One More Hill to Climb, Baby!

Running the meeting

Me, at a production meeting for “Isn’t It Romantic?”

The title of this post will be recognized by any long time New York Ranger fans. They were part of then radio play by play man Howie’s Rose’s call of the goal Stephan Matteau scored in double overtime that eliminated the New Jersey Devils and sent the Rangers to the NHL finals, where they defeated the Vancouver Canucks and won the Stanley Cup in 1994. What does this have to do with anything? It’s playoff time and I thought this would be a fun way to announce that my feature romantic comedy screenplay, Soul Mate is headed to the finals!

On April 26, eleven scripts were announced and low and behold, mine was amongst them. I have now won a free Stage 32 Next Level webinar and the logline for Soul Mate will be sent to over 500 industry professionals. Not to mention the chance to win the Grand Prize or one of the second prizes.

I’m thrilled. No question about that. This is actually the second contest where Soul Mate has been a finalist. It got down to a final six in the 2012 Wild Sound Summer Screenwriting Contest. So people think it’s pretty good.

At the start, I said I hoped to at least make the finals. I’m very happy to be there, but I would be lying if I said I don’t care about winning. I want this. Badly. Nearly all Stage 32 contest winners have gotten agents and their scripts optioned. That would be a very nice career boost. With everything else that’s been going well, this would just add to the momentum. In a very big way.

The winners will be announced on May 17. I will post my results then. So if you’re interested, and I think you are, tune in then.

In case you’re curious, you can hear Howie Rose’s amazing call and see the goal on YouTube. Let’s hope I go all the way as my Rangers did that magical season.

The Next Round

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As I recently reported, one of my latest successes was my feature length romantic comedy screenplay, Soul Mate being selected as a quarterfinalist in the Stage 32 Comedy Writing Contest. Pretty exciting. But let’s see. What would be more exciting? How about if it were selected as a semifinalist? Yes, boys and girls, that’s what I’m telling you. I was notified yesterday. Semifinals!

I am very happy and proud. Not to blow my own horn, but it’s a very good script. I worked extremely hard on it. It’s a unique and very funny story that takes place in my beloved New York. (Hence the photo above)

The story behind the story is pretty interesting too. I had the idea for it in 1988. I had written my first two screenplays when I came up with an idea for a romantic comedy, one of my favorite genres. I told my then girlfriend I was going to write one and she laughed. She informed me that I did not have a romantic bone in my body. Out of fairness, she was pretty much spot on at the time.

I wasn’t ready to write it. So it sat in the back of my mind in a little cabinet where I store my best ideas. Eventually in late 2010, I decided I was ready to write it. I did and here we are. Progressing nicely through a fairly prestigious contest.

Another interesting fact about Soul Mate. After I completed a couple of drafts, I let my ex-girlfriend read it. We have remained friends and I greatly value her opinion. She really liked it and was amazed that I had written it. That was the inspiration for my short comedy, Isn’t It Romantic?, which just won a festival award. Two for one! Not a bad deal.

Finalists will be announced on April 26. Here’s hoping I can make at least one more round. This is almost as much fun as the NHL playoffs. Let’s Go Rangers and Let’s Go Soul Mate!

Media Available on the Facebook Fan Page

Diana finally spells out the problem to her clueless husband, Danny.

ISN’T ROMANTIC? is now full steam in post production and we should have a finished film sometime in January.  We are all very excited and already have a few festivals we are planning to enter.  One we definitely want to submit to is the Litchfield Hills Film Festival which is held at the Warner Theater in Torrington, CT.  It would be fun to see it screened there since we shot the opening scene at the Warner.

As the film nears completion, I am stepping up my efforts to promote it.  It’s going to be a nice movie, sweet, quirky and very funny.  The film has a Facebook fan page and I am now placing content on it regularly.  I have production stills, updates, screen captures (like the one above) and I’ve placed a very funny outtake on the site.  The outtake seems to be quite popular and I have more I am planning to post as time goes on.

There are actually a fair number of people looking forward to seeing the film, which is encouraging.  I have no delusions about making money from it, but it would be great if a large number of people could enjoy it.  It would be very helpful to me moving forward to build a following that will look forward to future projects.

The screen capture shown here features me, with my co-writer, producer and co-star (I’m not the only one who did multiple tasks!) Cooper Campbell as Danny and Diana.  Here, a frustrated Diana, after locking herself in the bedroom has popped out to make clear to her husband just what is lacking in their marriage.  The T-shirt I’m wearing is a tribute to my Brooklyn heritage.  I like this shot and I think it captures the basic story of the movie.

I would encourage those of you who read my blog to check out the Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/isntitromanticmovie .  The outtake I posted yesterday is very funny.  I also have interesting little facts included in the captions of the photos discussing the inside story.

Diana struggles with the groceries getting no help from Danny.

Diana struggles with the groceries getting no help from Danny.

Here’s another screen capture showing that for Diana, being married to the greatest maker of romantic comedies in the country is not the experience Danny’s female fans believe it to be.  This was a fun film to make and it will be equally fun to watch.  I honestly believe that.  Take a look and tell your family and friends.