ORANGE VALLEY is back from the dead. I never expected to come together again after I dismantled it, but then the creative process is a highly capricious one. There are some notable differences. Characters are somewhat different and it's set in 1961 instead of 1957 (better music, better technology: more of that sweet and tangy pre-November '63 flavor). I feel that this may be it. All my notes are complied. Now the outlining starts. I hope for the best.
Screenwriting, TV (vintage of course), movies (old ones, mainly), music (not that contemporary commercial crap that plays on FM radio), and video games (older ones mainly).
Film, television, and video game soundtracks, psychedelic rock (and neo-psych too), funk, soul, motown, post-punk, new wave, electronica, electropop, jazz, and there may be some others.
Favorite TV Shows:
The Avengers (Emma Peel and Tara King Eras), Mission: Impossible (seasons 1-3), The X-Files (Seasons 1-7), Mystery Science Theater 3000 (seasons 2-7), Captian Scarlet and the Mysterons, Doctor Who (the Patrick Troughton Years), Batman (1966-68), Batman: The Animated Series, The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels (so far), The Outer Limits (1963-65), Burn Notice (Seasons 1-4), Miami Vice (Season 1 and some of 2), Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League (regular & Unlimited), Mad Men, Leverage, Community, Game of Thrones (so far), X-Men (1992 animated series), Star Trek: The Animated Series (an often neglected Trek), The Fugitive (1963-1967), Forever Knight (1992-1996), Silent Witness (better than CSI, but I still like that one too), Hawaii Five-O (the original not the new one, aka "CSI: Honolulu"), The Up Series
Danger: Diabolik (lighten up people, it's fun), American Graffiti (George Lucas's best film--seriously), Sergio Leone's westerns (yes, all of them--including My Name is Nobody, which he partially directed), Lord of the Rings trilogy, Ed Wood, Wings of Honneamise (best anime ever made), Ghost in the Shell (second best anime), the original Star Wars trilogy (I'm just not a fan its fandom), Plein Soleil (better than The UnTalented Mr. Ripley as far as I'm concerned), Heathers (best high school comedy ever made), Vertigo, Psycho (1960), The Big Lebowski, Chinatown, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket, Quentin Tarantino's first three movies (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (best SF romantic drama ever made), Robocop (1987), Black Christmas (1974), Conan the Barbarian (1982), The Terminator (1984), Predator (1987), Total Recall (1990), The Fearless Vampire Killers (best horror comedy ever made--yet), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Seconds (1966), Charade (1963), It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), Carnival of Souls (1962), It Follows (2014), High Plains Drifter (1973), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1975), the first Six James Bond Movies (Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service), the Back to the Future trilogy, The Secret of NIMH (Don Bluth's one and only masterpiece of animation), A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (best vampire movie made in a long time), Drive (Baby's First Nicolas Winding Refn movie--and it was beautiful!), almost anything by Hayao Miyazaki, Lawrence of Arabia, Watership Down
The Anatomy of Story by John Truby (changed my approach to storytelling), Story by Robert McKee (changed my approach to screenwriting), The Save the Cat trilogy (particularly the second book Save the Cat Goes to the Movies) by [the late] Blake Snyder (changed how I looked at movie genres), The Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier (a good help at screenwriting particulars), The Joy of Writing Sex by Elizabeth Benedict (changed how I looked at sex scenes in movies and novels), Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (changed the way I look at a lot of things--too numerous to list), Dialogue by Robert McKee (a good supplement to Story)
"Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull." - Rod Serling
"If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library."
- Frank Zappa
"If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves."
- Lane Kirkland