Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Level 1 Rumble.

Okay, so not a huge amount done on Nightshift since the last post... because there have been interesting rumblings on another project, so I've been chasing that up. Too early to say anything yet, but I will keep you posted.

Oh, and I sold my flat and bought a house. That took up a lot of time too. Aces!

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Chicken legs.

So, free evening and long train journey over. Used my time and very limited space to rough out an outline for my new TV pilot idea, just as I'd promised myself - and recorded in my blog so as to bully myself into doing it.

Good news is, the concept and the lead character are sound. Any time I think of the main guy, he starts spouting dialogue, which can only be a good thing. The concept and setting are cool and fresh, not the sort of thing that's been done on British TV, at least not quite with the tone I'm intending. It has legs, and they are bionic.

First problem is the plot of pilot currently has chicken legs. First act fine, climax fine... nothing in the middle yet. Admittedly only worked on it for 6 hours or so, but it's the problem of getting characters from one to the other without feeling like I'm reaching into the script, and dragging them kicking and screaming to page 40.

Second problem is, not spoiling too much here, it's science fiction, with the sci-fi concepts central to the overall feel and plot of most of the episodes. Just have to figure out how to get them all in without resorting to an explanatory voice over.

It'll happen.

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

There it goes...

My television pilot has gone, gone off into the ether. Or the postal system, but I think my way of saying it's more poetic. It's already at the BBC's writersroom, plus there are manuscripts on a couple of desks and query letters on a few more. Now, we play everyone's least favourite game, the one with the waiting. Gah.

At least I'm still Warcraft free, so the ideas for new shows and films continue to flow. An idea for a new series came to me at work yesterday, and I roughed out a show proposal last night. I think it has legs. Bionic, extending, make that cool 'sh sh sh sh sh' sound when you jump legs. I have free time this evening, and a long train journey tomorrow, so I'm going to start outlining ideas for the plot of pilot. The we'll see if those legs can run, or if they just stumble forward and land in a puddle.

Oh, and I rented The Prestige on Sunday. Brilliant the first time, brillianter the second. There are few things that manage to be so simultaneously inspiring and demoralising for an aspiring writer as seeing a truly great movie.

Tick tock, tick tock. Damn the waiting game...

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Written by...

... and so I step into the Scribosphere, which it seems is occupied by every other screenwriter, working, dreaming, or otherwise. Yes, this is a screenwriting blog.

I've started this blog for three reasons. Maybe four.

  1. To keep track of my various projects;
  2. To encourage myself to write more - if I don't write, I won't have anything to blog about;
  3. To act as a record of my writing career, when and if it happens. James Moran's blog nicely tracked his progress from aspiring writer to number one in the DVD charts, and Thor willing this blog will keep a similar record of my mighty ascent.
  4. And the one I'm not meant to admit to... I've a big enough ego to think someone out there might want to read it. If I didn't, I probably wouldn't be a writer at all.
I've finished the umpteenth draft of my television pilot, Seven Spires, along with episode outlines, character outlines, and a one page pitch. In the progress of sending this out to agents currently. Of the myriad agents in London, only about 14 are currently looking for new television and film writers, so it won't be easy. I've got a good feeling about this pilot though. I love it, and you can't ask for more than that. Well, you can, you can ask for other people to love it too. It's been very well received by everyone who's read it so far, including working producers and writers, so lets wait and see...

It's also gone off to the BBC's Writer's Room. I got the confirmation post card today, which had the series and episode title written on it. Far more exciting than it should be, that: someone, somewhere in the bowels of the BBC has got at least as far as the title page of my script. Now I just have to wait for them to read the rest... the absolute worst case scenario is it comes back to me without any notes. That'd mean they didn't get past page 10. I'm certain this won't happen, I'm very proud of the script, but... there it is, nagging at the back of my mind.

Also have recently managed to kick my Warcraft habit, so ideas are once again flooding into my brain. Had an idea for a new horror movie set in Britain, more serious in tone than Dead Air, my knockabout monster movie, plus an idea for a new TV pilot, a crime/fantasy series with comic elements. Not the Life on Mars pastiche it sounds like from that description, either. Will blog more as these develop...

Oh, and proud as I am of my snazzy custom design, there may be errors, so please feel free to let me know via comments if there are.

Cheers, Oli.