Jun
1

Directors Notes

Directors Notes

I tried something a bit new for this post. I ‘Tweeted’ and then ‘Storify’ed it… (Storified? Ooh! Crammar crisis!)

The result is here  I’d love you to click through and have a look, and tell me if I’m mixing my social media like my metaphors – or mixed like a fine cocktail.

Basically it’s a compilation of things that director Stephan Elliott has said over the years we’ve been working together.  Simple things, which really help to shorten and sharpen a screenplay:

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Jun
3

Read It.

Read It.

Ok, so I’ve been a real coward. I’ve been putting off reading what I wrote last April. I’ve been operating under the insecurity that while no-one looks at my screenplay – it’s perfect.

But a month has past since I finished. In that time, internet friend Hamish Downie, (who was writing in cyberspace with me,) has read his screenplay, and edited it. Damn him. Challenge on.

So here goes – squib Jobbins handing herself and her screenplay in to the Fraud Police for a read…

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May
2

A Couple Of Things I Learned This Draft

A Couple Of Things I Learned This Draft

Coffee Shops
No two scripts are ever the same, and every time I leave my the desk a couple of new things have been learned. The first thing I learned this time, is that I work better away from my desk, and best away from the internet entirely. I realised this on about the 14th day when I arrived at a local coffee shop and the waiter delivered me a cup of tea and a pain au chocolate without being asked. In fact, without even looking at me. About an hour later he returned with a fresh cup of tea. He proceeded to do this every other day I arrived. He never said, “Hello,” he didn’t look at me when he put the tea down, and since we don’t (fluently) speak the same language, there is almost no small talk. Seriously, I think I’m in love with him.

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May
0

Dancing with Coma_Boy

Dancing with Coma_Boy

I am currently dancing around the apartment to Herb Alpert’s ‘Tijuana Brass’. I really think I should put my hair in a beehive and make some ‘Devil on Horseback’ hors d’ouvres. There’s only one thing which would result in such an outpouring of wild celebration – I have completed the first draft of my screenplay: “Coma_Boy”. Yes, it’s a working title complete with irritating underscore – and it’s all mine, mine, mine.

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May
2

We’re not done yet. Join me on Twitter (5oh19)

We’re not done yet. Join me on Twitter (5oh19)

I’ve failed to ‘win’ Script Frenzy – but I have yet to fail at writing this script, so as you all return to your victorious lives… spare a thought for those of us still out here – blinking away in the dark like Vanguard 1 .

At the moment my script is running at just over 60 pages. I feel I’m on target plot wise, so I’ve still got another 40 pages to write. At the rate I’ve been going – that’s another ten days!

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Apr
0

Back Up, Back Up, Back Up.

Back Up, Back Up, Back Up.

The universe has just given me a salutary lesson in script writing: make regular back up copies of your screenplay, and save them in a second place off your hard-drive. Not just save – a second copy, in a safe place.

Here – let me write that in capital letters…

BACK UP YOUR SCREENPLAY RIGHT NOW.

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Apr
1

The Only Way Out, Is Through

The Only Way Out, Is Through

I realise that these posts are starting to sound a bit the same, but there is a tedium to completing a larger body of writing which requires repetition. While the research and preparation phases have the fillip of consultation and an exchange of ideas – the actual gathering of those ideas onto the page requires a discipline for which there is no easy method.

Sometimes the drudgery of writing feels like dragging an oar through open water; or marching the grasslands of the Tundra; or embroidering the Bayou tapestry. Each  small step, stroke, stitch, and word makes a sentence, which makes a paragraph, which makes a page. You may be lucky enough to be able to dictate, but for most of us, the only one way out, is through.

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Apr
1

All Alone With My Invisible Friends

All Alone With My Invisible Friends

It’s about now I wish for two things: 1) a natural talent for dialogue. I’d settle for a good ear for dialogue at the moment but no… it’s like I’m tone deaf to what people say… In fact – I was so distracted by that idea I took an on-line test… bugger it – I am border line tone deaf!

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Apr
0

Pyjamas, Bells, and Bum Glue

Pyjamas, Bells, and Bum Glue

Ok, today is the day to don the jim-jams, and apply the bum glue. I have a story out-line, characters, a couple of jokes planned – now all I need is to write the damn thing.

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Apr
4

First Draft Story Outline

First Draft Story Outline

Young TOM Cooper (13) arrives home in the endless summer afternoon of school holidays. He lives in a suburban paradise on the edge of the Australian bush. Garden hoses arc with Elysian abandon. Mr Wilson, a neighbour, is washing his car on his drive way. Fairies dance in the cooling air.

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