February 27, 2007

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and icky

Regarding yesterday’s tangent: considering how much I dislike the show Heroes, I thought it was strangely appropriate that my monster names includes “cheerleader obliterating”. I know it’s a big hit, but I’m tired of all the scenery chewing and bad acting. The only one who’s any good in it is the guy who plays Hiro. The scripts have some interesting ideas, but the arcs aren’t tight enough to hold my interest. And, considering the cheerleaders with whom I went to high school were the ultimate hypocrites, if my choice was “save the cheerleader, save the world” – I’d let the world GO.

I finally got to see the pilot for a show I worked on in October of 2005. I didn’t work on the rest of the series, just the pilot – it was eight months before it went back into production, with a new team, and I was already booked on something else. It had been a challenging (to say the least) shoot and the stories coming back from set when they went back in to production made me glad I wasn’t working on it. But I was still curious to see what the pilot looked like, all put together. I wasn’t granted the opportunity to read the script – only the sides for the days on which I worked – and, being on set, I couldn’t get an overall sense of the piece. So last night was interesting.

One of the roles had been recast since we shot the pilot – someone who just happens to be a friend of mine. The creative team decided they wanted a “star” name in the role instead. Whatever. I’d heard about the situation as it was happening, which made me even happier I wasn’t around on set for it. That meant re-shoots a good eight months after the original shoot, and I was interested to see what they did, continuity-wise (we’d had our share of continuity challenges on the pilot). They cut my friend’s dialogue scenes (without re-shooting them with the new actress), but left her in one of the long shots.

The piece itself turned out much better than I thought it would. There’s more humor in it than came across during the filming, dark humor, but it’s there. The piece is dark, about choices and consequences. The lead actor (who was a joy to work with) is excellent, and a colleague from off-Broadway days, with whom I’ve worked for at least twenty years on and off, has a supporting role and is also very good.

I was unprepared for the emotional impact on me. It was surprising, since I was the wardrobe additional, not part of the creative team. But, in addition to remembering the stories behind the shots as they appeared, I felt as though I had a lot at stake personally, in a way I didn’t with the other two series on which I’ve worked. It’s interesting, because the experience on this one was not necessarily the best. Not the worst, either, but it had many challenges and difficulties.

The piece can stand alone well, but it will be interesting to see how it unfolds as a series. I hope to see more episodes, and I hope, for the sake of those working on it, that it’s as big a hit as one of the critics yesterday predicted.

Although I don’t want to go back and work on it again.

Slow day. Stomped around in the snow doing some errands; caught up on some business. Trying to get as much paperwork done as possible, because I’ll just be too tired over the next few weeks.

I wrote an overview for a potential client – ultimately declining the account. The person has a great business, but wants a PR person, not a writer. I’m willing to do the writing, but there’s no way she has it in her budget to pay for me doing the legwork and distribution. That’s a completely different set of skills with a different pay rate. I was sad to turn down a job, but prolonging it would have brought us both frustration in the long run.

Wrote, polished, and sent off a couple of pitches for which I think I’m uniquely qualified. Whether they think so or not, who knows, but at least I tried, right? Sent off another pitch to someone who I think will pick a lower bid, but, hey, you get what you pay for. Sent off a couple of other inquiries in responses to ads – the money’s vague, and the clients seem to be a bit high-maintenance, which of course means my rate goes up. Call it “aggravation pay.”

I realized I have a stack of dark books in the “to be read” pile. I’m sure most of them are very well done, but I’m in the mood for something lighter right now. I won’t be able to do the book justice if I’m not in the mood to read it. For the hours and the commute on which I’m about to embark, I need something that’s more hopeful.

Of course, several of my colleagues have released books that may fit that bill – it’s up to me to get my butt to the store and buy them. Because of the weather, this weekend’s book-buying trip was aborted.

I’m struggling with the impulse to get cranky, depressed, and ASSUME I won’t be able to get any creative work done. Why not ASSUME that, somehow, I’ll find a way to make time for what needs to get done? Why not enjoy as much as I can about being on the show for the next three weeks, and let the backstage atmosphere stimulate me? So what if I don’t work on what I planned to work on? After all, I’m rather obsessing on that murdered clown article – who knows what that could turn in to? And “Illuminated Nude”, although it comes along slowly, is coming along, so . . .don’t give up, don’t give in, just build it word by word and see what happens. Just because I’m on someone else’s schedule and not my own doesn’t mean I have to lose all ability to do creative work. I simply have to approach it differently.

A bit of work done on Changeling this morning. I’m preparing for a 14-hour day at the theatre, with a massive headache. I hope it doesn’t flower into a migraine, or this will be a long and unpleasant day.

Devon

Chasing the Changeling — 28,217 words out of est. 45,000
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Published in: on February 27, 2007 at 8:38 am  Comments (4)  

4 Comments

  1. Some excellent advice in there – cheers! 🙂

  2. Ha ha–you don’t strike me as the type who would give a rat’s behind about Cheerleaders! 😉

    And Hiro is my favorite character, too. I just love the cute music they play whenever his scenes unfold.

    Last night was the first episode I thought was just DUMB. Ted needs to just GO. I know you hate the show, but do you WATCH it? 🙂 Then you’ll know what I mean.

  3. I don’t watch Heroe’s, adn I don’t understand all the hype surrounding it. Then again, I ma a huge ‘Cop Show” fan, so that may be coloring my opinion.
    You always give the greatest advice.
    I hope your headache goes away. Working with pain is never easy and makes the simplest of things more difficult. Have a good evening!

  4. Great attitude – you WILL find a way for what needs to be done, and for what you’re passionate about. Intend it – one of my favorite quotes is from Armand Hammer (my dad used to work for Oxy at one point): “High intention sets the universe in motion.” Set the universe in motion for you, girl!


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