UPDATED: October 4, 2020
Lights, Camera, Paranormal Action! is my Women In Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) From the DarkSide competition winning pitch. In March, 2020, I attended the week-long festival and workshop here in Vancouver.
Currently, I’ve uploaded the script to the industry site, The Blacklist. It’s one of the few sites that are industry-connected and offer reasonably priced script evaluations. See the following on the evaluation of Lights, Camera, Paranormal Action!
“The script has wonderful moments of levity, mixed into themes of aspirations and identity. While Beth is an introvert in an existential crisis, when Thor magically appears, with his big personality and his own ontological dilemma, they are a well-curated “odd couple”. Their pairing is a nice yin to each other’s yang, which creates some laugh out loud moments. The love-interest plot, culled with the comedic adventure exploration is a fresh take on the genre, while creating enough “world-building” moments for Thorvald to be the conduit to the “consciousness awakening”.“
More info–> I believe you have to register to see the evaluation, but it is free unless you are hosting a script. WGC and WGA members get discounts, too!
Background–> In 2020, while working at my day job, I wrote the script.
Lights, Camera, Paranormal Action! is now a full-length movie script of 100 pages (from a high of 105 pages at one point). Commentary from Nikki Saltz, the story editor provided to me by the competition helped my writing. I also received comments on my pitch from Jan Miller, my co-winners and the WIFT reps which were helpful in the rewrite. I’m looking forward to doing another rewrite based on the notes from the Blacklist evaluation (which contained great suggestions for this script.)
Current stage of development: Shopping to producers.
In August 2020, I sent the script out to the interested producers and I await word. I was very pleased that one of them got back to me within six hours over night to tell me they’d read it! Later I got two encouraging rejections and I await more responses.
The festival gave us great resources in that we got an email listing so we could double-check our rough notes. The only email I had wrong was one where the participant wasn’t on the official list but was, I assume, taking her boss’s place.
My logline: A failed actress and a Viking ghost solve paranormal mysteries on Vancouver film sets. It’s a full length comic paranormal movie.
I’ve presented the pitch at the WIFT-Vancouver Film Festival in March to several local producers. Then, I redid it ,and wrote the script in order to present this pitch at the Frontieres Film market July 2020. The market was fully online which meant we didn’t (sadly) get to visit Montreal this year. But the online nature of it didn’t hinder meetings which was great. I had a lot of meetings and garnered quite a bit of interest in the script!
I worked on my social media plus checked out the list of attendees. I needed to figure out who would be a ‘good fit’ for the project and request a meeting with them. The festival used a MarComm system so it’s all online.
I’m happy enough with this but it would have been terrific to see Montreal again! Also, my assistant producer is Jessica who although fully bilingual has never visited Quebec and we were hoping for that to happen. Maybe we’ll attend another year when travel is possible.
We’re also working on a graphic for the presentation, which I will unveil just before Frontieres here online. It takes some time to develop a really interesting image that encompasses the story. I’m not worried though because I have the tremendous and generous talents of Kelman Design and Glen Schroeder working on the “movie poster” (but sized for Zoom) graphic. I’m really excited about it! Once it’s done, I’ll be ordering all sorts of swag with the image on them!
See About Cat Girczyc to learn more about my screenwriting background.