A Whole New World

I've been knee-deep in development work for my projects this past month, responding to some thought-provoking notes on Steampunk Assassins from Ste Russell at Loves Me Not Films and attempting to whip The Greenwich Problem into shape before sending it out to producers. However, three opportunities came along this week that had me dusting off old projects and exploring their potential. The first was a call for feature screenplays based in and around Europe, which required writing a treatment for said screenplay. This seemed like a perfect fit for The Local, my Script Frenzy screenplay about an English doctor joining Welsh villagers in their fight against a construction company. A very "local" European story! Unfortunately, I loathe treatments and I haven't done a pass on The Local for about four months, so I needed to re-familiarise myself with the ins-and-outs of Act 2 to try and sell my story. Still ongoing, but my personal editor is on it. The second is news of a...
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The summer love affair

While reading TBSR's throughts on this summer in movies, two things struck me: 1) Scott Pilgrim is a damn fine film, but, apparently, only to geeks and gamers? and 2) Inception ruled all. And that film? Took Christopher Nolan TEN YEARS! Ten years while he was doing other stuff and making other people's work (rather well, it must be said), but it took him ten years to perfect, before he was happy to make that film. How many of the other "hits" of the summer can say that? Arguably, Toy Story 3 was biding its time for ten years, waiting for its audience to reach maximum nostalgia, but we are all about the now. My Steampunk Assassins script, in its first planning stages, originated on an exotic holiday in 2004. It got its first screenplay draft in 2008 and it was only this year that I actually dragged it together into a workable plot, let alone refining the product into something worthwhile. I don't think we should be...
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Role models

I'm in rewrite Hell. I hate every damn word of my script and I want to throw it in a fire. Scratch that - I'll rake it over glowing embers so that it suffers more. Meanwhile, I decided to populate my brain with good writing. This involved going to the cinema to watch Inception and catching up with Sherlock on iPlayer. And, well, damn. First, a confession: Christopher Nolan does not rev my motor. He did pretty much nothing for me with the Batman franchise, because I like my Bats with a little less brooding and a lot more sidekick. However, Inception was beautiful, twisty and really frickin' weird, with pitch-perfect dialogue and character building. I have not seen a film that good in a very long time. And then there was Sherlock. Obviously, I caught the high-budget period version, which I frankly adored, but this was something else. It captured the spirit of the original brilliantly and yet modernised it with a delicate touch...
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