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July 8, 2007

Nick & David, Clark & Michael, And Gene Parmesan

I dropped Nick off at the airport at 5:30 this morning. It turned out to be the wrong airport. By the time I got home to find all the urgent missed calls on the mobile I'd conveniently forgotten to take with me, he'd missed his flight and was in a taxi on the way to LAX. It was a nice, madcap curtain on a weekend in which we somehow mangaged to set two new personal records: we finished a feature screenplay in exactly three days. And it's a comedy.

Granted, this script was based on something we wrote back in 2001, but all that we hung onto were the character names. We spent the first day hammering out a plot on index cards, and the following three firmly committed to finishing each of the three acts within a twenty-four hour period. 26 pages on Thursday, 30 on Friday and a marathon 40 yesterday, resulting in a 96 page first draft that I actually think might be pretty decent.

Bouncing ideas off a co-writer is always fun, especially so when the script is an all-out comedy, and it was a really invigorating experience . We took a few breaks here and there to eat, sleep, make coffee, walk around the block and watch the latest episode of our new favorite web series. Nick also showed me a few episodes of Arrested Development, which my brother's been trying to get me into for years. I countered by reading aloud passages from Zizek's The Parallax View. Both proved very useful to the process.

And now Nick's back in Texas and I'm back to the solitary grind, with a finished script (and pictures) to remind us of the rare joys of collaboration (although I think Nick got an unexpected dose of me at my confrontational worst; when I get in the zone, I can be a real bitch of a collaborator). We're going to polish it up over the rest of the month or so, and then hand it over to the suits and see if we actually did manage, for once, to be funny.

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Posted by David Lowery at July 8, 2007 6:24 AM

Comments

congrats, man!!! i love those projects that are done in a flush like a fever....wish all the best for you two...

Posted by: frank Mosley at July 8, 2007 9:34 PM

Real bitch of a collaborator? Not you!

Hey remember that time we deleted like 45 pages? It only took like 15 minutes. You guys are slow pokes.

Posted by: James M. Johnston at July 9, 2007 8:11 PM