Friday, September 08, 2006

Carr Bros WIN Scriptapalooza! INTERVIEW!!

The following is an interview with Yours Truly and co-writer/brother Jeremy re: our TV Pilot "The REAL Deal" which was recently awarded 1st Place for Best Original Pilot on Scriptapalooza TV:

Scott C. Carr & Jeremy Carr

Scriptapalooza TV 1st place Winners

Original Pilot: The REAL Deal

How did you come up with your story idea?

Scott: I've always been a fan of reality television. Well, let me clarify that: I'm a fan of reality TV in much the same way that I enjoy infomercials---not because I'm in the market for a new bread machine or Bowflex, but because there's some dynamic there, some strange cultural appeal that's almost indefinable. I've worked in reality television (Sr. Writer on TLC's (The Learning Channel) show Dead Tenants and I was head of development for a successful Reality TV production company). But more poignantly, I've noticed a real polarity in the fans of the genre: people either love Reality TV or they hate it. I wanted to capture that essence in fiction, in dramatic comedy (Jeremy hates the term dramedy), or more accurately, the new pseudo-hybrid improvisational fiction that people like Larry David and Fred Goss are pioneering. Good Reality TV combines the irresistible draw of the train wreck with the mind-thumping hypnotism of a tent revival, tempered with the "I knew that" and "I could do it better" appeal of Millionaire's "final answer." And so The REAL Deal was born. I came up with the ever-on-the-verge-of-catastrophe TRN (The World's first all-reality television network) and Jeremy helped fill it with interesting, eclectic (and perhaps most importantly) dysfunctionally loveable (and hate-able) characters. From there, the stories just seemed to write themselves...


Jeremy: Yes. And how.


S: I came up with the concept about two years ago, pitched it to Jeremy, and we let it germinate (or, as we call it, Jeremy-ate) for a while. Once we started writing, I think we had the pilot, treatment, and first season episode outline done in about four months.


J: Jeremyate???


S: Yes. In other words, it took me about a year and a half to convince Jeremy to co-write the damned thing. And it was well worth it.


Is this your first script that you have written?

S: If only the world worked that way: you write your first script, mail it off, and win first place in Scriptapalooza. Unfortunately, no. And Jeremy'll tell you the same. As for me, I've written countless scripts. Scores of features and pilots. Dozens of full treatments. Hundreds of one-pages. Toss in an uncountable number of short stories, articles and a few novels. Some have sold, some have been published/produced. Most have not. But every single one was well worth the time and energy it took to create it: both for the realization of the story I needed to tell, for the practice of the craft, for the experience of having written, and for the doors (however small) they might've helped inch open.


J: I wrote my first real script when I was 16. And that was... a long time ago.


S: It's not even the first script that we've CO-written: Probably not worth mentioning, but Jeremy and I came dangerously close to placing an original "X-Files" script a while back, but it only ended in fiasco. We then moved on to parody script-writing (stuff written for our own amusement, in our spare time, to keep our sense of humor finely honed). Among other things, we wrote a second "X-Files" script "X-Files: The Zombie Gambit" which satirized our first and has achieved a strange sort've cult status---after nearly twelve years, fans and ex-girlfriends discovering the comedy still crawl out of the woodwork, e-mailing us and begging us to complete the cliff-hanger story... We wrote a few episodes of "24: Season 24" featuring an Alzheimer's-ridden Jack Bauer, an alcoholic Kim Bauer and Tony Almeida as Santa Claus Most of these satires (i.e., scripts that we could never, ever do anything with professionally) are available on our website: http://www.brotherscarr.com/


On a more serious note, we've collaborated on several documentaries (one on Roswell, and another that involves three generations of a family living on and running a junkyard in upstate New York). We've both had scifi stories published (once even together in the same trade paperback!). Among countless other projects, I'm pitching a documentary idea about following a gang of Russian bikers through the abandoned highways of Chernobyl. And this weekend Jeremy's screening his film "Nuclear Winter," which he wrote and directed and which is quite possibly the funniest thing either of us has yet done. But back to the point, we write a lot. A LOT. Together and separately. And Jeremy directs, too. And I've actually produced an episode of network TV.


Have you entered other screenwriting competitions?

S: Dozens. And film competitions. And story competitions. And novel competitions. And I play the lottery regularly, hoping against hope for the money needed to buy the time to spend even more time writing and the cash required to enter even more competitions...


J: You've gotta be in it to win it.


S: You gotta be in it... As appealing as it might sound to be that undiscovered genius whose landlady happens upon his decrepit corpse and hundreds of unpublished manuscripts in his apartment---post-mortem publishing just doesn't hold the grandeur of actually getting out there and working in the field. We write and write and write, and submit and submit and submit, to one purpose only: working our way into bigger and bigger projects and productions, and getting more hands-on, in-your-face work and creative input. It's better to play with others than to play with yourself.


If so, have you been successful?

S: More successful that 1st Place in Scriptapalooza? Well, Jeremy has certainly had much more experience and success in the festival/contest circuit than I have. My own success can be measured in the experience I've achieved, the connections I've made, and the film and television projects I've been fortunate enough to work on and write for.


J: I've won awards from Slamdance and Fade In Magazine and my scripts have placed well in The Nicholl Fellowships, The Austin Film Festival, Storybay, and The Scriptapalooza Screenplay contest. "But what I really want to do is direct."


S: I once won an additional week's salary and dinner for me and my wife in the NYC restaurant of our choice from the executive producer of TLC's "Dead Tenants" for successfully pitching and producing an episode that no one thought would make the cut (and which went on to become arguably the best episode of the season). But I guess that's not the sort of competition youre talking about...


Why did you enter Scriptapalooza?

S: It's the most respected contest of its type. And one of the few that's open to television pilots.


J: It seemed like the thing to do.


S: And apparently it WAS the thing to do.


Advice to other screenwriters?

S: First, the obvious: Write. Write a lot. Dont stop writing. Next: Tenacity to the point of insanity. Send your stuff everywhere. Dont stop submitting. Never tire of querying agents and producers and rich relatives with your projects. Third: Have confidence in your work and sell yourself. There's no room for self-doubt and no one's gonna read something that isn't handed to them on a silver platter. Present everything that you do, from pitch to project, as if it's already a done deal and is the greatest thing since Star Wars. Finally, and most importantly: Network, network, network. Make connections. Everyone you meet (and if you religiously follow the first three bits of advice, you WILL meet people), from receptionist to producer is an important and viable contact. Meet everyone that you possibly can meet, send them well-wishing e-mails on the holidays, thank them for looking at your work (even if they hated it, even if they didnt even read it), and never burn bridges. Networking is the name of the game.


J: Also, convince your parents to give you a brother.


How did you feel when you saw your name as one of the winners?

S: Thrilled and excited. Looking forward to seeing what new doors are opened. To be honest, Jeremy and I both had a good feeling about our entry ever since we noticed that Scriptapalooza announced a reality television category for the next contest---we thought this could only bode well for our parody of Reality TV. And I guess we were right


J: I was confused. Alphabetically speaking, my name should have come before Scott's.


S: But I was born first.


If you could write for any TV show, which one would it be?


S: "Star Trek" (any incarnation). Or "The X-Files." Or "Lost," "ER," "24," "Northern Exposure," "Big Love," "Red Dwarf," "All in the Family"... There are just so many shows that I love and have loved and would kill to write for (or to have written for)---it's the reason I got into writing for television in the first place. That said, I would most like to write for an original series which I created or helped develop. Anything Scifi. I wrote and co-produced a post-apocalyptic scifi-comedy pilot "The NUKE Brothers" (think "Laurel and Hardy" After the Bomb) several years ago (and the tie-in comic book)---I'd love to write for a series like that... To be even more vague, I simply want to write good dramatic fiction. No more Reality TV. But then, I look at the fiction I've written lately (hybrid-improvisation parodying Reality TV) and I realize that its certainly meaningful to remember your experience and remain true to your roots. The odd pendulum between reality and drama is swinging, and your guess is as good as mine as to what surprises the next evolution of TV holds in store us, both as writers and viewers


J: "The Honeymooners." "The Twilight Zone." "Twin Peaks." I guess I was born in the wrong decade.


S: Jeremy and I have a deal. Soon as he'll sit through the entire run of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" with me, I will sit with him and watch the entire run of "Twin Peaks." So far, we've been too busy writing to compromise. As little kids, we were both very inspired by the Canadian film "Goodbye, Pork Pie." Our Dad didn't get HBO like all the other kid's families---instead, we had something called WHT. Very strange movies. And no MTV, they just had one music video: Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone." And "Goodbye, Pork Pie." Has anyone seen this film? We watched it religiously, over and over as kids.


J: Couldn't get enough of it.


S: Then recently re-watched it as adults, and, well...


J: It was awful.


S: To put it mildly. There's no accounting for impressionable young minds. In fact, when Jeremy and I aren't debating the finer points of Sleestaks and The Dharma Initiative, we're actively doing archival research for a behind-the-scenes fictional exposé about "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark."


J: Possibly the most horrific and downright terrifying two hours in television history.


S: A 1970s horror TV classic. It scared the hell out of us. I can't believe our parents let us watch it. If you saw "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," you know exactly what we're talking about, and if not, don't take our word for it: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069992/usercomments


What is your favorite film or TV show of all time?


S: "Dark Star." Hands down, the John Carpenter and Dan OBannon cult classic student film is my all-time favorite example of pure dramatic fiction, philosophical dalliance and slapstick comedy. As for TV shows? I suppose it's a tie between the "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" episode of "The X-Files" and the last episode of "M*A*S*H."


J: Can I count Woody Allen's entire body of work as one film? No? Then I'll go with "Fight Club."

Friday, June 02, 2006

Long, Long, Long, Long, Pants.

So apparently I cannot escape my true calling: to act!

I just performed a cameo role in a short film by Mr. Corey Boutilier called "The Long, Long, Long, Long Pants" in which I play a Texan Francophile.

The story revolves around the love affair between a man and his talking pair of trousers. The filming was a blast and from what I've seen (and heard) of the dailies, it should be very, very, very, very, funny. The best part is, it's screening this weekend at the First Sundays Film Festival in New York City.

First Sundays Film Festival
SUNDAY, JUNE 4th, at 7:15pm.
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street (Between Ave "A" and "B")

http://www.FirstSundays.com
http://www.TwoBoots.com/pioneer

Hope to see you there!

- Brother Jeremy

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The Emmett Zephyr Gallery

Jeremy gave my 5-year-old son Emmett a digital camera for his birthday. He's been taking pictures like they're going out of style. Apparently, the kid's go quite an eye... I'm tempted to submit these photos to a gallery in Soho and not mention the artist's age...

See here: The Emmett Zephyr Gallery

--Brother Scott

The Last Wizard

Just finished production on a short post-apocalyptic scifi film "The Last Wizard." Ultra-low budget, ultra-cool. Music by The Buzzrats. Weighs in at just over 6 minutes, and was completely shot (guerilla-style) for about $250. One actor, one camera. Lotsa props and great locations. After the $25K independent fiasco of "The Nuke Brothers" burning a hole in my wallet, and all the industry red tape, politics and insanity of "Dead Tenants" for TLC, it was great to get back to my roots and shoot some good down-home personal scifi. "The Last Wizard" is the first in (what I imagine to be) a long series of shorts, all set in the same world (the same world that "The NUKE Brothers" is set in, incidentally). We'll be entering it in the The Curiosity Film Fest in Toronto. Beyond that, I'm still deciding how the series will be released... most likely they'll end up on here.

--Brother Scott

Monday, April 24, 2006

Old School . . .

My old undergrad alma mater just ran this article about Yours Truly in their Alumni Magazine. When I think back on all the wild, wild adventures that made up those four years, it's nice to see that more than just memories were made.

But the best part of the article is thinking of all those old ex-girlfriends that might stumble across it... Read it and weep!!

--Brother Scott

A Writer’s Journey into the Supernatural
by Megan Hurley ’04, who is the Project Manager for Alumni Affairs at Caldwell College.
This fall saw the premiere of a new reality show that features haunted houses, professional psychics, and a cop-turned-ghostbuster. No, it’s not CSI: Transylvania. The show is TLC’s Dead Tenants, and its writer and associate producer is Caldwell alumnus Scott Carr ’93.

Scott’s ultimate ambition has always been to be a successful professional writer. To that end, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Caldwell College. His coursework also included several classes in psychology, in hopes that a study of the human person would help him to write better character-based fiction. Scott describes his years at Caldwell as “the most educationally rewarding… I’ve ever had.”

After his graduation from Caldwell, Scott spent four years working at Harvard University, at one point writing content for their website. During that time, he took advantage of what he calls an academic “back door” for employees, which allowed him to take graduate-level courses in literature, writing, and topics in mass media. “While I don’t hold a degree from the University,” he says, “I do have a ton of credits… [and] a wealth of knowledge.”

As Scott continued along his chosen career path, he pursued every possible avenue, from advertising to anthologies, to having his writing published. At one point, he even wrote a TV pilot for a company in India (“I have no idea if they ever did anything with it,” he says.) It was his foray into Internet writing, however, that led him to his greatest success to date.

The creation of two Internet magazines, The Flying Saucer Gazette and the critically-acclaimed Apocalypse Fiction Magazine (
www.apocalypsefiction.com), allowed Scott to explore both fiction and nonfiction in his writing. His focus on apocalyptic science fiction, fringe culture, and the realms of the supernatural gave him a more specific way to “write as much as possible and get as much as possible out there.”

In 1999, Scott was presented with the Hunter S. Thompson Award for Outstanding Journalism. The award is given to journalists who write in the “Gonzo” style, wherein the journalist becomes a part of the story he or she is writing and thus personally affects its outcome. “This is the heart of what I did with The Flying Saucer Gazette,” Scott tells us. “I inserted myself into the strange culture of UFO seekers, watchers, witnesses, and believers.”

Working with this “strange culture” also opened the door for Scott to opportunities in film, television, and radio, both as a writer and as an expert in fringe culture. He appeared on Fox News’s FOX in Focus and in the film documentary The Hudson Valley Sightings. He was also a co-host and co-producer of UFO Desk, a radio show which aired on WBAI-FM in New York, as well as a producer of The NUKE Brothers, a sci-fi television show developed by Blue Moon Movies.

Scott’s latest project was handed to him by Triple Threat Television, a production company in New York. He is currently writing and assisting in the production of Triple Threat’s “paranormal reality series,” Dead Tenants. The show features the Preternatural Research Society – a team that includes an expert in the occult, two psychics, a historian, and a former police officer-turned-ghost chaser – and its efforts to help people throughout the country who are plagued by hauntings in their homes. The show was pitched to The Learning Channel (TLC) and was so well-received that “we sold an entire season, which is very rare,” Scott says. “Usually a network will offer only a development deal, or at best, order a pilot episode.”

In addition to this television project, Scott is also working on two books: a novel, Believer, and a non-fiction book entitled Junkyard Living. Another of his most recent books, Champion Mountain, is available as an e-book download at Amazon.com. He is also working on developing and pitching other shows with Triple Threat Television, as well as continuing to maintain Apocalypse Fiction Magazine online. Scott chooses to work on several projects at once because he believes that “the writer who spends all of his time on one project, one novel, one script, fine-tuning and shopping it around, waiting for that breakthrough deal… is setting himself up for disappointment.”

Scott credits a great deal of his success to Caldwell English professor Sister Brigid Brady, O.P., who he says “is hands-down the most influential teacher I have ever had… Part of what keeps me working hard as a writer is that I want to do justice to the education she gave me, the time, the energy, the support and advice she shared while I was her student, and to make her proud… [Sister Brigid] instilled in me the skills and the discipline needed to write every day, at least 8 hours a day; to push on in the face of rejection after rejection; and to trust that hard work will eventually pay off.”

Scott currently lives in the Shawangunk Mountains in New York's Hudson Valley, on a piece of land that once belonged to George Hansburg, better known as the inventor of the pogo stick. “In fact,” Scott says, “the next closest property is an old pogo stick factory which has been renovated into a home.” He and his wife, Amy, have two children: 4-year-old Emmett Zephyr and 9-month-old Eden Mousley.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Brothers Carr Sell Their Souls on eBay...

Check it out:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=9507630605

This eBay idea started as a joke---we've been working long and hard on what we feel is one of our best, most viable and marketable projects to date---and we figured, what if we could circumvent the Hollywood/Studio process and sell it on eBay?

Crazier things have happened on the World Wide Web...

--Brother Scott

Carr Brothers convicted of brutal murders and sentenced to death...

That's the Headline! The (other) Carr Brothers now reside on Death Row:

"Carr Brothers convicted of brutal murders and sentenced to death"

Whew! That was a CLOSE one... The upside is that now it seems that there will be only one notorious pair of Brothers Carr.

--Brother Scott

Thursday, April 06, 2006

"The Wichita Massacre"

Here's a little more about the other Brothers Carr. The murderers. They're calling their killings "The Wichita Massacre." You can see photos of them and get more info here:

http://www.wichita-massacre.com/
Your only source for the shocking eyewitness testimony of
thelone survivor of America's most suppressed massacre...


According to a lone survivor's horrifying pre-trial testimony, after sexually tormenting them, the Carr Brothers took the friends individually to an ATM machine and forced them to withdraw as much cash as possible. Then, the Carr Brothers transported their naked victims to a remote soccer field and forced them to kneel in the snow before shooting them execution-style in the head, and then running them over with a truck. After leaving their victims for dead, the Carr Brothers returned to the men's apartment and stole appliances, bedding, and china.

They look a lot tougher than Jeremy and I. These guys are real bad-asses. I have to wonder, how strange would it be for us Brothers Carr to shoot on down to Kansas to document the other Brothers Carr...?

--Brother Scott

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Messenger of the Fellowship?!

The weirdness never ends when you're a weirdness magnet (or magnate). This email is particularly interesting, as this would-be cult leader has invited Yours Truly into his fold. I suppose I may be jumping the gun in posting this (as he claims the aliens don't want to go public till 2007), but what the hell... You just can't sit on this sort of news. This guy might be a documentary waiting to happen. Note to talk to Jeremy when he gets back from L.A...

This is exactly the sort of correspondence that you can look forward to if you've spent any time at all working in the 'paranormal' field---and believe me, I have. From editing The Flying Saucer Gazette, to co-hosting UFO Desk on FM in NY, to writing/producing the Dead Tenants tv show on The Learning Channel... the paranormals are just crawling out of the woodwork. I'm curious to see which way this one goes: Will he get his own show? Or will I join his fold...
Dearly Chosen,

My name is Dr. Daniel Payne, and I have been directed to contact you with great news. Beginning in 2001, a female alien being from the most supreme alien race in our universe started channeling messages through me, and has just recently given me directions to send an email to you. I have been instructed not to share the messages with the world until January 1, 2007. However, she has asked me to invite one hundred initiates (who will later become Guides in the fellowship) to join in learning the messages before January 1, 2007, and afterwards becoming leaders in sharing the messages with others. Per her instructions, I cannot give full details of the messages in this initial email. She has told me that those who request initiation must do so on faith and spirit discernment. She has, however, allowed me to communicate the basics of her teachings with you in outline form:

1. There is a Supreme Spirit, a universal consciousness within which all life exists. This consciousness is still evolving.
2. She is from the most evolved alien race in our universe. Her race did not create the human race, but they did create the race which, in turn, created us. There are other universes, and many other alien races within our universe and others.
3. There are currently many wars between alien races in our universe and others.
4. Some alien races are active on earth, and abductions do sometimes occur though her race never abducts human beings.
5. The human race is extremely young in universal evolutionary and spiritual terms. She has shared with me the origin and future of our race.
6. She has shared political, moral, and spiritual guidelines for the human race in order to assist survival.
7. There have been many previous contacts with the human race.

When we unveil her teachings to the world, there will be five levels of participation in the Fellowship: (1) Friends; (2) Initiates; (3) Followers of the Way; (4) Guides; (5) Bishops (regional). As chosen pre-initiates, you will receive all training leading up to Guide level before the Fellowship is unveiled. You will be expected to maintain strict privacy concerning the teachings during this time. Our Supreme Teacher has chosen you for this mission, and I will accept the first 100 who respond to this invitation. The Fellowship is completely egalitarian; therefore, men and women will be accepted as Guide trainees. Before the worldwide unveiling of the Fellowship, I will meet with each of the chosen Guide initiates together for a formal initiation ceremony at a place and date to be chosen in the future. If you discern the truth of these revelations in your spirit, and wish to become Guide initiates, please respond to this email with you intention. Further instructions will be given at that time. Once you have been chosen as a Guide initiate, I will send you all my contact information, and you may feel free to contact me at any time during the training.

Peace to you All,
Dr. Daniel Payne, Spirit Fellowship Ambassador
spiritfellowship@gmail.com

Ha ha ha!

--Brother Scott

Fat Man and Little Boy...

The Continuing Adventures of Fat Man and Little Boy... comic book (originally published by Plastic Farm Press) is now reprinted online. Check it out:

http://www.apocalypsefiction.com/fmlb/fmlb1.html

For more adventures of FM and LB, check out the NUKE Brothers link on the right --->

--Brother Scott

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Brothers from another mother...

So it turns out that during a routine web search for "Brothers Carr", that Jeremy and I are not quite alone. There's another pair of Carr's out there. Like us, they are brothers. But, whereas we are writers and filmmakers, these two are "interracial mass murderers" and homicidal maniacs...

See here:

The Wichita, Kan., trial of two brothers charged with murdering five people and wounding a sixth in a December 2000 crime spree has local residents and prominent black leaders wondering why the national media have been relatively silent in the matter.Because the suspects, Jonathan and Reginald Carr, are black and their victims white, many observers in Wichita expected the brothers to be charged with hate crimes, which presumably would have sparked national news coverage.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/768731/posts

That's not us. Really, it's not... really.

--Brother Scott