Link here to 30 screenplays courtesy of The Film Stage website. Get reading if interested. Mot are pdf’s. The Fifth Estate is a webpage.
After a minor medical incident last night I dreamt of films involving emergency services. Working on short films for second year Moving Image NTU students. Have written one and worked out another so one to do. The difficulty I find is the balance between making short shorts coherent (3 mins or so) and making them interesting. They can feel a little ‘by numbers’ if I make them too generic but ‘looser’ narratives often result in students missing the nuance. Last nights ideas were too logistically complicated and would result in the energies focused on solving script challenges, where can we get an ambulance, uniforms, extras, fake blood etc and not in really examining and interpreting the ideas the script seeks to carry and contain. Still pondering. Got lots of time.
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Productive day. Three done. Perhaps two tomorrow. Would put me well ahead of schedule so I can do the other writing I have a mid-feb deadline on, Five Wives of Fela Kuti!!
I have set myself the task of writing 18 or so short scripts for the Multimedia at NTU first years students over the next ten weeks or so. They are about to embark on a module (Jan 2010) that is to introduce them to the Moving Image discipline. Interpretation is a key element of film-making I feel so I want the students, in groups of four or five to have to interpret a script taking it through the production stages. This I think will give them a good grasp on film-making and its concerns. I have written one so far and plotted (loosely) two others. They are only going to be of three to four minute duration so not very long. I want a mixture of silly and serious, some clearly genre some not. I’ll be working on them when the new year begins.
Just been suggested a whole series of plays and radio/TV scripts to read as part of the 24 Degrees project (see other 24 degrees postings by typing 24 degrees in the search bar).
They include The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Random or Generations by my mentor Debbie Tucker Green, Abi Morgan’s White Girl and Sarah Daniels’ The Sound Barrier. 37 in total. Some of them are available here so download them and have a read yourself.
Off to Demontfort tomorrow for radio day. Based on their suggested titles i’ve written another short piece.
Looking forward to the day.