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25 October 2010 @ 03:31 pm
Back home!  I knew I would be busy, but I didn't realize I would be that busy.

There were a lot of panels and roundtables.  Some were with screenwriters, some with producers, managers, development executives, etc.  So there was a nice cross-section of the industry in attendance.  I took a ton of notes, and will be typing them up sometime in the next few days.  I'm glad I did take notes, because already trying to remember what was said in Thursday and Friday's panels is tough.  I did get the chance to meet a lot of the other semifinalists, and hit it off with a few; relationships are a big deal, and this was a great opportunity to start cultivating a few.  It's not just about meeting people who can do something for you (i.e., give you money); making connections with your peers is a big part of making it. 

I think I made some good contacts, heard a lot of useful advice, heard a little bit of really useful advice, and maybe made a potential connection or two.  It's certainly more than I had last week at this time; I kind of think my parents thought I might actually get an agent or something this weekend, which just wasn't ever going to happen, but I'm on the right track.

As for Austin itself, it was just so hot and humid, and I remembered why I sometimes got depressed living there in the first place.  I just hate being hot all the time, and since panels and such were being held in a handful of buildings downtown, I was constantly having to walk quickly from one place to the next; every time I'd cool down and get comfortable it was out on the street again.  It was so nice to step off a plane this morning and into 55 degrees.  Oh, fall.  ILU.

Fun stuff: Thursday night my sister and I went to the Shaun of the Dead Quote-Along at the Drafthouse, which was a-ma-zing.  (Although we both would have chosen more and different quotes to highlight up on the screen.)  We got little inflatable cricket bats to whap our neighbors with anytime there was a killing zombies scene, and the movie itself is obviously so much fun; it's always great to watch things like that with a bunch of other fans.  There's just such a fun energy that goes along with it, that you don't usually get at the movies.  Friday night the festival put on a pitch competition.  I didn't sign up myself, but watching it was entertaining and also useful.  Three executives/producers were the judges, and after each pitch would offer up their critique.  Knowing what kinds of things they wanted to hear in a pitch will hopefully come in handy one day.  And it was very exciting when my favorite pitch ended up winning; that never happens!

Last night my sister and I went back to the Drafthouse, but for a regular screening this time.  We'd thought about seeing Night of the Living Dead in Hecklevision (you text your MST3K-esque comments and they appear on screen), but we had to wake up at 4am this morning and that show wouldn't have let out till 11pm, and we're too old.  So we went to a matinee of Paranormal Activity 2.  I'm an enormous wuss as it is, and I'm particularly afraid of demon possession movies, but I managed to watch the worst parts through my fingers to such an extent that I didn't get as freaked this time as I did watching the first one.  Good movie, but there was definitely a Hollywood, bigger-budget gloss (including a few ill-advised CGI moments) that just made it less scary.  Still, the Drafthouse is always a superb film-watching experience, and I was glad to finally share it with my sister, after years and years of going on and on about it.

Really tired, and looking forward to chilling and writing tomorrow.  Speaking of writing, the whole weekend has just made me really jazzed about it.  I know it won't last forever, but now I'm like, "I'm going to start that new spec, and start a revision of the first draft I wrote earlier this year, and my notes on Flesh and Blood were great and I'm ready to go back to the drawing table, and I want to write two TV specs, and maybe a pilot...I can get that all done in November!"  So I'm hoping to sustain that energy as long as I can - it really would behoove me to try and do at least half of those things in the next three months, and I think if I really make a point of writing every single day, even if it's just for an hour, I can do it.

(Heh, I also totally wrote some fic this weekend.  What else was I going to do on the plane?!)
nhpw: sheridannhpw on October 25th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
YAY! I'm so glad you had a good time! The quote-along sounds awesome - inflatable bats, LOL! And very excited to read plane-writing fic, too. :))

Also, re: the part you left out of your post about the guy you met at the BBQ, I told my husband that because I was so super-jazzed and says, "I knew that. How did you not know that?" So apparently it's not industry sekrits, and Disney will not eat that guy's children.

Shannonkungfuwaynewho on October 26th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
Heh; are you sure he wasn't mansplaining Tron to you? Maybe it was common knowledge and I just never ended up reading about it, IDK; I was just glad to hear it, in any event! Sadly, I was kind of thinking about it some more, and figured that his CGI unaging will probably not be as creepy, because he's fairly close to the same weight he was back then. I think part of why JB looks so uncanny valley is that he's obviously put on some weight and the young face looks kind of oddly puffy (it actually reminds me of Pee Wee Herman's jerk friend that steals his bike). And I don't think Bruce's face will end up looking like that.

Why do I spend so much time thinking about shit like this. Why.
nhpwnhpw on October 26th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
I don't think he was mansplaining Tron to me. The subtext behind his comment and tone and facial expression said, "You are the obsessed fan, not me. How is it that this got by you?"

Which, you know, translates in my mind to "You should totally spend more time learning about Bruce and Tron and analyzing B5 on the interwebs." *shrug*

Shannonkungfuwaynewho on October 26th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Blarg I meant to put a winky face after the mansplaining question. Anyway! I do think you have settled on the correct interpretation of his comment, though. That is definitely what he meant for you to do. Yes.

I am trying to figure out why we didn't know about this, though. I was excited and reading about Tron long before I even started watching B5; you'd have thought I'd have ran into that article on the SFX that brings it up.
nhpwnhpw on October 26th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
I think it was kept pretty close to the vest until recently. Have you looked at the Tron: Evolution voice talent thingy that ufgator1977 put up? (posted in Bruce's fan community over the weekend if you need to go back and look for it.) It pretty much gives it away. You even get a glimpse of video game Bruce. Video game Bruce(/Alan) = not so great, really - but Bruce being interviewed and doing the voiceover thing? Adorable. He's so cute the way he gets excited about his work.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on October 26th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
No I did not! I think I went back five or six pages on my flist and gave up on catching up on my internets, so thank you for pointing that out; I probably wouldn't have seen it otherwise.

Bruce being interviewed and doing the voiceover thing? Adorable. He's so cute the way he gets excited about his work.

Fixed that for you.
nhpwnhpw on October 27th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
ghanima sun: happyghanimasun on October 26th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a great time!
Shannon: fringe swingkungfuwaynewho on October 26th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
I did! Although a stressful time, too. I wish I'd had a free day to have more fun, instead of trying to squeeze things in between panels and such.