Short Scripts

August 31, 2010

Posting Feel one of the shorts I’ve been working on for the Nottingham Trent University Second Year Moving Image students.

The idea is that the students have to interpret and then adapt a given script. Feel is similar to the other two I’ve written for this year’s students in that it has only two characters, needs to be shot predominantly in one day with half a day’s rehearsal. Additionally each script also has a requirement to think about character and backstory.


Fela!

August 25, 2010

Fela! tickets booked. looking forward to seeing the show. Not really been to see a musical before and this one looks incredibly vibrant. Naturally this has a very different treatment to my play so whilst it’s soft research it should simply be good as a Nigerian into Fela’s tunes to see this. Show should have settled into a groove by the time I see it so December roll on.


Scott Pilgrim Q & A

August 24, 2010

If you can stand to hear more Scott Pilgrim stuff then here’s an interview conducted by Senior Editor Jeff Goldsmith with comic book creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, co-writer Michael Bacall and co-writer-director Edgar Wright about Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

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Adapt and Survive

August 22, 2010

Author Michael Morpurgo talks here about adaptation and his evolving experience with it as a process. Good title for the article I feel as a comment about writing and colloboratino in general.


Writing Styles

August 18, 2010

After a break of about 4 weeks I am embarking on actually writing up material properly. By this I mean moving on from the ‘note-taking only’ that has been happening during my break period. This note-taking is a continual process as new ideas happen on projects already started, plus notes on new ideas but it is usually accompanied by me writing a project. I am actually firing up the computer and writing now. I have two shorts films to write up, one stageplay and one screenplay to do rewrites on and an academic paper for a conference to complete over the next few weeks. I’ll try and a number of them concurrently  as ideas develop. I will also be learning how to draw and learning how to use Autodesk’s Maya, this is just for personal interest and to see if I still ‘hate’ working with 3D software more complex than Google SketchUp


Images of Fela Wives via Urban Image Site

August 11, 2010

Check this site out for lots of images of Fela’s Wives, none whom at point as far as I can see get a name!! Urban Image site has about 40 images of Fela so check out the other links, Ghana, Lagos, London etc if interested.

Loads of good images generally on the Urban Image site.


Fela National Theatre Show

August 11, 2010

Nearly bought my tickets today for the National Theatre transfer of the Fela musical. The web mini-site is good and is getting more and more material as time passes. The cast list can be found here by clicking on the NEWS link. Looks like a high energy show.


Paul Thomas Anderson

August 8, 2010

Watched There Will Be Blood last night for the second time. Was struck by how brave a film maker Paul T Anderson is. Let me just say these few things as proof, Dirk Diggler, Tom Cruise sings, I Drink Your MilkShake. For me There Will Be Blood is one of the purest mainstream expressions of Narrative film-making in the last twenty years of mainstream American cinema. I think perhaps only Sofia Coppola and Quentin Tarantino have his breadth, reach and film-making ambition to do something distinctive and crucially can make the industry give them the cash to do so, filmamkers who do it and its not about ‘quirky’ film-making. There are plenty of those types of film-makers. There are, it seems to me few film-makers of his generation who have consistently over the last ten years tried to make films as strong and as concerned with narrative and character as Boogie Nights, Magnolia and There Will Be Blood. For instance imagine the last film if done by Brett Ratner. It would have been a big screen version of Dynasty. That might be interesting but very conventional.
Really interested to see what Coppola, Tarantino and Anderson do over the next ten years/three or four films.

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Short Short Films

August 4, 2010

After a minor medical incident last night I dreamt of films involving emergency services. Working on short films for second year Moving Image NTU students. Have written one and worked out another so one to do. The difficulty I find is the balance between making short shorts coherent (3 mins or so) and making them interesting. They can feel a little ‘by numbers’ if I make them too generic but ‘looser’ narratives often result in students missing the nuance. Last nights ideas were too logistically complicated and would result in the energies focused on solving script challenges, where can we get an ambulance, uniforms, extras, fake blood etc and not in really examining and interpreting the ideas the script seeks to carry and contain. Still pondering. Got lots of time.

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Writing vs Routine

August 3, 2010

Interesting article by writer Frank Cottrell Boyce in yesterday’s Guardian Newspaper.
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As a writer who has always had and needed (financially and to provide creative space away from the writing desk) another job I have mostly written late at night. In my time though I’ve risen at 4am, lunch breaks, mornings only, afternoons only, evenings only, all day and late at night. Don’t really have a preference though day time is physically easier. What is more important is the space away from writing that some of the other writers interviewed go on to describe. Unfortunately those interviews aren’t part of this online article.

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