Time again for an update.
First of all, the sad news.
Regular readers will remember the superhero short film PASS ME BY that’s been in the pipeline since the first year of my MA.
Sadly we’ve had to make the decision to close off that project. Everyone involved has a number of different projects on, but I’m absolutely certain I’ll be working with Mike O Connor et al again in the future, I’ve had so much fun developing PASS ME BY with them it’d be a shame not to!
The wheel keeps turning, and I wanted to write a bit about time.
More specifically, what it’s been like being a part time writer.
Getting a foot in the door as a writer means putting in a lot of time without being paid any money.
But having a lot of time to put in has had the curious effect of making me feel more like a writer. Making me feel more comfortable in my skin as an artist.
And one day I’ll get paid actual money to back up the job title of Scriptwriter.
But the wonderful thing about having time is that getting paid to be a writer will just be a lovely biproduct of having the time to write.
And will subsequently give me more time to write.
It’s been brilliant.
So what I’m essentially saying is that being a writer, to my mind, has to predate the paycheque. Time is not money. Time is currency. You spend time on the things you’re passionate about.
So the obligatory project update;
– I’ve written the pilot episodes for two original TV dramas.
DEFENCE is about a world where people habitually erase their memories, and a police officer trying to investigate crime in a world like that. This is more of a one off television drama with scope for follow ups, but should be pretty self contained. Really enjoying working on this one. It’s like Dollhouse combined with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind combined with a crime thriller.
SPOILERS is a long running TV drama idea. I basically wanted to write my equivalent of Buffy; A group of ordinary people with extraordinary abilities that we stick with for 5/6 years and see them grow and change. And these extraordinary abilities are powers that spring from the popular culture they’re a fan of. A girl that’s into detective fiction is imbued with a Sherlockian brain. A 70s horror fan kills people ostentatiously and is able to keep up with them without breaking into anything above a foreboding walk. A fantasy enthusiast can cast magic spells at the roll of a dice.
The opening episode is written and it has robots and superpowers and a cameo appearance by Mister Hyde. It’s been an absolute joy to write.
– In the more immediate future TONIGHT I’m performing a monologue based on Wrath at a fundraiser for Leftfield Theatre Company based on the Seven Deadly Sins. It’s happening at Gwdihw cafe bar in Cardiff from 7:30. Should be a good night!
On Saturday afternoon I’m very pleased to be working with actors workshop again at their event Rough Draught. It’s happening at 4pm and there are tickets available online.
It’s a script in hand showcase of 10 minute plays and I’m very pleased to announce my 10 minute hit man play CERAMIC is having its premiere performance!
So what else?
Emailing agents. Submitting scripts to competitions.
Oh and just the most incredible anticipation and excitement regarding Marvel films this year.
So THIS arrived today;
I know very little about the Guardians of the Galaxy. But a prison break movie about a bunch of misfits being formed into a super-team, said misfits including a talking tree and a gun toting raccoon, is something I was wildly curious about until I saw this trailer. Now I’m positively rabid with anticipation. Can’t wait.
And of course there’s THIS to look forward to;
And THIS, which we’ve planned my Best Man’s Stag Do around!
This is going to be an incredible year for Superhero films.
And I’ll continue squealing like a fanboy on the sidelines.
Until someone lets me in to write one myself.