Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Meh.

Finally heard back from the film company about my screenplay... and it's a no-go. Seems it fell between two stools in terms of budget, which isn't that surprising, as it's what I've been hearing from other companies as well. Too many special effects needed for it to be low-budget, too 'charactery'* to be big budget (ie. there's no real room for a star in a major role).

Of course you always wonder if you're being shielded from the real reaction, and start envisioning hysterical laughter, copies of your script being sent out as 'how-not-to's' and so one, but in this case I had a bit of a dialogue going with one of the film company's producers, so I can take this as a fairly accurate assessment. The question is now, do I re-write it accordingly so as to get it at least in a recognizeable budget bracket? It's tricky, as that goes against all my instincts, mainly because rewrites come perilously close to 'actual work', but now I've spent some time away from it, the third act does go completely haywire, so taking another pass at it could certainly do some good... Agent Ginny is going to run it past some in-the-biz-types she knows, and see what they make of it.

Anyway, it's all go for GW at the moment, as it really needs to get finished soon (and we've been saying that since December, but now it really needs to get finished, so that's going to have to take priority. And I certainly want to make some headway on the Viking Heist Movie before any rewrites on the old one, otherwise I can see me spending my entire screenwriting career endlessly rewriting the same piece for no money, which is kind of the opposite of what you're supposed to be doing.

Fortunately there's another couple more film meetings coming up, and a New Zealand-based company are looking for writers for a spooky kid's series about evil spirits, so that sounds fun.

*Well to be fair, no-one's said that specifically.

Trouble with writers is that they'll tell you why they were rejected for stuff and frame the discourse so as to always sound like the rejected hero from an Arthurian romance, whereas in reality, we're all scruffy liars and thieves who think the world owes us a living.

10 comments:

Maud said...

Well, that sounds promising. And yes, do finish GW asap, or the fangirls will come after you.

And you don't want to mess with the fangirls.

james henry said...

Indeed not.

emma said...

Little children and evil spirits.
Let me be the first to say that sounds rather promising! and yes you really don't want to mess with the fangirls. Or else there'll be trouble ahead...

belladona said...

I wrote a note in my diary on the way here. Simply says 'Bugger'.

cello said...

Yeh, it's a pain James. But the fact they are having meaningful dicussions with you means that it's not a rejection, just work in progress.

Mind you, the spooky kids' thing sounds fun and right up your street. I have been re-reading 'The Curious Cabinet' and checking out all the book references and you are clearly the best read expert on children's fantasy fiction.

james henry said...

Ah, but have you worked out the origins of The Prototype yet? If it's any help, you find out later that the registration is 'GEN I', and it was previously used purposes officially described as Secret...

Sparkling said...

"Too 'charactery'"? Sounds like there is no room to be different in your industry. I'm so glad I only have a boring office job!

KOTWF said...

Thought this might be useful in your Viking Heist endeavors...

http://www.art-with-attitude.com/village/viking_names.html

james henry said...

Great stuff! Thanks v. much Mr King Of The.

Maud said...

Mmmm, Blackadder references.