April 5, 2010
Cleared out my January notes from my Franklin Daytimer, putting the best tidbits in my carry forward file. Here are those notes and ideas:
Notes from January, 2010 daytimer:
• Execute a series of 8X10 Hollywood style black and white glossies of Geronimo, Custer, Billy, Etta Place, Zapata, etc.
• quotes for "Round About" concept. Needs a staging area
• "He's not going anywhere." Hunkydory Holmes' pathetic and prophetic understatement. Possible opening line of story.
• Go to the opposite end: work backwards from a positive review of Mickey Free: "An esoteric masterpiece, dense with erudite references, disguised as so many cartoons, concealed behind blinding speed of execution." Now work backwards and make that end note come true.
• A grizzled prospector picking at rocks, burro in background, climbs up to a ridge and stares at something in the distance. We hear a distant roar and then POV we see a long oval racetrack in the middle of the desert: cut to closeup of the XS-5000 banking high on the oval track. Title card: Yucca, Arizona. Ford Proving Grounds, 1957
• William the Conqueror was so successful, he became too fat to get on his horse.
• "The simple fact is simple is hard to do."
—Old Vaquero Saying
• quote, jan. 7: "We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
• "That cowboy would ride a goat into a stampede."
• My childhood nightmare: a giant head in a tugboat cap looms over a cluster of bulk plant storage tanks. My father doesn't see it and I can't seem to warn him
• You can't tell the story of the West without starting in the east. And by that I mean Chicago, New York, England, Spain and China.
• My Norwegian grandmother, Minnie Hauan, never liked the story where we were on our way to Arizona on Route 66 and I ended up in a car with 3 Vegas hookers. I was nine. She was 69. (Intro to Sixty-Six Chix.)
• The State of the Western: the film genre I love the most suffers from plot rot. Explain. Tap Paul Hutton, John Fusco, Johnny Boggs and a dozen others to explain how to make Westerns bankable again. Do a reader's survey online to determine the why and the how of it all.
Worked on several other scenes, including this one:
Also, did another extension of the "En Grand Toilette" hombres to also patch onto an existing illustration (and make it longer):
Spending wayyyyy too much time on these, since they are quick cartoons that will run every Sunday in the Arizona Republic. Gee, I wonder what ol' Will has to say about this?
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
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