How a BlueInk Review Led to a Movie Pilot
I never planned to write novels. Even now, when people call me an “author,” it takes everything in me not to correct them, because I have yet to make it on the New York Times best seller list. I am a creator—an artist who began writing screenplays with the secret hope that, one day, one of my scripts would come to life.
The seed to be a part of the film industry was planted in me when my best friend and I (we were twelve at the time) wrote and directed a play. It was Christmastime, and the popular song “Ghostbusters” was ruling the charts that year. With a little tweaking, “Ghostbusters” became Scroogebusters. The stage at Our Lady of Fatima had never seen such activity: the bedraggled Scrooge, with a mickey hanging out of his coat pocket, was scuttling about; presents were exploding; children were crying; and two chicks (Sherry Gates and me) with sparkle gel in their hair were belting out cheesy rap lyrics to the instrumental version of a 45 single.
And I caught the directing bug.
Even when I passed my law exam, received this beautiful licence, with its pretty cursive writing on linen paper and an embossed red seal, that feeling of achievement was missing. Nobody claps in court. And the only time I ever entertained anyone in court was for a judge, during my first Provincial case, when I’d mistaken the Pakistani interpreter as my client. Can you imagine how ridiculous I looked as I questioned the interpreter on the witness stand? The charges were withdrawn because I’d made the judge’s day—he hadn’t laughed “so hard in years.”
Court by day, and writing screenplays by moonlight. Unable to bring those scripts to fruition, I decided to convert them into manuscripts. I became an author by default—an author without a support system. I completely lack social media skills, despise Twitter and can’t stand Facebook. How many times a day do you have to like things? In truth, I am a hermit. Who the hell has time to be social? Especially when I have entire worlds that I’ve created, characters that I love and places that I’ve visited (in my head). All I have to do is ignore the white noise and go away and create more worlds. That said, once the books were written, I needed a creditable review—not a review given by other writers, pretending to have read and loved my work. (I don’t need your bone, so don’t throw me one.) I needed brutal honesty, and that’s what BlueInk Review gave me. I needed the book industry’s version of Rotten Tomatoes because, whether the film industry likes it or not, Rotten Tomatoes has a lot of sway. They’re not always right, because their reviews are subjective, but they’re up there. Because of BlueInk, my dreams came full circle.
I gave up one dream to catch another, and now . . .
. . . Stone Series Publishing will be filming a movie pilot this spring. Click here to apply. There are complex legalities involved. I should have taken up entertainment law, because it is the one scope of service that I’ve actually found interesting. Still, these investors saw something in me, and they invested early on so that they would have first say if the Untapped Series were made into a film. We formed a collaborative agreement that applies not only to books, but also to sequels or prequels of existing movies, comic books, magazine articles, and short stories. I did my homework and ensured that I would be involved in the pilot casting and would have my say as the pilot is being filmed. This pilot will be a resume of sorts, sent out to select Hollywood producers/directors, and there is no guarantee that the actresses chosen to act in the pilot will end up filming in the actual movie. But, then again, who knows?
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The investors (who are Canadian) are always searching for original material. Canada isn’t very supportive of their indie artists, and when you have an American firm backing one of their own up, it says something. An article had been written about the Untapped Series on BlueInk’s site. After doing some digging, (because I don’t have an official author’s website) they located some of my work on YouTube. I’d been dabbling and directing book-trailers and had featured a music video for Lana Del Rey’s “Salvatore” using snippets of film frames from a short-film that’d written and plan to release this summer. Titled Half-of-Nothing, the film takes place in Italy and features a beautiful American student, who spends her summer touring Europe by train. Along the way, she meets a handsome Italian man, who is already committed and engaged to be married to another woman. In the end, he ends up with half of nothing, which is nothing.
Somehow, everything that I’d done, all the hard work, came full circle. Not long ago, I’d been writing screenplays, and then I spent years converting those scripts into novels. I can honestly say that converting Vanishing Twin into a script was a surreal experience. Click here for script. Watching the auditions for the roles of Scarlett and Jade has been one of the most rewarding experiences thus far. These are my babies, my girls, and I get the privilege of meeting so many talented actresses via Skype. Whatever becomes of this movie pilot, whether we’ll be able to pitch and sell the series/script, is yet to be seen, but I will say that the chain of custody began at BlueInk Review, and for that, I’ll always be grateful to Patricia Moosbrugger, Patti Thorne and Paul Goat Allen.