Darling Goals of May

Having returned from a relaxing break away from my day job and my tech, it's time to knuckle down and return to work. Script Frenzy and Realm Production Meeting are over. The screnzy script is in a drawer and I've knocked together some audition sides for the Underwater shorts. So, what now? These days away have been great for percolating ideas and five brand new plots sprung fully-formed from my thigh...I mean, brain. But, like fine wine and decent cheese, these ideas need some time to mature. Therefore, my goals for this month are: - Final draft of The Greenwich Project, ready for sending to a comedy prodco - First draft of new children's tv project Origami Stories - Penultimate/final draft of horror short And now I've declared them, so I'm trusting the internet to hold me accountable. Finally, one more May resolution: do not attend production meetings before drying hair. Especially around sneaky DOPs. Evidence in video below: [Also, there are some awesome people talking about a breath-taking...
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LCWF Countdown

Less than six days until the London Comedy Writers Festival! Who's excited? And who's terrified of meeting all these NEW PEOPLE? Fret not! Oli Lewington has a series of excellent posts about preparing for a festival found here. The posts on networking are particularly useful and nerve-calming. Do you have your business cards? Mine are from moo.com - you can still get them in time for the festival if you pick "Rush Express" delivery. Completely customisable and perfectly printed. For an example of cool things that go down at festivals, check out Lucy's notes from her talk at Southern Script Fest 2011 on Spec Script Pile clichedom, what things crop up again and again. If you're planning to attend the pitching event on the Sunday (and if not, why not??) and for networking opportunities, the latest Screenwriting UK Podcast should set you right with a special on pitching! And, finally, advice on success: Micheal Jacob on his career in comedy and Sherlock Holmes' lessons, my...
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Make ’em laugh

Two short, sweet screenwriting comps courtesy of the London Comedy Screenwriters Festival: British brevity your speciality? Laugh A Minute Competition - one page of comedy gold, win a festival ticket and fifty quid. Too long-winded for you? Try #comedyswf Twitfest - a comedy logline in a single Tweet. Take three rolls of the dice - and you could come away with a golden festival ticket and a stack of Script Secret CDs. And if you need tips on how to make comedy gold (and how I wish I'd had this when I was writing my Laughing Stock entry!), Lucy Vee has written a cracking (up) post on how comedy dialogue may not be all that: Comedy: It’s All In The Delivery… Of Everything!!....
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Perfect Profiling

As my sit com script heads into major re-draft, the advice from all angles is the same: it's all about the characters. The situations may be inherently funny, but often the real comedy value is in putting extraordinary characters into ordinary situations - and watching them flail. To get a good grasp of character, I turned to a new book my in-laws bought me: Successful Novel Plotting by Jean Saunders.. While perusing in the tub, I came across her POV on character profiles. She used the example of her daughter and issued a string of random knowledge to encourage familiarity with the "character". However, I don't do well with random. Therefore, I codified her example thus and named it "Saunders Character Profile" (catchy): Open with a unique fact. Age, marital status/dating habits and progeny. Physical trait, personality trait and occupation. Personality trait, personality trait, and career history/aspirations. Vices and social life. Hobby, hobby and hobby. Holidays and travel. Relationship with friends and family. Tastes in film and...
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Along the byway

Of course, it's the time of year for summaries and conclusions, personal achievement counting and reflection. I have finished Steampunk Assassins. By which I mean it's with my beloved director and editor friends and I suppose there might be One Final Draft to complete. I have made a start on The Greenwich Problem for Laughing Stack 2011. I ran the logline past my director, extrapolated the plot of the pilot and shaded in the main characters' traits and tics. He was very enthusiastic - and, as I trust his tastes, this pleases me greatly. I'm also going to try my hand at a Rom Com feature spec - we'll term it Baking Lawyer. That has a beat sheet but nothing else at the moment. Military Monster needs a complete overhaul before it can have anything going for it. I need to take a step back on Asylum and write a beat sheet for the pilot before I sink further into the intricacies of plotting...
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