Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Oh. My. God. #3

Thicker than the thickest of thick things, the OMGs do march upon the Earth.

The real OMG is listed further down the page but first things first...

Had my meeting with the BBC person today, nice person, nice meeting, nice soup. I really can't say much because even saying a little would instantly give away the subject but I seem to be in a very good position because of my experience, both in writing and other areas.

However the next stage is to translate that experience and knowledge into something that the BBC want to take forward. That's the real test.

They're talking to a few writers, then they'll select some to take their ideas forward to script (and pay them for it) and then choose one to produce. So, we shall see.

I have to say that Adrian Mead's monograph "How to Make It as a Screenwriter" (Chapter 17), was a huge help. It gave me sufficient understanding of the process that I didn't feel too nervous[1]. The meeting lasted about an hour which is a good time for something that informal and over lunch. (From previous experience in another life, formal meet-and-greet meetings are good if they run from 1-2 hours.)

The real OMG: My script "Monsters" is a Red Planet finalist. (I haven't quite absorbed this yet.) Loads more info at Jason Arnopp's Bloggery-Pokery: In The Red.

Wow.

[1] Who am I trying to kid? I wasn't even slightly nervous, I've had enough meetings to last me a lifetime. It was just another one. But Adrian's stuff did help.



What's on the turntable? "Rain and Snow" by Pentangle from "Light Flight"

11 comments:

Piers said...

Congratulations!

Blimey, it's all a bit bloggertastic on the Red Planet at the moment.

Jason Arnopp said...

Well done, sir! That's three bloggers in so far, that I know of. Here's to many more!

Rach said...

Well done! Well earned with all the work you put into it.

martin said...

Congratulations!

potdoll said...

Woooo! Well done!

laurence timms said...

Yay for you. Yay for me, cos I'm through too. Yay for Arnopp and Lipton and Clague.

Crikey. How many finalists?

Adaddinsane said...

Yeeeessss ... I wonder how many too. Shall we say guess at 50? They shortlisted 100 last year out of 2000.

But then again the message implied they'll choose the winner from the finalists so 50 seems a bit high. 30? 20?

Can't be 10, 'cos then all the finalists would be floating members of the scribosphere.

Or maybe we are ... who knows until Danny deigns to tell us.

(Thanks to everyone for the congrats. I'm with the Dancing Arnopp.)

Oli said...

Hooray! Well done! And awesome about the BBC thing too! Hooray! I'm also through! Hooray!

Michelle Lipton said...

Sorry - bit late to the party!

I've been hooraying myself out all over the blogosphere...

Hooray! And well done!

Phill Barron said...

I've never been so pleased for so many people I've never met. Congrats!

Paul Campbell said...

Congratulatiousness all round.