Jo + Jo

Thursday, August 30, 2012

It's really starting to bother me I'm not here more.

But it's because I'm elsewhere, writing my ass off. Or puking my ass off. (Thanks Great Parents Day Out Bug of 2012!)

So much of my life to chronicle, like Harlow's first Harry Potter! Declan is now parent-free two days a week! And why I think my son may be possessed by the Devil! And in keeping with the news, why I may have inadvertently destroyed my son's future sex life!

But as I have ACT 2 issues to break in my stupid screenplay, no time for idle catchup.

And because I have lots of Act 2 issues to deal with, of course I wrote something else entirely, a short called Jo + Jo for this contest.

I know, another contest right? I'm clearly developing a problem. But the prize for this one is irresistible. Basically, the W Hotel chain has partnered with Intel for a screenplay contest. They will select 3 winning advertisements shorts that are set in one of four W Hotels (Mexico City, Doha (go ahead and look that one up), Washington D.C. and the Maldives. THE MALDIVES!!!) and cleverly incorporate an Intel Ultrabook into the story. The three winning shorts will be filmed on location (on THE MALDIVES) by Roman Coppola or one his of fellow cohorts at the Director's Bureau, and you will be flown to the set to watch the process (I cannot stress enough, on THE MALDIVES!!) and then flown to the film's premiere. Not bad for a screenplay contest.

The Maldives. This is a place that is inaccessible to the average American unless you win the lottery, join a harem, marry the sultan of the harem, or win this screenplay contest because you oh so cleverly set it in the Maldives, a place you just happened to be thinking about wistfully THE DAY BEFORE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE CONTEST. If I win, I'm chalking that up to fate. If I lose, it's back to googling harems.

So I wrote a script. I rewrote it. I went to upload, and then recoiled in horror when I realized there was one more hurdle to clear.

I had to include a video of me. Talking about my script.

There is a reason I am a photographer. There is a reason I also lasted precisely two weeks in my LA acting seminar.

I am a total goober on camera.

But I think I may have come up with a way around it. Results below. Enjoy!


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