Last night I attended Light Dreams at the Alys Stephens Center! It was absolutely beautiful and inspirational… for those in the Birmingham area, you should try to make it tonight if the rain holds out. It starts at 7:30 pm with a parade, then goes straight into the music and show. Wait to eat dinner there as well, because there are several food trucks! Bring a blanket and enjoy the evening surrounded by creative folks. Awesome for the whole family (and free). It was supposed to rain last night, but ended up being perfect!
I submitted my feature screenplay for the competition on Wednesday! It was the perfect scenario b/c they only needed the first five pages of the script (which I had nailed down already), plus a bio, artist statement, cover letter and an in-depth synopsis. They let you know by mid-August if you make it to the second round, and at that time they ask to see your full screenplay. Even if I don’t make it that far in the competition, and I super jazzed to have a deadline imposed on me. I ran into my friend Charles Buchanan last night at Light Dreams, and he said it was probably a good thing that I set out initially with the hopes of writing a book. He thought that it probably made me look at the story in ways I wouldn’t have if only writing a script. I think that is very true… I had to look at my content differently since it was a very new format. I became familiar with it in ways I didn’t expect. It’s really great to now have a direct path to my goal, and bypass the unknown territory of writing a book. I can always do that later if I choose.
While I’m super goal oriented, as most of you know, there is a lot to be said about flexibility. Plans can be laid down all you want, but things rarely go the way you expect. And even if what you end up with is 100% different than what you set out for, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Sometimes we can only get where we need to go by going the wrong direction first. And, there is no “right” way to one destination, either. There is always the path of least resistance, then there are other routes that vary in scenery and difficulty. Each provides us with different lessons and experiences. They are all valuable.
I FORGOT TO MENTION! You can now watch Crush online, since it’s done with film festivals. Click here to see it… Rebecca and I hope you love it as much as we enjoyed creating it.