The Underwater Realm – Kickstarter

The ocean. Vast. Unforgiving. Beautiful. Hostile. Imagine that this untamed place is home to a tribe of people known to the Surface dwellers as Atlanteans. They have touched humanity but five times - this the story of those encounters. Five short films premièring at Raindance 2012. Shot on RED Epic on location from the Egyptian Red sea to Tintagel clifftops, huge water tank sets to dry-for-wet studio wirework. The gateway to a world ripe for exploration in a feature-length fantasy trilogy. I can personally attest to the dedication, talent and perseverance of the guys at Realm Pictures. They're some of my oldest friends and I've watched them make an action-packed Zombies B-movie on a shoestring budget, win the Raindance/Pepsi Max competition with an inspiring, hopeful short, and now embark on an ambitious, revolutionary series of shorts. You can see for yourselves that these guys can deliver and deliver big. So when I heard that they were launching a Kickstarter campaign, I was delighted that...
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It all started when…

I'm very privileged to have been tagged by the lovely Laurence, so I will share with you the answer to this burning question: How did I get started on screenwriting? I've loved writing since I was a child. I used to utilise my "news" exercise book to tell colourful stories about finding crocodiles on the beach and robbers invading our house. I wrote my first novel as a pre-teen and it was shamefully All About Me - and my friends and crush and love rival. Somewhat hilariously, said crush and I became good friends and he is known on this blog affectionately as my director. I was peripherally involved in To Swim With Angels, which was a best-forgotten first foray into the film world, where my main role was peacemaker and herder of extras. I was also on the sidelines during the development of Zomblies, including a memorable script draft where I demanded an increase in female ass-kickery, as is my wont. This is...
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One really should think things through

1) Clock towers are evil So, I thought to myself, you know what would be cool? Having your protagonists climb down through the ship's clock tower (because all good ships have one of those) and reach the engine room, and their finale showdown, in style. Cool, yes. Practicable, no. Do I know what the inside of a clock looks like? Do I know how one three decks high works? Surely there's a simpler way to get down it? And why would a trained nimble assassin drag a severely injured PI down three levels of death? Good questions all. And yet I persist. Today's open tabs are: UK Parliament Big Ben Tour, Pendulum Clock (wiki), Grandfather Clocks Manual, Longcase clock (wiki), Titanic specs, and Big Ben (wiki). 2) Backless dresses make for snotty noses I have a terrible spring cold. It's probably related to my immune system rebelling after I spent all night out partying in a skimpy outfit. Oops....
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A Premiere and a Pitch

I discovered myself in the fortunate/terrifying position of pitching my unfinished screenplay to the man I hope will direct it. However, he accepted the logline and we talked through events of Act One. He seemed eager for more, but a minor crisis took over his existence and we were forced to abandon our conversation. I'm now entering Act Three, though I am light on pages in Two B; however, I need to put some muscle on those beat-bones before I pad it out with fat. Also, check out the stunning trailer for the Zomblies Premiere, which I attended this weekend! ...
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