The Wives (Many) of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

June 26, 2008

So the Fela’s Wives Stageplay currently entitled “the Wives (Many) of Fela Anikulapo Kuti” is coming along nicely. I am about 30 minutes into it. Written a beginning to end of Act One which currently comes in at around 20 pages (20 pages with my writing style and with some of the sequences written so far clock in at about 30 minutes I reckon) and I have now moved onto Act Two. Decided to move on to Act Two rather than finish Act One as it was starting to feel a little forced, so with my new God Particle philosophy in mind I moved on.

God Particle. In a long deep underground tunnel in Switzerland mad (entirely subjective and in no way meant as a strictly legal definition) scientists are firing atoms at other atoms. At the moment of collision new and exciting discoveries can be witness, measured and used for the enhancement of Man. I might be paraphrasing here slightly. This might explain it differently or this

This is what I am doing (in my much more humble way and perhaps not for the benefit of the whole of Mankind) by moving onto Act Two. Once finished I can throw my atomic acts together and see what new mysteries are created/capturing and then go back and start adjusting life as I knew it before this moment of collision. I believe more experienced writers call that looking back and reflecting on “life as I knew it before this moment of collision” rewriting.

Seeing scenes/moments/acts as God Particle experiments is much more sexy, exciting, deluding no??

Creative Brainstorming with Jurgen Wollf

June 26, 2008

Signed up to Jurgen Wolff’s creative brainstorming monthly email. Just received the first one. Looks kind of interesting for tuition purposes as regards exercises. A good resource to point people to.

Wolff is one of the many script guru’s knocking about. Mckee, Seger, Field, Freeman. Check out his site

Check the newsletter out. I think it’s kinda interesting as it’s seems to be about brainstorming and inspiration rather then more formal scripting stuff. Go here to sign up . There’s a button you can click to sample the newsletter before signing up.

creative commons

June 25, 2008

As of this morning, I’ve made an adjustment to my creative commons license. See About page for new details. Basically, its read, enjoy but don’t recreate.

BBC Radio Drama day

June 24, 2008

It was a good day over at Demontfort Uni last Wednesday. Good facilities over in the Creative Technology Suites. Well resourced with AV equipment. Audio stuff especially, was very impressive.

Structure of the day was to record two creative drama of 3 mins max to be edited at a later date, emphasis on writing and recording. Only an hour for each drama so intensive day. We were in a group of three with an actor and BBC person also.

piece number one was called the last straw and involved a couple celebrating their divorce by taking a spectacular hot air balloon ride, the second was called fences and was about a guy who hates the world so much he fences himself and his house away!

Reminded me of when I worked at BBC East Midlands Today as regards the turnaround time. Good day. Intend to get involved in the editing and think the audiotheque site is a good resource for getting work out there. A drama that one of the other groups (there were 4) produced is on the site.

the wives (many) of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

June 20, 2008

Working towards my August deadline been writing alot. Working from my treatment. I don’t usually have such a detailed treatment to work from as I find writing them difficult as they seem so full of cliche. Was pleased to get to an act break and realise I had only perhaps 20 minutes on stage so far. Looking at around 45 minutes, interval, then 60 mins. This was really reassuring for me as it said i need to invent lots of stuff. I thought writing such a detailed treatment would result in a join the dots exercise . Only having 20 mins is fantastic as it leaves lots of room to integrate the way I usually work which is to start from seemingly random ideas I have had, shoehorned into the piece in a not too considered way. To create momentum for the piece this way of working forces me to be elliptical, use metaphor and imagery to make sense of the scenes joined for the coherent whole. This of course is where the power lies. This is the home of the idea, the scene, sequence or piece driver lives in this space.

Of course this collision forces changes to these random ideas but that sense of the random can be carried (either very strongly or not) as appropriate. I spoke in an earlier post about how I bought August Wilson’s century cycle as a result of reading in an interview how he works in what I felt to be a similar random collection method so this combination of the more traditional treatment/plot it all method and the random collection method are so far proving enjoyable and illuminating.

Check out this YouTube series of writers talking. it’s called The Dialogue. Interestingly different ways of working profiled.

So all in all a very enjoyable time is being had.

BBC Radio Drama Training Day

June 17, 2008

Off to Demontfort tomorrow for radio day. Based on their suggested titles i’ve written another short piece.


Looking forward to the day.

the wives (many) of Fela Anikulapo Kuti treatment feedback

June 16, 2008

Had a twp feedback meeting this morning based on my draft treatment. Going ahead to write the first draft of the treatment now with August 1st as deadline.

Notes were about the idea of dynamic changes of status , trying to get more immediacy into the piece, more at stake in the present on stage. Talked around various ways of doing this. Now it’s head down and knock it out. Hoorah!

I might pick random moment to start or I might surprise myself and write the beginning first and then go from there!

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