He’s probably not aware of it, seeing as how he lives in Manhattan, but Chris Eigeman moderates my Thursday night screenwriter’s workshop. Chris’ real name is Evan and he’s a dead ringer, both in looks and voice, but without the snark.
Here’s how it works: people bring in pages, a table read is held, then positive and constructive critiques are offered.
When Evan’s turn came to do his pages, he prefaced the read by getting people up to speed on where in the story we’d begin and that it was a Horror/Suspense screenplay.
Before he said the title, I could only focus on the title that I really needed it to be.
Please please please, let it be called “Go Away, Cookie Man!”
It was not and I found myself wrestling with unbridled disappointment.
Since it was a group setting, I felt I should I be able to share my feelings. I’ve seen enough movies to know that when you’re in a group, you’re supposed to share in order to grow as a person.
So I did. It became a teachable moment as the group were unfamiliar with Noah Baumbach’s seminal “Kicking and Screaming.”
I felt better about myself afterwards.
I say “seminal,” but I’ll be honest. I can’t name any other Noah Baumbach movies so I’m not really sure whether or not “Kicking and Screaming” is his defining work.
If it’s not, it should be. It has Parker Posey. I love Parker Posey.