I surprise myself sometimes. This afternoon I plan to buy a box of chocolates and leave them where I’m bound to find them.
Well boy, that time of life is upon you. You know, you promised yourself you’d do the travelling if there was anything left of you after the kids were grown? Well there is so it’s That Time.
You had no clue how starting a family would pan out; but look, even if you’re none the wiser about what happened back there, it was fine, and your carriage awaits. And the wisdom of travelling to Italy … in a beaten up old Fiat?
You’ve checked the oil. You’ll be fine!
Ladies and gents, I proudly present to you our transport of delight, Vladimir Punto.
He’s red, a bit dodgy and could take you into countries you probably shouldn’t go to. I bought him from a bloke who wasn’t actually there when I collected it…from Jaywick… I saw it on gumtree… 300 quid… I think that tells you everything you need to know about my attitude to risk. On the plus side it wasn’t dark at the time.
That was 2+ years ago. I may have spent a bit on it since.
We’ll be attempting to drive to Lucca. Or filthy Lucca as a friend called it. I’ll let you know how it goes. I have visions of pushing old Vlad over a cliff to his spiritual home Italian Job-style and flying back. In fact we could fly there!
Nah. What would there be to write about?
So here it finally is, the trailer for our feature length film With Love From Suffolk. The whole thing was done on under 7 grand with a LOT of input and love from local businesses.
It’ll be screened at Suffolk cinemas throughout June and July so make sure you go if you’re in the county. Tickets are a fiver.
Enjoy and please share.
Happy new year, what’s left of it. Exciting times here at Old Git central.
It’s nice to report writing projects are starting to queue up since making this film (premiere 15th Feb) and people talking about filthy lucre which is always promising.
I’m just over an hour into a full length film. It has a beginning, a middle, currently two endings and the possibility of a sequel… assuming it ever gets made.
I was approached to do something dark and tense (not really my genre) so wrote a couple of example scenes thinking they’d hate it but alas, they loved it. So what began as a writing exercise has now become quite enjoyable.
Screenwriting seems to be finally providing the answer to that lifelong nagging question: what are you going to do when you grow up? Although I do feel a bit (a bit?) … a massive fraud since I’ve always avoided the whole cinema experience thing. Like many, I just don’t enjoy or need that huge screen with badly positioned speakers and people around me chattering, rustling crisp bags and slurping drinks, texting and doing what cinema goers feel obliged to do.
But now he’s here… and this time he’s actually installed a large screen and a projector in his man cave.
Always loved film, me.
The most extraordinary thing has happened. For three long days, people I’ve never met before gave their all to make ten minutes of dialogue I wrote come to life on the big screen. I am struggling to process this happy fact.
A few years ago I approached a writer after he’d given a talk and asked him for any tips. His response was to the point. “Be lucky”, he said. I kind of knew what he meant so went in search of this “luck” ( for “luck” read “slog”). Though it turns out a bit of luck was involved as the piece being filmed would have been missed had I not submitted a second script with a covering note for the previous submission.
Anyway, the script made it and all eyes became focussed on the weather forecast. Whose stupid idea was it to set a story on a Suffolk beach during a British summer? Sunday 26th of July’s forecast was ominous with lightning and hail symbols everywhere you looked. Go to bed, it’ll be fine. It’s the driest part of the UK.
A 5 a.m. start meant driving Vera, a rather lovely, blagged-on-twitter, 1967, expensive, left-hand drive VW campervan to the set. This was by far the scariest drive I have ever undertaken in my life! We madE it through the gathering storm and arrived at the beach just as the clouds began to part.
After several photographs and a local radio interview, we set about the task of filming ‘Back On Board’ which is the first of eight stories in the rom com feature film With Love From Suffolk. It will be released over Valentines weekend 2016 in at least ten Suffolk cinemas.
I couldn’t wait to meet my characters. Now I can’t wait for the premiere!
I am currently watching in awe as the team behind With Love From… Suffolk take on the Herculean task of making a film happen.
It’s slightly surreal in that I’ve created some characters and these FILMSuffolk guys are clearly more determined than I could ever be to bring them to life on screen. How fantastic that I don’t have to do that all by myself!
I’ve just been on a location recce for my script ‘Back on Board’ (affectionately known in the production office as Bob) and I think it’ll be a stunning piece of cinematography.
We have some pretty experienced filmmaking experts behind the project. Hollywood director Graham Baker(Alien Nation), our Director of Photography will be Steven Hall (Imitation Game, Warhorse) and many other talented individuals are offering their services.
It’s going to be amazing! If you live in Suffolk, get involved! And why not help us crowd fund it.
Well, here we go then! It seems I’m now a screenwriter after my script was chosen for inclusion into what we all hope will be a gorgeous film set in the beautiful county of Suffolk, England.
It’s a project close to my heart not just because my script was chosen but because Suffolk is where I was born and raised, spending some idyllic youthful days free-ranging hedgerows and rivers, setting fire to things, falling out of trees and generally dicing with death on a fairly regular basis.
And the people? Traditionally we’ve a reputation for being a bit wary of ‘outsiders’ though I’d suggest that’s simply us checking to see whether you like a laugh or not, y’know, after all the Viking rape, pillage and street-naming that went on.
But hey, it’s 2015 and time we shared the great warmth and affection we have for the place. I hope you enjoy the stories we present and please consider supporting the crowdfunding initiative.
It’ll be a summer of filming and, all being well, a launch on Valentine’s Day 2016.
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