Regarding directing, this week I looked into the line some more and got suitably confused once I got up to multiple lines of action in things like car races. I’ll look into that again next week, and will potentially enlist a friend with finger puppets to help answer some questions I have. I also started reading a book called ‘Making the Transformational Moment in Film’ by Dan Fleming, which centres around Vincent Ward’s work. Looks like the sort of thing I’d have dreaded ploughing through at university, but I’m a little older and wiser now, as well as much less likely to be hungover than I was during first year uni in 2007.
We’re pretty busy at the moment with rehearsals for The Robot Monologues after hours, but it’s coming along nicely and you should come. Yes you, singular-reader-of-my-blog-who-is-probably-my-Mum.
Another thing I wanted to do in my blog this week recommend the Screenwriters’ Lecture Series podcast produced by BAFTA. I’ve just finished everything up so far and it’s bloody great. It’s a whole bunch of professional screenwriters giving 1 hour lectures about the craft. It’s worth listening to the lot just so you get to experience the way every writer works in different ways. But if you’re going to try just one, listen to Charlie Kaufman’s. He made me cry on a treadmill at the gym. Classy.
THREE NEW IDEAS!
Welp, I really got nothing this week because I’ve been so flat out, so I’ll try and come up with something right now. Warning: incoming bollocks.
- SNAKE BRIDE - When Scott puts his rare snake importing business ahead of planning for his wedding, he gets more than he bargained for after his fiance is bitten by a mystery cobra whose poison turns her from Bridezilla to Snakezilla.
- PUTTING THE PAL IN PRINCIPAL - Two teenagers sick of their boring small town decide to start a rumour about their overly peppy principal being married to his sister to shake things up. Soon the teenagers finds themselves drugged and locked in the principal’s basement - uh oh, the rumour was true, and they’re locked down there with the strange product of their principal’s sordid relationship - a teenage girl who has never seen sunlight or met anyone other than her parents. Together the teens from outside must work together to escape and expose the principal, but they need the help of the daughter if they’re ever going to get out. They must unbrainwash and educate the daughter who hates them, and idolises her parents.
- FURRY FURY - A middle-aged woman bored with her husband and job stumbles across a new community and a secret new passion: sex in furry suits. But when Sheila lies to her husband and goes on a retreat with the group, she finds all is not as it seems. The group worship a race of undiscovered intelligent furry creatures living in a society under the woods, and Sheila’s next on the list of human sacrifices to the furry overlords.
Anyway, tomorrow is Wellington Anniversary Day, a public holiday from day-job. I’m going to take advantage of a free writing day and try and plough through all the rewrites to get back on track. I feel a bit like writing’s clingy girlfriend at the moment, grabbing every spare hour I can get to spend with it. Hey baby, I heard you like tight stories and multi-dimensional characters. Me too, gee, we have so much in common…