Film: Idiot Button

Another two pager has been made! This time it’s Idiot Button, made by Damian Mallon and and a group of filmmakers in New Zealand called Bus of the Undead. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Here’s an introduction from Damian:

Having witnessed the variety of scripts and films that came out of the 50 Kisses competition, when I discovered what Robert was doing with Two Pages a Week I decided this was something I should check out.

As I read through the scripts, some jumped out and presented me some strong visuals, and I dutifully started showing them around the BOTU crew.

Other than our Annual Christmas Video the crew hadn’t shot anything since our 50 Kisses films last year and, with the Rialto Channel 48 Hour Film Competition not far off, Two Pages A Week offered us a chance to start getting back into the swing of things.  Idiot Button had a simple set up and I had access to a large elevator – it seemed like the perfect fit.

We’d recently acquired a Zoom H4n for sound and this was its shakedown voyage (learnt some things – doing it better now). It was also my first time solo directing (learnt some things – doing it better now).

The principal shoot took place back in April but coordinating equipment, crew, cast and weather to film the exterior cutaways proved difficult.  Then, after the footage was ‘in the can’, things got busy and post production didn’t really start happening until September.

We had a great time making Idiot Button and we’ve certainly got our eye on a couple of Robert’s other scripts for the BOTU treatment in future.  Enjoy.

I Remember a Lot of Octobers

After breakfast, Mara decides how to spend the rest of her day.

One of the things I like about two page scripts (and shorts in general) is that there is no set structure. There can be two broad acts (set up, pay off), three traditional acts, open with a question and explore the answer, a tiny moment with a character or, as in this case, it could end with a question.

Hope you enjoy it.

I Remember a Lot of Octobers

Winter’s Dream

Winter discusses his odd recurring dream with his friends.

This week’s script, like Jim Reaper and Falling Into the Sky, is a small part of something bigger. In this case it belongs to a feature that I am actively developing, we are introduced to our hero and the odd world he is a part of. This scene probably isn’t one that will end up in the script but I wanted to take the characters out for a bit of fresh air and a run around.

The feature is a comedy about fatherhood, both biological fatherhood and within the makeshift families we build around us. It’s also about love, dreams, madness and Shakespeare.

Please note that as this is a part of a feature script I am working on I am not making it available to be made.

Hope you like it.

Winter’s Dream

Ignavi

Three Roman legionnaires wonder whether the Imperial army is really for them.

I’m back from my hiatus with not one but TWO two pagers. A huge thanks to Téja Hudson and Alexa Brown for helping out while I was gone.

These scripts are two parts of the same story, I feel like this is the beginning of the emotional journey for these characters. Given more room it would have been a lot more about the interaction between the three. This story (so far) is about ideas of pacifism and non-violence and I wanted to compare patriotism to religious zealotry.

Also I wanted them to be fun and funny.

Hope you enjoy them.

Ignavi 1

Ignavi 2

Guest Script: The Audition

A hopeful actress attends a rather unorthodox audition for a horror film.

Guest two pager Alexa Brown is back with another corker. Alexa and I have been working together on a webseries for the last year and a half or so and I have really enjoyed writing with a partner, we have tended to push each other creatively and I am very proud of the work we’ve done together.

Here’s Alexa’s introduction.

Rob and I have been working for some time on a web-series centered around the life of actor and her various struggles with the pursuit of her ambition. Although we’ve nearly finished, we’ve been struggling to rewrite an early and important scene about an audition our main character fucks up. To free us up from the existing characters and structure of our comedy drama, Rob suggested I wrote an entirely different audition-based two pager. Just for fun. This is the result.

Hope you like it!

The Audition