Film Council Closure

July 26, 2010

UK government announced today that the Film Council will be shut down. Like all of these things there seemed to be as many denigrators as appreciators but my feeling is that a valuable resource will soon be lost. The headline stuff may well be prone to the favouritism and elitist inside-ism that these quasi-government-handsoff-independent quangos inevitably suffer from but the lower profile work, my sense is, provided a valuable film-making avenue and kept low level valuable momentum and energy in the industry. Some really strong uk filmmakers have been supported by the film council. Haven’t seen the official announcement yet so not sure when the desks are going to be cleared or what might rise up in its stead. The first of many, many painful cuts to come.

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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.

Film Council-First Feature Fund

September 4, 2008

My submission for film council first feature fund nearly ready. Just tweaking script I am sending as a demonstration piece before I submit. Should be ready to go off by the end of the month. Euroscript (see there link on the sidebar) have a free development evening chat soon coming up with film council reps (including the Chief Exec) so get along if you are near London based.

CARCASS decision

March 7, 2008

So the decision is no. No commission. No Carcass. No attempt to pull off an audacious, ambitious sci-fi. I’ve enjoyed the process and getting back into film after plays for the last three years and learnt alot and worked hard. Thanks to all contributors for their help and Dave Allen in particular for all his support.       

carcass latest submission

February 28, 2008

Submitted the package today so now its wait and see. EM Media are having a drinks session for all the DV Shorts participants on friday 7th which is decision day so win, lose or draw there will be some consumption of Guinness on my part. Invited dave allen along who has been instrumental in this project so as they didn’t say in seventies football, win lose or draw have no fear we’re on the beer. Thanks to all who helped me get together the package, from the documentation to the DVD test footage. Dave Allen, Jackie Pickup, Rob Speranza, Andy Love and Tim Smith in particular.It’s been a hard slog trying to balance all this with other commitments, so hard that today is the first newspaper I’ve bought since saturday!!!  and i’ve no idea what happened in the oscars (i assume they happened did they)Really enjoyed interpreting a project from a Directing point of view after writing solely for the last three years. (natural breaks and rhythms still available to buy from here )I got to try out some new software and finally try out software i’ve had for a while so lots of positives commission or no commission.  Attended a script factory event in birmingham last week where it was good to meet the other DV Shorts participants. Some really interesting sounding projects. The Film Council do compilation DVD of the films they consider ‘best of’ so looking forward to seeing that in a year’s time to see what agenda is being sold, told, displayed there.  ok. see ya 

DV Shorts Scheme

January 11, 2008

Hi,so a little background to the short drama I am developing. I have been shortlisted by EM Media to develop a DV Short. They have four commissions, 2 at 25 minutes and 2 at 10 minutes. I am developing a film called Carcass. Carcass is a character drama that sits inside a sci-fi genre structure. The current completed draft is available below and I am working on version 3 at the moment.Have a read of this premise Carcass premise and world view Carcass worldI have left track changes on so you an read amendments if you so wish.Comment below if you wish.

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