Before I get to the big announcement, I just want to address the lack of nominations for the Puzzle Pride Campaign I’ve received. I really want this year to be a success, so I’m going to extend the deadline to April 30. That’s not really the best case scenario I was hoping for, but it is what it is.
Perhaps, people don’t feel as comfortable putting themselves out there as I do, and that’s okay. So, what I’m going to do instead is tweak the rules a bit to something more people might be comfortable with.
1. ANY Puzzle Piece can be nominated for this award, now. That includes parents, siblings, caretakers, friends, family, and the actual Spectrumites (Is that a word? It is now. :) Patent Pending!)
2. You now have until 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2015 to submit your nominations for the Puzzle Pride Award.
3. You must contact me through either my email listed on the site’s contact page, the Aspie Epilogue Facebook page, or through any other means listed on the site’s contact page.
4. Please inform me WHY this person or these people (if you’re nominating more than one person) has been so inspirational to you. This is important. There’s no right or wrong answer here. Just go with what’s on your mind from the bottom of your heart.
Now that we have that out of the way, I’d like to address the big announcement:
I recently set up a Skripteez account to promote my graduate thesis, a 108-page feature-length screenplay called Carry On.
After nearly a full year of getting nowhere in screenwriting contests with this screenplay, I’ve decided to take a different approach to getting my screenplay out to its intended audience. If I’m lucky enough, it may even fall into the right hands to get optioned by a studio. I don’t know if I’m that lucky, though.
So, what does any of this have to do with the Aspie Epilogue? Here’s the screenplay’s logline (NOTE: Loglines are extremely difficult to write, as they must boil down, in this case, 108 pages into one sentence.):
A teenage Aspie must win a contest to appear on the latest hit reality show and impress the girl he likes.
As for a more detailed synopsis of the screenplay, here’s that, too:
Raising a child on the Autism Spectrum is difficult, but growing up as an Aspie can be overwhelming. Nobody knows that better than Jude Dunn (JD).
Whether fighting high school bullies, getting the girl, or simply winning a spot on a new hit reality show, JD wrestles with what it means to be an Aspie. Through the support of his friend, Amy, and his band, The Nitro Pumpkins, JD begins a journey through 12th grade that will impact the lives of everyone he meets. For some there will be a happy ending; for others, not so much. Will Amy ever know how JD feels about her? Will JD clinch his rise to fame? The scars of the past will bleed as JD battles his greatest foe: himself.
When I watch a character with ASD in a movie or on TV, 9 times out of 10, I see a robot or Rain Man. That doesn’t really do the ASD community justice. If you meet an Aspie, you’ve met one Aspie. ASD affects different people in different ways. Parenthood on NBC is as close as I’ve ever seen to a TV show or a movie “getting it right.”
In Carry On, our Aspergian protagonist, JD, is more lively than that. He’s colorful, he’s irreverent, and he’s vulnerable to his own self-inflicted insecurities. What brings him down could very well be the very personality traits that could someday lift him up. He just needs to learn how to balance that fine line of when to say something and when to shut his mouth. We all have those moments.
This isn’t just another ASD flick trying to raise awareness of ASD. Rather, it’s a film that shows how universal ASD is through the eyes of one Aspie with his own symptoms and coping methods.
If you would like to read Carry On, it is available on Loglinr for free. Just follow this link.
I will continue to keep you updated on my progress, as I try to get a buyer for the screenplay. I have also entered it in this year’s Page Awards Screenwriting Contest. I won’t know how that works out until July at the soonest.
Until then, find peace with yourself, within yourself. And don’t forget to nominate your favorite candidate for the Puzzle Pride Award this year!