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Character Role Functions # 1: Male Lead

Music can be a very helpful inspiration to scribes when writing. I have been known to drive my family mad in fact with a particular signature tune, like this one when I was writing Eclipse: I had the song on repeat for weeks, maybe even months. Now, well over a year since I finished, Hub has banned that song from the car, the house — anywhere he’ll hear it, basically. Very often when I’m reading scripts, characters will sort of “blend together”: writers are often shocked to hear this response from me, especially as they will feel they have tried… Read More »Character Role Functions # 1: Male Lead

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C-C-Check ‘Em Out

It’s filmmaking-tastic in the Blogosphere right now, probably accounting for the slowdown in posts here and elsewhere… But c’mon: let’s not just talk about it, LET’S DO IT. First off, check out the lovely Lara’s entry for the Virgin Media Shorts contest, Hostile. It’s all about those people who walk the line between creative genius and madness – so, writers then! : ) You can watch it here. Secondly, the marvellous (and prolific) Phill Barron’s new film, Just For The Record, has a trailer out. All about how NOT to produce a feature film for £50K, Just For The Record… Read More »C-C-Check ‘Em Out

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Self Publicity

So I got an email last night from the Mighty Adrian Mead, telling me I’ve gone a little TOO FAR in trying to publicise this blog: Okay, Adrian: you got me. But since everyone’s defected to Twitter, it’s too damn quiet around these parts [start subliminal message: FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER : end subliminal message]. But check my legs out! Woooooh. It’s a hard job looking so fantastic but someone’s gotta do it. Oh: and don’t forget – Adrian’s new course The Screenwriter’s Career Guide is on July 4th in London. Book now! I’ll see you there.

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SAFE – The Finished Film!

SAFE premiered on Facebook yesterday to the Safe Films group and other Facebookers, but if you’re not my Facebook friend (why not? Mmmmm?), you won’t have seen it yet… Obviously we had various constraints to deal with having zero money to make it and our actors were real troopers since it was FREEZING, plus the pathways and streets were actual ice rinks. Many thanks to them, my lovely boy Alf who plays Julie’s son and The Hub for being our lighting manager/moral support/fixer of random things/caterer! For photos of the shoot back in February, check out here. So without further… Read More »SAFE – The Finished Film!

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Kickin’ It 80s Style

I’m decluttering my house, putting up and takijng down shelves, varnishing cupboards, painting skirting boards and whatnot this weekend – oh yes, I’m handier than you might think, yes sirree (in fact, I’m even *quite* handy with an axe, having CHOPPED FIREWOOD in my youth growing up in the middle of nowhere with only a wood burning stove and once I removed a massive tree from our garden with the help of my Dad and a big mechanical digger thing. I also lived in a treehouse, though I admittedly came in at night due to the massive werewolf problem in… Read More »Kickin’ It 80s Style

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Festive Favourites

Here’s some Christmas clips to feast your eyes on… The Muppets’ Christmas Carol – Marley & Marley Gremlins – “Get Out Of My Kitchen!” American Psycho – “Have A Holly, Jolly Christmas” The Grinch – “I’m Booked!” And finally – perhaps one of the craziest, daftest movies ever, yet I somehow can’t resist it… I first watched it the day after I had had Lilirose and nearly had a haemorrhage from laughing so much (I thought the brothers’ fights were particularly true to life, or maybe I just grew up in a war zone??). Enjoy! Just Friends – All the… Read More »Festive Favourites

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Reptiles, Naked Chicks, Flesh Eating Beasties

Well I’ve been living in rejection city for some time now, but I’m reliably informed this is what happens when you’re a *real writer*. In fact, according to one of my contacts, I should be so lucky I get the opportunity in the first place to GET rejected. I had been too busy feeling sorry for myself regarding FIVE REJECTIONS IN FIVE DAYS ON FIVE PROJECTS I REALLY WANTED to think about it like that, so cheers. (You know who you are: one day… When you’re least expecting it… BLAM!!! ; ). The good news is I am WELL busy… Read More »Reptiles, Naked Chicks, Flesh Eating Beasties

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No Time For This

Got waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much to do today, so you’ll have to sate yourself with this deliciously ridiculous and literal instalment of 80s music videos. Up for the treatment this time: one of my childhood faves, Tears for Fears. Enjoy.

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Life’s What You Make It…

… Don’t you just love cliches? Cliches may be easily disregarded – but I’ve always been of the opinion cliches become cliches because they’re actually true. Just like your mother offers advice you inevitably scoff at, there’s a part deep inside you where it resonates… Or it is at least filed away, for future ref: something will happen and then it clicks, “So THAT’S what she meant!” You only need half an eye on the blogs to notice that 2008 has been a difficult year for many of us, including myself. My issues have not just been career-orientated, though it’s… Read More »Life’s What You Make It…

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Friday Hysteria

Wow, this has been one long week. I know I promised you my thoughts on serials and mini series, but I’m afraid that’ll have to be next week now; I’ve had misbehaving kids, several hysterical phone calls and a mountain of work. Oh, and Coco is dead! Don’t worry, Coco is not one of my many cats, but Lilirose’s favourite doll – it fell down the stairs. Lilirose spent many minutes wailing by the dead doll’s side before stuffing Coco in the cupboard under the stairs. When I pointed out that dolls can’t die, Lil was quite insistent: the doll… Read More »Friday Hysteria

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Something For The (Bank Holiday) Weekend

I’m quite used to people dropping by this blog looking for “werewolf sex” and “talking dirty scripts” by now: you’re even welcome to “take a bubble bath with no pants on” whilst “having flashbacks all day.” Please – make yourselves at home. Could this be, however, the craziest Google Search ever? “The horse’s bits were covered in foam.” WTF? What in the name of all that is holy could this Googler actually be looking for? And how on earth did Google direct them to MY BLOG? I have no recollection of dicussing foam or horse’s bits or covering any bits… Read More »Something For The (Bank Holiday) Weekend

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Weekend Madness

My son announced rather excitably at breakfast this morning that none other than Shakespeare is coming into to his school to do a drama workshop today. How cool is that? Well I’m also a cool Mum (natch) so I say (you’ll love this), “Excellent news, boyo. Did Shakespeare hitch a ride through time in the TARDIS with Dr. Who & Martha?” “No Mum,” My son explains very patiently, “Not only is Shakespeare totally dead, the bloke coming into today is an actor. And by the way, Dr. Who is also an actor. And so is Martha.” Just in case I… Read More »Weekend Madness

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