Have you ever wondered what it would be like co-writing movie & TV scripts around the world using technology? If so, join Canadian screenwriter Orlanda Szabo and myself for my new show, Star Xpose TV, going live soon …

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WEBSITE UPDATE

My screenwriting website redesign and update is finally done. And this one I can update myself. Major crash course still has the head spinning with tweaks and modifications. So, if anyone would like to check it over, I’d love to hear any ideas for changes.

http://www.orlandaszabo.com/

THE IDEA MACHINE

When ideas run rampant!

It seems there are a multitude of screenwriting, and indeed, literary mentors and gurus who can effectively get a writer past a nasty session of writers block.

What is ironic is that there is no sage advice for those of us who are constantly bombarded by new script and/or story ideas. It’s enough to distract and entice the most dedicated writers from their immediate project. You have to jot it down lest you lose it. Which always leads to expanding it at least to the outline stage.

For myself, when dialogue starts pouring out, I have to forcibly distance myself from the idea. That means popping that outline into a folder and hiding it away in another room, just so I’m not tempted to – just give it a little tweak. So powerful is the call of a fresh new concept to a writer’s heart and mind.

Even so, it can take a few abortive attempts before mind and control can be enticed back to the script at hand. You know, the one you’re being paid to write, the one with a deadline attached.

Okay, stop right there.

That kind of thinking will only lead you back to the deliciously fresh unrestricted fruit of another new idea just waiting for the right moment to distract you at the most crucial juncture of your almost finished write-for-hire.

Don’t let it in.

Instead, focus on each individual visual already written in front of you. But I do have to wonder if this focus keeps bringing back the new idea. Is it meant to become a part of the current piece? I am thinking it probably should, and is likely what is missing. Why the work-for-hire script is not yet done.

Truly there is nothing wrong with finding all these ideas. Producers, publishers, agents, and managers will adore you for it, if it’s in their chosen genre.

If only there was time to write them all.

Reflecting back on hundreds of ideas I have had in the last few months, always in a quiet moment long after the idea struck. I am finding that many of them could not support a full two-hour storyline. Could a television series be lurking in there? That is always a good possible as anything goes these days. But they do make for sharp, intense, and thought provoking short scripts or stories.

Just the thing every budding writer/screenwriter needs to begin developing a portfolio.

How do you deal with your idea demons?

Or do you let them flow free?

Documentary and supernatural combines

Orlanda Szabo has been hired by producer Rob Velez to write a documentary titled CHIMBRE. Velez has already secured distribution and has Joe Rogan set to shoot the doc.

Orlanda will receive credit as the writer and is in talks to write a second doc. for Velez.

How it came about. First off the documentary will be called CHIMBRE. When Rob Velez had just returned from a trip to Peru he knew he had to spread the word. He went online to find a ghost writer. When he saw the kind of scripts I like to write; supernatural, metaphysical, sci fi he said he knew I was the right writer for him. That I wouldn’t scoff at what was so important in his life changing situation. 

The contract is simple, a 3 step pay structure. As well, Rob insisted I get screenplay credit even though he was initially looking for a ghost writer. Also in the contract is first choice to write the doc series to follow the 2 hour doc. We have also agreed to set up at a later date a 2nd documentary on his life, which would make Shakespeare writhe because he hadn’t written this tragedy.

Since we started, Rob has hooked up and is now co-producing on Mitch Shutz’s “The Spirit Molecule”. Google it! Mitch works for Fear Factor, and the combination of these two docs having to do with the same plant medicine has ended with Rob having co-joined distribution with Mitch’s documentary, which is already set. That amazed me. Distribution is usually the hardest thing to come by. Joe Rogan is narrating Mitch’s doc and will be shooting the Chimbre pilot when it goes into series production in February of 2010.

I learn more every day. Keep learning, experimenting and writing.

Orlanda

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Welcome to my personal blog!

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Orlanda

What’s new? My new website!

Below was my old website, you might remember it. Sadly, it is long gone.

If you haven’t seen the new website already, please feel free to come in and have a nice wander and take a peek at what flows from a screenwriter’s mind.
Orlanda

www.orlandaszabo.com

Introductory Page to my new Website

Please check out my new website if you haven’t already.

And how about my new music, created by Dale Swystun,with some lyrics I wrote a few years back! Media Player is on my Contact/Links page!

Hope you will all blog in.

Orlanda

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