1. 2226 is a movie about a woman, Ruby, whose life is falling apart because she is being transformed by her environment.

    Ruby works with her lawyer husband, Fred, as paralegal to his practice. She has a Bar license herself, but never had the fire to practice herself. For three years after passing the Bar exam, she worked as a paralegal for a Civil Rights lawyer in Omaha, Nebraska until she met Fred, who was in the process of setting up his own plaintiffs' practice.

    Fred had worked as a criminal lawyer and become a darling of the prisoners' rights front in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, when a catastrophic personal injury lawsuit fell in his lap. The attorneys who had initiated the lawsuit died in the crash of a Piper while flying back to Omaha from a fishing trip. Fred, who often had associated cases with them, took over several of their files, including the catastrophic personal injury (a motorcycle/truck accident in which the motorcyclist's right leg and right were sheared off) case. That case was early in the discovery process and proved to be gold for Fred, who had just gotten married and acquired a paralegal who grew up in her own father's (mostly insurance defense practice), where she proved to be a gifted legal writer.

    When "2226" opens, Ruby and Fred have temporarily transplanted to San Francisco, where they have been working on a class action (employment discrimination) that involves plaintiffs and attorneys from all over the country.

    This proves to be a life-changing experience for Ruby, who grew up an only child in Omaha surrounded, except for her family's Mexican housekeeper, by people who were just like her - i. e., the same stuff, the same education, the same expectations - until she met Fred, whose civil rights/peacenik parents transplanted to Lincoln, Nebraska in the 1960s. Ruby has never seen poverty and she is stunned by the homelessness and human suffering that she is witnessing in San Francisco. We find out early in the story that she is constantly videoing herself and her surroundings - i.e., on the way to work, whenever she runs an errand, always.

    The longer she learns about poverty, the more questions and conflict she has about her own lifestyle and upbringing. She is so distracted that it affects not only her work, but, also of course, her marriage.

    Right now, I have 3 potential inciting incidents, two of which will have to be killed of course. I think the strongest one involves their dispute about a homeless woman Fred and Ruby see almost every day. And because that character is based on a real person in my own neighborhood, whom I have observed deteriorate over time, that character also is probably a great candidate for a controlling metaphor.

    Once I have a script, I will look for a Ruby (probably between 35 and 40) and a Fred slightly older. They have 2 or 3 lawyer friends who are also temporarily transplanted, various ages, and the homeless woman, mid-40s. I have my eye on a bar in my neighborhood as the gathering place of the transplanted lawyers. Because this is an ensemble piece, I am going to take my time and not even think about production until this time next year.

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  2. 2226 is a movie about a woman, Ruby, whose life is falling apart because she is being transformed by her environment.

    Ruby works with her lawyer husband, Fred, as paralegal to his practice. She has a Bar license herself, but never had the fire to practice herself. For three years after passing the Bar exam, she worked as a paralegal for a Civil Rights lawyer in Omaha, Nebraska until she met Fred, who was in the process of setting up his own plaintiffs' practice.

    Fred had worked as a criminal lawyer and become a darling of the prisoners' rights front in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, when a catastrophic personal injury lawsuit fell in his lap. The attorneys who had initiated the lawsuit died in the crash of a Piper while flying back to Omaha from a fishing trip. Fred, who often had associated cases with them, took over several of their files, including the catastrophic personal injury (a motorcycle/truck accident in which the motorcyclist's right leg and right were sheared off) case. That case was early in the discovery process and proved to be gold for Fred, who had just gotten married and acquired a paralegal who grew up in her own father's (mostly insurance defense practice), where she proved to be a gifted legal writer.

    When "2226" opens, Ruby and Fred have temporarily transplanted to San Francisco, where they have been working on a class action (employment discrimination) that involves plaintiffs and attorneys from all over the country.

    This proves to be a life-changing experience for Ruby, who grew up an only child in Omaha surrounded, except for her family's Mexican housekeeper, by people who were just like her - i. e., the same stuff, the same education, the same expectations - until she met Fred, whose civil rights/peacenik parents transplanted to Lincoln, Nebraska in the 1960s. Ruby has never seen poverty and she is stunned by the homelessness and human suffering that she is witnessing in San Francisco. We find out early in the story that she is constantly videoing herself and her surroundings - i.e., on the way to work, whenever she runs an errand, always.

    The longer she learns about poverty, the more questions and conflict she has about her own lifestyle and upbringing. She is so distracted that it affects not only her work, but, also of course, her marriage.

    Right now, I have 3 potential inciting incidents, two of which will have to be killed of course. I think the strongest one involves their dispute about a homeless woman Fred and Ruby see almost every day. And because that character is based on a real person in my own neighborhood, whom I have observed deteriorate over time, that character also is probably a great candidate for a controlling metaphor.

    Once I have a script, I will look for a Ruby (probably between 35 and 40) and a Fred slightly older. They have 2 or 3 lawyer friends who are also temporarily transplanted, various ages, and the homeless woman, mid-40s. I have my eye on a bar in my neighborhood as the gathering place of the transplanted lawyers. Because this is an ensemble piece, I am going to take my time and not even think about production until this time next year.

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  3. This beginning of a storyboard was compiled from footage that I've been collecting for the past year. Yesterday, while I was making this, I knew I was pursuing a story but I had no idea what it was. I believe in my process and trust it, and sure enough, when I woke in the middle of the night and proofed my Timeline, the premise of the story started to form in my mind.

    2226 is a movie about an introverted, simple woman whose quiet life is falling apart because of circumstances beyond her control. For two and a half years, she has lived in a hotel room while working as support staff on a headline grabbing, big bucks lawsuit. She is the primary assistant to a two-attorney law practice. The attorneys are a couple who are managing to collaborate to complete their big case while at the same time, their personal relationship is falling almost violently apart.

    The legal assistant, through whom the attorneys have been communicating with each other between the times they are screaming and almost coming to blows, is an almost silent witness to what is happening at the office. We really don't know anything about her until we find out that when she is not in the office, she is constantly videoing herself and her surroundings - i.e., on the way to work, whenever she runs an errand, always. After work, when she is alone, she watches whatever she has shot that day.

    Eventually, the attorneys decide they need separate spaces to work in; and the legal assistant has to split her time between the two spaces, shooting, of course, as she travels from one space to another. As her situation becomes more stressful, she feels compelled to shoot more. Gradually, because she would rather shoot than go to work, she begins to change.

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  4. Shot this on my iPhone in my hotel room at the Grand Hyatt in New York. Time was about 8:15 a.m. and as you can see, the lighting was irresistible. Will put these clips into Final Cut for more elegant editing. But I just had to see what I could do in iPhone editing software.

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  5. 2226 is a movie about a woman, Ruby, whose life is falling apart because she is being transformed by her environment.

    Ruby works with her lawyer husband, Fred, as paralegal to his practice. She has a Bar license herself, but never had the fire to practice herself. For three years after passing the Bar exam, she worked as a paralegal for a Civil Rights lawyer in Omaha, Nebraska until she met Fred, who was in the process of setting up his own plaintiffs' practice.

    Fred had worked as a criminal lawyer and become a darling of the prisoners' rights front in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, when a catastrophic personal injury lawsuit fell in his lap. The attorneys who had initiated the lawsuit died in the crash of a Piper while flying back to Omaha from a fishing trip. Fred, who often had associated cases with them, took over several of their files, including the catastrophic personal injury (a motorcycle/truck accident in which the motorcyclist's right leg and right were sheared off) case. That case was early in the discovery process and proved to be gold for Fred, who had just gotten married and acquired a paralegal who grew up in her own father's (mostly insurance defense practice), where she proved to be a gifted legal writer.

    When "2226" opens, Ruby and Fred have temporarily transplanted to San Francisco, where they have been working on a class action (employment discrimination) that involves plaintiffs and attorneys from all over the country.

    This proves to be a life-changing experience for Ruby, who grew up an only child in Omaha surrounded, except for her family's Mexican housekeeper, by people who were just like her - i. e., the same stuff, the same education, the same expectations - until she met Fred, whose civil rights/peacenik parents transplanted to Lincoln, Nebraska in the 1960s. Ruby has never seen poverty and she is stunned by the homelessness and human suffering that she is witnessing in San Francisco. We find out early in the story that she is constantly videoing herself and her surroundings - i.e., on the way to work, whenever she runs an errand, always.

    The longer she learns about poverty, the more questions and conflict she has about her own lifestyle and upbringing. She is so distracted that it affects not only her work, but, also of course, her marriage.

    Right now, I have 3 potential inciting incidents, two of which will have to be killed of course. I think the strongest one involves their dispute about a homeless woman Fred and Ruby see almost every day. And because that character is based on a real person in my own neighborhood, whom I have observed deteriorate over time, that character also is probably a great candidate for a controlling metaphor.

    Once I have a script, I will look for a Ruby (probably between 35 and 40) and a Fred slightly older. They have 2 or 3 lawyer friends who are also temporarily transplanted, various ages, and the homeless woman, mid-40s. I have my eye on a bar in my neighborhood as the gathering place of the transplanted lawyers. Because this is an ensemble piece, I am going to take my time and not even think about production until this time next year.

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