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Helped my turtles move into their new home today. Can’t say I handled it gracefully; cried harder than a Neo Con, looking at a picture of a happy Black family. These turtles define my youth. For some, it was Star Wars - for me, it was Chinese fish stores run by “AZN Gangsters.”
Turtles aren’t always fun - I’ve been picking up after their shit for over 15 years; fed them the best left-overs, any overconsuming American can ever give to an outdoor animal.
But its time to grow up and face the truth.
These are living creatures! Why would they want to live in a 50 gallon tank for the rest of their lives, when they can explore nature?
They become a symbol of my growth. As I get closer to 30, I’m afraid that I will stay a Man-Boy forever. A “Man-Boy” is someone who is stuck in the past and can only see their own point of view. Man-Boys are so prevalent in the Comedy community; always bitching about whose not funny and why women won’t fuck them…
But It’s not just about getting laid - its about empathizing. “Grown Ups” they put aside their own needs, in order to help others. And in the case of my turtles, I must do what is right for them.
Being an adult is nothing to be afraid of. I’m not losing two turtles - I’m gaining my Manhood.
I love them dearly. They sacrifice a large chunk of their lives to teach me responsibility - ”What a noble animal, these turtles are”
The Twilight Zone debuted on the CBS television network on October 2nd, 1959. Created, narrated, and mostly written by the iconoclastic and visionary TV writer Rod Serling, the sci-fi/fantasy anthology series ran for five mind-blowing years. During that run, the show’s name, its eerie theme music, and even Serling’s distinctive speech cadences became — and still remain — catch-all badges for weirdness, irony, horror, and the surreal. In the annals of television, The Twilight Zone is as close to immortal as it gets. —Ron Kretsch, Dangerous Minds
Here is the orginal pilot with a long pitch from Rod Serling to sponsors explaining the show, and previewing the first season up front. [hat tip to Metafilter user timsteil]
Rod Serling’s final interview, March 4, 1975. Not knowing that he has less than four months to live, Rod weighs in eerily on awards, prejudice, censorship, compulsion, immortality, final unproduced screenplay The Stops Along the Way (which J.J. Abrams bought), (not) planning ahead… and crying.
by Rod Serling, 1957
“You want your work to be remembered. You want it to outlive you. My favourite show ever was The Twilight Zone and I think about Rod Serling, [who] started that show 54 years ago this year. It long outlived him – he passed away in 1975 – but there’s kids who haven’t been born yet who will know the phrase ‘the twilight zone’, and hopefully will be watching those wonderful episodes. I can’t say that’s what will happen [with Breaking Bad], but you wanna have that kind of immortality through your work. That would be wonderful. I’d feel very blessed.” —Vince Gilligan
The Twilight Zone 1x01 - Where is Everybody
The Twilight Zone 1x02 - One for the Angels
The Twilight Zone 1x05 - Walking Distance
The Twilight Zone 1x07 - The Lonely
The Twilight Zone 1x08 - Time Enough at Last
The Twilight Zone 1x30 - A Stop at Willoughby
The Twilight Zone 1x34 - The After Hours
The Twilight Zone 2x05 - The Howling Man
The Twilight Zone 2x06 - The Eye of the Beholder
The Twilight Zone 2x07 - Nick of Time
The Twilight Zone 2x28 - Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up
The Twilight Zone 3x08 - It’s a Good Life
The Twilight Zone 3x16 - Nothing in the Dark
The Twilight Zone 3x24 - To Serve Man
The Twilight Zone 5x03 - Nightmare At 20000 Feet
NOTE: For educational purposes only
New Girl - Jenga Tournament
I’m a huge fan of New Girl - it’s light hearted and silly. I submitted this spec to “NBC’s Writers on The Verge” but have not gotten a word from them. So in celebration of the premiere, I decided to release the spec on the site. Tell me what you think!
In this episode, Jess breaks Nicks laptop, destroying his Zombie Novel, while Schmidt and Winston enter a Jenga Tournament.
Had some free time and decided to write a spec. Enjoy!
In this episode, Finn finds a pimple growing on his forehead. He wants to remove the zit before the Royal Lunch with Princess Bubble Gum, so he goes into the Underworld to retrieve a special Acne Cream. However, weird things start to happen and Finn questions if he’s actually going through puberty or if a Demon is growing inside him. Read and find out!
At this point in the game, don’t worry so much about your production value, which is what I think Bret Ratern was trying to say, he just couldn’t articulate it well. (look at the video below to see what I’m talking about) Learn to write a simple story and move up from there. If you have a great story, people will forgive low production value. I recommend reading Dan Harmons articles on story telling. It was like a power boost in my filmmaking - CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLES
2. Restrictions Help Us
The most helpful piece of information I learned from reading, “Story” by Robert Mckee was that restrictions force us to be creative. Like many young filmmakers, early on I wanted to reinvent the wheel, show the world something they never seen before. Although the ambition was noble, I didn’t have the skill set or the manpower to execute my projects well. The end result was a lot of wasted money and crappy video. But when I decided to work with what I had - no audio, an SD camera, 2 locations, I created a Hip-Hop themed silent film. It was not only simple, but also my first watchable narrative.
- SD Camera
I used my mini DV camera and change the 4:3 aspect ratio from 16:9 by using the anamorphic setting, in order to make the project it look current. A good director is not someone with a huge budget but a person who can make “shit” look like gold.
- Stretch Location
Instead of going all over the city and filming in exotic areas. Pick one or two locations and use every bit of it. At the park we used the belchers, the swings and the bench next to the trashcan. I stretched one location into 3! Not only did this made our production value look bigger, it also save me a lot of time and money from having to drive all over LA.
If I think of all the things that can go wrong during production, the one that keeps me up at night is AUDIO. Sure, you can have a very nice DSLR camera but it means nothing without good audio. Its one of the easiest things to neglect but it’s so important to creating a believable narrative. I tried to work around it, which is how I came up with the idea of a silent film. Even though I didn’t make it into the screening, I believe, if I included audio, my pilot could have gotten a live screening. Therefore, this month, I finally bought a shotgun mic.
3. Keep Creating
So this month I didn’t make it into the live screening but thats ok. I learned a very important lesson about audio. I also learned that is not about making one video – its about making many videos for a long time. Keep producing. Keep writing. Keep improving. Take a look at Woody Allen. The guy is 77 years old and he’s still directing – that’s crazy! He doesn’t have to make films anymore, but he does it anyway because that’s how he express himself.
SOULPANCAKE PRESENTS: A SHORT STORY ABOUT COFFEE
Hey everybody! I am VERY excited to show you guys my pilot I’ve been making for Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake! Based off of my short stories I write right here at thecaseydonahue.com/shortstories
This first one is A Short Story About Coffee. I would love to make more of these and that all depends on YOU. So PLEASE watch, share, reblog and comment to let SoulPancake know that you want to see A MILLION MORE SHORT STORIES and I will make them for you and then I’ll die and become a ghost and make more.
For anyone who is interested in Screenwriting or writing Channel 101 pilot talk a look at mine.