I'm really delighted to see the mock ups of the Cancer Hair storyboards this weekend - I'm only going to share one but needless to say it good, and the final result will be bloody good too!
I love it when a plan comes together. Fresh off the back for being in the top 100 scripts for the 12/13 Collabor8te scheme, my little short story/script "Me for my Father" is now shortlisted for the BBC Opening Lines strand. This is where up to 3 short stories are turned into Radio Plays for newbie writers such as myself by the BBC.
I'm really pleased about this. "Me for My Father" is going to be made this year with Producer Sean Langdon, hopefully where it was set, in and around Lanarkshire, Scotland.
It's about a young lad, on the verge of becoming a teenager, who has to take his fathers place as a pallbearer at a family funeral. The funeral, and the subsequent wake, brings a mysterious stranger into the family circle and dark, deep secrets are revealed. Told through the young lad's eyes, its about being an outsider in your own family and feeling like you never quite belong.
Just goes to show what a good ear for dialogue and a creative brain can do. This former LSFer is now nominated for a Bafta because of this. Well done Gavin Grant - visit Gavin's website here
After weeks of hard work, blood, sweat and a few tears we are now getting ready to pitch Cancer Hair to the Film London/Eastern Edge Film Fund.
Exciting, and frankly, nerve racking stuff.
The one thing that has come bounding out of this process for me how clear our vision for the film has become.
From a script on its umpteenth redraft, with solid characters that have a journey throughout the story, to the step by step storyboards, from Mood Boards declaring the look and feel of the film, through to the production schedule - we have pulled up the bonnet of this project and really tinkered with the engine.
I’ve always found deadlines a great clarifier. They allow focus your mind and in turn your mind focuses on what you need to do to make it happen for that specific timescale. This has been no different. If we hadn’t had the Eastern Edge deadline we’d likely have drifted until after Easter with a vague idea that this was going to be our project this year. Instead, regardless of the decision from the panel, we have a short film – budgeted, written, storyboarded and ready to go.
And so, to the pitch.
Gail Hackston is a filmmaker, screenwriter and producer. Her blog is about getting things made in the UK Film Industry.