57 Images latest draft

March 28, 2014

80-odd pages into my latest draft of 57 Images Of My Father. Working on it for the Inside Out competition I’ve posted about earlier.

The festival wil show a ten minute extract of all 7 selected writer’s work.  I’ve decided my extract section I think but reserving judgement until I get to the end of the draft. Chosen a section that has high energy and has the comic aspects that are an important element of what is quite an esoteric idea. The set-up’ll need some explanation though. I was going to go from the first ten minutes as that is also comic and would have provided some of the exposition but think the new extract selection will be better for the audience to enjoy. Whatever section will be out of context so might as well go with one that pushes the actors and will be fun to play with for all involved in setting up the extracts.

I’m at the stage where I need to print the draft out as I’m struggling to see the shape now. I’ve got a beats treatment and am working to that but need to get the shape of the entire thing so I can then have some time next week working to the Friday delivery and I need to to do that on paper. There is no requirement of the scheme to have an entire new draft but that’s what i’m doing. Spent most of my time trying to focus the ‘journey’ of the two main characters and feel there’s a definite improvement.

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Inside Out Festival at Curve Theatre, Leicester

March 22, 2014

Saw some of the Inside Out Festival publicity yesterday.

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Inside Out Festival

My play 57 Images of My Father is one of the seven extracts playing on 12th so check out the details on the link above for details of the entire festival.
If you’ve looked at the link you’ll see the festival is supported by Ideas Tap and BBC Writers Room.

Here is a link to the casting details so if you are an actor or know them then send them along to the link, Curve are looking for eight actors in total.

Check out Ideas Tap if you’ve not heard of them.

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Ideas Tap Logo

Sign up here for lots of creative opportunities.


Finished ‘Into the Woods’ story structure book

March 14, 2014

Finished Into the Woods by John Yorke.

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Into The Woods by John Yorke

Good read. Felt that I’d understood alot after reading it. It has the advantage of specifically referencing other screenwriting books and at times I felt that the authors of some of these books might want the right of reply but it is a very comprehensive look at storytelling.
Not sure if this chimed more as a result of me currently rewriting ’57 Images of My Father’ and I also can’t remember if I feel this way after reading any screenplay books but I certainly enjoyed the read. It’s not really a ‘how to’ book which I think is to its advantage.
Check it out. I got it from my local library and am considering buying it as I sped read it a little.


Into The Woods: A 5 Act Journey Into Story

March 7, 2014

Reading John Yorke’s Into The Woods: A 5 Act Journey Into Story. Yorke set up the BBC Writers’ Academy so has tons of experience. He then went on to Company Pictures I believe.
Only just started book and it’s reading really well so far. Appendices material in particular looks good.
It’s a library book so having to read it now while my 3 weeks are ticking but handy as I’m also re-writing 57 Images of My Father and ideas and more usefully questions are sparking up.


Curve Playwrighting Scheme Meeting

March 6, 2014

Had my meeting today with Suba Das and Henry Swindell to chat 57 Images.
Good to see that the faults in the script were obvious to spot. Got a month to remedy. The idea is that the presentation on 12th April won’t be script in hand so actors’ll have a week or so with script before working on staging days before the showings.
My script is ambitious and asks big questions so already working on ideas generated as a result of the feedback. Script has been around for time so be good to feel that I’ve cracked it with this next draft.


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