I recently submitted my first feature treatment, which I’m now having a pop at fleshing out into a full script. It will, in all likelihood, come to nowt, but – if nothing else – it’s a decent discipline and good practice for something or other. During my interweb travels I came across this advice penned by David Mamet. The fact it’s written in ALL CAPS gives it the tone of a hard kick up the anus hole, but it’s heartfelt and undeniably true, BEST NOT TO TRY AND ARGUE WITH IT:
TO THE WRITERS OF THE UNIT
AS WE LEARN HOW TO WRITE THIS SHOW, A RECURRING PROBLEM BECOMES CLEAR.
THE PROBLEM IS THIS: TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN *DRAMA* AND NON-DRAMA. LET ME BREAK-IT-DOWN-NOW.
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WISH LIST by Scott Garrett & myself aired last night on Channel 4, you can see it on the Random Acts website by clicking on the pic below …
A vimeo version will be up next month.
There’s also a little interview about it’s making at DIRECTORS NOTES
Chris Shepherd is a highly prolific, award winning UK writer/director, and was largely responsible for our being commissioned to make ‘Wish List’ for Random Acts.
WISH LIST is airing on Channel4 3rd June at 11.05pm.
… in the meantime we’ll pay Chris back with a bit of virtual airtime here:
Great news that The Gift has been selected for the Madrid International Film Festival, and is also nominated for ‘Best original short screenplay‘.
Delivered the 3 minutes of nonsense that is ‘WISH LIST’ to Channel 4, just waiting on a confirmed air date.
A collaboration with Scott Garrett, it was genuinely enjoyable to do start to finish and we’re quite pleased with it. Commissioned as part of C4′s Random Acts series, (by it’s nature a bit of a hit and miss, but always interesting, affair) of which Phil Mulloy is the undisputed don.
Though David Shrigley did a good one … and there’s this one too … which, looks … like it might be alright
‘The Gift’ is screening at the Jerwood amongst other Hastings film maker action.
How Episode 1 went wrong.
“Are we sure this isn’t a terrible mistake?”
My mate Rob Ball, along with Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, have a collaborative character on the go by the name of Derek Danger. In time it’ll be a tag team comic between the pair of them, in the meantime they have a fanart page on the go HERE, in between animating hundreds of characters for Scott Garrett I had a spare hour, (give or take another two minutes to fix his tits) and did this. It’s a ropey, weightless run cycle, but I put it down to his past wounds.