Colleen's thoughts on writing, directing and coaching, and her unique take on life itself!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Writing about the past

I'm writing a screenplay that takes place in the late 1970's ... so I've spent most of the day going through old photos, online images and news of the time as well as sparking memories I've not thought about for .. well, almost 30 years.

I tend to remember the big ticket items - the major events - but many details and names have eluded me. Perhaps for good reason.

Since my screenplay is based on a true story, the research needs to be impeccable. Even though it's based on my own experience, all the facts and tone of the time and environment need to be accurate.

So there are the bell bottoms, disco, faux 'fro's, huge glasses and all the other elements that in hindsight can be experienced as embarrassing. As in, "What the heck were we thinking?"

We saw it as a time of newfound freedom and unbridled expression - but the euphoria of freedom can obviously have hidden costs.

And some not so hidden.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Actors needed for formal screenplay reading

I'm directing a formal feature film script actor's reading for my new screenplay (written with Chris Koruga), The Herbalist ("You don't need to be Chinese to have a fearless Chinese heart.") in January for investors and industry professionals. Excellent food and refreshments will be served.

I'm looking for:
Chinese/Asian actors - all types, ages, looks, women and men
Caucasian women actors - early 20's, if you can play teen - great!
African American actors - women/men 40+

Executive Producer: Chris Koruga
Writer/director: Colleen Patrick (hey! That' me!)

Colleen Patrick
11328 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 attn: The Herbalist

Auditions and performance will take place in a downtown Seattle studio and theatre.
Audition: Saturday, January 12
Rehearsal: Saturday, January 26

Performance: Monday, January 28

This is a *mainstream,* A-level, non-stereotyped characters script. I'm looking for performers with range for this stage performance to match the quality of the screenplay.


Because of the security surrounding this project, all participants will be required to sign a confidentiality/nondisclosure agreement to prevent leaks about its content.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

I'm writing!

My new screenplay's first draft should be finished by Monday!

I'm pretty much writing around the clock except for walking dates with friends - I'm on a roll!

Oh - yeah. And there's that deadline.

This gives you the perfect opportunity to read all the blog entries you haven't!

Have a marvelous weekend!

There is so very much to write about when I return -- news, my muse, views, blues, gurus and hues -- I can hardly wait!

Thanks for tuning in - see you Monday!


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