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October 2009 – Fat Pigeons

Enter. Enter. Zero. Stop.

Hoorah!

I’m happy to be able (at last) to officially say that I’m one of the writers on 0110: Twisted Tales & Glorious.

It’s a new series that’s inspired by and touching the disturbing, the odd, and the strange. And it has a unique, fractal production, with individual short tales twisted together in many different ways.

The writing starts in the next few weeks, and the pilot will be filmed in early 2010. We’ll be keeping you informed of the process over on the 0110 website and, of course, on this here blog.

A new writer is being revealed each day this week, and announced so far have been Laurence Timms, Helen Smith, and Michelle Lipton.

I’d tell you who the others were, but then I’d have to kill me. You can find out the names of the other two writers tomorrow and Saturday as they’re revealed on producer Lara Greenway’s blog and the 0110 website.

There are some seriously talented people on board this project.

It’s going to be a blast.

Go on, say hello.

I’m off to Cheltenham next week for the Screenwriters’ Festival. You can find my thoughts on previous years by checking out this handy-dandy magic blogspot tag thing.

Executive summary: it’s excellent, and well worth the money. You can still get tickets from the festival website.

If you’re going to be coming along too and it’s your first time at the festival, you might be a little nervous about meeting people, especially if you’re going on your own.

Fortunately, we have a solution.

The lovely and talented Michelle Lipton, Jason Arnopp, Phill Barron, and myself will be holding our now-traditional go-on-say-hello-what’s-the-worst-that-can-happen networking do on the Sunday night.

By which I mean:

We’ll be down the pub, and we’d love for you to join us.

You’ll be able to find us in the bar of the Queen’s Hotel on the evening of Sunday 25th October from about six o’clock onwards.

It’ll be a chance to put names to faces and get to know people before everything kicks off in earnest on the Monday.

Hope to see you there!

Letters From America: Jobs for the boy

originally posted 2nd May 2004

Well, my second spec script is finished.

As with the first one, we’re having a table read in my apartment block next Sunday. A bunch of actors and writers will come over, sit around our ping-pong table, and read my words aloud.

During this, I get to see where it sucks most, and fix it.

I’m pretty happy with the two scripts that I have now, so after the read-through and a final dialogue pass to remove any words that the actors have problems with, it’s time to go into phase three of the plan.

For the next two months I’m going to be job-hunting.

This will basically involve calling and/or writing letters to a) agents and b) producers which basically say this:

I write. I’m very good. I’m professional enough to know that I need to show you two specs, and to be working on another now. Would you like to read my stuff?

If they do (oh, and that’s a big if), and they like it, then I get either a) representation or b) a meeting.

Meetings are good. Meetings let you put a face to people so that you can interact properly when you call them up next and try to sell them stuff.

I need to get meetings.