OK, updates. What first? Red Planet? 'Kay. We're down to the final shortlist and the judges are trying to decide on the winner. Hopefully, this won't take long but we had lots of fighting talk about the 2nd round scripts, so it won't be any easier choosing an actual winner. Standard really high. Really.
EastEnders? 2nd draft sent in today. Really enjoying my episode, and it's shaping up well (I think) so looking forward to the next stage, fingers and toes crossed. It's not for broadcast until May. May! That's, like, four months away! I'm sure it will creep around quickly enough.
Twitter? I've taken the plunge and signed up to see what it's like. I did have a link to my tweets here but thought that kind of defeated the purpose of the blog proper, so if you'd like to 'follow me', then come on over, the heating's on. I'm still figuring out what Twitter's all about, but so far it seems like harmless fun, and even more procrastination. Winner.
Short film? Wow! Thanks for your donations! Good response to the booklet initiative, too, so that tells me that I should perhaps think of a few more incentives like it, to boost the budget even further. The booklet lists the full contact details of 22 leading film companies in the UK, a must-have if you want to target the real movers and shakers in this country. Some accept unsolicited material, most don't, but for a list of companies where unsolicited material is always welcome, then this link from 2006 is still useful (and popular!).
Next step for the short is to do another pass on the script, and get the key HODs (that's 'Head of Departments', get me) together for pre-production, which should begin in earnest towards the end of the month. I'll be starting my video diary around then. For access to that, you need to donate £25. So, just to remind you, the donations break down like this:
£10 (you get the script, the 'Get Your Movie Made' booklet, and a 'thanks' credit)
£25 (you get the above, a 'special thanks' credit, plus access to a video diary, and a DVD copy of the film)
£50 (you get the above, an 'associate producer' credit, plus an invite to an industry screening)
Simply press the 'Donate' button in the sidebar to make a payment of your choice. I thank you.
It's Valentine's week, so love is most definitely in the air. If you fancied getting your loved one something different this year, me good mate Laurie Peters has designed some special Valentine cards that offer a different perspective on the romantic holiday. Check 'em out!