Friday, December 22, 2006

Blog Awards 2006

Tom Green over at the Writers’ Guild blog has announced his highlights and recommendations for 2006, which was pretty neat, so in a similar vein, here are my awards of the year:

Writers of the Year - Purvis & Wade for giving us the best Bond ever but it’s universally agreed now that the film is 20 minutes too long towards the end.

Best UK Breakthrough - A close call between Ed Blum for Scenes of a Sexual Nature and James Moran for writing Severance but the winner is Paul Williams, writer/director of London to Brighton.

Blogger of the Year - Vicious Imagery by David Bishop. He’s like the UK version of Denis McGrath’s Dead Things on Sticks. David's hard work and dedication is also an inspiration.

Best Event - Cannes, because it was my first time (endless thanks again to Tim & Suki for making it so worthwhile).

Best Screenwriting Event - Screenwriters’ Festival in Cheltenham. Despite the sulks and moans about the New Writers’ Day, the remaining fixtures were excellent. On the down side, it was steep to attend (I could only afford a day), and you could have flown to LA for the Screenwriting Expo for pretty much the same cost.

Also, charging for the podcasts is outrageous when you can get better podcasts on the internet for free (hello Creative Screenwriting and Sam & Jim). But the UK scene definitely needs something like this, and the festival looks to become a regular fixture on the screenwriting calendar.

Best Event I Didn’t Attend - FrightFest. Scheduling clashes abound meant I missed the premiere of Severance and other top films.

Highlight of the Year
- Writing an episode for The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers for CiTV. The show recently won a Bafta for Best Children’s Animation.

Disappointing Moment of the Year - Finally hearing from EastEnders only to be told ‘sorry, maybe next year’.

Best Rejection - One of my scripts was taken to Robert Zemeckis by a contact I made in Cannes but "Bob" eventually decided that it wasn't for him. The rejection sends a flutter of excitement through my body as it's like meeting your maker (I didn't actually meet him) only to be told you need another go on Earth before you get the gig.
In my fantasy version of events, "Bob" read the script (not one of his readers, no sir) and "Steve" Spielberg dropped by for a coffee: "Hey Bob, watcha reading?" "Oh, this great script. It's not for me, but let me read you this great line from page 35."

Like, it could have happened...

Reasons to be Cheerful - Awaiting to hear about potential TV commissions and other projects, and healthy interest in my writing in general.

Best Part about Blogging - Meeting new friends and colleagues, knowing that they’re sharing the same highs and lows, whether or not you’re trying to break in, or just trying to get on.

19 comments:

David Bishop said...

Gosh! I'm honoured. Many thanks - and happy hogmanay.

Dan said...

I wish you a very happy christmas Danny.

Best Bond ever??

Tom Green said...

Have a great Christmas, Danny. Keep up the great work on the blog in 2007...

James Moran said...

WHAT??? Robbed! Who the fuck is Paul Williams, anyway?? I'll kill you all! ALL OF YOU!

Have a good one, sir, and keep on rocking the blog world.

Sal said...

Happy Christmas Danny. See you in Cannes next year?

Dan Owen said...

I have yet to see Casino Royale, but I'm sure it will live up to the hype. I'm just gutted they didn't delay its release until January so they could see the whole 2(007) thing. Gimmicky release dates are glorious things...

Great blog, Danny -- have enjoyed reading it immensely this past year.

Merry Christmas!

Danny Stack said...

Cheers all. Have a fun festive period, whatever you get up to! And see you in Cannes, if not before...

wcdixon said...

Happy Holidays sir!

Optimistic_Reader said...

Merry Christmas Danny, and thanks for a year of informative and insightful blog posts!

Good Dog said...

Writers of the Year - Purvis & Wade

...and Paul Haggis, surely.

Anyway, have a Good Christmas. Best for the New Year.

Lee said...

Merry Christmas, Danny. Have a great 2007.

Danny Stack said...

Yeah, was going to mention Haggis but thought I'd stick to a UK bias instead!

Tiago said...

Happy Christmas Danny.
I'm a long time lurker and wanna be scriptwriter. First I read you in Portugal, but now I'm studying in Bournemouth. Maybe I'll see you around!
Cheers.

Moviequill said...

Happy Holidays

Anonymous said...

Good work all-round Daniel-san, one of many young readers/screenwritings I'm sure to have learnt a lot from your Miyagi-like bloggings in 2006.

May 2007 brings us all 3-picture deals with major studios!

Happy Christmas,

Evan L-D

Fran said...

Danny - thanks for all your hard work on this blog. It is valued - and appreciated.

Fran

Tim Clague said...

Danny - lets get a plan together for Cannes 07. I think its going to be massive. We may need a special blog pavilion!

Sam Morrison said...

Merry Christmas Danny! This year we will claim the world. I have bought the airline tickets and the cheese wire. Steel yourself.

Bang2Write said...

You clearly need piano wire my friend like Keanu Reeves in THE WATCHER. This way the Dev Execs will be too scared to say no...