50 DAYS, 50 TASKS
ON DAY 50 KILL YOURSELF
Ok, this one's truly DISTURBING.
I read an article about an online suicide game called 'THE BLUE WHALE GAME' that targets lonley young people and, allegedly, manipulates them into killing themselves. I figured it had to be bullshit, but was an AMAZING idea for a low-budget, psychological horror film in the vein of IT FOLLOWS,
I wrote a short to expore the idea, but found the process of researching the subject profoundly disturbing and had to stick it in a drawer for a year before contemplating tackling a feature version.
I believe DAY 50 is the most commmercial idea I've ever come up with, but I realised that, because of the subject matter, I'd have to direct it myself.
I'm currently writing the feature version 'on-spec' and, when that's done, I'll make the short and get it out there as a PROFF OF CONCEPT.
Give it a read and let me know if you want to see it.
BLACK & WHITE is a about a loving couple who's commitment to each other is pushed to the limits when one of them contracts a deadly disease; the problem is ... they're VAMPIRES and the disease is MORTALITY.
I tried reading TWILIGHT and failed because it's absolute CRAP.
I wondered if I could come up with a better, more original take on a Vampire love-story and began to think about the ways love can be tested, and the most extreme one I could come up with is illness, but Vampires don't get sick!?
Well, what if one did?
And what if the 'disease' turned them human?
How would your eternal lover deal with that?
I thought it was original and interesting enough to explore, and wrote a short. And then a feature treatment as it felt way to big for a short, but, I have to admit, I think it's probably even bigger than a feature, and it's probably a novel.
Either way, it PISSES all over Twilight.
ALIENS INVADE THE EARTH BY
RE-ANIMATING THE DEAD
Shorts are GREAT!
You get a mad idea, like ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, bangt it out in an afternoon to see if it works and i fit does you've got yourself a calling card script.
And, if the idea's REALLY strong, you get the short made and you've got a 'PROOF OF CONCEPT' for a much more ambitious feature film that has a real chance of being picked up.
Just look at DAVID SANDBERG.
For me, ZA is better suited to COMICS than as film as the script woudl be too expensive to film. So, to test that idea, I worked with the amazing team over at FUTUREQUAKE to get it published.
That proved it could work as a comic, and I'm now on the look-out for the right artist who's up for exploring the mad world I'vew got in my head and is ambitious as I am.
Get in touch if that sounds like you.
ARE YOU REALLY READY TO CALL
A couple of years back I was approached by an old friend who'd moved to Hollywood and wanted to make a horror short. He'd worked with several US based writers who'd spent months talking, but hadn't done a whole lot of actual writing, and he was getting frustrated.
That's not me.
I believe in doing rather than talking and to prove it, I sat down after our first story conference and knocked out a horror short called RELAPSE.
My friend was floored by my professionalism and how polished the script was for a first draft. We didn't pursue it for various reasons, but I thought it'd be interesting to post it as an example of a FIRST DRAFT and I think I'm going ot turn it into a SHORT STORY at some point.
Give it a read and let me know what you think.
A SHORT COMEDY ABOUT COCK
I'm a man and, like all men, I've got a complicated relationship with my giggle-stick.
It's always confused me how we, as men, seem to define ourselves by an organ that, in the grand scheme of things, ain't no biggie.
Or maybe it's just me?
Let me know how the script measures up.
A SHORT FILM
Shorts are GREAT.
Did I say that already?
When I was at the NFTS we were told constantly that 'The Industry' would rather see an interesting 'failure' over a dull 'success'. So, to a greater or lesser extent, all my shorts are experiments and the experiment here was to see if I could tell a story without dialogue.
Let me know what you think.
YOU CAN NEVER FIND YOUR WAY HOME
MTS was inspired by an anecdote I heard about famed sci-fi writer PHILIP K DICK.
Phil, a notoriously paranoid man, walked into his bathroom one day and tugged the pull-cord to turn the light on .... and stopped dead, convinced that, until today, there'd always been a light-switch, not a cord.
From this tiny moment, Phil convinced himself that he'd been placed in an alternative reality at some point when he'd been asleep. He spent the next several months trying to 'get home.'
I don't know if he ever made it, but I figured it'd make a great starting point for my Phil Dick homage, MEMANTINE TIME-SLIP.
What do you think?