Yes, this is what I look like when trying to write. LOL!
If you’ve ever noticed, my blog is called “On Angels’ Wings Productions”. I named it that for a reason. My unseen friends gave me the “On Angels’ Wings” part LONG ago, but the entertainment industry loving me added the film/TV production company part back in the 1990s. My dream for a long time has been to own and run a metaphysical/spiritual film production company, but I didn’t do much to make that dream a reality. Well, it’s time I got off my butt.
I recently joined a group based in Santa Fe, NM called Filmmakers of New Mexico. I knew I missed Hollywood terribly (lived in Los Angeles for decades and worked at Sony Pictures) but didn’t realize just how much I missed it until even attending script reading meetings infused me with energy and life again. Being around writers, actors, directors, producers, etc. has reenergized this depleted and wasting away person. Although I am a SAG-AFTRA member, I’ve not pursued acting in years, and it has been fun to take part in the script readings as an actor. As much as I do love acting, I really need to start writing…which I’ve done lately. A new friend is instigating me to do the writing I was supposed to be doing decades ago…including giving me books to read about screenwriting.
But writing is painful…not like childbirth painful…but close. Ha! I love this quote as it’s pretty accurate. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~ Ernest Hemingway I have been a writer my entire life, but when pressured to create, especially when in screenwriting you have to follow a lot of rules for proper formatting, it’s HARD. The book I’m reading right now about the tons of stuff you have to include in a good screenplay is overwhelming. I’m stressed just reading about it!
I had started working on a dramedy TV show idea (wrote one scene and now realize it is not usable for an opening scene and much too wordy), but this dramatic film idea that first popped into my head totally out-of-the-blue (spirit?) back around 1992-1994ish is suddenly nagging at my consciousness. So, I think I need to shift my scattered focus to the film. (It is possible I have ADHD.) My neighbor back then was a woman named Rosemary, who had lived for 20 years in Italy and worked for Franco Zeffirelli (or Zeff as she called him). In the early 1990s she worked for Ronald Shusett and some other respected writers. (I loved Ron. He was great.) Rosemary knew her stuff, so I trusted her opinions and feedback. She was not one to mince words. If she thought something was crap, she said it…sometimes in Italian. Ha! (I learned to curse in Italian from her.)
Anyway, back then when I mentioned my very spiritually metaphysical film idea to her, Rosemary said to me, “Do you know you just described a perfect something-or-other (blanking on the term)? You instinctively correctly formatted a film concept.” Since I’m home sick today, I’ve got time to think, and when the film once again popped into my head while attempting to focus on the TV show, I thought to myself, “I think I need to set the show aside for now and work on the movie.” In seconds, I clairvoyantly saw Rosemary in spirit walk into view and give me a thumbs up sign with huge grin on her face! She came to me in spirit years ago unexpectedly too one afternoon, so she seems to be active over there on the Other Side. So, with Rosemary’s seal of approval…I’m going to write an Academy Award winning film. I do not aim low. 🙂 It’s time I made “On Angels’ Wings Productions” actually a production company here in Tamalewood.
Writer – Producerly yours,