Archive for June, 2013

June 23rd 2013

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Filmwise: A new writing regime.

As an A Level student, I remember our Irish teacher singing the praises of waking up before dawn for a spot of revision for the exams. The most alluring aspect of his regime for my 19-year-old self was the fact that after a couple of hours of study one would go back to sleep.

Well, with my Cannes-set goal to finish at least two new drafts of the script this side of 2014, this week I was on “dawn-for-a-spot-of-writing” duty.

The first two days went to plan, thanks to my having taken them off work, as part of an extended weekend.

For the remainder of the week, it wasn’t the waking up before dawn element of the regime that was a challenge, fitting enough sleep before and after to function fully at work was.

The upshot of all of this, I am well into the fourth draft of the little girl in Baghdad script, and very much worse for wear.

Peace and love,

Ja‘far

June 16th 2013

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Filmwise: working on the fourth draft of the little girl in Baghdad script. This is shaping up to be a productive month.

Although the spotlight is away from the Cannes documentary, almost on daily basis I keep adding a note-to-self about the areas on the edit that I could expand, as well as those that would benefit from some pruning.

The euphoria of the dawn of the weekend on Friday evenings manifests itself in a whole array of phenomena in London. There are the office workers crowding around pub entrances in the city, a briefcase in one hand and a pint in another; there are the women leaving the office in the evening dress they had carried to work in the morning; there is the alluring possibility of meeting the one for many a romantic in the bars of Soho and the West End.

For me, it is the long unhurried stroll from the City to my place. Depending on the weather, how many pit stops I make for nourishment of the tummy and the eyes – a supermarket for the former and the sights and monuments for the latter – the journey can take between two and three hours.

What I enjoy most about the walk is seeing London through the mobile phones and digital cameras held aloft by tourists before a statue, a bridge, a tower, or even a policeman.

A great start to the weekend.

Peace and love,

Ja‘far

June 9th 2013

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Filmwise: Armed with the mental notes I made of the reactions the pitch of the little girl in Baghdad received at Cannes, I am working my way towards completing the fourth draft of the script.

Over the course of the next two months, the priority will be the script. The Cannes documentary will also receive some attention, with a view to beginning to involve a composer for the sound track by the summer’s end.

An image:

As you may recall from my pre-Cannes blog, I had printed 100 One Sheet copies for the little girl in Baghdad story.

From the very first recipient of these creations, I was given a lesson that I am already putting to use: the One Sheet needs to be two-sided – one for an image and the title, like a film poster, and the other side would include  the blurb.

Yours truly, had turned up with a one-side One Sheet that had every single film executive who came into contact with it go through the motions of “Here is the blurb, let me see the image. Oh, no image!”

To be fair, I had realised the need to have an image on the back – or is it the front? – of the One Sheet, but the moment of recognition was a bit late for making the deadline of getting the print job done and prepare for Cannes. Next time.

Peace and love,

Ja‘far