I wrote a short film script this week called 'FATHER'S DAY'. It's about a dead beat dad who cons his way back into his mother-in-law's affections so he can spend more time with his son. The inspiration for this came out of a writing exercise I did on my playwriting course last week. I had the idea and the dialogue pretty much all laid out, so I thought I'd turn it into a short, post it up on the screenwriting websites and see what sort of reaction, if any, it would get.
And so far its got two favourable reactions. One reviewer on Circalit gave it 4 stars out of 5, saying "A very well written piece, practically flawless in its production. Dialogue, scene setting and action lines did so much to make it all so very fluent and smooth. Characters bounced off the page right at you and were one moment so endearing and next minute they were the bad guy." And on Talentville, some guy called Mark Keller was kind enough to offer a very intelligent and thoughtful review that was actually longer than the script and very positive about further possibilities for the story.
Also this week I've been reading a couple of Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads', which are quite amusing.
I've also started reading Kurt Vonnegut's 'Cat's Cradle', rather behind schedule as this is something Dhalia (the very talented director of A MAN TRIES TO GET BACK IN) wanted me to read.
Tomorrow I have my playwriting course, so I'll be working on my short play, 'PROJECT 629', during the day.
And then on Friday I'm heading off down to Melbourne to see my two producers, Deborah and David (DeCodeMe and DARK ANGELS respectively). David tells me he's going to approach Film Victoria for assistance and finance to help fund the feature script (ie me) and whatever else they can help with as far as the short, feature and festivals are concerned.
While I'm in Melbourne I'm also going to be catching up with the delightful Julia Harari.
So, for the rest of the week the forecast is looking good. I hope it is for you too.