Disgrace

February 27, 2015

Working through films that I’ve recorded over the years on my set top box and not gotten around to seeing so last night was Disgrace.

Disgrace film Poster

Disgrace Poster

John Malkovich played the main character and I didn’t recognise any of the supporting players. Not read JM Coetzee’s Booker-prize winning book that the film was based on but film felt very disjointed and hard for me to get into and I guess it’s one of those books that was super complex to adapt as a film.

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Mark Cousins article

February 19, 2015

Mark Cousins has written a provocative article in Sight & Sound magazine about film schools.

dispatches mark cousins film school programme

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50 weeks, new project/focus every week.
see it here

Lots of good ideas


Film CatchuP

February 11, 2015

In award season I’ve been watching a number of the nominated films but had that horrible experience recently of my set top box nearly running out of space and not recording MOTD so been working my way through the films I’ve recorded ages ago and not gotten around to seeing so saw

Tyrannosaur poster

Another Year Poster

Another Year Poster


The Way Back poster

The Way Back

Enjoyed them all. the introductory shot of Imelda Staunton near the opening shot was just like Lost In translation’s opening shot right? I wonder how much more of her story was shot that we never got to see.
Tyrannosaur was good and for me deserved all the plaudits, looking forward to his next directorial film.
Way back- Peter Weir’s had a really interesting mix of films and again his work is something that I enjoy watching.


Screenwriting Mentoring IdeaTap Pitch competition

September 9, 2014

Submitted mine.

IdeaTap Screenplay Mentoring Pitch

IdeaTap Screenplay Mentoring Pitch

You’ve still got time

http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Feature-Film-Screenplay-Mentoring-240914#Overview


Toronto reading

May 15, 2014

Lining up some books for my jetlag/time difference whilst in Toronto for the Creating Characters Symposium. Never sure if it’s jetlag. I always think jetlag is feeling terrible but I never really do that, I just feel awake/tired. For the parents out there feeling tired at weird times of the day is perfectly normal. So back to the point I’ve got some books

History of World in 100 Objects: Neil MacGregor

History of World in 100 Objects: Neil MacGregor

I also got this review copy today.

Script Analysis Book by James Thomas

Script Analysis Book by James Thomas

This one focuses on analysis for Plays Read loads for screens but not that many on plays so looking forward to this.
I’ll also have my Motion version of my presentation to prepare so plenty to keep me awake.


The Queen’s Agent By John Cooper

April 10, 2014

After reading Pig Iron by Ben Myers I’m now reading The Queen’s Agent by John Cooper.

The Queen's Agent Book Cover Image

The Queen’s Agent By John Cooper

Story of Sir Francis Walsingham, courtier and spy chief. Don’t know alot about him other than through Geoffrey’s Rush’s portrayal of him in Kapur’s two Elizabeth films. Not read much about Elizabeth. Read much more about Henry VIII, his wives and various courtiers including Thomas Cromwell (after reading Hilary Mantel’s books about this period). Suddenly my longstanding vague interest in this period is showing itself as I work my way through the tons of books on this period.

Pig Iron was good by the way. Lead character John John Wisdom in particular. Check it out.


Finished ‘Into the Woods’ story structure book

March 14, 2014

Finished Into the Woods by John Yorke.

IntoTheWoodsCover

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.


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