Dude, Where’s My Skin?

Posted in Diary of a Directrix
March 1st, 2010 by Devi Snively (The Directrix)

kenbigbearsm…is a cool tune that saved my world this morning (link below).  See,  I started working on the new screenplay today.  The idea was actually spawned back in September when Kenny and I were having our  Big Bear Lake Fest adventure. gadgetyardsm1We found this super cool antique mart that inspired a cool subplot for our story and I’d so wished we could have just stayed a whole week and knocked it out then and there. But, alas,  that was back during my non-stop travels and there simply wasn’t time.

Sometimes, if I don’t begin writing when inspiration strikes, I can’t find my way back to the world that once seemed so clear in my head, so I was nervous as I pulled out my notes at long last.  Fortunately, this time I’d also created an iTunes playlist that totally captures the feel and some of the themes that inspired me at the time and listening to them again made it all come flooding back.

tbv_poster_color_3_flatArchiesI can’t recommend creating playlists enough to facilitate the writing process.  Even now, so many songs I once played while writing different scripts bring me back to the place I was when I knocked out those original first drafts.  The Primitives conjure my Chihuahua-mutilating dark romantic comedy The Last Cha-Cha, Joy Division brings me to my existential romantic dramedy Story of My Life the Archies‘ “Sugar, Sugar” take me to Teenage Bikini Vampire and anything by Santana takes me to my sexy vampire dark comedy Evil Ways.  As this is one our team will likely make ourselves, I imagine it will be helpful to give the tunes for reference once we’re in pre-production.

Speaking of the team, another fun kick was making this a bit more of a community effort than my usual first draft strategy.  As I forged ahead this morning, I sent out some texts for feedback (thanks, Guys!).  If anybody wants to join this part of the journey, let me know.  I’m doing even more preliminary work than usual in hopes I’ll have fewer rewrites after the first draft and I’m enjoying others’ input.  Also, if you want to join me in my current headspace (nicknamed LITTOZ, full title to be revealed after I fade out), here’s the new playlist:

Dude, Where’s My Skin - Schoolyard Heroes

You Don’t Own Me – Rasputina

Extraordinary Ways – Conjure One

Aim For the Head – Creature Feature

Lust for Life – Iggy Pop

Masquerade – Lunic

You’ll Never Get to Me – Killing Joke

The Art of Suicide – Emilie Autumn

What’s A Girl To Do – Bat for Lashes

The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum – Collide

Brains! – Voltaire

The Passenger – Iggy Pop

This Hollow World – Johnny Hollow

The Greatest Show Unearthed – Creature Feature

Mystery Loves Company – Emilie Autumn

Last Man on Earth – Schoolyard Heroes

Why Don’t You Do Right – Rasputina

The Dark House – Lunic

Tar Kissers – Throwing Muses

Tomorrow’s World - Killing Joke

Mote – Sonic Youth

Dear God – Tricky

Love Like Blood -  Killing Joke

Endomorph – Rasputina

All the Pretty Corpses – Schoolyard Heroes

Sour Times – Velvet Chain

Dance of the Deadless Corpse – Zombie Girl

Our Lies – Rasputina

Ravens Land - Voltaire

Bodies – Drowning Pool

Strange Little Girl - Tori Amos

Strong – Velvet Chain

Opheliac – Emilie Autumn

More Than Words – Extreme

I’m Free – Soup Dragons

Don’t Forget To Dance - The Kinks

Cabaret – from the Original Movie Soundtrack

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