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pasted from t'other blog. t'other blog that's mine.
And now business. 180 degrees, spin 180 degrees till you find me. I’ve had a successful weekend that’s going to lead to a hopefully writing packed week. I should be getting some new apps to review this week and you can expect to find them at www.persiancatpress.com by the end of this week/start of next/end of next week/THE FUTURE.
In terms of my own writing I recently finished up a brand new draft of the IGN I’m co-writing, Solarized. Early signs are that this draft has gone down well. I’ve got Alan Moore’s drastically outdated book, Writing For Comics coming in the post and hopefully I can get that read and slip into a more graphic novel style of writing and thinking about how things should progress on the (iPad) screen/virtual page. By the time this first episode hits I’m hoping I’ll have expanded my writing skills greatly so that I could contribute to other similar projects.
Shorts. I don’t wear shorts, I write them.
Alexis, a very hardworking producer down in London has managed to get an ex-BBC type person onboard to direct The Green Guardian, an upcoming animation about the world’s first carbon neutral superhero. This has real potential that I’ve actually failed to realise until now. It terms of comedy there’s an endless void of jokes just waiting to be written, there’s a semi-serious message buried under all the funny stuff and it could really be big. It could be a web series. It could be the making of me.
The Last Summer is my third ‘currently redrafting’ feature. It’s a coming of age road trip film about two friends desperately trying to deal with love and loss as they embark on a grand trip from Manchester to London. I’d previously submitted it to Vision and Media, got some good feedback and a couple of useless points (largely because I was either going to cut them out of the script or it was praise). I’m sounding shitty and pretentious but I don’t need telling I can do certain things well or that I can write in an industry standard and professional format, that’s a gibbon. What I need and crave are cold hard truths. Characterisation is a mess, too plot driven, too expoisitoinal and so on. Things that will help me break down the script (which I did over many fustrasting weeks and many warm beers) and build it back up so I’m actually communicating my original vision of the script. It’s no good keeping ‘the good stuff’ in my head. If I want to be a writer and be taken seriously I have to prove that I can damn well write.
For The Last Summer I redid character biogs, scrapped the piss-poor hybrid genre nature of the script, realigned the theme, made it more character driven – this is the big one. My characters, the two best friends, when possible will drive (a car) (and) the story forward at any and every opportunity. For me that’s been the dilemma, the hardest thing.
I saw Tinker Tailor over the weekend, it was a real slow burner but expertly acted.
I’m currently re-reading Hamlet.
I’m about to watch Doctor Who.
I bid thee farewell.