Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Currently sitting on the floor in Barnes & Noble using their complimentary wi fi (bless them)
I will hopefully return next week when normal-ish service will be resumed.
Hope all you guys are well! Summer's nearly over - how did those August screenplays work out for you?
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Rankin Film have joined forces with The Bureau to launch this new scheme to find and nurture new writing talent. Here are the details:
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
The initiative will produce up to 8 short films during 2012: from scripts of any genre, up to 15 pages, with budgets up to £10,000.
While Collabor8te is keen to develop narrative films, with strong stories and characters, we actively encourage a broad array of styles, mediums and genres. We will not consider ideas for documentaries.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU ARE SELECTED FOR DEVELOPMENT
10 successful candidates will be contacted via email on Monday 28th November 2011. Each candidate will be expected to attend one, day-long development workshop at Rankin Film, London, w/c 12th December. This will be followed by a series of remote one to one meetings in January/February 2012. After this development period up to 8 scripts will be selected for production.
We will aim to shoot and complete all 8 short films in 2012. Each film will have a carefully selected production team that will include a mixture of new and established talent, recommended by Rankin Film, The Bureau and DazedTV. The scriptwriter will work closely with the director, communally elected by the Collabor8te team and the scriptwriter. Writer-director’s will be considered where they can display an ability to direct the project. In these instances a directing show reel will be required.
We are currently looking for scripts and will only discuss other attached elements (ie. cast, directors, producers, crew) if the script is short-listed.
Submissions Deadline: 3rd October 2011
10 Selected Scripts Announced: Monday 28th November 2011
Workshop Day: w/c 12th December 2011
Production: February - November 2012
All films will be submitted to international film festivals throughout 2012 - 2013, after which point they will be uploaded for exhibition on DazedTV.
Please complete the online submission form
Due to the high volume of submissions we will not be able to reply to those entries who have not been selected.
If you have any further questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 1 August 2011
I've heard of various ways to try and do this - but it's summed up very well here. So a big thank you to Jody Moller, who I'd never heard of but came across after a bit of googling on this topic.
1. The Redemption Factor
This applies to characters that start out unlikeable but over the course of the novel/movie grow, begin to really see themselves for the first time, recognise that they were unlikeable and change for the better. Think about Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog Day. At the beginning of the film weatherman Phil is painful. He is arrogant, rude and let’s face it sleazy. When he first starts reliving the same day over-and-over it brings out his worst characteristics as he tried to take advantage of every situation. But eventually – redemption and suddenly we the audience feel bad for him.
2. The Use of Humour
When we see a character behaving inappropriately but their behaviour is considered humorous then somehow we ignore the moral ambiguity and laugh – suddenly they are likeable, regardless of the way they act. Think of Melvin Udall in As Good As It Gets (portrayed brilliantly by Jack Nicholson). He is the definition of ‘unlikeable’ but he is funny and we love him.
3. The Badder Baddie
4. Morality Is All About Context
Give your Protag morals, they can be skewed morals, but morals nonetheless. Then make the Antag go in exact opposition to those morals – suddenly your protag is ‘likeable’. Often the ‘morals’ given to unlikeable characters revolve around protecting family, revenge etc… Think The Godfather.
Note that most of the examples given above fit into more than one category.
Like I say, whilst I've heard these ideas before, I've totally stolen the above from Jody's blog. She goes on to talk about Lisbeth Salander from the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. So check out the full post here.