Fools by Martin Walker

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

So I'm already halfway through the first quarter of the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA. Working on a new script that will remain a secret. Haha, just because it blows right now. But as they say, it's all in the rewriting right? Anyway, the good thing is that being in the program forces me to write regularly. Not that I have been. I find myself writing in spurts, when my script pages are due.

But anyway, I'm still wondering which I prefer, the writing part or the directing part? Directing is physically demanding and requires a very different skills set than a writer, I think. And so they say that just because a person is a good writer doesn't make them a great director, and vice versa.. I'm sure there are exceptions to this though. Woody Allen comes to mind. Right now I'm just working on the craft of both. But writing, well writing I suppose would be my first love. But man it's hard to get stuff out on the page when your brain is constipated and nothing good comes out.

I read an article a while ago about the scientists who try to find the mathematical proof for String Theory. One guy said that in his lifetime, they may not be able to prove whether the String Theory is correct or not. Can you imagine, spending your entire life on something that may not have an answer or that you won't be able to find an answer to? And in some ways I think being a writer is like that. You write not because you think you'll get it right, but because you believe the pursuit is worth pursuing. Of course it would be wonderful to get acknowledgement that you don't suck as a writer and, even better, to get paid for it. But I suppose there are tons of writers who toil in obscurity, but isn't the pursuit of your dreams worth it?

So Love 10 to 1 news: we found an actor for the main role of Dustin. I have yet to meet him but I hear he's dreamy. :) Sometimes it feels like we've hit a wall with the film, but I think right now it's just because everyone's so busy. But that's really no excuse because this has to be our priority. Ugh, I need to tell myself that.


About The Three Shorts

Christine Le wrote and directed the 1st story Love 10 to 1.
The first story explores the life of a 29-year-old virgin, Jenny, who desperately wants to lose her virginity before her 30th birthday. As she encounters one loser after another on dates, Jenny pines after her boss, Dustin. While at her grandmother’s retirement home, Jenny learns a powerful lesson from her grandmother about sex and the meaning of life.

Christine Le (right) directs Shireen Nomura Mui (Jenny) & Justin Klosky (Jim).

Lucy Rodriguez wrote and directed Love Song.
The second story revolves around Shane, the lead singer of the L.A. rock band, Dirty Virgin. Shane has her pick of admirers but it’s her roommate Dustin she wants to be with. Shane confesses her feelings on Jackie and Jared’s show but when Dustin meets Cali, Shane’s shot at love starts to dwindle. With Dirty Virgin about to embark on a world tour, will Dustin realize that he’s the object of Shane’s affections? Will they risk their friendship to give this Love Song a chance?

Lucy Rodriguez & David Villar (Dustin)

Laura Somers wrote and directed Diving Lessons.
The final story picks up where Love 10 to 1 left off, but from the perspective of Jim, the guitarist of Dirty Virgin. Jim sees Jenny at a swimming pool, trying desperately to overcome her fear of diving. In fact, he finds out that she’s making a list of everything that she’s afraid of and trying to overcome them, one by one. He is instantly smitten and tries to convince her that he’s not just a rock star who ‘loves ‘em and leaves ‘em’. Can a rock star find love with a virgin?

Shireen Nomura-Mui, Laura Somers & Justin Klosky

Leah Anova is the Director of Photography for Love 10 to 1 & Diving Lessons.

Additional Cinematography on Diving Lessons by Erik Forsell

Matthew Boyd is the Director of Photography for Love Song.