Tuesday, 1 March 2011

I'm not really here...

So last week Brother Pete and I had a conference call with the production company who liked the script they're not optioning (which I ranted about here) and I declared that I would write another draft by the end of March. That way we get it finished and we'll know either way whether they're going to move forward with it or not but if they don't then it hasn't taken up too much of my year. Plus we're rewriting it on our own terms now so I'm pretty confident that what we get out of it at the end will overall be a better script.

I'm pleased with this plan. It is a good plan.

Then something else happened. I got paid for another job.

Go back a couple of weeks and I'd been involved in negotiations about a rewrite on another project. And they had mentioned money but because I'm bitter and cynical I decided I would believe that when they paid me and didn't think much of it. Only they did pay me. Which is obviously awesome, but now I have to do the work. By the end of March.

Still, I got paid for a script! Like what proper writers do! Now I just need to become a recluse for the rest of the month so I can actually write the thing.

In other news, Ten Dead Men has been re-released in HMV in a double-pack with Australian action film Vigilante.



So if you haven't already seen it, you can buy it here and get another film as well!

Also, I've added the line-up for MovieBar to the website. If you are in Brighton next Monday I seriously recommend you come along - it may be the last time I'll be seen out in public for some time...

6 comments:

Blazing Modesty said...

I am also not really here but feel I should offer congratulations on being an officially professional writer. Maybe we can celebrate in April when we next see each other?

gerdarcy said...

Get In! Now Officially a professional writer. Yay!

Ross said...

So chuffed about that! Onward and upward.

hels said...

As far as I'm concerned you're a professional writer once you've written something that was actually saleable, or listed on IMDB, so in my book the real next step is you being sooo professional writing scripts and making films is the only thing you get paid for; I'll save my clapping for that... later this year then :p

Chris Regan said...

At the current rate of pay I'd have to write a hell of a lot of scripts a year to get to that point but I like your optimism!

hels said...

Hey, for a lot of writers the stories of how they got their first 'good' deal go along the lines of one day they only had crappy arrangements with people taking them for a ride who know very little about how scripts should be written, and the next day they met a contact who in the future would be the person they'd get a good deal with to make their film. I've every faith this is the year you start down the road to really good deals...