Friday, 25 April 2008
Also, if you were at the screening and have some time on your hands, it would be cool to get some advance imdb user comments.
Thursday, 24 April 2008
We met up with the survivors in the evening and I got to chat to a few of the people I hadn't spoken to during the day - most notable of all the director himself, Mr Boyask, which was cool as we hadn't had chance to speak to each other all day. Also caught up with Darren who had been on projectionist duties for the screening, and had a chat with Keith Eyles who plays Projects Manager. As usual conversation turned to the merits of Commando and little seen martial arts/gymnastics crossover Gymkata, which I then made everyone watch when we got home at around one in the morning.
On the Sunday Ross and I were interviewed by the guys who organise the Phantasmagoria festival (http://www.phantasma-goria.co.uk/) where Ten Dead Men will be showing in July. By Monday everyone had gone home and it felt like it was all over. But the odd thing about film is that the life of the film is really only just beginning. It's feels strange for it to be completely out of our hands now, but based on the feedback we've had so far I have high hopes for Cannes.
My other regret, I didn't take enough photos. Here are a few of the ones Andrea managed to take:
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
On Sunday I recorded a commentary for Ten Dead Men with the director, Ross, and the Special Effects Supervisor Steve. It went really well and is something I've always wanted to do, but it was a strange experience. I always imagined it would just be a case of sitting around casually chatting about the film, but it was actually much more like a performance as you have to make sure you a) keep talking, b) are speaking loudly and clearly the whole time and c) make sure you stay on topic. Also it's kind of exhausting talking non-stop about a film for 90 minutes. At first I thought there was so much to say about the making of the film we'd never fit it all in, but after about an hour I was starting to run out of steam. I felt a bit sorry for Steve too as this was the first time he'd seen the finished film and he's watching it with the volume turned down and with Ross and myself competing to say as much as we can before the film finishes. I think it's come out okay though.
Also read another script for JC who's producing Hit the Big Time - just gave some feedback on this one, but I did spend a couple of evenings doing it. I've noticed that people who give me feedback on scripts are much better at doing it than I am - I sent JC a list of notes that were all over the place, but hopefully they'll be of some help.
And I passed my insurance exam this morning, which I shouldn't be excited about, but considering I passed despite everything else that's been going on and I spent most of last night in the pub I'm quite happy with it.
That's it for this week - it's the Ten Dead Men premiere this weekend!
Friday, 11 April 2008
JC has got back to me about Hit the Big Time and loved it which is good, and a huge relief. He's going speak to director Helen and co-star/co-producer Jason and then send me all their notes together which makes sense. At least I don't have to worry about seeing them at the Ten Dead Men premiere next week now - I was worried that if they hated it I'd have to avoid speaking to them all day!
I mentioned paid work a while back - basically I'm putting German subtitles on The Penalty King:
...for the director Chris Cook who runs the excellent monthly Moviebar night at the Cornerstone pub in Brighton:
...which incidentally is one of the occasions I got very drunk this week - always a brilliant night and you get to see loads of cool short films too! Anyway, I won't go into too much detail about the subtitling as it's not really writing-related, but it is one of the main things I'm working on at the moment.
Luckily, I've got a bit of extra time! Unfortunately it's due to bad news. Phil (producer of Ten Dead Men) is no longer going to Cannes. Which means I don't need to get the Vicious Circle script done for May, but it also means the script isn't going to Cannes either. I'm still going to write it as I've done a lot of prep, but my deadline is going to be end of May now. It could also be the last project I work on for Phil and Modern Life. It's early days yet, but I've turned down an offer to write their next film, a horror film to be filmed this summer, as there was just no way I could do it with the work I've got on at the moment. And to be honest once I have cleared my slate a bit I want to concentrate on some of my own scripts for a while. I'm not ruling out working with Phil in the future, and the serial killer script may well be resurrected someday, but I've already advised him to start looking for other writers.
So not as busy as I thought. This weekend I need to run through the final cut of Ten Dead Men (which is amazing, by the way - the sound guys have done an excellent job and the colour correction is superb) to make sure the dreaded continuity script is still accurate. I don't think too much has changed so it should be fine. Then I need to get some Penalty King subtitles done before a meeting on Tuesday. And finally, and most importantly, I need to write the third and final draft of Dark Future for Glenn - a project I'm still really attached to but have been neglecting for a while. All that and I've got an insurance exam next week - I'm not even going to go into that here, but yes, the day job is starting to creep into the evenings, and probably needs beating back with a stick.
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
I won't bother listing Charlton Heston films that you should watch (although my favourite is Touch of Evil) but I hope he's remembered more for his films than the NRA stuff.
Wednesday, 2 April 2008
Yesterday I had the morning off work as we had people coming round to our flat to inspect our leaky ceiling (don't worry, I am going somewhere with this) and actually got to spend a good couple of hours writing in the morning. I know that doesn't sound very exciting, but its nice to get a taste of what it would be like doing this full time. And I got a call from JC about the script when I was actually working on the script at the time. Normally I speak to producers on my lunch break at work and have to get my head out of office mode and into writing mode, which normally fails miserably and I end up just mumbling incoherently. Anyway, I think writing full time is a few years off yet so I shouldn't get too excited, although taking the odd half day off definitely helped me get a bit more work done. Besides, I'd have to change the blog's name if I wrote during the day.
Anyway, apparently they've had a few technical problems on the Hit the Big Time short, mainly as a result of it being filmed in the US and edited over here. There's the usual PAL/NTSC stresses and apparently some of the footage never made it over here and they're trying to trace it. They've also had a few editors quit because they got some paid work elsewhere - always a problem at this level. It sounds like the worst of it is over and the film will be finished, it just may not be ready for Cannes which is annoying. Still, that's not for me to worry about and at least it gives me more time to develop the script before they need to show it to people.
I've also been informed that the final cut of Ten Dead Men was sent off to the States yesterday which is reassuring. I'm recording the commentary with Phil and Ross tomorrow so should know more then.