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Pet Hates

Yesterday I finished the first draft (or the ‘kitchen sink draft’ as I like to call it) of a horror-comedy screenplay called PET HATES, which already has a DVD quip of “THE BIRDS meets SHAUN OF THE DEAD!” attached. I love to do that, it makes your non-writer friends who wish you’d shut up about it sit up and take notice, if only for eight seconds. PET HATES was written in a… Read More

FILMS THAT MADE ME WANT TO WRITE #3 – THE THING (1982)

Childs: Fire’s got the temperature up all over the camp. Won’t last long though. MacReady: Neither will we. Childs: How will we make it? MacReady: Maybe we shouldn’t. Childs: If you’re worried about me… MacReady: If we’ve got any surprises for each other, I don’t think we’re in much shape to do anything about it. Childs: Well, what do we do? MacReady: Why don’t we just… wait here for a little while…… Read More

FILMS THAT MADE ME WANT TO WRITE #1: THE TERMINATOR (1984)

I was four years old when I watched The Terminator for the first time, and it changed my life forever. My Dad – for better or worse – had no concept of film classification or censorship, and I thank god that he didn’t, because I would have missed out on some great films. I haven’t become a mental case or killed anyone yet, so the PC brigade argument that film turns people… Read More

FEEDBACK ON LATEST SCREENPLAY “LIFE EVENT”

I’ve talked before about how much I love The Black List, and what a great tool it is for screenwriters to receive honest and constructive feedback on their scripts. At $50 an evaluation, that’s pretty damn good. When I get to the point when I say “Finished!”, I get another review from TBL, and I’m suddenly faced with new questions about my script: Some I discard, others I say “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” and get… Read More

NEW FEATURE SCREENPLAY: “LIFE EVENT”

LIFE EVENT is a new feature-length comedy screenplay that I am currently writing. Here is the synopsis: Danny and Katie are both in their thirties, have two beautiful girls and a pretty good life. So why the f*** are they getting married? After Katie’s parents started to put pressure on her for not being “traditional”, she and Danny decided to do the “right” thing and get hitched at last. Their friends, work… Read More

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