Anytime it’s been WAY TOO LONG since I was in the saddle I am amazed by how truly magnificent Kobi can be – when he wants to be!
I’m not even going to say how long its been since I’ve ridden – but in my defense between the boys gnat allergies (which are already in full swing) and Kobi’s diagnosis of asthma last month, it’s been a little wonky around here where the horses are involved.
Anyway…I popped up on Kobi with just a halter (it bothers his ears to try and put a bridle on) and just walked/jogged all around. He was responding to me with just a little leg and voice commands. Let me say that again – VOICE COMMANDS!
Yes, this was the horse that when I first got him, I was scared to ride him without someone walking beside him to get control if need be. This was the horse that taught me the benefits of wearing a helmet and for several years – body armor. This was also the horse that was so smart – and wanted to learn – that he became Reserve Champion in his Dressage tests.
Kobi – The Wonder Mustang – maybe I should write a book about him!
We’ve been through so much in our almost 14 years together, but I would trust that horse with my life now.
Which leads to my next writing project (you knew it was coming, didn’t you?!) A screenplay, currently titled Retribution – about a woman who manages to escape during a home invasion and makes it to the barn…to her trusted horse…and disappears into the woods.
It’s a work in progress and is challenging me on so many levels since it is unlike anything I’ve ever done before – but isn’t that what it’s all about…challenging yourself and enjoying the ride!
There are fewer things in my world more exciting than starting a new story – whether it’s a novel or a screenplay…the possibilities of the blank page are literally endless…at no other point of a project will this happen.
Guess what? I’m starting another!
Not that a screenplay is ever REALLY done – there are always tweaks and edits to be made. I think that Worlds Away (1-3) and Murder of Crows are in really good (pitchable) places right now…so it’s time to begin something new.
What’s so exciting for me about this project is that it’s NOT based on one of my novels – so it’s something completely new and fresh for me! The idea came about in the middle of the night (one of THOSE ideas) and has haunted me for the past couple of years…just waiting for its turn to be told.
Now is that time! I’ll let you know when I come up for air!
I listened and took advice. While the proof of concept for Worlds Away seemed to be a hit – it was the sound that was lacking…
I brought the short to Eclipse Recording Studio to see if they could clean up the dialog – WOW…but don’t take my word for it…check it out here: https://vimeo.com/316123625
Mark you calendars – in one week…January 21st (during the full moon) at 6pm the link to the 6 minute Proof of Concept for Worlds Away will be released here, on Facebook, Instagram and on the website!
See ya soon!
Today we wrapped up the final edits for the proof of concept Worlds Away. I must admit, it was bittersweet. While I am so grateful for everything I have learned over the past 5 months (wow-has it really been that long?!), I’m sorry to see it over!
We celebrated last Saturday with a viewing party for cast and crew – everyone even had a chance to make their own unicorn!
Grace Leary (the amazing editor) and I finished up the last of the nit-picky edits today! We’re going to leave it for a few days (to see if we missed anything) before it’s ready to be announced to the world!
So, stay tuned for the grand reveal – and in the meantime…enjoy some of the stills!
I can’t even begin to explain how much I have learned through the process of creating the proof of concept for Worlds Away. It seems each day I learn something new from the day before.
Not only am I working with an AMAZING cast and crew, I’m also fortunate enough to work with execs from Hollywood along the way. Last week I shared with them the latest rough cut…they had some great suggestions for close-ups and reshoots as well as wanting more magical creatures! We reshot the mermaid scenes and pondered what other magical creature we could include…
Which led us to turning Kobi into a unicorn. Now he’s not typically my first choice for something out of the ordinary, but I had already used Midnight for a horse-washing scene…so Kobi won the honor by default.
He was a champ! He didn’t mind the horn or all the adjustments that went along with it. He didn’t mind being led around with the horn moving on his head…he really didn’t like the fog!
Since the scene wasn’t written into the script in the first place, we had the freedom to work it however we chose – so Tabitha took her unicorn for a walk! Click here for the raw footage – enjoy!
As October wraps up and November is making a spectacular entrance, all of the filming for Worlds Away (short) is done – and the real magic, the editing, will begin today!
Aside from my limited experience with putting together clips of Kobi’s horse shows, I (again) have no idea what I’m doing – but am forever grateful to the amazing Grace Leary for her time and talents! I have no idea how long this process takes (of course I don’t!) but as soon as we have something jaw dropping, I will share it!
In other news, I finished the first draft of the screenplay for Murder of Crows and have a thriller rattling around, waiting for its turn to be told!
Send as many happy, healthy thoughts that you can share my way these next few weeks and we’ll see what we come up with!
Here’s the first glimpse of Swampy coming out of the woods for a nighttime drink! It hasn’t been edited at all yet – but I was too excited not to share!
I know more now than I did yesterday – with MUCH help from my friends! I was blown away from the support – thank you!
I felt pretty confident in my ability to gather snacks and drinks (both for kids and their parents) but aside from that, I had no idea what to expect – the kids playing the lead roles had never even met each other! None of them had any acting experience nor really even a burning desire to do something like this – they just thought it might be fun.
They were AMAZING! Even out of 300 hundred, I couldn’t have picked 3 better kids!
We weren’t able to finish – it was just too hot (over 100 with the heat index) and took too much out of all of us. We’ll finish up the end of October – working on the hard parts between now and then…editing and see what’s a keeper and what needs to be reshot!
Thank you for being part of this journey!