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Hello... [Jul. 29th, 2006|04:03 am]
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Hi. My name's Zack, currently eighteen. I wrote my first screenplay when I was twelve, but I've only actively been doing it since I was fifteen. I've written five features and two shorts as of now. I'm currently working on two new screenplays as well as a second draft for an older one. I've got a couple unfinished projects sitting around too. My favorite genres are horror and drama. I like comedy and action too, but I don't think I'm very good at writing them.

Favorite screenwriter is probably Charlie Kaufman if for no other reason then his stuff is really interesting and different. My favorite directors are David Cronenberg, Sam Peckenpah, and Dario Argento.

Here's some loose info on the screenplays I've written so far:

- The Devil's Pride:
My first real attempt at a screenplay came in short at only forty some pages. It's basically my take on an eighties slasher movie. The premise is a horror cliche: Lonely kid is murdered by group of hooligans. Lonely kid returns from the grave as unstoppable killing machine and takes revenge on hooligans. Pretty basic but I had fun writing it.

- The Big Problem:
My high school drama. Written for many different reasons, like disproving high school movie cliches and doing a gritty drama, but mostly just as a way for me to vent my rage. The story revolves around two teenage boys, both of which are pretty much losers but not the whiny emo angst-y type losers. There just not very good at being social. Barely surviving their boring school and dysfunctional home life when they met up with another student who has a lot of dangerous ideas in his heads and eventually leads the group down a road of self-destruction. Along the way I make a lot of comments about teenage sexuality, drug-use, and just general angst bullcrap. My general goal here was to tear apart everything about high school that is false and just try to make an honest statement about suburban life that is neither fully negative or positive. At the time, I amazed myself at how long the screenplay was, 178 pages, and liked a lot. It's messy and unfocused and I'm currently working on a new draft.

Part one of my horror trilogy, a homage to exploitation horror movies of the sixties. Six has-been celebrities as well as three nobodies are lured to a large mansion in the woods by the promise of money. Once there, a strange little man named Mr. Sinister exposes everyone of their ugly secrets to the others. Things get pretty nasty before it's all over. This one was fun because I got to do some research for it, since I don't have any first hand experience with the decade. It also allow me to play with a genre I love. It's probably my best work because it's the only one that has a consistent pace. It also doesn't feature any of my signature trademarks, really, which is interesting for different reasons.

- Sleaze!:
Sequel to "Exploitation!" and part two of the trilogy. This one takes place in the seventies and is naturally a homage to the exploitation films of that era. The orphaned son of one of the celebrities from part one is having difficulty living his typical teenage life, dealing with details like drugs, crushes, and parents. Things take a strange turn in his life however when a unusual man named Mr. Sinister shows up at his parent's motel. This one is far more political then the last, amping up the not-so-subtle subtext of the first one. It's also more violent and nihilistic then the last, not something I'm completely proud of, but seventies cinema was generally more angry then the sixties. (Well, sort of...) The ending is a little rushed and I felt the piece was a bit to depressing as a whole, but there's a lot of good stuff here too.

- Stage Show:
A love story. Alan is a solitary recovering alcoholic who gets a job as the technical expert at a local stage performance theater. There he meets Karen, a young actress, and falls deeply in love with her. But Alan is too scared to approach her and simply watches as she lives her life and ends up finding a romance of her own with her leading man. A highly personal piece that takes the ocasional turn into the surreal. A lot more quiet then my past work. It means a lot to me.

-The Magician:
My musical. Luna just finished high school and has realized that other people have pretty much being running her life for her. When her long time boyfriend insist she moves in with him, she escapes this reality into another one, a colorful joyful place called the Carnival. There Luna meets Bella the Magician and unleashes the magic inside herself. Unfortunately, you can't escape reality forever... This was a good project. The writing process progressed quicker then my other work and I had a blast writing and composing the music. This is also the first time I could detect a clear three-act pattern in my work. Also takes the occasional dive into the surreal.

-Oh, How I Have Loved
A eight-page short that was heavily inspired by a dream I had. Another work that deals primarily with the themes of unrequited, longing love. It says a lot with a little, I hope. A nice distraction.

And that's it. Currently working/reworking on the final part of my trilogy, entitled "Splatter!" as well as an unrelated serial killer piece that I'm not completely devoted too. Anybody interested in anything please, feel free to drop me a line. I'm always open to constructive criticism/ideas/suggestions/whatever. If you've read this far, God bless you. It's appreciate so much.