Update: The film company like the script and I’ve also sent them a Visual Narrative. They have asked me along for a meeting with a ‘bigger cheese’ to discuss working with experienced professionals. These may include a writer and director who will mentor my less experienced small team. Critically, we have secured an adequate budget.
I’ve been reworking the script and have created visuals for the characters and for the scene where the story is set.
We have, potentially, a couple of actors in mind who are known to us. Watch for an update next month.
Meanwhile… if any actors are interested (for a very modest fee) and available for a couple of days in the London area (timescale as yet unknown), the role descriptions are below!
- Male, mid-40s to mid-50s, London accent
- Male, late-20s to mid-30s, London accent
- Female, over-50 (non-speaking)
- Female, over-60 (non-speaking)
- Male, mature, for voice-over (think John Motson)
I read somewhere that a screenplay should be 80 – 120 pages and will typically take about three months to complete a reasonable first draft. Add on another month for improvements and rewrites.
Of course, professionals writing for a TV company often have less than a week per episode but I’m a long way from that level! I have managed 8 pages for my short film – it was about a page longer but now it’s better quality. Based on the guidelines I was taught, 8 pages = 8 minutes of screen time.
- According to Sundance: “a film that’s less than ten minutes has double the chances of being programmed” – so that’s good.
- According to Hollyshorts; “You might find yourself in more festivals if you make a 5 minute short versus a 15 minute one” – also good.
And there’s some interesting stuff in this blog post from the New York Film Academy.
Meanwhile, I’ve progressed from the initial script approval to being asked to prepare a presentation for a pitch to investors and actors. I need to consider a time era and include a wish list of who I’d like to see perform the various roles.
It’s starting to get interesting!