So I caught up with the two guys - Gordon and Brian Slater - that I made 2 x 3 with last night. Finally (!) they'd finished the film (we only shot it last June). And the verdict?
Well, if you take it for what it is - a first-time attempt from a couple of working class lads with a hand-held camera and a lot of passion - it's alright. By no stretch of the imagination is it brilliant, but I laughed a few times (and I wrote the script, remember).
Its a pacy, edgy, lots of swearing right-in-your-face black comedy. The acting (apart from Gordon and Bill) leaves a lot to be desired but we were working with the best we could get on a no-budget production. The film's certainly not good enough to submit to competitions but as it was our first effort, it's going to have a special place in my heart, especially considering we had so much trouble with location, casting, sound, everything really!
Was really good to see the guys though, and great to hear that they're working on something else with a Glasgow-based screenwriter. When I get famous though I'm going to remake 2 x 3 with a big budget all-star cast. That'd be brilliant!!
Earlier on in the day I met up with two friends from my writing courses here in Edinburgh and we had a great catch-up over lunch. It's been great being back in Edinburgh after nine months living in Australia, soaking up the vibes of this beautiful city and just pottering about the old haunts. Being back in Edinburgh is like slipping on a favourite cardigan or an old pair of slippers.
Today I met up with Laura Kerr, the DJ from Leith FM whose show I went on twice last year. Another great catch up talking about film, fiction and music.
Today I also had a request from a producer to see the script of PERFORMANCE HEART. If you've been following this blog you'll know that PH is a very particular script, so I'm not expecting to get anywhere with that. But its interesting that of all my short scripts posted on InkTip, PERFORMANCE HEART is the one getting most interest. So the logline is obviously working (on InkTip you can't post the whole script, just the logline and producers hooked by the logline email you to request the full script).
I walked past Robert Louis Stevenson's old house today by the way. Edinburgh just oozes literature. Hope some of it rubs off on me!