August 1, 2011

Was reading about In Time the new film by Andrew ‘Gattaca’ Niccol and was struck by the similarities with my sciFi script Carcass. The themes and presentation of Age in the future in particular resonate. Niccoll’s Gattaca has similar themes also. DNA modification is such a sci-fi trope.

Been thinking about Carcass a lot recently and really, really need to do another draft. I’ve lots of good notes from the last reader to work on but been concentrating on stageplays for the last two years so not gone back to it. My recent screenplay (adaptation of a stageplay of mine) for a short film potentially shooting this August, has perhaps gotten me thinking about screenplays again. And this when I have a couple of development days on 57 Images Of My Father due in September too.


2010 My creative audit

December 27, 2010

It’s that time of year to look back on the year as I look forward into 2011. Just gone through my posts for the year in an attempt to provoke reflection and analysis of the work I’ve done this year.

Came to the conclusion that I need to do more projects this upcoming year. Need to get back into writing Screenplays having focused on Stageplays for the last three years. I’ve spent alot of 2010 writing two stageplays that have been enjoyable and beneficial but may or may not ever see the light of day. Want to have  more projects on the go so will push on with finishing rewrites on The Remaining Five Wives of Fela Kuti and 57 Images of My Father so as to be in a position to make them into action over the next 12 months or put them to bed. Got two new ideas (another stageplay and a police procedural TV screenplay) that I want to work on as well as my SciFi feature script Carcass that I really need to do a rewrite on.

Also thought about the work I’ve enjoyed this year. The Turner vs The Masters show in January was my personal favourite. Read today that the Arcola Theatre have Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s show about Turner opening in January 2011 so hoping to go and see that.  Also really enjoyed Jerusalem and Fela! My favourite film caught this year was actually one released in 2006 Stranger Than Fiction. Trailer I know this is a cheat but the script was fantastic and I only caught it for the first time this week but really enjoyed it more than any other film I’ve seen this year.

So onwards and upwards into 2011.

Writing Ambitions for 2010

December 30, 2009

I intend to do the next draft of The Wives Of Fela Kuti in the first two months of 2010 and would hope to see that project take a definite step forward or not over the coming 12 months. I then want to go back to my SciFi Carcass. This was written as part of  a BBC WritersRoom development scheme. I subsequently sent it to The Film Council. It didn’t get anywhere with them but what I did get as a result of sending it was a free readers report. This was fantastic. It ‘got’ the script whilst clinically dissecting it section-by-section. I have been itching to attack the next draft based on these notes so would hope to be able to get the chance to do this in 2010. I have posted about Carcass earlier so stick Carcass in the search box and see the posts. Storyboard artist Mike Osborne (who did some work on the upcoming Wolfman) did some visuals for it and you can see them on here. I may have even posted an early draft, I can’t remember now.

carcass-script reader feedback

July 26, 2009

Just received my feedback from the Script Connection as part of my failed Film Council first feature film fund application (10.30 on a sunday night? Is the script connection one person working all day and night?).
Very detailed feedback that slowly dissected the script leaving it’s skin exposed on the examination table. An apt metaphor I feel.
Lots of good points to work on for the next draft. The visual and the story/setting element got the most positive comments which is good just need to sort out the plot, characters, subplots, secondary characters, props, logic, emotion, grammar, typos…….
Might get a chance to look at it november/december, if not then then next year 2010.
Report gives me lots of concrete things to cogitate. Excellent.

carcass feedback

April 3, 2009

Received my feedback from BBC Writers room today. Some really good notes that have given me a sense of how I can develop the story. Lots of potential to ‘broaden’ the world. The reader got a lot of the subtext so feels pleased about that. Also got my acknowledgement letter from UK film council development fund. 8 weeks before I hear back about that so once I have gotten my first draft of Boat Gypsies out of the way I can look to try and implement some of my new thoughts about carcass.


March 31, 2009

(SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as Screamers designed for one purpose only — to hunt down and destroy all enemy life forms But man’s greatest weapon has continued to evolve without any human guidance, and now it has devised a new mission: to obliterate all life. Col. Hendricksson (Peter Weller) is commander of a handful of Alliance soldiers still alive on Sirius 6B. Betrayed by his own political leaders and disgusted by the atrocities of this never-ending war, Hendricksson decides he must negotiate a separate peace with the New Economic Bloc’s decimated forces. But to do so, he will have to cross a treacherous wasteland where the deadliest threat comes from the very weapons he helped to create.

check out the trailer here

Taped this last night and hoping to watch it at the weekend as my evenings are given over to writing Boat Gypsies and watching The Wire. Trying to watch more sci-fi to help me with Carcass development so having read the synopsis I had to see this.

anybody out there seen this?

Film Council First Feature Development Fund

March 27, 2009

Posted my application to Film Council. They have a first feature film development to support uk filmmaking. They offer up to £25,000 to develop the films they support. No information on how that cash is to be spent though. Very competitive to even get selected for an interview for further information on the project. I have applied with Carcass. 12 week turnaround for info on the project so I’ll post again July-ish when I hear something back. They supply feedback on the project but once you apply you cannot apply again with the same project. The fund is to support writers rather than Directors so speaks to the importance of script development as far as the UK Film  Council is concerned. This is a Writer-led fund not a Producer or Director led fund.

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 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.

    %d bloggers like this: