Posted by: TOC | April 5, 2014

No, I don’t speak Korean.

…but I often wish I did. Especially when I’m doing a “script adapting” job like the one I did last week. When I tell people I’m working on something like this “adapting an animated feature from Korea” into English, they assume I’m some sort of multi-lingual genius.

I’m not.

What happens is this: I get a copy of the film in the original language (with ‘visible timecode’ burned into the picture) along with a script (actually a huge Excel document) that includes the dialogue in usually poorly translated English, along with the ‘in’ and ‘out’ points of each line of dialogue.  I have to make sure those in & out points are accurate (to within one frame ) and then I have to re-write what the character is saying so that it matches the ‘lip flap’ seen on the screen AND makes sense plot-wise and character-wise… all while ‘American-izing’ slang and metaphors and whatever else might not make sense to a Western audience. If it sounds tedious to you, I can promise you that it is not. At least not to me. It does, however, require patience and a whole lot of time. It often takes an hour to ‘adapt’ just one or two minutes of dialogue, but for some reason I find it to be enjoyable work – rewriting not just by the line or word, but by the syllable… and of course trying to slip in some good jokes along the way.

 

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Posted by: TOC | February 23, 2014

Getting it on its feet.

Things have been admittedly quiet here on PlanetOC, but I can promise that I have been busy.

First news is: a couple of upcoming shows.

TattleTales

 

and then this one:

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In both shows I’ll be spinning some of my tales of punk rock misadventure, with an eye toward figuring out which ones to include in a new version of my solo show. These days a standard solo show should clock in just under an hour, and I have the luxury problem of having about 2 hours of stories & material so some of them aren’t going to make the cut.

In other news, development continues on OGRE STONE, which we’re turning into an animated series. We’re hoping to have the art etc. pitch-ready in about 2 months. I’ll post some images as soon as they’re finalized.

And yes – still writing other scripts. As always.

Posted by: TOC | September 21, 2013

Fall Updates.

Things are getting busy after a low-key Summer. Unfortunately, won’t be attending the Austin Film Festival & Writer’s Conference in October this year, for the first time in what? three years I think… but the good news is – I’m busy partially because of the AFF.

“OGRE STONE” one of my “spec sitcom pilot” scripts that did well at AFF last year has now been picked up by a small animation company for development into a possible animated series. We are now busy creating presentation and pitch materials as I also start outlining the multi-episode story arc(s) for a possible series. It is all very much “early stages” but it is exciting.

In other news, I have shows booked in October and November but I still haven’t found a smooth, and visually appealing, way to post “upcoming shows” …so I’m still working on that.  Meanwhile of course, I am still meeting my weekly deadlines for Ask A Punk and Another LA Cartoon.  I hope you check them out.

Stay Strong everyone !

Posted by: TOC | July 14, 2013

DC Comics update.

I am holding in my hot little hands a copy of the Hard Cover “Special Edition” of the entire (and somewhat legendary) DC Comics “Solo” comic books.

This is a volume of amazing art and writing by some top-notch people, and the good folks at DC have done a great job of presenting it all in a beautiful package.

I was thrilled when artist Brendan McCarthy first asked me to contribute a story (“Johnny Sorrow“)  to “his” issue of this series and I am now doubly-thrilled to see it again, this time between hard covers. Get yours today.

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Posted by: TOC | July 11, 2013

July Updates

It has been a quiet lately. Sometimes Los Angeles is like that in the Summer time.

The biggest news is that one of my spec sitcom pilots “Ogre Stone” has been picked up by a small animation company and it looks like we’ll be developing it as a possible series. Obviously there is still a loooong way to go, but it is a nice start.

Ask A Punk continues to pull in new readers and friends. Sales of the ebook have been slow lately, but I can tell you that the whole ebook/self-publishing thing is definitely worth the effort and clearly the wave of the future. I’m working on another non-fiction title and dusting off a 1st draft of a ‘New Adult” detective-ish novel that I wrote some time ago.

I have been having trouble with the “Upcoming Events” calendar plug-in that, until recently, was visible in the right column of the website. When they say “works seamlessly with Google Calendar” …don’t believe them. I’ll get it straightened out soon. Then I’ll be able to post details about some upcoming shows in August, September and November as well as some upcoming “Improv for Writers” sessions that I’ll be teaching.

That’s all for now. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

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