dylan k. petley screenwriter


https://i0.wp.com/img135.imageshack.us/img135/6227/jit0016tj8.jpg Time, they say, is the great equalizer.  And now, panting and sweating, I watch the dust settle as my various efforts begin the necessary (albeit excrutiating) gestation period.

This is where the crocodile-skin ego comes in handy as the inevitable false-leads, brush-offs, empty promises and outright rejections begin to appear.  This is also, however, when the good stuff really starts.

I’m expecting a letter any day from the Academy in regards to the Nicholl Fellowship Competition informing me of whether or not I’ve made the quarter-finals.  And yes, I’ve been checking my mailbox three times-a-day.

I’m waiting for Collingwood’s lawyer to return from summer vacation so we can get the ‘LUCIDITY’ deal signed.  I’m presuming re-writes will commence shortly thereafter.

No news from the heavy-hitters south of the border as yet, but they’re on their clock, not mine.  That’ll change if ‘DYNAMO’ manages a quarter-final berth in the Nicholls, though.
The various other leads I’ve been chasing so far this summer all seem to be culminating in pitches, development meetings, readings and such, all as likely to put me on the map as not.  Yet, despite the fact that I’ve currently done all I can do with both scripts, there remains the uncontrollable element, the bitter variable of good or bad luck, which, for all my hard-work and savvy can leave me feeling quite helpless.  The cure?

There is non.  I’m just the writer.  The writer struggling to befriend the beast that could lift me on its shoulders just as easily as it could rip me in half like a phonebook.  This is where the men are separated from the boys, the amateurs from the pros.

This is were I keep writing.

In the words of William Saroyan,  “The writer who is a real writer is a rebel who never stops.”  

My non-business email address is rebelwriter@hotmail.com to remind me.

On that note, I’m happy to announce that I’ve begun research on a new project.  Until I’ve finished and registered a first draft, I’m afraid it’s going to remain under wraps, but I feel very excited about the project.  Like ‘DYNAMO’, it’s a true story set against the backdrop of WWII (one that’s actually been told as both a book and a film years ago, but is ready for a fresh, contemporary re-telling)

I wanted to follow ‘DYNAMO’ with another ‘big’ story (time, space and emotional bredth covered).  Not only for academic reasons, but commercial as well.  If ‘DYNAMO’ takes off the way it’s looking like it might, it would be somewhat anti-climactic to follow it up with a character-driven indie piece or an edgy dark-comedy.  It’s going to be a tough act to follow.  Also, I realized that it was my passion for ‘DYNAMO’ as a story that fueled/motivated me to write at what I felt was the top of my game.  I feel the same pride and possesion over this new piece, a story that has inspired me for years about a man whom I’ve idolized since I was a child.  Curious?  Good.  Hang onto that.  I’m a week-deep into research.   ‘FADE IN:’ is around the corner.

And ‘DYNAMO’ will not be a one-hit-wonder.

Meanwhile, Nicholl’s results are in any day.



July 31, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. I’ve decided to go to my mailbox every day with a ready acceptance speech in one hand and a bottle of vodka in the other — good to be prepared either way.

    Comment by MaryAn | July 31, 2006

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