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- Fund and film my first short, Death Is No Bad Friend. I have come very far with this resolution, but I’m still working incredibly hard to see it through to the end! Through Indiegogo, we raised about $3,000 — which is a wonderful start. For months, director Mary Lachapelle and I have been putting together a proposal in order to apply to a number of grants to fund the rest. Although we didn’t receive any money, we made it to the top 20 of the Roy W. Dean Grant, which means we must be headed in the right direction. :) We are currently on Creative District (creativedistrict.com/project/5448), where we could potentially be awarded $5,000. As we continue to apply to grants, we have started working with our cinematographer Jacqueline Lehr on developing our visual approach and aesthetic for the film. We plan on launching another crowdfunding campaign early next year. For more information, please visit sirensgazeproductions.weebly.com.
Finish the script for The Poet and the Flea. As of June 10th, I finally finished the script for all three volumes of The Poet and the Flea!
Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The Poet and the Flea. In January, I finished illustrating pages 31 through 40 of The Poet and the Flea! As of this month, I have finished inking pages 41 through 60 and have begun shading those pages as well. Furthermore, I have started penciling pages 61 through 73 and hope to finish volume one (95 pages) before July 2015.
- Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The First Reich. A number of months ago, I was able to work on illustrating pages 11 through 25 of The First Reich. I really didn’t get to do as much as I had wanted to for Reich this year. Next year, I really want to get back to work on this amazing project!
- Find a publisher and/or agent to represent my work. I’ve had a very tough time trying to find an agent to represent my work. :( So early next year, I plan to submit The Poet and the Flea directly to publishers. If this doesn’t work out, I’d like to self-publish volume one as the first book in my own publishing company, Radiant Pessimist Press (radiantpessimist.wordpress.com). I think I’ll use Kickstarter as a way for everyone to pre-order The Poet and the Flea: Volume One. Then, I’d like to premiere the first volume at SPX 2015!
Get settled in Washington, D.C. I think I’m finally getting a bit used to being back in the D.C. area. I’ve been trying very hard to make new friends and keep up with old ones. I have a wonderful new boyfriend who I’ve been going out with since August. I feel like I met many amazing people through DC Zinefest and SPX. I’d like to keep working on this one…
- Attend some more film festivals. I haven’t had any time to do this yet, but I figure if we complete Death Is No Bad Friend and enter it into a number of festivals/competitions as we’ve planned, I’ll be able to go then. :D
Get a decent part-time job and earn a little money. Although I haven’t gotten a steady part-time job, I’m excited to have earned a little bit of money doing what I love this year. I’ve sold more work through my online store and various alternative press conventions than I anticipated. I’ve had a few small freelance projects here and there. I was just hired for a somewhat big freelance job this month, which I am very excited about! It also seems I might have a few more freelance projects on the horizon. Baby steps!!
- Perhaps invest in some film equipment and/or filmmaking software. I’ve looked into this a bit, but I haven’t invested in anything yet. This is definitely on the back burner for now, but I’ll keep it in mind.
- Very long-term goal: Move to Brooklyn! I’ve been working on this, but it’s still a very long-term goal. However, I might be back in NYC for a while if I get into one of two summer publishing programs I plan on applying for. We’ll see how it goes…!
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Copyright 2014 by G. E. Gallas
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Here, I’ve revisited my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve been steadily working on my goals and think I’ve done a pretty good job thus far. And I’m very excited to continue pursing these goals for the next six months and beyond!!
Goals for 2013
Complete materials for Elias & The City of Cats (hopefully before the end of January) and send out to publishers. Although I didn’t reach my “before the end of January” goal due to pure busyness, I completed the materials for Elias & The City of Cats early April. Since then, Gabe’s been working on sending a number of submissions to various publishers. We’ll see what happens!
- Finish first 10 pages of The First Reich and get them up online. I’ve been working diligently on the cover & first 10 pages of The First Reich. I’m hoping to complete these first pages and post them online as a preview in the coming months. For a behind the scenes look, click here!
Begin working with Masa and Gabe on full-length screenplay collaboration The Blanks (working title), to be finished before June 2013. I no longer have time for this project. Oh well!
- Send out inquiry letters about my completed full-length screenplays to production companies. I’ve been sending out a number of inquiry letters/e-mails and am trying to build my contacts in both film and publishing. I’ve had some positive responses, but haven’t made any deals or whatnots. I’m hoping to (in the near future) find an agent to represent all my work, especially The Poet and the Flea.
- Finish the script for The Poet and the Flea, hopefully somewhere between 60 – 75 pages. This is a really important goal I haven’t gotten around to yet. I’m hoping I can do another cat sitting for my neighbors so I can have time to fully concentrate on finishing the script! :)
Work on my first zine (possibly a tie in with The Flea) and self-print it. I finished drawing my first zine in March. I’m currently assembling a number of copies to sell at various expos/fests/conventions I’ll be attending later this year as well as for my upcoming online store (which I’m hoping to launch sometime this summer). More more information, click here!
- Open up a Storenvy account to sell zines and other merchandise (prints, t-shirts, etc.). I’m slowly building up to this goal. A few months ago, I signed up for Storenvy and am piece by piece building my account. As I mentioned before, I hope to launch the store sometime this summer.
- Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The Poet and the Flea. Then the next 10, and so on and so forth!! I really haven’t had a chance to work on this as much as I’ve wanted to. But I’ve been busy with my internships at Zest Books and the Cannes Film Festival, etcetera etcetera. As soon as I finish the first 10 pages of The First Reich, I’ll get back to this!
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. For the past few months, I’ve been Skyping with a director in Sacramento named Josh who’s interested in filming my short script The Man Who Never Smiled. We’re planning on filming in July and I absolutely can’t wait. For more information, click here!
Finally get an official internship, fellowship, and/or job in a field of interest. January through April, I worked as an intern at Zest Books. In May, I went to the Cannes Film Festival through the American Pavilion Film Program. Now, I’m earning a little money through a freelance illustration project , which I’m very excited about (more details to come)!!!
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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas
Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!
In the midst of a horrible cold… (✖╭╮✖)
Friday, July 13th
- In the mail, finally received “Documentation of Registration” for Who is Laurence Harvey? and The Golden Curator from The Writers Guild of America, West.
Saturday, July 14th
- On Craigslist, have responded to a few posts about writing and creative projects. We’ll see how it goes…
Sunday, July 15th
- After a nerve-wracking wait, Who is Laurence Harvey? did not make it into the quarter finals of The 2012 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. But I’m still happy that the screenplay made it into the second round (the top 25%). Now I have 6-8 more contests/competitions to hear back from in the coming months. Next up, The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition Quarterfinal Round and the Film Independent Screenwriters Lab…
- Looking into The Alternative Press Expo (APE) in San Francisco, October 13-14. I think it’s too late to get a table, but I’d like to attend, schmooze, get some more information about the publishers I’m interested in, and possibly promote The Poet and the Flea a bit.
Tuesday, July 17th
- Responded to a Craigslist post about someone writing a graphic novel who’s looking for an artist/illustrator. Had some e-mail correspondence with her. Planning to meet on Tuesday (24th). Looking forward to it!
Wednesday, July 18th
- Craigslist, craigslist, craigslist…
- Applied to The American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest! Information updated on “Applications” post, here.
Thursday, July 19th
- Added behind-the-scenes images to my (almost-but-not-quite-forgotten) Pinterest: pinterest.com/gegallas.
- Slowly but surely working on the-poet-and-the-flea.tumblr.com.
Friday, July 20th
- Craigslist, craigslist, craigslist…
Saturday, July 21th
- Attended The Pixel-Flick TV Actor/Filmmaker Alliance’s first meeting. Thought it went very well! The producer/director/CEO of Pixel Flick Entertainment, Brian Stephens, sounds like he has a lot of experience and knows what he’s talking about. He’s organizing this alliance to facilitate filmmakers in the Bay Area and showcase their work. Seems like a wonderful opportunity!
Monday, July 23rd
- Took care of some important e-mails today.
Tuesday, July 24th
- My meeting with the graphic novel author Shannon Brady went really well. I think her concept is really intriguing and she’s very passionate about the topic. I think this is going to be a successful collaboration!
- The Poet and the Flea: 37 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-12, 14, 16, 21 completed, and 13, 15, 17-20, 22-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
- Considering developing my short story entitled “Inside the Display Case” (about a Siberian pit viper named Peter) into a graphic novel.
- Developing a new short film script called Death of the Poet.
- Stumbled upon an idea for a children’s book…
- My third full-length screenplay called The Modern Prometheus is currently resting on the back burner temporarily.
- Sign up with IMDbPro.
- Apply to the Bluecat Screenplay Competition (before October 15th).
- Begin work on character sketches for Shannon!
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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas