Monday, January 16, 2012


I'm now entering the part of the screenplay I always struggle with, the section just after the midway point where the inspiration suddenly dries up and things almost come to a stop. Luckily with this screenplay I have more ideas for this section than can possibly fit, so I know my real problem will be what to cut out.

The other problem I have is that the second half of this feature is set in a hospital and there is a great danger that it could get very talky. I've got to keep on my toes and keep thinking visual to stop it turning into something all too common in many screenplays I read. It's not too bad in TV scripts to have a lot of talk, but in features it's a killer. Being visual is the key.

On a separate note I would like to congratulate Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Steve Thompson, Toby Haynes and Paul McGuigan for bringing us the FABULOUS Sherlock. Last night's episode written by Steve Thompson and directed by Toby Haynes was spellbinding TV and an example of genius writing, the kind that makes the rest of us writers look distinctly average. You are all incredibly talented bastards and I thank you for such glorious entertainment.

Right I have a cup of tea, the eldest is at nursery and the youngest is having his morning nap - time to get to it!


Dominic Carver said...

I'm writing a very emotionally complex scene where one of the main characters has to reveal the truth about her attacker to his friend, then defend him when the friend casts him off.

It's a tough one and I probably won't get it right first time, but it's fantastic to get my teeth into it.

Dominic Carver said...

I'm just wondering if I'm boring anyone with this yet?

It sounds interesting to me, but then I'm the one writing it. Is the constant blogging while I write this screenplay helpful, or just plain annoying? Would be wonderful to know.

Dominic Carver said...

Some good stuff written and what I think is an epic visual scene.

See you all tomorrow.