Strange Connections – My Tenuous Link to Game of Thrones

Science says I am no more than seven steps from Kevin Bacon. Science also says I am probably no more than ten feet from a rat whenever I’m in London. Life, like writing, is full of strange connections. Writing is a predominantly solitary pursuit. Many writers, myself included, clearly feel this isolation. The hashtag, #amwriting, far […]

Offworld Filming is complete (sort of) – here’s what happened.

Terry Cooper has written up a “warts and all” update of how the film shoot went, hot on the heels of the final scenes being “in the can”. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1962670634/offworld-british-scifi-feature-film/posts/1870713 I watched the whole shoot from afar as I was not able to get to the set. It was a strange experience – watching people act […]

It even rains in space – The perils of writing weather on alien worlds

A lot of writers ignore the weather. It’s sunny when things are good. It always rains at funerals. These old tricks are sometimes considered a part of “The Pathetic Fallacy”.  But weather counts, and when you’re screenwriting for outside shoots it’s more than just mood. In a few weeks, my first ever feature length film […]

The Day We Read The Script – First Offworld Round Table

Today was the first Offworld “Round Table Read” – that moment when all the actors have had the script for a little while but are now in the same place at the same time for the first time and start reading out their lines. To all intents and purposes, this was the first time that […]