Jim Reaper

This week, instead of a self-contained two page story I am introducing a character from something longer that I am working on.

This is the first scene from a feature, I wonder if anyone can guess what might happen in the rest of the film from these two pages. What type of film does it suggest to you?

Anyway, I hope you like it.

Jim Reaper

Guest Script: Big Me

This week’s guest script is from a writer by the name of Christopher Taylor, a chap I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting but who describes himself as someone who  “Has lived in Berlin for 3 years. Studied in Perth. Is devilishly handsome, bullshit talented and lazy as fuck.” so I like him.

I also like his two pager, which he introduces here:

This script is the opening scene of a story that began in my head as a feature film, moved on to become my (unfinished) first novel and now bangs around in my head from time to time begging to be completed in one form or the other.
I found the two page limit to be very challenging (at one point wondering if anyone out there in cyberspace had a “threepagesaweek” blog) but I’m quite happy with the finished product. I guess the point of the two page script is to tighten everything up and ensure that as a writer I am able to ruthlessly cut what is unnecessary.

It was great being able to reconnect with these characters that had been left in hard drive hibernation for the past few years, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Europa

Another week where I was down to the wire and writing three scripts in various stages late Tuesday night.

I decided to abandon all three and do a rewrite of one that was sitting in my ‘work in progress’ folder. I suspect it won’t be the last time that folder gets me out of a jam.

It’s a science fiction script as requested by a reader.

Hope you like it.

Europa

No Spring Chicken

This is an idea that has been swimming in my head for a long time now. I’ve been wanting to write a boxing match for a while and would love to have spent a few more pages to it.

This raises the question, though, of how detailed one should make action description. I’m certainly no boxer and am sure any fight choreographer could come up with a much more dynamic fight than I ever could but for me a few moments were important as transitions. I have left it pretty lean, mostly due to page restriction.

Hope you like it.

Oh, and yes, they’re characters from Neighbours. Why not eh?

No Spring Chicken

Guest Script: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

This week’s guest script is another corker from director Téja Hudson. It’s a punchy little piece that promises a lot more. Here’s Téja’s brief introduction:

This script is actually Rob’s fault; we were playing a game where he would name two famous actors and a location and I would have to come up with an idea for a scene using them all. I liked this one so much I had to write it down, and am now contemplating a follow up, (since it doesn’t seem to quite stand alone). Extra points go to anyone who can guess the two actors Rob gave me…

Hope you like it as much as I did.

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

An Audience With Madam Satomi

I noticed once I had written the first draft of this week’s script that it owes a subconscious debt to my good friend Timothy Merks and if you’re familiar with his films you’ll realise why once you read it.

This story was also inspired by my last visit to the local pool. While doing laps I was swimming behind a woman who had a beautiful full-back geisha tattoo. The tattoo gave me the eye every time the swimmer came up for breath and it gave the impression of someone swimming towards me without ever getting closer. So that was weird.

Hope you like it.

An Audience With Madam Satomi