Saturday, June 24, 2006

Random Round-Up

Quite often when actors are being interviewed you’ll hear them refer to the script in some way: “er…ah…it was just the script really. I knew I had to do it because the script just rocked”. They never mention the writer’s name or why the script was so good but they usually go on to heap praise on the director and the film’s co-stars.

But what niggles me about this is that it gives the impression that actors are the only people in the world who can recognise a good script from a stinker. Of course, when they say: “the script is great” what they really mean is “my character was cool, and my dialogue was even cooler”.

When The Hours was winning awards left, right and centre, the actors graciously mentioned writer David Hare for writing a terrific script. But Nicole, and the others, consistently referred to one element: “thank you for giving us such terrific words to speak” (I’m paraphrasing Nicole Kidman here). Nothing about the script’s particular structure, ambition, or tone, whatever; just a thanks for making “us” look good.

Just a random thought as I prepare to toddle off down to the beach.

Here are a few other bits and pieces that may be of interest or that you may have missed.

CiTV under threat:
Say bye-bye

Blogs unpopular?:
Blog schmlog

Superman Kicks Ass:
Critics' thumbs up

BBC Drama shake-up: (free reg req)
BBC news story

Channel 4 to do video-downloads: (free reg req)
C4 news story

BBC writersroom opportunity:
World Cup Tapes
Open Page
The Spectacle


Halo Films are currently looking for a development researcher to help them lead the many projects they have in development through to commission. Halo is a relatively new independent production company operating from just outside Bristol.They are looking for a highly motivated researcher who is prepared to be part of a small team with experience in factual research, a passion for development and the ability to seek out a story. Please apply by e-mail to


We are a production company predominantly working within the music industry. We now have funding in place to produce a low 'ish' budget feature as a vehicle for a well known female chart artist. We are looking for a storyline akin to a modern day Grease' and the film will be a musical - we already have many of the songs already written and we have a team of expert songwriters to specifically fill in any blanks.

So if you can write a modern, 14 - 25 age group, rom-com musical (but don't worry about the music bit!) send over your details, CV, treatments, etc. Look forward to hearing from you! Email:

No comments: