Wednesday, 12 December 2007


Finished my splurge draft of Technicolor. Hoorah!

Turned out to be 75 pages in the end, so could have been worse (It was looking like I was going to struggle to reach 60 a one point!) The protagonist receives a lot of information in the first scene, so if I can make him work for that more, then I should be able to expand it without just padding it out too much. Gonna have some time off* for the rest of the week, then rewrite the 1st act and polish to get it ready for January 8th deadline.

I cheated and went back and (gasp) polished it as I was going a bit, which actually helped give me some momentum - I suppose the trick is to not overdo it and get bogged down with the polishing. I’m quiet happy with it at the mo. It’s rough, but I think all the work I did beforehand on story has paid off. Falling down on character a bit, as usual, but the thrill and shocks and sex are there - It’s definitely an 18! (John wanted it to be an 18 for commercial reasons - and it is being edited by Lucy!!)

* time off from writing that is, gonna be lugging several tons of beer in that time!!

Monday, 10 December 2007


Plodding away at my metlab script, Technicolor. Making slow but steady progress in my spare time (it’s hard work this work business isn’t it? I‘d forgotten how much fun xmas in retail is!) It’s way too short at the moment - I‘m 55 pages in, and the first draft is going to end up about 70 pages long! I’ve already got ideas for expanding the first act a bit tho, so I’m sure it’ll work out in the end. I’m just trying to keep the momentum and keep going forward to get it finished at the moment.

I’m pretty happy with it other than that, and the deadline is 4 weeks today, so there’s plenty of time to sort it out.

It’s partly about cinema and nostalgia, and the way we relate to film, so this lovely film made by my fellow Cheltenham driver Izzy TC seems appropriate. Enjoy.