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.

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Creating Characters Symposium Paper done

May 8, 2014

Paper done and delivered, trains, flights hotel booked. Super busily trying to get stuff sorted before I go. Working on presentation. Thinking of doing it in Motion to play with that tool.

Motion Logo

Motion Logo

Never used it, some experience of AE but wanting to deliver some teaching in Motion anyways so it’ll be a good opportunity. Aiming to get something done over the next week. Already done a Keynote pres that i’ll be converting to ppt so if the Motion I create is shit/doesn’t happen then I’ll already have one done. Thinking of taking my computer which I don’t normally do. Not seen the presentation schedule yet but if i’m later on not earlier on, then I’ll almost certainly take it so I can work on the presentation in the evenings, around the conference dinners, sightseeing etc or just to have it and play from my machine. I’ve a Henry Miller quote that I want to record as audio to play in also alongside mostly text and taking my machine will ensure that it all works. In Avanca last year for the avanca cinema film festival/conference (check it out and go if possible.) I spent ages making sure my videos were going to play properly only to have a machine that didnt deal with video codecs so the edited intro video that i’d worked on didn’t work as I only had the opp to test it literally a few seconds before the presentation. I had to improvise.

Reminder of conference here


Creating Characters Symposium

April 25, 2014

Currently working on my paper for the Creating Characters Symposium I’m presenting at in Toronto, mid-May.
Keywords are: Narrative, immersive storytelling, story structure, dwell time, authorship, translation and the audience. Those, unlike the paper title, should give you an idea of the paper’s themes.
Title is “In Thine Eyes I See The Glory: Transition, Translation, The Text and the Captivated Audience.”

I always try and style my paper titles after JMW Turner’s approach to length in regards to the titles of some of his paintings.


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.


Inside Out Festival at Curve Theatre, Leicester

March 22, 2014

Saw some of the Inside Out Festival publicity yesterday.

Inside Out Logo Festival

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.

Ideas Tap Logo

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.

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.


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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