Progress Report #1: 01/09/17

No Hidden Extras

Page count: 43.

Target: 7-10 pages.

Due to various birthday plans, and the consequent lull in energy that accompanies such plans, the past two weeks have been very unproductive. I embraced it, but now it’s time to get back on the wagon.

It’s a realistic target to write 7 to 10 pages of script in a week. In Scott Myers’ wonderful blog “Go Into The Story”, he advocates a 1-2-7-14 formula for aspiring writers. This is a weekly target of reading 1 screenplay, watching 2 movies, writing 7 pages of script and work 14 hours on your story prep. It’s a good target to have, and one that will garner results. Maybe I’ll incorporate it into my plans going forward.

At 43 pages, I’m rapidly approaching the midway mark of this draft. Ian and I are happy with what we’ve got so far. It’s the strongest version of this story so far, and there have been many, many versions over the past three years. There have been so many false starts, so many frustrating dead ends and a palpable heartache after losing characters and scenarios which we initially loved but served no purpose as the story developed and became more refined. But now, this time, we’re onto something, and we both know it.

The short film is making its way around the UK festival circuit. Our acceptance rate is around 30%, which Ian tells me isn’t bad but some of the rejections stung a little. Our most recent success was acceptance into Southampton International Film Festival, which both Ian and I will be attending to fly the System Street flag.

Good times ahead.

The Stageplay

This is a far newer project in many respects, but I’ve had it in mind for a long time. I know a lot more about what I want it to be than I’ll let on at this stage. When this draft of No Hidden Extras is complete, I’ll dedicate more time to the stageplay, though I’m not in a position to get script pages down yet. Suffice to say, I’ve got some reading to do.


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