Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wow. That’s all I can say right now. A week ago, I knew the basis for Derek, but I didn’t know where I wanted to go with it. I was torn in two directions. After doing some filming with my friend Kim Cruz for Leap: Rise of the Beast, she told me she’d be interested in working on any future projects. She does a lot of work with horses, so I figured if I could somehow add those skills to a film, that it would be awesome. I thought and thought, prayed and prayed. Finally I realized that I could move the setting for Derek from suburbia to a ranch in the middle of nowhere. With that change of setting, suddenly the whole story came to me!
I spent all day yesterday writing the three page treatment/outline on my laptop. I finished, saved, and saved a PDF. I emailed the PDF to Kim so she could check it out and see what she thinks, and also as a backup. I even said so in the email. Five minutes later I went to move the PDF onto a thumbdrive so I could print it from my other computer. The laptop wasn’t recognizing the thumbdrive so I did a hard restart. I heard the Mac chime, but the screen stayed blank. I tried again. Nothing. I gutted the PowerBook and sprayed it down with some air. Put it back together and still nothing. My laptop is toast. Fortunately I have the Derek outline online and can grab it when I get a new computer. The bad part is that I have to get a new laptop. I think I’ll buy a cheap one at Walmart, wipe Windows and toss on Linux. I only need the thing for internet use and screenwriting.
I need to start writing the script for Derek ASAP, but I can’t write at a desk, which is where I’m at right now (I’ve hooked up my internet to one of my PC towers until I get a new laptop). I’m just amazed though at God’s timing. It’s almost like He was keeping the laptop going for a bit until I got done what I needed to get done. The fact that it was backed up through email just five minutes before dying is incredible too! I had also backed up the outline for Leap 3 a week ago as well, so I didn’t loose that either! God is good!