At first it’s hard to talk about a project that’s taken several years of blood, sweat and tears to develop. I know the story I have is amazing, the doubt comes when you’re unsure of how people will respond. I spoke about Granada Nights at Micro-Budget Mentor evening last Thursday and it was the first time I talked about the film outside my circle of friends. The result was great as I received a fantastic response, a lot of of support and interest in the project and I thank everyone involved. It helps greatly!
I spent the last 10 years working freelance in Advertising and if there’s one thing that I’ve learnt it’s that there’s always a better idea. There’s always a better way of doing things. However sometimes better isn’t always best because sometimes you just need to get the dam thing done!
The question of which screenwriting book is the best keeps coming up. I read a lot of books since 1998 when I started out in writing and I’ve come to the conclusion that most of them are bullshit. You don’t need them. They may actually be more harm to you than you think.
Sometimes I think this film script will never end. A few weeks ago I completed the first half (60 pages) and I was moving onto the second half. How WRONG I was! I went back and changed a few things and after three full days of work I have redone alot of scenes and I’m happy with it for the time being. I’ve done the first half!!
You sit and think about, how you can hit the scene Take one look inside, your mirror clear to see You need to find yourself, as honest as can be… There must be 50 ways to make a movie…
An American guy I knew once was in a long term relationship with his girlfriend. They were almost two years together until she had to travel to Spain for a summer abroad programme. Just before she left they decided to put their relationship on hold.
The plan was to go to Spain, lock myself into a hotel and write up notes and rework my script. As usual a plan is a list of things that don’t happen. Instead I went out a lot and met old friends, new friends and a whole load of weird and wonderful characters that not only made me fall in love with Granada again but also showed me why I wanted to make this film in the first place.
So here it after 6 years of scribbling, procrastinating and “researching” – it’s done. Well actually not really it’s just the start – most of what is in the first draft won’t be in the final draft. This one is a starting point i.e. if I was making a vase in pottery class this would be a lump of clay, it looks kinda like a vase and it might hold water but it has holes and looks pretty dam ugly. Printed off and it’s in a drawer locked up away. In 2 weeks I’ll take it out and re-write it completely for my second draft
Reached page 69 of the first draft and I haven’t left the house for days. Desk is a mess, I have notes coming out of my ears It’s hard to keep track of every single character – what they’re doing in the scene, before the scene, after the scene and between the scenes. When I started writing I thought I knew these characters but 69 pages in they are actually telling me who they are and are dictating much of the script. It’s not a straight write through – I’m always going back changes things, updating biographies and backstories. Researching the most random things
Step outline done while I was in Granada this Sept. It’s an outline to try and pin down a story – what you see below is set of cards, each representing a scene in the film. I started of writing physical cards because I wanted to lay them out and move them easily by hand. There’s something about touching the cards, feeling of the scenes in your hand seem to make it more real. So far we have 58 cards.