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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!

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:

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Applications, Round 2

To see “Applications” Round 1, click here!

Yesterday, I made an account with Stage32.com, a social network for connecting with “film, television and theater creatives.” And I’m already making connects with filmmakers all over the world!

Stage32.com also brought to my attention a few more screenplay-related contests I hadn’t considered before. Here is a list of those contests I intend to apply to in the coming weeks:

  1. The Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Awards
  2. The Bluecat Screenplay Competition
  3. The American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest

Now I just have to get all those applications out!!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Applications

Try, Try Again:

Last Spring, during my graduation from New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study, there was some advice offered to us by Dean Susanne Wofford that stuck with me: you never know until you apply. Granted I am a rather skeptical, cynical, and pessimistic individual, I don’t usually take what’s said during a graduation ceremony very seriously. But I thought that this simply notion had its merits.

That’s why I’ve taken it upon myself to apply to as many fellowships, programs, etc. no matter how slim the chances of being accepted are. Yes, I’ve already been rejected by a few. But I’m trying everything, hoping something will hit. I mean, it only takes one!

Here is a list of the fellowships/programs I’ve applied to so far and am currently waiting to hear from:

  1. The 2012 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards: Two scripts entered. Quarter-Finalists announced July 15th; Semi-Finalists, August 15th; Finalists, September 15th; and Winners, October 15th.
  2. The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition: Two scripts entered. Quarterfinal round notified late July; Semifinalists, late August; Finalists, late September to early October; and Fellowships recipients, late October.
  3. Sundance Screenwriters Lab: One script entered. Second round notified August 15.
  4. Film Independent Screenwriters Lab: One script entered. Announced via email by the end of July.
  5. Austin Film Festival: One script entered. First Round/Second Round, letter sent by late August; Semifinalist, phone call by late August; Finalists, mid to late September; Winners, October 22 at the Awards Luncheon at the Conference.
  6. Kaos Films’s 2012 British Short Screenplay CompetitionOne script entered. According to last year… semi-finalists, September; finalists, February; winners, March?
  7. Screenwriters Goldmine CompetitionOne script entered. Quarter Finalists, October 4th; Semi Finalists, November 1st; Finalists, November 22nd; and Grand Award Winner, November 29th.
  8. 10th Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay ContestOne script entered. The winner, ten finalists, semi-finalists, and quarter finalists all announced on February 1, 2013.
  9. The Emerging Screenwriters 2012 Screenplay Competition: One script entered. Semi-Finalists, February 1; Finalists, March 1; Grand Prize Winner, March 15.
  10. The BlueCat Screenplay CompetitionOne script entered. Quarter-Finalists, February 1st; Semi-Finalists, March 1st; Finalists, April 1st; Winner, April 10th.
  11. The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival — Screenwriters: One script entered. Finalists = September 1, 2013. Winners = September 23, 2013.
  12. Creative World Awards: Two scripts entered. Preliminary Finalists = August 11th, 2013. Quater Finalists = August 19th. Semi Finalists = August 26th. Finalists = September 2nd. Winner = September 9th.
It would be a dream and an honor to be accepted by any of these programs!! Waiting for some good news!

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Fellowships/grants/programs I’d like to apply to in the future:

  1. SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant
  2. Djerassi/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship
  3. The Blake Society Tithe Grant
  4. Creative Capital Grants

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Future plans:

In the next few weeks, I hope to continue my search for a decent job in the San Francisco Bay Area, get the Hollywood Creative Directory and send out inquiry letters, and continue to develop my new screenplay and new graphic novel.

Also, I’m thinking of trying out Kickstarter.com. We’ll see how everything goes.

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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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