A very exciting project has been happening over at LA Observed, our venerable blog-about-town. Screenwriter Eric Estrin wanted to see what would happen if a group of strangers collaborated publicly on a single screenplay about this, our City of Angels.
He posted a premise, loose guidelines, and an open invitation. Nineteen writers answered the call and a story was born.
The result, Right of Way, is
…a dark, fictional look at the underbelly of LA transportation politics, complete with glamour, corruption, overweening ambition, betrayal and murder.
And now, THE STORY SPOT has joined the collaboration. What’s not to love?
In case you missed it, story consultant and Coverage, Ink founder Jim Cirile featured our post on throughlines in this week’s Coverage, Ink/Writers on the Storm Newsletter (7-23-08). Thanks Jim!
If you’re new to screenwriting or know someone who is and there’s a script burning a hole in their pocket, the Writers on the Storm 2008 Screenplay Competition’s deadline approacheth. Enter by Sunday, June 27th at midnight for your shot at $22,000 in total prizes, including a $10,000 cash grand prize. There’s more info at the WritersStorm.com site here.
‘Les ecrivains, sont-ils betes?’! Canadian screenwriters often work alone, in isolation from one another & the film community at large, and are generally ignorant on the subject of each other’s work. It is my belief that there will never be a truly astonishing creative movement in Canadian cinema until its artists kick down the cultural, geographical, and systemic walls between us… and feel free to shamelessly excite one another. Off the clock, as well as on it. This is meant to be the national coffee room. Not mine. Have at it, creators. And, their sketchy friends.
–Karen Walton, screenwriter Ginger Snaps, The Many Trials of One Jane Doe, Queer As Folk USA
Treasured readers, today I’m adding a cause to The Story Spot that I think might be relevant to many of you. The Give the Gift of Sight Foundation will give your old eyeglasses (and free vision care) to someone who needs them.
Got a new prescription? Ship your old specs to someone who’d like to see (and read!) as clearly as you do. If you’re so moved, please scroll to the bottom of this page and click the blue “Gift of Sight” image. Thank you. /djw
As you know, I love to plug LA writers and those who live a literary life. I stumbled upon Julie Robinson‘s site a while ago and though I haven’t attended any of her salons, I wanted to pass her Summer Reading List on to you. The authors and works she’s selected are some of my personal faves. She’s collected a good variety of genres from fresh and established novelists around the world so there’s something sure to please everyone. Happy reading! Literary Affairs’ Summer Reading List