Reading Scripts

Tips for Producers and Scriptwriters: read many many screenplays.

One of the best things I took away from the Producing Masterclass last weekend is an outline of the 5 stages of producing films. I am at stage 1. I really appreciated getting a roadmap to advancing through to stage 5.

Some of the tips for stage 1 Producers were:

  • Read 100 produced scripts
  • Read 100 unproduced scripts

See what got made. See what didn’t get made (or what hasn’t been made yet). The aim is to get to the point where you’re bored reading scripts. Then the good ones will jump out at you (‘hmm … I’m at page 15 and I’m still reading and interested …’). Read the bad ones so you know or can work out what makes a bad script.

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Film, study, and assorted things

Lots on at the moment. A breakdown (of what’s on. Not in me. Not just yet. I don’t have time to breakdown).

There aren’t enough hours in the day. I suppose to make my blog more interesting, I should have done more regular posts on each of the things below. I simply don’t have time. So this is what I’m working on now…

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My Mac has died!

My Mac has died. GAH!

[insert frustrated cry here!]

The mac has decided to not turn on. Two days ago, I went to turn it on. After 2 minutes, the screen turned to black and I couldn’t do anything. Twice. The next day I turned it on. Within 10 seconds, the screen turned to white, and I couldn’t do anything. Yesterday I turned it on. I didn’t even get to the desktop: the screen turned to black, and, again, I couldn’t do anything.

This is a bad time. I’ve got a script to rewrite urgently; I’ve got to work on my research project for a meeting with my superviser; and I can’t have any skype meetings. Grar! I finally finished the ‘Harmless’ DVDs for Cast and Crew, but can’t burn off more until the computer is fixed. I also am starting teaching dance classes this week, but can’t burn off the new CDs that I was working on until the computer is fixed. Oh yes, and a friend is writing music for FAWM, and asked if I could record some of the songs for her.

So, apologies to anyone who needs things from me urgently that I need my computer for. I probably can’t do it until I get it fixed or replaced.

I got the Mac from the Mac Store in 2008. I’ve got to work out whether to get it looked at by the Mac Store in Wellington, or return it to the web people to look at (does that mean shipping to China?). And I may have to look at insurance. GAH!

Oh yes, and this is in addition to my email account having issues, and not receiving emails.

In the meantime, I’ll be using the computer at work for personal things during my breaks. Hence, short posts. See ya.

Advertising for Crew

Two films that I am producing (The Lake and The Bonsai Tree) have placed crew calls; one has placed a casting call. Please read on for details.

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Hi all,

Two films that I am producing are currently advertising for crew, and one is advertising for cast. Please do feel free to share this information with any interested parties based in Wellington.

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