Tuesday, March 01, 2005

MEETINGS

Just when I decided that my Romey Loves Jools script was reading too much like a one-off rather than a potential opener for a series, I had a call from Agent Ginny. Apparently the script had landed on the desk of a production company just as they'd had a call from BBC3 about the possibility of commissioning some modern-day takes on Shakespeare plays as part of an upcoming Shakespeare season. So we had a meeting, which is always fun. Early days yet, but you never know.

Also, this company are pretty keen on letting the writer take a stake in the production, which in the case of R+J is pretty important - I've got a very specific idea of the style which would best suit it, and the music I'd like to use (costumes and sets like a BBC Shakespeare production, directed like an episode of 'Friends' (but without the canned laughter) and with an electropop soundtrack going in and out like an episode of 'Spaced'). And once you've made what is effectively a pilot by the back door, there's a much higher chance of it being taken up as a series.

All this is extremely unlikely, to be honest - a more realistic but still optimistic scenario is that the R+J scripts acts as enough of a foot in the door to allow me to pitch an idea for a new script that's more suited to what they want. I'd love a crack at a modern-day Midsummer Night's Dream....

The other useful meeting I had whilst up in London Village (my hotel was just off London Street, which I particularly liked) took place at eight o'clock in the morning, in the snow. I turned up at Talkback only to find that whoever was supposed to open up had been incapacitated by either alcohol, or the snow, or both, leading to a small group of early-rising types huddled together on the steps while we waited for the Person With The Spare Key. One of the people I was talking to was married to a kid's TV producer, so he suggested I send off my CV to her on the off-chance, which, once I we'd gained access to the building, I duly did. Again, no idea if anything'll come of it, but it's always nice to open an email with "I was chatting to your husband early this morning while we were both standing outside in the snow....'. Has a pleasantly Spartan feel to it, lending a manliness that is so often regrettable in its absence in my communications. Most of which start with 'Hello Petal' and get increasingly whoopsie-ish from then on.

WAYS TO SPEED UP A MEANDERING WORKSHOP No. 1

Glare at actors over the lid of your laptop and say sternly- 'I came all the way in for Cornwall for this, you know.'

It went a bit quiet, and for a moment I thought I might have gone too far, but we did get back on track after that. It did slightly backfire the next day though, when I was trying to suggest some improvements to a scene in a vague and not-quite-making-any-sense sort of way, and one of the actors looked at me and said - 'I' came all the way from Camden for this, you know'. So it might have been sort of a one-shot deal.

LINKS NOTE:

Due to me deleting the old blog in a fit of grumpiness, the old links in the profile page no longer work. Fortunately I had backed everything up against me having one of my eppy fits, and have now uploaded it all to the james-henry.co.uk site. So the links in the sidebar over the right under 'old stuff' are still active, for what it's worth.

14 comments:

JonnyB said...

Oh good oh - welcome back. I came all the way from Norfolk... etc.

james henry said...

cheers matey

Lizzy said...

Ooh! Congrats on the possible wotsit-thingy. Romey Loves Jools sounds cool, and I now have an image of Courtney Cox tripping over a Shakespearean dress running around in my brain...

Hee!

Maud said...

I hope R+J does get made, it looks good. Definitely the sort of thing I'll watch.

Sal said...

the alternative is to simply say "guys! we're meandering a bit here. should we take a 5 minute break or something?"

james henry said...

Mmm, tried that about a year ago. The mistake would be applying 'logic' to 'actors'. Bless them. Although, some of the best stuff came from improv, so to be fair, they are sort of professional meanderers.

Roley said...

Hey, I'm new to this blogging thing, so forgive me if someone's asked you this months ago. Why isn't GW on DVD yet? I'm dying to watch it again. it was the best thing I'd seen on tv in years and i could certainly do with the laughs at the moment....

Ruth said...

It's good to have your blog back (and the old posts too) - your blog's always highly entertaining and a pleasure to read. =)

Good luck with the BBC and Romey Loves Jools. I hope it works out someway positively for you. =)

BiScUiTs said...

Hello, welcome back!

irony in motion said...

Good luck with Romey and Jools, it sounds really good. (And I liked The Library Wolves!)

Who said 'I came all the way from Camden for this'?

Miss Moon said...

Yey. Glad you are back - sometimes it's good to have a break. Romey and Jools is a fab idea - I hope something works out for you with the beeb. :-)

patroclus said...

Gosh, I'm very late to the party, as usual. It's somehow very reassuring to have you back among us, James. The blogosphere is all the richer for it. And best of luck with R+J, will keep my fingers crossed for you!

BiScUiTs said...

I keep thinking R+J stands for Richard and Judy. I can see myself becoming very confused in the near future, or now even.

Kt said...

My most successful one in meetings with clients who are too easily distracted is "Don't worry about me - I'm happy to sit here and daydream - you're paying me by the hour after all."