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Too Funny…

Posted in assistants, Hollywood on February 19, 2009 by alaindominic
Not the greatest video, but funny, and most importantly for our purposes, instructional. A few days ago no one knew who these assistants were, they were nameless and faceless to the rest of the industry. But by creating this video, they have created “buzz” around themselves. I’m sure by week’s end they’ll at least have an agent, if not a production deal! All because they thought out of the box and created their own project instead of waiting around for someone to hand them one. A good lesson for writers – why not shoot what you write? Make a web video, webisodes, a short film, whatever. Lesson  being, don’t wait for anyone to give you permission – go out and make your own breaks. I have a tendency to write big and expensively, but I’m trying to focus on smaller fare too, the kind I can shoot on the cheap. Also looking into graphic novels, so if your best bud happens to be an aspiring comic artist searching for unsucky material, let me know.
Also, on a mechanics of writing level, think how much better this video would be if it were about 2 minutes shorter – less is always more! Think of this when you’re editing your scenes – the shorter they are, the more powerful they will be. Always leave them wanting more…
Hollywood ASST from Back of the Class on Vimeo.

The Who, the What and the Why

Posted in Alain, breaking in, Dominic, Hollywood, screenwriting, writers on January 4, 2009 by alaindominic

Welcome. My name is Alain Dominic, and this blog was created to connect and share the highs and lows, insights and outsider perspectives of just another poor schlub trying to break into the Biz. Well, maybe not “just another” schlub, because although I am a relative beginner, I happen to take this pretty seriously (the job, not myself).

I’m dedicated to my craft in every way, from living the life of a writer to developing the mind of a writer to paying attention to the busine$$ of writing. It’s not a job or a dream but a lifestyle, and so far, not a very glamourous one. But if you truly embrace the journey, every step – every – step – becomes rewarding. Every moment of your life becomes richer and more intense than the bland seconds, days and years other mere mortals let slip through their fingers.

I have written six scripts. I have yet to sell one. I am about to start submitting my first spec that is solidly commercial and I feel is ready for the market. If you’re curious to see what happens next, keep checking in. I’ll try to update at least every couple of days. If however, you’re pretty sure you’ll never visit this site again, then in the well crafted poetics of the first girl I ever asked out — beat it, freak.