TVWriter™’s fave indie filmmaker, Bri Castellini, is here to wish us a “Happy Spring!” complete with a cute dog pic.
Well, actually what she wrote is, Happy Spring Larry! because the following is from an email Bri sent him. But we’re all family here, yeah?
CJ (Calamity Jane) is similarly happy about the change in weather, because it means we go to the park on weekends way more often!
Anyways, hello from colorful Colorado! We’ve been here since mid February and it was a massive improvement in every way to New York. New York City was a wonderful place to spend my early 20s, but in my old age it was time to move on. I’m half-vaccinated and eyeing a May/June final move to Los Angeles, but I’m in no hurry. You’d think moving your fiance in with his mother in law would be awkward, and yet! I’m a lucky gal.
The big news this month is that after a fevered last-minute application to the Stowe Story Labs, my latest web series script Dead on Arrival is a semifinalist for a fellowship! Meaning I could potentially get a free ride to one of the many labs under the Stowe umbrella (the Sidewalk Lab, to be specific), but I’m also still very much in the running for partial scholarships or full tuition lab inclusion.
Dead on Arrival is a 10-episode web series (so far ?) following a misanthropic, asexual aspiring journalist who moves to New York City to live alone for the first time in her life, only to discover that her new apartment is haunted by the cheerful ghost of the murdered former tenant.
It was adapted from a full-length TV pilot that’s also been sent out to a variety of other fellowships already this year, and no matter what I hope it’s my next project! The irony of finding success with a NYC script literally as I leave NYC is… not lost on me.
If you aren’t plugged into the online media world, you may be unaware that Substack, where my filmmaking podcast with Christina Raia and I used to offer a subscription for bonus educational resources, has had some major issues recently regarding their response to transphobic writers on their platform. Disappointed with their inaction and apathy, we’ve decided to move our bonus content over to Patreon, which actually presents some cool opportunities for you!
While Substack had a minimum required pledge of $5, Patreon is much more flexible, meaning you can get the full archive of bonus content plus all new posts for just $3/month! A literal steal, given the amount of content that entails. However, if you subscribe at the original $5 level, you’ll also get a holographic logo sticker!
On behalf of my podcast, I’ve also started regularly contributing to the new Pipeline Artists site! The first article, above, is unpacking the gaslighting that happens (and that we sometimes do to ourselves) when we talk about projects funded through in-kind offers and volunteers as “no budget.” Just because money wasn’t exchanged doesn’t mean the services exchanged aren’t valuable!
The second article already up is on the talking points surrounding representation in media. It’s really good, and very personal. Check it out!
The next three months
- Bonus BOOBI: marketing resources (April 1st)
- Second Pfizer vaccine shot! (April 7th)
- Breaking Out of Breaking In ep 14: Professional Branding (April 8th)
- Bonus BOOBI: professional branding resources (April 15th)
- Breaking Out of Breaking In ep 15: Screenwriting Competitions ft. Gerry Maravilla (April 22nd) (the episode we recorded that prompted me to submit to Stowe, in fact!)
- EXTRA Bonus BOOBI: Bri and Christina present their WarnerMedia application Ted Talks
- Bonus BOOBI: professional branding resources (April 29th)
- Burn, Noticed season 5 begins!
- Breaking Out of Breaking In ep 16: Directing (May 6th)
- Bonus BOOBI: directing resources (May 13th)
- Breaking Out of Breaking In ep 17: Short form distribution (May 20th)
- Bonus BOOBI: short form distribution resources (May 27th)
- Breaking Out of Breaking In ep 18: Moving to LA & Getting Staffed ft. Kim Garland (June 3rd)
- Bonus BOOBI: moving to LA resources (June 10th)
- Michael Westen’s birthday (eat a yogurt for him!) (June 11th)
- Breaking Out of Breaking In ep 19: Negative reviews & trolls (June 17th)
- Bonus BOOBI: negative reviews/trolling resources (June 24th)