Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam

Got some useful sleep last night-- I was pretty cranked out yesterday, and it helped. Having to get up early this morning kinda kicked my ass a bit though, the freakin' morning meeting was one I could have easily skipped, other than to make an impression on the uberbigboss (i.e. boss4).

Did host a meeting after that where I got stuff accomplished.

Still learning Access. Have an e-book now though, which helps. I'm used to flat-field databases, so it's more the conceptual stuff that's making me narf.

Did some noodling on making a movie. I keep coming back to the primary concept, which is telling a story. It's way too easy to get wrapped up in everything else and forget that basic thing. Unfortunately, I don't have a particular story in mind that I feel passionate about. I have lots of story ideas, and lots of starts, but no good finishes and nothing in the seven-minutes-or-less category.

I do have one idea that's bubbling around in my tiny brain. It's sort of J-horror flavored: I love Japanese ghosts, but not the ghost-in-the-technology crap of One Missed Call or Ringu (I liked Ringu, don't get me wrong, I just think the concept of haunting through personal electronics or the internet is silly). So it's sort of a ghost story, but different than what I've seen anywhere else. Trying to tell it in seven minutes is a challenge: how do you develop a sympathetic character in that short a time without resorting to cliché?

It requires one strong performer in the lead role. Some tricky stuff, like responding to things that aren't really there, and accurately hitting marks without being obvious about it.

I still have some stuff to work out about the story. As is, I think it's too long to fit in a seven-minute box, but I supppose I should write it first and see.

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