Sunday, 29 March 2009

Script Frenzy

I've signed up for Script Frenzy. Which is a little bit silly, since I also have an essay and a treatment and a couple other things to do as well. Still, I thought I'd give it a go. I have this wacky idea that won't go away, so I thought...why not do it in a frenzy?

CAVEAT: the other projects take priority, so I will only FRENZY if they're going well and I have time to spare. But, 30 days, 100 pages? That's 3 and 1/3 pages a day on average. Easy-peasy. Just need to keep the frenzy in its place. I'll be fine.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

The Reading

Yay! The reading went really well. I kept wanting to jump in and say "No, it goes like this..." and correct the way they read the lines, but I restrained myself. The main thing is, it reads well, even by people coming to it cold. Several laughs! A bit of pathos! It was entertaining, I felt.

Went out for a few pints of Guiness afterwards. There was an Irish band playing. I danced and sang. It felt like a celebration. G'night.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Copies, nibbles and drinks

The reading is all set for this Tuesday. The theatre group even advertised it in the local paper, so there might possibly be a small audience turning up. I woke in sweat early Friday morning, when I thought I'd remembered a conflicting meeting at work - me giving a presentation to parents. But it's the following Tuesday.

I'm going to bring along 10 copies of the script. There are six characters; I think the spares might be welcome for anyone who wants to follow along. It's a lot of paper, but I figure I'll probably only tinker with it, so most of it will used for eventual cast copies anyway.

What should I provide, in the way of nibbles and drinks? I heard that salty food makes people happy, so maybe I'll go with crisps and peanuts. But that doesn't really go with tea and coffee. Hm. Biscuits?

Sunday, 8 March 2009


One thing I can blog a bit about is staging my one act play. I've got the performance dates (July 30th, 30st and Aug. 1st) and the date for the initial read-through, and the theatre booked for 12 rehearsals. That's pretty cool. My first production is going to be a reality this summer! Writer-director, ME!

Okay, it's am-dram, so doesn't really count in some quarters. That doesn't bother me at this point in my career. The audience is real. They really pay for their tickets, and will really want to be entertained. I look forward to finding a dark place to sit and watch, not the play so much as the audience's reaction. If they're entertained, I'll know. If they're bored, I'll know. That's the point of the exercise: entertain an audience with 30 minutes of my words, through the medium of amateur, but hopefully passionate and committed actors.

Another thing to blog: I'm waiting to hear back on a submission I made to the Exeter Pheonix, along with a friend of mine. If successful, we'll get a budget of a few hundred pounds, use of cameras and other kit, as well as advice, mentoring and post-production facilities. This is for a short film script set here in Teignmouth, on the river to be precise. So, fingers crossed on that.

Tomorrow night, I'll have the first tutorial on my TV episode for the MA at Bournemouth. Looking forward to that, as once again, I have a really good tutor. I'm happy with the outline I've submitted and look forward to writing the treatment.

Also have a couple of spec projects on the go, new-writing-wise, but really can't blog about them.

Is that better?

PS: Caught a typo: "entertainted." What was my subconscious do there? I wonder.