Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Name that theme

Alexandra Sokoloff on Theme. Tasty.

What's on the turntable? "Hide in your Shell" by Supertramp from "Crime of the Century"

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Muddy waters

Not the great blues singer - I've hit act III of my ScriptFrenzy script and I'm procrastinating.

Now the movie plot has to deviate significantly from the book plot because the original ending just won't work for an action movie.

Mostly, up to now, I'd been following the storyline although I had changed the order of some events and lost a few superfluous characters.

If truth be told, I haven't envisaged the ending fully - and without a place to go, how do you know how to get there?

Better think quickly, I need to finish this today.

EDIT: I pondered, I resolved, I wrote - and finished. That's ScriptFrenzy done for me this year.

I have been watching...

Warehouse 13 - fun, popcorn TV. The Prisoner - nowhere near as bad as the bleating sheep try to make you believe. Sir Ian is wonderful, of course. Some nice little nods to the original but it's definitely its own story. Weirdly enough it reminded me most of The Truman Show. And they kept the rovers, lovely. Ashes to Ashes - excellent. The Mentalist - why try to make a modern Sherlock Holmes when you have this? (Which is a modern Sherlock Holmes.) Flash Forward - rather good. Dr Who - Spitfires in space! What else is there to say? Heroes - the ship has been turned around, but I doubt anyone will believe me.

What's on the turntable? Bach's Prelude No.1 played Jacques Loussier and his jazz trio. (I've added a Spotify link, I wonder if it'll work)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Jane is back

Jane Espenson who wrote for Buffy, Battlestar Galactica (I even claim to have recognised her style before discovering she co-created and wrote the pilot for Warehouse 13) and a host of other stuff you know and love - has returned to blogging. Yay!

She's a cat who knows where it's at.

But she just wrote this blog, and who am I to disagree?

Had a say or so away from the old computer, spring cleaning is fun, or so the Teacher tells me. But I'm taking an early morning opportunity to get loads of writing done.

What's on the turntable? "I Quit" by Hepburn from "Hepburn" - that Buffy connection again.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Cooking with Gas

Missed a couple of days of Scriptfrenzy but I'm on 41 pages which is well ahead. Really need to finish this quickly so I can get on with Winter.

What's on the turntable? "Fear of the Dark" by Stare from "Haunted"

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Nu-est Who

There's not much I can add to what pretty much everybody else is saying - Stephen Moffat was right: Matt Smith makes a good Doctor.

I had been very nervous although a recent article in SFX magazine had made me feel a bit better about Matt Smith. Turns out that changing everything has changed nothing - it's still Dr Who.

Oh and I should say that considering some of my earlier comments a year or so ago - I was very wrong.

And I'm very happy about that.

What's on the turntable? " Career of Evil" by the Blue Oyster Cult

Thursday, April 01, 2010

It's the first day of Scriptfrenzy and by sheer chance I have a free day so I'm getting ahead with my adaptation, sitting alone in this Birmingham hotel. On page 12 so far.

It has to be said this script is a work of love - as someone blogged recently the idea of not being passionate about a script you're written is a bit silly. But I really love this book. It's available for option.

It's a book that had a profound effect on me when I was young and, apart from having rounded characters for even the smallest bit part, it is gloriously visual and structured like a blockbuster*.

I just pray that I can communicate the original author's vision because no matter how beautiful I make it (assuming I do), it's a shadow of the original.

Mind you it's also a relief to finally get it out and on to paper ... well, electrons.

*Except the end, which needs to be very different to work as a movie ending. And the beginning which was a very nice beginning but not a movie beginning ... I'm also leaving out some main characters and combining others. Well look, a novel is not a movie and never will be, you can't be blind to these things.

What's on the turntable? "Fairground" by Simply Red from "Simplify"