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New Year’s Resolutions, Anyone?

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2012, My First Year in San Francisco!

I don’t usually do this “New Year’s resolution” thing. But I have so many short-term and long-term goals, I thought this would be a good way to organize my brain.

I’m not sure exactly how long it will take to complete this goal list, but I’m hoping to accomplish a good chunk within the coming months.

But, before that, I’d also like to make a list of my recent accomplishments. Often, I feel like nothing is moving forward, so hopefully this list will remind me that my hard work is paying off.

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Achievements of 2012

  1. Have been working incredibly hard on my new online graphic novel The Poet and the Flea.
  2. Have taken part in some wonderful collaborations and look forward to continuing/completing them: The First Reich and Elias & The City of Cats.
  3. Entered several screenplays into a variety of competitions and have received a great deal of positive feedback (see résumé).
  4. Nominated for a number of blog awards — Reader Appreciation Award, Very Inspiring Blogger Award (twice), Blog of the Year 2012 Award, Liebster Award, and Beautiful Blogger Award.
  5. Accepted into The American Pavilion 2013 Cannes Film Program!!!
  6. Plus, I now have an awesome boyfriend. (◕‿◕✿) 

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Goals for 2013

  1. Complete materials for Elias & The City of Cats (hopefully before the end of January) and send out to publishers.
  2. Finish first 10 pages of The First Reich and get them up online.
  3. Begin working with Masa and Gabe on full-length screenplay collaboration The Blanks (working title), to be finished before June 2013.
  4. Send out inquiry letters about my completed full-length screenplays to production companies.
  5. Finish the script for The Poet and the Fleahopefully somewhere between 60 – 75 pages.
  6. Work on my first zine (possibly a tie in with The Flea) and self-print it.
  7. Open up a Storenvy account to sell zines and other merchandise (prints, t-shirts, etc.).
  8. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The Poet and the FleaThen the next 10, and so on and so forth!!
  9. Find a reliable and talented director and/or producer to turn one of my short scripts into a short film. Then enter the short film into a number of festivals.
  10. Finally get an official internship, fellowship, and/or job in a field of interest.

Wish me luck!!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Thursday, November 15th

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. Helped my mom, the abstract painter, set up her new WordPress blog: irenezweig.wordpress.com.
  3. Signed up with Scribd.com.
  4. Signed up with DoodlersAnonymous.com.

Friday, November 16th

  • E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!

Saturday, November 17th

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed Seven Psychopaths. Very clever with brilliant characters, but actually extremely heartbreaking.
  2. Working on The Flea script.

Sunday, November 18th

  • Date night with Wes! (´ε` )♡

Monday, November 19th

  1. Applied to a few more fellowships/internships.
  2. Worked on color samples for Elias & The City of Cats.
  3. Today, was hired for a 4-day cat sitting job by our sweet neighbors Paula and Gabie. They want me to be with the cats as much as possible, so I figure I can earn a little extra cash while having a window of opportunity to do some work. I’m hoping to use the time to make some major headway on The Flea script — like a little writing marathon. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 20th

  1. Another wonderful meeting with Gabe! Showed him color samples for Elias and he seemed rather surprised at how colorful they are, but delighted! Now, I just have to finish up the second draft and then scan and send it all to Gabe so he can tinker around with the text some more.
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Wednesday, November 21st

  1. Ran some last minute errands.
  2. Worked on some special illustration birthday/holiday presents with watercolor and pen!

Thursday, November 22nd

  1. Happy Turkey Day!!
  2. Worked on The First Reich.

Friday, November 23rd

  • Recovering from Thanksgiving…!

Saturday, November 24th

  • Family Bonding Day…!

Sunday, November 25th

  1. Date night with Wes! (´ε` )♡
  2. See additional post here.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 52 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-6 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

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For more updates, don’t forget to follow me on tumblr and/or twitter.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Don’t forget to check out my most recent posts!:

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Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Tuesday, November 6th
  1. Continued to work on application for Chronicle Books Children’s Design Fellowship.
  2. Added information to my Coroflot.com profile.
  3. Worked on The Flea script and the script for a comedic zine idea.
  4. Applied to a publishing job.
  5. Worked on my long abused Pinterest.
Wednesday, November 7th
  1. Finished work on application for Chronicle Books Children’s Design Fellowship
  2. Dropped off fellowship application at Chronicle Books!
  3. Attended Scary Cow information session.

Thursday, November 8th

  1. Took care of some errands.
  2. Worked on The First Reich.
  3. Worked on the second rough draft for Elias & The City of Cats.

Friday, November 9th

  1. Worked on application to the Cannes Film Program.
  2. Attended Cinema by the Bay with Wes.

Saturday, November 10th

  1. Decided to apply to a fellowship at Wired Magazine.
  2. Thoroughly enjoyed Skyfall. (´∀`)♡
  3. Did some more research on fellowships and jobs.

Sunday, November 11th

  • Took care of some e-mails and applied to a few more jobs.

Monday, November 12th

  • Took care of some e-mails, etc.

Tuesday, November 13th

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. Worked on the second rough draft for Elias & The City of Cats.
  3. Worked on some color samples for Elias & The City of Cats.

Wednesday, November 14th

  1. Coming soon! — Meeting with the Bay Area Film and TV Connection (Connect with Others in the Film and TV Industry).

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 49 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-6 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

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For more updates, don’t forget to follow me on tumblr and/or twitter.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Announcement: IndieGoGo Update!


Dearest friends, followers, and passersby:

It has been a few weeks since launching my Indiegogo campaign: “The Poet and the Flea: Send G.E. to the U.K.”. Since then, I have received a number of contributions from generous funders. I truly appreciate these contributions and am eternally grateful to these funders for helping me inch one step further to achieving my dream.

That being said — I still need more help!!

There are 22 days left until the end of my campaign. That means 22 days left for you to contribute to my dream of becoming a professional screenwriter.

Please check out more information below, and don’t forget to visit my campaign page: http://www.indiegogo.com/send-GE-to-UK.

Thanks again,

G. E.

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Dear friends:

Time is running out, and I need your help!

I am trying to raise funds to go to Northern England for the filming of my short screenplay The Man Who Never Smiled, a contemporary film noir about the tragic fate of a father and his daughter. As the screenwriter, it is important for me to be on set for any last-minute changes. But the production company is working on a shoe-string budget and has no funds to get me there or even pay me. Please help me make my dream of becoming a professional screenwriter come true!

My Campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/send-GE-to-UK

Your support will contribute to my travel and lodging expenses. Earn more perks with every donation level. Every dollar counts!

Also, please help spread the word through Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Thank you so much!

–G. E.

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My name is G. E. Gallas, and I am a screenwriter and graphic novelist (writer/illustrator). I will be making a trip to the U.K. early next year, and need your help to make my dreams come true!

1. My short screenplay, The Man Who Never Smiled (a contemporary film noir), is being produced by Dream Catcher Films in the North West of England. This film is being made on a tight budget, and there are no funds for me to get there. It’s important for me to be there during filming so that I can make on-the-spot changes to the script and get hands-on experience in film production.

2. In between filming will be the perfect opportunity to visit London to research the 18th-Century poet-painter William Blake, the hero of my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea. I plan to visit Blake’s grave as well as various museums that house his works. Seeing his works in person would be life changing. This would be my first time in England, and I hope to make this an unforgettable learning experience.

Your contributions will help cover expenses for transportation (airplane, train) and lodging. I truly appreciate any and all support, whether through contributions and/or spreading the word through social media (Twitter, etc.)!!

While in Europe, I plan to document my travels. When I return, I will share my photos and experiences with all of you through my blog gegallas.wordpress.com.

Thank you so much!

Gratefully,

G. E.

Homepage/Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Announcement!

  1. Check out the new post “Note from Shannon Brady, Author” on The First Reich. Learn more about Shannon and my upcoming graphic novel collaboration about the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich!
  2. Don’t forget to vote for The Poet and the Flea on the UnHate Unemployee of the Year contest. If I get enough votes, I could win €5000 from the UNHATE Foundation to fund my graphic novel! The contest end October 14th, and I could really use everyone’s support. So take a second to go vote!
  3. Please consider contributing to my Indiegogo campaign: “The Poet and the Flea: Send G.E. to the U.K.” Thanks again to all my funders so far — your donations mean so much to me! But I still need more help. There are 28 days left until the end of my campaign. Please support my dream of becoming a professional screenwriter!

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For more updates, don’t forget to follow me on tumblr and/or twitter.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Please vote for The Poet and the Flea at the UnHate Unemployee of the Year contest!!

★ Send G.E. to the U.K.: http://www.indiegogo.com/send-GE-to-UK

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Friday, October 5th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Launched my IndieGoGo campaign! For more information, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/send-GE-to-UK and/or http://gegallas.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/indiegogo-campaign-send-g-e-to-the-u-k/.
  3. Entered The Poet and the Flea into the UnHate Unemployee of the Year contest!

Saturday, October 6th

  • The Poet and the Flea was approved by the judges on the UnHate Unemployee of the Year website. Now all you have to do is vote!
  • Busy promoting my IndieGoGo campaign.
  • Went to see Frankenweenie and LOVED IT!!! (。♥‿♥。)

Sunday, October 7th

  • Went with Wes to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park. It was quite a culture shock! But I had a wonderful time. (^-^)

Monday, October 8th

  1. Working on character designs for Gabe’s children’s book. Looking forward to further discussion with Gabe on Friday.
  2. On Craigslist, responded to a post — a production company interested in short screenplays. Wish me luck!
  3. Continuing to promote my IndieGoGo campaign.

Tuesday, October 9th

  1. The wonderful Infernal Reviewer wants to make a post about my blog and The Poet and the Flea. I’m so excited!!! (ノ゚▽゚)ノ
  2. ComicKick, “…a community dedicated to promoting comic book and graphic novel projects on Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and other crowd funding sites,” has promoted my IndieGoGo campaign! Thank you so much!!
  3. Continuing to promote my IndieGoGo campaign.

Wednesday, October 10th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Drafting ideas for The First Reich last-minute DIY postcards for APE.
  3. Working on some upcoming blog posts and project ideas.
  4. Interested in eventually creating a “zine” — brainstorming ideas!
  5. The Infernal Reviewer published his post about me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 47 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.

To Do:

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For more updates, don’t forget to follow me on tumblr and/or twitter.

***

Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Wednesday, September 26th

  1. Today, did some research about various production companies on IMDbPro.
  2. Worked on inquiry letters. Dropped one in the mailbox and will be sending out a few more soon!

Thursday, September 27th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea.
  2. Went on a date with Wes to the California Academy of Science: Nightlife at the Academy. Saw some amazing sights (jellyfish, baby ostriches, etc.) and had a wonderful time with Wes.

Friday, September 28th

  1. Today, met with Gabe and his friend, Masa — a film director. They asked me to collaborate with them on a screenplay called The Blanks. The concept is really interesting and I feel that I can use my expertise to really flesh out the characters and story. But I think I have to discuss everything further with Gabe and Masa to figure out exactly what they want.
  2. Discussed children’s book further with Gabe. Scheduled next meeting for Friday, October 12th.
  3. Watched the short film and read the short script that Gabe and Masa want me to collaborate on in order to expand it to feature length. Brainstorming ideas!
  4. Reworked my résumé since it needed some updating.

Saturday, September 29th

  • Worked on opening scene and ideas/notes for The Blanks. Sent to Gabe for feedback.

Sunday, September 30th

  1. Today, scanned all completed pages of The Poet and the Flea!!!
  2. Working on cropping scanned pages of The Flea and adding to draft posts on WordPress.

Goals for the coming days…

  1. Draft character designs for Gabe’s children’s book.
  2. Sketch out cover and first 2 pages of The First Reich. Schedule next meeting with Shannon.
  3. Close out GoFundMe.com campaign and launch IndieGoGo.com campaign.

Monday, October 1st

Disclaimer: I do not own this photograph!!

  1. Happy Birthday, Laurence Harvey!  If he hadn’t died of stomach cancer at the age of 45, he would have been 84 today. (Well, at least Larry’s on-screen mom Angela Lansbury is still kicking!)
  2. Tonight, was supposed to attend the h. Naoto Designer Event with Wes, but had to cancel date due to stomach flu. (´A`。)
  3. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  4. Working on design for The Poet and the Flea postcards through Vistaprint in preparation for APE (Alternative Press Expo).

Tuesday, October 2nd

[Still sick... (✖╭╮✖)]

  1. Happy Birthday, Mom! My family will be celebrating her birthday and mine (Oct. 19) together later this month. 〜(^▽^〜)
  2. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  3. Completed design for The Poet and the Flea postcards and ordered through Vistaprint.
  4. Worked on draft for e-mail to Graphic Ladies!?.

Wednesday, October 3rd

  1. Happy Birthday, Tetsuya, beloved leader and bassist of Japanese band L’Arc-en-Ciel!! You and the band have been going strong for 20 years now, and your fans can’t wait for more. (´∀`)♡ [Watch "In the Air" from 20th Anniversary Live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by3axL-3gjM]
  2. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  3. E-mail correspondence with Shannon.
  4. Sent e-mail to Graphic Ladies!?.
  5. Working on adding scanned pages of The Flea to draft posts on WordPress.

Thursday, October 4th

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

  1. Happy Birthday, Jeremy Blake! This talented American artist would have been 41 today if he had not taken his life after the death of his long-term girlfriend Theresa Duncan. Read more about Blake and Duncan here!
  2. Working on making plans for APE (Alternative Press Expo).
  3. Working on character sketches for Gabe.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 47 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.

To Do:

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For more updates, don’t forget to follow me on tumblr and/or twitter.

***

Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Wednesday, September 12th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on character designs for The First Reich!

Thursday, September 13th

  • Continuing work on The Flea and The First Reich.

Friday, September 14th

  • E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!

Saturday, September 15th

  • Interesting Pixel-Flick Alliance Meetup today. According to Brian, the membership fee ($35) gets you a profile page on the Pixel-Flick website, an on-camera interview (2-5 minutes), among other freebees. Something to think about…

Sunday, September 16th

  1. E-mail correspondence with potential production company about The Man Who Never Smiled. According to the Director of Photography/Assistant Director/Production Coordinator, a contract is currently being drafted!
  2. Working on a GoFundMe.com campaign: www.gofundme.com/send-ge-to-uk
  3. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  4. Sent inquiry e-mail to local production company looking for scripts.

Monday, September 17th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea and The First Reich.
  2. Working on some minor revisions for The Man Who Never Smiled.
  3. Scheduled to meet with Shannon on Saturday at 2 p.m. Also, Shannon is coming with me to the APE (Alternative Press Expo). All very exciting!

Tuesday, September 18th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Whole day wasted at “Hell on Earth,” a.k.a. the DMV. Well, at least I’ve finally gotten my California license! (T▽T)

Wednesday, September 19th

  1. Launched “Send G.E. to the U.K.” GoFundMe.com Campaign!
  2. Joined We Draw Comics.
  3. Scheduled to meet with Gabe and his friend next Thursday (update: changed to Friday).

Thursday, September 20th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea.
  2. Working with Shannon on blog content for The First Reich.

Friday, September 21st

  1. Continuing work on The Flea.
  2. Today, received “BlueCat Screenplay Competition Analysis” for my full-length screenplay The Golden Curator. Overall very positive feedback! “What a neat and twisted little tale you have here… Even with all the craziness on the page, it never sounded like a campy comedy; instead, it was like a drawing room farce with just enough menace to make the viewer worry about the fate of our hero.”

Saturday, September 22nd

  • Today, very successful meeting with Shannon. I feel like we’re definitely on the same page, and that my ideas for this project  are flowing and coalescing. I can’t wait to start outlining the first pages!!

Sunday, September 23rd

  • A bit of fun…

Monday, September 24th

  1. Working on becoming better acquainted with the exhibitors at APE (Alternative Press Expo). There are a couple I most definitely want to check out, but I want to make sure I don’t miss anything!
  2. GoFundMe.com doesn’t really seem to be helping me so far. I’m considering switching over to IndieGoGo.com and offering a variety of perks.

Tuesday, September 25th

  • Signed up with IMDbPro. Working on inquiry letters.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 47 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.

To Do:

***

For more updates, don’t forget to follow me on tumblr and/or twitter.

***

Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

★ Important Note: “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Wednesday, September 5th

  • Continuing work on The Flea and The First Reich.

Thursday, September 6th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea and The First Reich.
  2. E-mail correspondence with potential production company about The Man Who Never Smiled.

Friday, September 7th

  • Continuing work on The Flea and The First Reich.

Saturday, September 8th - Sunday, September 9th

  • Taking a little break…

Monday, September 10th

  1. Meeting with Gabe, writer for children’s book. Not only a potential collaborator, but also a wonderful new connection/fellow artist/friend. I’m very much looking forward to reading his work and to meeting with him again!
  2. Meeting with J.R. Really think his web series has potential for  universal humor and can be done on a shoestring budget. Now, we have to recruit some additional writers.
  3. As suggested by Gabe, checked out Scary Cow, the indie film co-op. Thinking of attending an information session.
  4. Correspondence with Shannon. As I continue with research, she’ll start putting together some blog content!

Tuesday, September 11th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Working on some minor revisions for The Man Who Never Smiled.
  3. Ordered badges for APE (Alternative Press Expo).
  4. Applied to the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Should receive feedback by October 1st. Information updated on “Applications” post, here.
  5. Beginning to read Gabe’s children’s book!

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 46 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-18, 21-24, 27-30 completed, and 19-20, 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.

To Do:

  • Schedule one-on-one meeting with Brian (Pixel Flick Entertainment).
  • Pixel-Flick Alliance Meetup on Saturday, September 15th.
  • Work on research, character sketches, etc. for Shannon.
  • Schedule second meeting with Shannon.
  • Sign up with IMDbPro.
  • Sign up with Top Web Comics: Comic Rankings.
  • Sign up with OnlineComics.net.
  • Contact Graphic Ladies!?

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For more updates, don’t forget to follow me on tumblr and/or twitter.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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