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Creation & Consumption

Posted: May 18th, 2010 | Author: | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »


About two weeks ago, I polished and finished off a script that I had been working on since July of 2008, started just after I arrived in LA under the guidance of my mentor, Adam Mazer. I had actually “finished” the script about six months ago, burnt out on the one idea that had remained central in my head for so long. I took the interim to write new scripts (a short, one-act play and a few other little ideas, and then the first act of a new project) and figure out what’s coming next — I also moved to Long Island, got a new job, and developed and launched the social media efforts of a small store in the Hamptons. I picked up my script, The Bellerophon Project, about a month ago because I wanted to submit it to a contest or two, and there were a few sections I wanted to rework. But that was it. I honestly don’t have another original idea in my head anymore, considering I wrote numerous drafts, threw out plenty of perfectly good scenes, and read and reread the entire thing at least a dozen times — a lot when you figure that the final product comes in at just over 135 pages.

So I’ve hit a lull, a point where I don’t really want to start something new, and I don’t want to finish something old. And while I’m constantly figuring out the process, I think I’ve realized this: creation and consumption need to balance. Now, this probably isn’t a universal rule, but for me, I have to find time to consume after I’ve created. But I can’t do both at the same time. The process is too intense. Once I’m in it, I need to stay in it, and I can’t have any distractions. I start getting involved in a television show, all of my characters are going to turn into the characters on that show. I start reading a history book or a biography, suddenly I’m going to have a scene that depends on my characters knowing something about that subject. It happens at Christmas, where I decide I want to give my characters a holiday storyline. But that’s part of why I rewrite so much; it’s not in the outline, so it doesn’t fit the story. Not that that stops me from writing it to begin with…

But for the last couple of weeks, I’ve been in the consume phase. I’ve been watching everything I can, and I’m reading more, and I’m spending hours and hours on the Internet watching YouTube and TV shows and interviews — not to mention playoff hockey. One of my favorite things to latch onto is QTV, a “radio” show broadcast on the CBC but filmed and shown on YouTube as well. The host is Jian Ghomeshi, of Moxy Früvous fame, and he does an incredible job preparing for the interviews, delivering context, and extracting interesting answers from actors, musicians, and whoever else is available (say, Oscar The Grouch?). The interviews are interesting enough that I watch them if I even have only the slightest notion of who the guest is. Which is why I’ve fallen in love with Michael Buble recently. And Coeur de Pirate, who sings in French and whose lyrics I don’t understand, but I’m terribly taken by (check out the song in that link and try not to fall in love with it — I dare you). And then there was that Billy Bob Thornton thing you may or may not have heard about. It’s also where I learned of Lily Allen and her many (English-language) talents!

I like to think QTV is the TED of pop culture… kinda. It’s got that intellectual growth vibe to it, at least. Check it out on YouTube…

I’ll be back to creating soon enough (in fact, I’m already starting to take notes on a new play), but I’m particularly enjoying this round of the consumption… Maybe a little too much…

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