I go through phases where I become really interested in random stuff and since watching a documentary a few months' back about Jesus Rivera's work with anacondas, I can't get enough of these snakes. They are so interesting! There was some amazing footage of this big mama snake (called Marion, no less) scoffing itself stupid on some kind of big water vole - and just like in cartoons, you can actually see the shape of the animal sticking out of its body! So cool, gross, scary and amazing, all at once.
As screenwriters then, it's cool to get outside your "normal" zone and research random stuff. Of course, I've already been pipped to the post on a creature feature about anacondas, but that's not what I mean; the more stuff you know and read about, surely the less chance you will run out of ideas? It's like exercise for your brain. Read about random stuff, formulate ideas in your subconscious ready, kind of like the coffee pot left on for later. Though hopefully your idea won't stew and taste bad.
And hey girls - how was Johnny Messner for you last night on 5 US's showing of Anacondas: Hunt for the Blood Orchid? Bad, bad film but he kept me watching...
This guy knows everything there is to know about anacondas.
When anacondas attack - video.
Read interesting stuff about Anacondas here, here and here.