Thursday, 2 April 2009

War epics

It's been a busy week for me - hence the time since the last post. What with more organising of MICHAEL'S RESIGNATION and other projects as well as uni work and my part-time job, there hasn't been too much time for blogging. But guess what - I've got 2 weeks off from uni! Yay for me! I'll be doing uni work in the first week, but week 2 is all for writing, which will be nice and relaxing. Or do I mean insanely stressful.....? I'll also have some time for a social life, fancy that!

Anyway, for some random reason, I decided I'd like to write a war epic. I'm not talking about a film, I'm talking about a mini-series - think BAND OF BROTHERS set in a futuristic war with Brits. I spent a long time last night brainstorming...oops...sorry...mind mapping. Actually, my name for this is this - you're not doing a brainstorm, your doing a creative diagram. Sounds fancy and bullshitty yes? Good.

Anyway, I want my war epic to consist of 10 one-hour episodes, showing the adventures of a platoon in a futuristic war. That means at least 600 pages of warfare writing. Stupidly difficult but so much fun!

I've already decided that there will be no fancy laser guns or plasma grenades. For all intensive purposes, this is a brutal, realistic and risky futuristic war series.

I don't have a solid story yet (or even their primary, series mission) but there are a few ideas floating around. I enjoy the (cliched) idea of the band of soldiers having to retrieve some vital piece of info and escape enemy lines. But that's been done too many times. The plan now is to use that and exploit it, maybe adapting the idea or throwing it out the window early on.

Anyway, that's what I'm gradually working on at the moment.

In other news, I joined this facebook group Film Blogs. It does what it says on the tin. The creator saw my blog and decided to tell the rest of the group about it, which is always flattering. I urge you to join the group and network - a very useful tool and a great community.

I also received an e-mail from a chappy, asking me to read through his script to add an English perspective to it. Again, rather flattering and it shows that someone out there is actually reading all these random blog posts. So readers - I thank you.

At uni, I'm writing a script for one of my modules. Apparently I'm on track for a good grade in that, which bores well for next year; instead of writing a 10,000 word dissertation, I'm handing in one of my feature scripts. It's already in the first draft so I'm about two months ahead of everyone else. Mua haha. Mine is an evil laugh!

I think that's it really; lots going on and it's all good fun. Now back to some uni work and random messages with the MR crew. Have a shiny day.


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