Reforesting the Planet and Building Rivendell

Shubhendu Sharma is working to reforest the world and we need to help him. 
Sharma explains his standardized process for creating tiny biodiverse forests anywhere in the world using local biomass. His open-source website is built so that anyone can make their own forest using his methodology without needing to pay or use his company… at a cost less than an iPhone.

 

They can monitor the growth of forests and help people online making them. Finally, a pure example of DIY and technology coming together to create a better world, a sustainable and beautiful world.

Focus on building the future in the most beautiful ideal you can imagine.
For me it’s making movies, growing forests, and building Rivendell. Think about it, we can create an entirely new and creative infrastructure with solar panels, charging batteries, and completely eliminate carbon emissions.

 
I’m not waiting for politicians for permission (I never have) and neither should you. Just do it if you can, in any small way with whatever you have. Be creative, because otherwise the world is crafted from an image that may not serve the Greater Good….

Everyone wants to take creativity for granted, never realizing that everything you see and use was first imagined in someone’s mind or heart before it was manifested into being. Never realizing modern conveniences and liberties have only been gained on the backs and deaths of freedom fighters and geniuses who likely lived in poverty and died in disgrace, isolation, and loneliness.

Please, I implore you, use your creative faculty to imagine the ideal world you would love to be living in. STOP acquiescing (to accept something reluctantly but without protest) to the images, feelings, and negativity that’s propagated by the megalomaniacs on the world stage. You’re feeding their image of their ideal world, not creating your own or subscribing to help achieve someone else’s ideal you believe in.

This is at the heart of what Arteagan do: We create a just world in our own lives and reject what doesn’t fit, thereby attracting and creating and propagating a safer, better world for all of us to live in. You can start right now.

Scripting Family Villainy

Happy Halloween! Today I share tips and prompts to screenwriting familial villainy; Every hero needs a villain and in contrast to The Joker villain which I wrote about here, we will take a look at villains hiding in plain sight: family. What’s more terrifying than family trauma? And how do Heroes purge toxic family? Read this 2,000 word post that will strengthen your writing and ideally, the Hero or Heroine inside YOU. 

 


 

The Adventures of Natalee Arteaga are rich in wisdom and full of close encounters, fantastic enemies, incredible mistakes, plentiful missions, brave speeches, and noble battles. Through it all I’ve conquered external and internal foes with Truth, Revelation, Boundaries, and Transparency. My life has been saved exclusively by Curiosity and Imagination, shielding me from total destruction at someone else’s hand or mine own. What saves your hero inside when the going gets the toughest? 

 


 

To tailor your villain, first build your hero or heroine. Who is he? What does she believe in? What are their blind spots? When you build the character of your hero/heroine and their weaknesses, build up their equal opposite (or not, but I love how opposites attract!). 

I watch lots of Christopher Nolan. I watched Inception three times in a row straight before I figured out the ending.

I FIGURED OUT THE ENDING TO INCEPTION ALL BY MYSELF! 

 


 

Honestly, I never saw this coming.

I’ve unearthed a real life family villain. An occurrence I never could have written unless I experienced it first hand. If you’re stuck (and even if you’re not) the first place you should look for inspiration is in your own family and go down the list thinking about every single person and how they treat you and make you feel. Ask yourself, Have they passed the integrity test with me? Is there mostly love with a few character defects here and there or more abuse and harm to you than good times?

 



How could the mind that figured out the ending to Inception take this long to sever this connection to this toxic family member? Every hero has a blind spot! Mind stayed blind for almost 30 years before it could see!

*Peruse the ten links that support severing ties with toxic family here to 1. become familiar with others who have cut ties with overtly and covertly abusive family members and 2. familiarize yourself with other weapons you can use in your story.

You might learn about other forms of abuse that you’ve been subjected to that you had no idea were actually even considered abuse; perhaps it was that normalized. You’ll feel angry about it, and likely ashamed. It’s okay. You didn’t “let it happen” and their abuse on you was NOT your fault! I don’t care what you were told. I’m here with you. We’re okay.

 


 

This is my last communication with someone we will call BARF. I’m publishing this for two reasons:

1. Because she immediately disrespected my boundaries after explicitly asking her to honor them so now I’m sharing with the entire world the truth of how she treated me and how ugly she really is. (At least to me she was)

2. Because I didn’t have these words my whole life (this person has a very strong and manipulative personality and ran roughshod over me pretty much all of our interactions and especially when no one else was around when it was even worse) until right now. If anyone else is out there needing these words, I want you to have them and use them. I support all rawness in your letters because it’s part of healing.  

 


 

My scathing, irate, volatile message below, shortened for brevity:

 

““Barf”. I now fully understand the shocking extent of your efforts in keeping me alienated from family I could relate to and who would love me and accept me for who I am. [plot twist]

All those invitations you were asked to extend to me throughout the past 30 years that never reached me. The past 14 years I’ve been doing family research looking for family as I sat at your mothers kitchen table with you not uttering a word about my relatives living right in Chicago. You watched me spend an entire lifetime pursuing a livable career in the arts and never connected me to my cousins who shared the same passions, knowing it would make a difference in my life to have contemporaries I could relate to. Years of watching your daughters bully me and letting them get away with it. Covertly abusing me yourself with your own style of abusing power: betraying my boundaries, turning yourself into the victim to devalue my own feelings and autonomy, gaslighting, and other sick tricks until I got wise enough to demand the right to my own boundaries. You care so much about how you look to others and that you look like this staunch believer full of righteousness who prioritizes her family and her faith, because underneath you have an ugly heart that’s sad and jealous and an ugly mind filled with deception, cognitive bias, and familial sadism. You’re a liar. You lie.

You withheld a whole reservoir of familial love I have never known and it has made ALL the difference in the quality of life I have lived in every way possible.

Thinking of doing to [my 6 year old niece] what you did to me is chilling and incomprehensible. I could never treat her the way you treated me my whole life for a fraction of a second. I promise to your God that I am wholeheartedly authentically disgusted by your entire being you make humans call “Barf”. Gross.

[Now that I’m an Aunt myself – It is startlingly clear to me she definitely never loved me.] Our relationship could have been so different and it’s painful to think of how close we could have been and how deeply you have betrayed that potentiality.

I don’t care what contributed to the ugly person you are, you made the wrong choice over and over and over and over again for my entire life while smiling at me trying to look like the Good Samaritan who brought the cold washcloths. I know who you really are now. This is our end.

I don’t allow toxic miserable people in my life, so please stay away from me. [Me explaining this message isn’t to engage with her but to end our connection and move on] 

[Me telling her to heed my warning, respect my boundaries, and keep everyone else out of it otherwise I’m going to expose her to other family members and online and more] 

I deserve this boundary with you. Never dealing with you again is a gift I give to myself.

Lastly, I want you to know that you didn’t win; Not only do I still have my integrity intact, I never turned into an ugly hateful sabotaging person like you, and I DID get to have a real family after all. I fall in love with something in each new family member I meet and my life is a zillion times richer since the family reunion.

You’re a horrible miserable loser who lost me forever.

I won because I never let you break my spirit, I never gave up on myself, I never lowered myself to your sick level, and I never gave up on my dream of having a real family who loves me for who I really am.

Though I would hope you choose to heal, I don’t care. Your choices will never effect my life ever again and that’s all that matters.”

 

Her response:

 

“Excuse me Natalee, I will disregard your mis conception and forward this to your dad.”

 


Just so everyone understands incase this happens to you, check out my logical breakdown of what’s happening here. 

 

Firstly, a misconception is a view that is incorrect based on faulty thinking.

All of my reasoning and logic is supported by the facts of the past and what actually happened between us. Not my faulty thinking. You don’t hurt someone and then tell them their pain is just their misconception. Clearly her natural response is gaslighting: manipulating me psychologically into questioning my own sanity by telling me I’M the one who is mistaken. It’s a very simple psychological tool of mental/emotional/psychological fuckery once you get used to it. I didn’t respond to her of course, I blocked her across all platforms including her phone number. #win

Her cognitive bias? (Our thinking has evolved to take shortcuts, but a cognitive bias makes our judgement irrational – there’s a misfiring in the brain causing the person to lose objectivity) Reactance. She reacted in the predictably opposite way as a knee-jerk contrarian. Being uncooperative is her way of taking her power back and therefore, seeing herself as superior over me.

Her illogical reasoning? She’s using an Appeal to Authority. Saying she will “forward this to your dad” tells me her brain’s shortcut to solving her problems are going to be to go to the highest authority she can find and do whatever it takes to manipulate their favor, in this case: it’s my own father. An appeal to authority is not a valid argument, and she completely disregards the empirical evidence I put before her. She’s also now exploiting her relationship with him for unethical favors. She did this to me growing up too.

Using an appeal to authority can be dangerous when that authority is corrupt or wrong, therefore having no bearing upon the argument at hand. She’s taking something completely irrelevant and using it to somehow strengthen her position and intimidate me psychologically. 

Also, it’s incredibly clear in her response her total inability to handle this adult confrontation on her own, still attempting to infantilize me like she’d always done. #boring

What does your family villain do to your hero or heroine psychologically? How does it go down when someone tries to stand up for themselves? How much can they take? Are they ever able to be truly free?

 


 

When I woke up the next morning I felt an entire burden was lifted off my life and I could see clearly and crisply into my future. It shines that much brighter now, every single time I do something great for myself. What feelings have you gone through? What is your hero going through? 

While this is my scathing, irate, and raw message to this person who hurt me so deeply, now that I’ve confronted her and removed her from my entire life FOREVER, I am truly at peace. Meaning, I’m not angry anymore. At all. I put any vitriolic response to her abuse into that message and there is where it stays. All the negativity has left me completely, and I feel truly blessed to now have the grace of peace in my heart. She can’t upset me anymore, not with smear campaigns or anything else. She can’t hurt me. I’m free.

I feel secure and stable and happy. It hurt to do it, believe it or not, but this is what Heroes do. And this is what your hero needs to do: RISE above the villain.

 


 

In the very end of your story, your heroine or hero MUST RISE ABOVE THE VILLAIN. 

Set your hero or heroine free at the end, not necessarily of the villain if their story continues, but of the ability of the villain to hurt your hero/heroine.

I choose to be Batman every single day. Make no mistake, this is my choice. I don’t want to go low, I want to be Batman! Let me share a story of what happens when YOU or your hero makes the sad choice and let the villain win….

In the Injustice Series the Joker manipulates Superman into killing Lois Lane and their unborn child. Superman, unhinged, goes to kill the Joker and has him by the collar.

The Joker, however, doesn’t plead for his life, or say any witticisms… he just laughs maniacally. This makes Superman angrier and angrier…

The Joker is of course laughing his fucking ass off because he knows he has won over Superman. He has proved his ultimate philosophy and dies cackling in his completely validated illusory superiority!

I can’t let that happen to me! Don’t let it happen to you!

You will have to make these choices for your characters and in your life too!

Choose wisely, let go of toxicity without and within. That’s the secret to elevation of Heroes and Heroines akin. Happy reading and writing for the silver screen. But most of all, Happy Halloween!!!

My Scorpio Love Letter

“I fucking love loving and love fucking Scorpios I fucking love.” ~ Natalee Arteaga

WELCOME TO SCORPIO SEASON

 

Scorpio is the only zodiac sign that never produces a superficial person. (I’ve always intuited this as a Capricorn female and that’s why we’re such naturally gravitated pals) You are individuals made complex through a lifetime of managing a reservoir of passion roiling beneath the surface of your consciousness at any given moment.

I have a new and even deeper appreciation for you as I write this today, sipping my coffee, wondering what your thoughts are on this and on that. Your insights are the hungriest, and you’re the only people I’ve ever met who can look me in the eye and hold that contact without ever looking away. I love this about you and I love that we can both communicate this way. It’s special, and it’s because you’re not afraid of anything: not even me. In fact, in you, I meet my match, and in me, you meet yours.

I admire your strength to carry on with all that suffering and knowing, to wear your masks so well that others wouldn’t dare challenge your quiet authority. What you decide to make of your pain, what determines your character, is defined by all three symbols of the Scorpio: The Scorpion, The Phoenix, and the Eagle. I have explicit compassion for the lower level scorpions whose souls have degraded to hatred, lies, pettiness, bigotry, ego, crime, and succumbing to the ease of manipulating the sheep around us. VERY few people know how to wield power judiciously, and that’s why we sense an inherent mutual respect between us, Scorpio. Capricorns have power/authority issues to work through too, so we also possess a sensitive awareness of the imbalance of power, misuse of authority, and karmic issues in controlling our own Selves throughout our lives. When a Capricorn or Scorpio walk into a room, this emanates and is sensed by others.

I love to indulge and breathlessly admire the higher evolved Eagle Scorpios who have crafted lives of unbreakable integrity with their pain, likely after many cycles of suffering where they were reborn in new wisdom and awareness after each scorching of their soul. The Eagle and Scorpion represent the two paths you choose from in life and the Phoenix represents the transformation that you go through to achieve it. { To Other Signs: Can you imagine living a life where you’re always in one of these three states? Does it sound exhausting? Why do you think Scorpios are nuclear power plants of energy? They have stamina, baby. }

Whether you manifest your intense powers for evil or for Goodness, the truth is that you bear the responsibility of making the choice to rise above the desire to create new pain, and to be honest with yourself about your difficulty in doing so.

People go their whole lives never touching a thought like that, but Scorpios deal with a subconscious intensity of this intuitive inner wrestling practically from birth. It manifests through personality and character in different ways, many times as a deep distrust of others, and it’s always fascinating for me to observe each individual for who they have chosen to be.

Whether they are older Scorpios or wise young ones, who they are showing you and as much of themselves as they are revealing, are very deliberate choices. So you should feel grateful whenever one of these special people have chosen to reveal anything about themselves with you or to you. When you’re someone they can be comfortable enough to be more, most, or all of themselves with, they truly glow with a luminous intensity that should only ever be protected, appreciated, nurtured, and respected, in privacy.

This poem is for you. To show you you’re not alone, there’s an introvert Capricorn screenwriter in Chicago who is offering digital comfort, LOL. Because the Good Scorpios, the Eagles of Integrity, you are my Superheroes. I don’t idolize celebrities or famous people. I idolize ideals that are close to my heart, and I know what their traits and expressions look like in others. Browsing through my past, it’s been you Eagle and Phoenix phase Scorpios who have inspired me to be my own personal greatest, and today I celebrate the beginning your new season of the next transformative epoch of your life. Happiest of happy birthdays to all Scorpios, I hope your gifts this year include peace and solace for an aching heart, resolution for a deep pain, swift removal of all toxicity, and plenty of self-multiplying love, wisdom, creativity, and happiness to fill all your empty cups till they runneth over.

 

Bad Days Stranger

I believe that, whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you… stranger

Though I didn’t exactly feel that way when my life was in danger

I grew stronger after defeat, failure, depression, and survival

But those obstacles changed me with each demise and revival

Trauma, abuse, and the grit I bit to remain

Living breath to breath to ease the pain

Whatever hasn’t killed me seared on me their stigmata

Bizarre seeing me, the scarred persona non grata

Pristine persons who try to interact encounter confusion

When I don’t behave predictably in expected collusion

To that person I am “strange”

To me I was meant to change

They say I’m unsettling and unusual

Blind to keloid beauty, original construal

What couldn’t kill me made me strange and left me with scars

Bad days taught me, you shouldn’t lust for deranging stars

29 Loglines

It can not be understated the importance of a great logline. Keep in mind, even the best or rather simplest written loglines can still fall short conveying how creative the film will ultimately express itself. That’s not the logline’s job though, so put that aside.

The logline is about instant understanding.

So, what is the movie about? I initially have trouble boiling this down, so don’t feel bad if you do too. But boil, we must.

Get some scratch paper and a writing instrument. I say writing instrument because I don’t know who you are; Maybe you’re someone’s mom and the closest thing in reach is a soggy sugar cookie. Or maybe you’re backpacking Europe and are jotting your ideas down with eyeliner. I used to run out of paper and write ideas on disassembled Tri-X film boxes. 

My screenwriting philosophy is individual-focused and anti-formula. This is what worked for me, and it might for you. Read the list of 29 and as soon as you get a feeling, write something down. Anything. While anything can lead to something, nothing can’t lead to anything. So don’t judge what you write. Look away, come back. You’ll likely find you have something better to work with than you previously thought. 

Your logline makes the 30th, if it doesn’t read as good as the rest, keep working on it until it does.

Let me know how it goes: Natalee@NataleeArteaga.com

THE GODFATHER

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

TITANIC

A young man and woman from different social classes fall in love aboard an ill-fated voyage at sea.

PULP FICTION

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

THE MATRIX

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

FOREST GUMP

Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

CASABLANCA

Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

REAR WINDOW

A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

THE HELP

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid’s point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

ROCKY

A small time boxer gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

THE ARTIST

Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

SAW

With a dead body laying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed “Jigsaw”. The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.

DJANGO UNCHAINED

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

CLERKS

A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

ONCE

A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.

THE FULL MONTY

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for “the full monty” – total nudity.

THE LION KING

Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.

ET: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

A meek and alienated little boy finds a stranded extraterrestrial. He has to find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet.

AMERICAN BEAUTY

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s attractive friend.

TAXI DRIVER

A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

HALLOWEEN

A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.

RESERVOIR DOGS

After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT

Three film students go missing after traveling into the woods of Maryland to make a documentary about the local Blair Witch legend leaving only their footage behind.

One Writers Revisions Process

 

How do you do your revisions?

I’m a fountain without a valve:

I gush on or shut off. 

 

After I frenzily finish a script, I completely ignore it for a few weeks. I put my attention elsewhere to cleanse my palette thoroughly. I make sure I have a lot of time with myself so I can hear my intuition.

Then, I dive back in. I’ll read and write and change pretty obsessively until I get it to where it “feels” right. Then I’m pretty exhausted again and I shut it all down, go to sleep, or go off to do something else.

This is me formalizing a structure to my natural creative process for your benefit incase it also happens to work for you.

The key is to trust your Self. Follow your intuitive desires, thoughts, curiosity, and inklings. I trust in my own timing as creator. I trust that when the time is right, this intellectual property will finish itself the way it wants to be, at completion. It always does.

It could be in the middle of a conversation with a new person, waking up thirsty, finally falling asleep after fighting against it, driving on the open road, walking, or doing any of the things I do in my life–  but my next moment of inspiration will strike. And the faucet whirls back “on” for it. Or for something else, and I follow that through, too.

It goes on in this cyclical manner for quite some time, again always until I get it to where it feels “right”.

 

The important things to remember are the things that SUPPORT your creation and the things that THWART your creation.

 

Fear, self-doubt, hating your self, hating your life, deep regrets, shame, and guilt will all THWART your efforts to create. If you’ve gotten as far as to have written and completed a screenplay there must be some part of you that is attempting to break free. If you’re being harassed by the above saboteurs, work on controlling your thoughts. It’s really hard. So work hard.

 

For those who live in and support themselves on the quality of their intellectual property, it’s of the utmost sincerest importance that your mental, creative, and emotional faculties remain unobstructed to creative genius and favorable decision-making.

 

So now that you’re creating or maintaining a safe place inside yourself where you’re loved enough to allow your individuality and creativity reveal itself, these are the simple steps to produce your best revisions (according to Moi):

  1. After completion of the first draft of the script, leave it alone for a minimum of two weeks. If you have any genuine changes, insights, or epiphanies during the two weeks or more, write them down to get it out. Put them in the same place, like an envelope with the script in a drawer or folder, before directing your attention elsewhere immediately. The point is to get it down and move on as quickly as possible: spend only as much time as it takes to transfer the idea to physical paper. Do not linger on the story seeking new inspiration! 
  2. Do things to continue to put distance between you and the story: Meet, find, see different people. Try things outside of your comfort zone; if you stray too far be sure to nurture yourself with comforting activities, food, and alone time. Watch movies, read books, drive, walk, re-focus on important relationships, help someone else, travel, re-enforce your boundaries, redirect attention to other revenue streams and businesses, and my favorite thing: learn. This is the best way to put distance between you and the story, stretching another brain map area by continuously trying. It’s in the trying. Get yourself “into” something else. Pick a new “thing”.
  3. Okay it’s been two weeks, what now? If it’s been two weeks or you’re ready to come back and comb the script with your revision (whichever comes first), you will find that along with your script when you come back to it, you will have LOTS of changes to make!! Beautiful assortments of papers will not only re-inspire you, but further validate confidence in yourself. You will feel pride and appreciate that the time and care you put into taking care of yourself was instrumental in nourishing you to finish what you started at the quality caliber you initially wrote it. It will basically have revised itself.

What if I don’t have any notes? Have received no inspiration or insights? Can’t stop the thwarting thoughts crippling me with insecurity, fear, and unworthiness?

Then you need support! No shame, my friend. I might be able to assist you overcoming this intellectual property debacle, or it might be beyond my capacity to help you. You can give me the important details after the jump if you’re interested in trying something different. There’s only honest and confidential information shared between us, so if I asses that something else might work better, you’ll receive the benefit of my suggestion at no charge.

Try it, it might work for you. Let me know how it goes: Natalee@NataleeArteaga.com

 

12 Spec Script Deal Favorites of 2017

There were 61 spec script deals last year as reported by blcklst.

I read them. These below are my 12 personal favorites! I’ve written a comment under each one as noted by the bullets.

To read the entire list, click here.

Infinite 

Logline: A schizophrenic discovers his hallucinations are actually memories of past lives that he can access as well as the skills he possessed in those time periods. Writer: Ian Shorr Genre: Science Fiction Agency: UTA Management: Bellevue Productions Buyer: Paramount Pictures Date: 3/15/17 Notes: The spec is based on The Reincarnationist Papers, an unpublished novel by D. Eric Maikranz.

  • Schizophrenics! Past Lives! Love it.

 

Body Cam 

Logline: Several LAPD officers are haunted by a malevolent spirit that is tied to the murder of a black youth at the hands of two white cops… all of which was caught on a body cam video that was destroyed in a cover up. Writer: Richmond Riedel Genre: Supernatural Action Management: Bellevue Producer: Brian Robbins Date: 3/31/17 Notes: Four outfits bidding. Mid-six figures. First-timer.

  • Highly original, I would love to see this on screen.

 

This is Jane 

Logline: A Chicago woman founds and maintains the underground abortion service “Jane,” a group of women who taught themselves how to perform abortions in the years before Roe V. Wade. Writer: Dan Loflin Genre: Historical Drama Agency: ESA Management:Heller Highwater Buyer: Amazon Studios Date: 5/6/17. Notes: Reported six-figure deal.

  • Chicago. Women. Abortions. History. What’s not to love!? This reads like it’s going to be one of my favorite historical dramas.

 

Courage 

Logline: Described as being in the vein of Inception and Edge of TomorrowWriter: Karl Gajdusek Genre: Science Fiction Agency:Verve Management: Management 360 Buyer: 20th Century Fox Date:6/27/17. Notes: Gajdusek is executive producer of the Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’.

  • One word that got me: INCEPTION O.o

 

Untitled Hill Project 

Logline: Described as a supernatural “Se7en” with a female lead. Writer: Brian Edward Hill Genre: Supernatural Horror Thriller Agency: ICM Partners Management: Heroes and Villians Entertainment Buyer: Voltage Pictures Date: 7/11/17. Notes: Preemptive purchase.

  • “Supernatural ‘Se7en’ with a female lead”, say no more! I’m on board.

 

Untitled Supernatural Thriller 

Logline: Has been described as being in the vein of What Lies Beneath Writer: Bragi F. Schut Genre:Supernatural Thriller Agency: Verve Management: Realm Management Buyer: Original Films Date: 8/22/17.

  • Anything “in the vein” of What Lies Beneath deserves a chance.

 

We Interrupt This Program 

Logline: The script explores the chaos of creative genius that resulted in the infamous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, narrated and directed by Orson Welles before he made his directing debut on Citizen KaneWriter: Sean Sorensen Genre: Drama Management:ROAR Buyer: Echo Lake Productions Date: 9/18/17.

  • Creative genius + Orson Welles = “Yes” from Natalee.

 

Dorothy & Alice 

Logline: Haunted by nightmares of Oz’s impending destruction, Dorothy Gale finds herself in a home for others like her with troubling, vivid dreams. While she is there, she meets a mysterious girl, Alice — who involves her in a perilous quest to not only save the worlds of imagination — those which we come to realize are real and not just dreams — but the world as we know it. Writer: Justin Merz Genre: Fantasy Drama Agency: Paradigm Management: Gotham Group Buyer: Netflix Date:10/13/17. Note: Described as a “competitive bidding situation”.

  • This is so wonderfully creative and imaginative! I hope I hope I hope it makes it to screen!! Fingers are crossed.

 

Skyward 

Logline: True story about two families in 1979 who secretly build a homemade hot air balloon in their garage in a plan to escape over the Berlin Wall. Writer: Joe Ballarini Genre: Historical Drama Agency:Paradigm Buyer: 20th Century Fox Date: 1/26/2017

  • I’ll almost always go with anything having to do with the Berlin Wall <3

 

Marian 

Logline: After a conspiracy to conquer England in which the love of her life Robin Hood dies before her eyes, Marian picks up the cause to lead her people into a pivotal war. She comes to power, charging into a battle that will not only decide the fate of the kingdom but will see her don the mantle of the man she loved. In the process, she rises as a legend herself. Writer: Pete Barry Genre: Action Drama Agency: Paradigm Management:Pannon Entertainment Buyer: Sony Pictures Entertainment Date: 3/6/17. Notes: First-timer. Preemptive purchase.

  • THIS is going to be SO badass!!! Built in audience, everyone rooting for Marian. Courage. Bravery. Friendship. Loyalty in Love and Death. Womanhood. (At least, I hope Pete Barry gets it right!)

 

Twin Blades 

Logline: Zoe, an American tech entrepreneur who relocates her company to China, and Maylin, a local female bodyguard hired to protect her struggle to coexist in their daily routine. When Zoe’s life is threatened, the two must put aside their differences and join forces to survive. Write: Ingrid Eskeland-Adetuyi Genre: Action Comedy Agency: APA Management: Zero Gravity Management Buyer: Cristal Pictures, The Donners’ Company Date: 3/13/17 Notes: First-time writer. Recent graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

  • I hope this is really funny. Like stitches in your side funny. If it is, it has potential to be a modern day buddy-comedy classic a la Coming to America meets Miss Congeniality.

 

The Best of Adam Sharp 

Logline: A man (Adam) on the cusp of fifty is restless as his marriage has gone stale. He can’t quite forget a romance he had twenty years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed woman named Angelina Brown who taught him what it meant to find — and then lose — love. Out of the blue, he gets a one word email from Angelina. He responds and his life takes a significant turn. Writer: Graeme Simsion Genre: Romantic Drama Agency: ICM Partners Buyer: Vocab Films Date: 5/23/17. Notes: This is an option deal.

  • Oh come on. You know I’m a hopeless romantic, right?