The thing I’m currently writing is weird. (In a cool way)
It’s a weird, tonal and semi-plot related combination of Young Adult, Observe and Report, Bottle Rocket, Funny People, and a Duplass brothers flick: a study in rejection, teachers and students, and concepts of success and happiness. Plus, I’ll get to explore a world that I’ve so invested my heart and mind into in recent years, which is modern comedy culture. Podcasts, improv shows and classes, web series, open mics, twitter, auditions, weird experimental stuff, open discussion on therapy, etc. I’m writing it in an outline form for the sake of improvisation. It’ll be like The Wrestler but for alt. improvisational comedians!
The part that is weird comes in seeing this combination of films as inspiration. I worried about it being derivative in some respects, but it kind of boiled down to me just wanting to see this story told proper. It’s what I’ve wanted from a movie about comedians told in the frame of such dark character comedies that I’ve grown to truly love and worship in recent years, in a style that suits its subject and tone. Sure, it fits into a genre and has similar films to it, which I think is really cool in the end. What matters is that I’m writing it and telling it in the way that I see fit. Voice built by other voices without full-on imitation. And that really excites and motivates me. I want to do nothing but write this thing.
So yeah. Confidence at last. Still working on that, but I’m getting there. That’s a good thing, I think.