24 Degrees Readings_thoughts

March 10, 2009

The 24 degrees readings:

  • Rosemary Jenkinson Basra Boy (stage)
  • Geraint Jones Cocks and Robbers (TV)
  • Laura Lomas Ashes (stage)
  • Emily Steel Boom Boom (radio)
  • Tom Wells God and that (stage)
  • Chris Wilson Playing the Game (Radio)
  • were performed last friday at the Royal Court. They were all Directed and casted pieces.

    All were good and well performed. I particularly liked Playing the Game (Chris Wilson) and Ashes (Laura Lomas). The Playing the Game excerpt was a funny monologue about a boy struggling with the family dynamics after the loss of his mum, I think.  Ashes was a scene set on skegness beach between a boy and his estranged alcoholic dad. Touching portrayal of two people desperately trying to connect.

    What was interesting was it was difficult to place the pieces as to the nature of the  excerpts out of context, so this is why I think the plays were about the above rather than know. I havent read a full draft of any of the 24 Degrees peices other than mine. Talking to Emily Steel (Boom Boom) afterwards and her excerpt consisted of various moments from the play conflated together.   So the Director had seen these moments as being significant to put together to give a flavour of the piece, almost regardless of where they occured in the play. It worked very well.

    I had some good verbal feedback about Carcass from the BBC Writers’ room scriptreader and am looking forward to receiving the feedback electronically. I wish to develop it to send on to the Film Council First Feature Script Development fund so am trying to wait for the feedback before I do so.

    it’s been a good project and I will try and keep in contact with some of the writers i’ve met.

    24 Degrees Culmination

    March 5, 2009

    Attending a reading at the royal court tomorrow as the culmination of the 24 Degrees Royal court/ bbc writers room project. This is the second project of this type that I have participated in after taking part in ‘the 50’ .

    Not sure whether the contacts one makes will result in any of my work being made at any point in the immmediate, near or distant future but what has been useful is that I have produced more work as a result of both schemes or had the opportunity to develop pre-existing ideas so it’s been good.

    Looking forward to hearing the readings tomorrow. Also off the the British Museum as I haven’t been before.

    24 Degrees readings announced

    February 6, 2009

    The six projects due to be read at the Royal Court as a culmination of the 24 Degrees projects were announced yesterday.

    They are

  • Rosemary Jenkinson Basra Boy (stage)
  • Geraint Jones Cocks and Robbers (TV)
  • Laura Lomas Ashes (stage)
  • Emily Steel Boom Boom (radio)
  • Tom Wells God and that (stage)
  • Chris Wilson Playing the Game (Radio)
  • Looking forward to hearing them on March 6th. Laura Lomas is a nottingham writer. She has a play going into rehearsal, literally first day today.  Wasteland is a new perspectives production.

    Disappointed that Carcass wasnt selected and will now send it off to Film Council for their first feature fund script development initiative. Waiting for the feedback on the script first though. I think it’s an incredibly strong project so am going to persevere with it. A reading would have been a good opportunity to raise interest and invite useful possible partcipants.

    24 Degrees readings

    January 16, 2009

    The BBC Writer’s Room /Royal Court Theatre 24 degrees project culminates in a reading on the 6th march. This is where a selection of the scripts are rehearsed and read to an invited audience at the Royal Court Theatre.

    Been an interesting project and I have an interesting feature film script, Carcass as a result of my selection for inclusion in the project. Carcass gives me a strong concept and script to develop so it’s been worthwhile.

    24 Degrees. Draft 1 finished

    December 3, 2008

    Finished and emailed my first draft of Carcass feature two weeks ago. should be having a feedback meeting with mentor Debbie Tucker Green next two weeks before embarking on rewrite for submission  to BBC WritersRoom/Royal Court Theatre for 5th Jan 2009.

    Am looking to perhaps extend by 10/15 pages as it runs a little short for a feature at moment. think it’s running at 65/70 minutes at the moment. Plenty of potential to extend but awaiting feedback whilst getting some distance before i embark on it.

    24 Degrees- Draft nearly finished

    November 12, 2008

    Attended a lecture that Documentary film maker Jeanie Finlay delivered to Nottingham Trent University Audiovisual students on the Multimedia degree programme. Jeanie has recently finished Goth Cruise, her latest documentary. The lecture was her discussing her career process/progress. She mentioned a earlier project Homemaker and I was struck particularly by a Japanese woman who had taken daily photos of cloud formations.

    This struck me as something that my Carcass character Lucy would do so I devised a scene that mentions these rare clouds formations. She takes these photos because even though the clouds in her world are computer generated, each moment has the possibility and potential for change. I also liked the idea that she looks to see into the cloud and each one can contain something different, despite obvious similarities because each day she looks to see something different.

    24 Degrees- Post Manchester workshop

    October 23, 2008

    Spent Monday and Tuesday at BBC Manchester as part of the 24 degrees project. It was good to see the other 23 writers. I missed the launch event, London July 2008, as I was in Memphis attending an elearning conference (Fusion 2008) so nice to get a feel for the writers from around the UK.

    Two days talking about plays, attending workshops, listening to ideas and thinking and talking about our own work.

    The writer Michael Wynne (click here for films and tv and here for plays) did a number of really useful exercises that i’m going to incorporate into my teaching. I also got a new scene from the exercise so that was particularly good for me.

    After hearing my idea it was suggested that I concentrate on carcass and drop Runners and that I consider carcass for radio and stage and not TV.

    I am certainly going to concentrate on Carcass and not Runners but not sure whether it would work on stage. I can really hear it for radio but not sure about Stage. It has been conceived all along for screen. It’s also written in such a visual way that the transfer to another medium is diificult for me to imagine at the moment. It seems less of a transition to radio than it does to stage. Need to get my thinking cap on. I have a couple of ideas but as ever the ‘voice’/POV’ is the crucial question for me. Radio has lots of important attributes that would add to the piece, primarily the fact that if forces the user to create their own pictures in a way that other mediums dont do so readily.

    Final draft deadline day is Jan 5th 2009 with draft to mentor Debbie Tucker Green by November’s end. Also I was unaware that the intention is that six of the 24 pieces will receive a reading at the Royal Court Theatre in February

    24 Degrees- Carcass

    October 15, 2008

    Gotten a bit stuck with Runners my idea for 24 Degrees scheme. (Type 24 degrees into search bar for details of the scheme) so moved onto the other idea I think would work well. Carcass the feature. Carcass was developed with the DV shorts scheme in mind. The draft carcass 5.1 is available on here to download. If you stick carcass latest draft into the search bar you should find carcass5.1.pdf.

    The 24 Degrees scheme is looking for full length plays or hour long TV pieces so i’m developing carcass along those lines.

    Enjoyed writing last night. The challenge for me now is how to maintain atmosphere. Piece is very character, interior and not plot. These are hard films to maintain that interest. Also think that short was a coherent whole so taking it forward from end scene to take Lucy into her future, the future the first 30 minutes set up. I am so afriad of cliche when writing that I have to resist throwing plot aside at the expense of audience interest. I consciously have to think about the emotional drive of a scene/piece and not just write poetry.

    What I hope is that writing carcass for a while will give Runners some space and then I can do a flip back and forth think. It worked last night as while I was writing Carcass I had some interesting ideas for runners.

    Meeting with Mentor Debbie Tucker Green tomorrow so hoping that will also provoke something for me.

    Reminder if you missed Debbie’s play Broadcast Saturday it is available still. go here to listen.


    So what I was doing last night was going back over the previous draft and tweaking to reflect the new extended length and the ideas that can be perhaps more fully explored with that length in mind.  Download draft 5.1 and have a read. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    24 Degrees Mentor- Debbie Tucker Green

    October 8, 2008

    My 24 degrees mentor Debbie Tucker Green is having a braodcast of her play Random this Saturday on BBC Radio 3. Click here for details.

    If you miss it remember that you can listen to it online for up to a week after.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/listen/

    Here’s a review of Random and another here

    24 Degrees-Ideas

    September 9, 2008

    Am developing Carcass (type carcass in search bar to get script details) and Corporate farce idea for 24 Degrees scheme after conversation with mentor Debbie Tucker Green.

    Corporate which is tentatively called Runners is really about revolution. Undecided as to whether the revolution should succeed, should fail, or should fail better in a Beckett, robert the bruce (or was it bonnie prince charlie ?) spider’s web way. The idea that today’s failed revolution helps tomorrow’s revolution get close to succeeding is the way instinctively I want to go. Am sketching out the story at the moment. will then get writing a treatment and then do some research most likely.

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