pages towards its eventual immortalization as the best “Mississippi Riverboat Vampire Script” ever written, so in a way that only puts me about twenty days behind schedule. The important thing is that it’s done.

What do I do with it now?

Warren over at The Screenwriting Life posts about the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. I look at the printer on my desk spitting 107 pages of ELEMENT into a neat pile and I figure, “Why not?” So yesterday I drop a pristine copy of the thing into the mail. By now it’s probably somewhere over Arizona. Fifty dollars down the drain, but hey, it’s not like I have the money anyway.

Now what else can I do with it?

Actor friend Brad MacDonald tells me once that if I ever want to put together a reading of anything to let him know. So I get in touch. Tonight at the Cat & Fiddle we’ll hash out a plan to sit down with six or seven actors and give it a solid read-through. It’ll be the first time I’ve ever done this and the idea is a little nerve-wracking. But it’s a solid script, so I suppose I needn’t worry. I just have to take notes and keep quiet.

More on that as it develops.

Finally, on a slightly unrelated note, I stumble across this nifty screenplay style guide at the Nicholl fellowship site the other day. It has been around some years, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it. What a clever idea!

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7 comments to “Austin Film Fest”

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  1. mom - May 31, 2006 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Greg Crooks said he would be able to get together some actors for a read as well.

  2. Warren - June 1, 2006 at 10:22 pm Reply

    Good luck with the contest! And are you doing that reading in L.A.? If so, let me know. I’d like to attend, if I can.

  3. Will - June 1, 2006 at 10:27 pm Reply

    We’re certainly doing it at LA, Warren. I’ll let you know when we get it all settled.

  4. Dawn - June 6, 2006 at 7:15 am Reply

    Good luck Will!!

  5. Jules Bianchi - June 6, 2006 at 10:24 pm Reply

    woo hoo!! what if you WIN??

    and speaking of actor friends… wasn’t there an adorable one who liked me at your birthday party? Is he still single because now that I am, maybe I would like to talk to him….

  6. Will - June 6, 2006 at 10:52 pm Reply

    Brad is the one setting up the reading, Jules. You should join us!

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