My friend Steve is producing a project called “Project Los Angeles”, which is a feature film composed of multiple shorts. Each short film details the trials, triumphs, and on occasion, entertaining minutia of various neighborhoods in Los Angeles. He’s asked a handful of directors to create these shorts about their neighborhoods, giving each section of the final product a unique and genuine feel. The finished product is an open love letter to the town we’ve become so intimate with.
This project has been in the works for a while, and Steve approached me about writing a project an embarrassing amount of time ago. I never quite found my motivation, however- that is, until today. When it hit me, I banged up a fictional narrative detailing the unique aspects of dating whilst mired in the counter culture of Silver Lake. I wrote the first draft entirely in one day.
Here’s a snippet from my screenplay, “Silver Lake”. I became the very stereotype I was decrying by writing this. And now I’m trapped in a self-referential meta loop of recursion. Basically, it’s like I’m in The House of Leaves, except there’s raping dickwolves.
Later, feeling refreshed, invigorated, and self-satisfied, I was watching Family Guy. Brian, cartoon dog and modern day prophet, uttered words that will stick with me for a while. “You are the Spalding Gray of crap.”
Note that I’m posting this retroactively. I’ll fill in highlights of the month of April throughout today.
Brave Newbie Writers
- No Weekend Left Behind An adventure group dedicated to ensuring that when the work week is done, the weekend lives up to it’s potential.
- The Eskhaton The life and times of Cub, an adventurer I respect blossoming with energy who sucks the marrow out of life.
- This Tumblr Will Change Your Life Part instruction manual, part therapy, part religious cult, part sheer anarchy, this is a day-to-day quest very similar to “This Book Will Change Your Life”