Mr. Ryan exited the agent pitch area and ambled straight toward me. I manned the ‘please leave your comments here’ volunteer post. I started a friendly conversation, how’s it going, what do you do. He said he did film. I said…
“Oh-oh-oh! Are you looking for a project with an Asian man married to a Caucasian woman?!”
He gazed off into the distance giving proper thought to contemplating my query. He re-focused, took in my expectant face, looked me solidly in the eye, and uttered, “No.”
“Honesty. That I like.” I said, and smiled sheepishly. Wanting to finish on a more positive note, I asked, “Where are you from?”
He broke a smile and murmured the sweet word, “Hollywood.”
“The only person I know in Hollywood is Ed Schofield,” I chattered. “He did some work for Spielberg.”
“I’ve heard of him,” he mused.
“Really, wow, that makes me feel good,” I responded.
He gave me a sideways glance then laughed. Yeah, there’s more than one idiot at writers’ conferences.
The next day he was the luncheon speaker. The emcee announced him as a Vice President at MGM, with much heralded experience including executive producer credits of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, a movie that actually starred an Asian, Korean actor John Cho.
I’ve thought about watching the movie Ryan produced, but I can’t get excited about it. I think our tastes run in opposite direction, avoiding odd people for him, awkward moments for me.
This year I attended one of Luke Ryan’s classes. He’s a kickass, entertaining teacher and extremely generous with his time with the conference and writers.
Here’s a shout out to Luke Ryan who shared the main points of writing a detective film and a thriller and as soon as I find my notes I’ll share them on the blog.