On very odd occasions there’s a email that will go around via one of the various script writing internet forums I’m on which will offer up an opportunity. Some of them are extremely specific such as the one recently that wanted a co-writer but only one who knew Arabic and had grown up in South London. Some however take a slightly wider scope and ask for ideas or help.

One came via Scottish Screenwriters the other day from a producer who was after short film scripts that he could make in a smaller budget. He also mentioned how he had access to a fight coordinator and was therefore interested in anything along those lines. As far as cheap scripts go I thought of ‘The Salesman’s Gamble’ which remains sat on my computer hard drive doing nothing since getting rejected previously. I sent him an email asking if it was okay to send the script but also mentioned I had an idea that might involve his fight guy. The only bother is I haven’t written it yet. I did explain this however.

So I get one back asking for the script and a pitch for the idea, I supply both. I know a whole lot of people wouldn’t dream of pitching to somebody they’ve just emailed over the internet. The thought being that some unscrupulous sort will take this no doubt blazing idea and make it anyway. In all honesty I haven’t got that much to lose by just trying so that is indeed what I did.

I have yet to hear anything back but I’m not pinning myself to it and waiting around doing little else. Maybe when I was younger I’d stop everything to just wait by the computer for an email to come in but now I’ve got another stuff to get through and to keep myself busy with.

A Fear Reprisal

I’ve accidentally started writing a book. I don’t know how it happened, I was just sitting typing something one evening and a sentence became a paragraph and one thing led to another. I’m two chapters in now and whilst it reads okay it could probably do with tightening up here and there. Unlike writing a script when you can go back and adjust dialogue and directions, editing an entire book of around 100,000 words seems daunting as there’s the descriptions of¬†scenes and ¬†inner character emotions as well. Stuff that you have to write when doing a novel but can be done visually in one moment on film.

I’m probably going to get a little further in and then ask some people to read what I have so far, not really to critique it as such but mainly to make sure that I’m not writing like a raving idiot and all this will be a complete waste of time. It deals a lot with different dimensions, mainly working on the theory that the same things can happen just in different times frames in alternate versions of history. It’s a whole lot of steampunk in Victorian London.

The street lamps are gas powered, they have the internet (or integrated communication as they’re calling it).

If this kind of thing seems like your bag then please get in touch and I’ll let you in on the initial going. Either tell me it’s nonsense in which case I’ll stop and I’ll be happy you’ve saved my time or tell me it’s fine in which case I’ll knuckle down and carry on. Both ways you’ll have done me a favour.