Archive for February, 2014

February 23rd 2014

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Filmwise: The eighth draft of the little girl in Baghdad script is underway. See below.

Following on from last week’s completion of the seventh draft, I had sent it on to a script reader who’d looked at the second draft last year.

Remarkably, she read the latest version and sent me some truly insightful and instructive notes within two days.

As luck would have, I had taken Thursday and Friday off work this week. So, without further ado, armed with a fresh set of notecards, the feedback pages, and a blue biro, on Thursday I headed to my favourite cafe in my neck of the woods.

Going through the seventh draft, I jotted down the notes and my own impressions and solutions one scene and one notecard at a time.

By the time the cafe staff were almost done cleaning the Faema coffee machine in time for closing, I had used up all of the stack of 100 notecards.

On Friday morning, these were laid neatly on the floor of my room. To celebrate, I lit a little candle (coconut scent).

In the past 72 hours, I have accomplished what normally takes me several weeks or even months; I have produced a new draft of the script.

Now, it’s time to allow the new piece to have some breathing time.

All good.

Peace and love,

Ja‘far

February 16th 2014

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Filmwise: The seventh draft of the little girl in Baghdad script is now penned and on paper.

A long weekend…

As mentioned last week, I have arranged for a couple of extended weekends to work on the new seventh draft.

Well, the time off began this Thursday morning; I was in my kitchen having coffee and enjoying the view from the window. It was a sunny winter’s day.

By lunchtime, I had made a start on the script.

Remarkably, and despite having spent over four years so far with this story, I actually noticed something in the very first act that I had missed all these years.

The following day, I made an earlier start and more writing.

Over the weekend, I reached the last page of the new draft. It looks good.

Will wait for a couple of weeks, before revisiting.

To celebrate the occasion, I headed to my local picture house; “Her” (Dir. Spike Jonze, 2013) comes with a surfeit of ideas, insights and questions about love and relationships. By projecting amorous feelings onto a virtual digital creation, the filmmaker abstracts elements of our inheritance in the realm of love and finding a soulmate. Brilliant.

Peace and love,

Ja‘far

February 9th 2014

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Filmwise: Have made an encouraging start on the seventh draft of the little girl in Baghdad script. Over the next fortnight, I will have a couple of long weekends to plough through the rewrite.

Oceans and rivers…

At university, I read about the myriad effects on the individual of the industrial revolution, and the introduction of affordable mass transport from the countryside and from small communities to the epic cauldrons of humanity that are the mega cities of London, New York, Beijing and Mumbai. One of these effects was how a second grouping, a community, a family almost, begins to form around one at the one place that takes up the lion share of one’s daylight hours – the workplace.

This seems to hold true even more in this post-industrial age and in the 9 to 5 world, where the person seated on the opposite desk is as likely to have crossed an ocean as a river to be here; one seems to spend more time with colleagues than with family members, or even with other friends from one’s non-office life.

Saying farewell to a colleague who has become a friend and an integral part of this second community is sad, naturally.

This week, I joined co-workers at a local drinking establishment to wish a good friend our best as they head to pastures more green.

Strangely, the farewells seemed to bring us all closer together.

Peace and love,

Ja‘far


February 2nd 2014

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
Filmwise: making progress on ideas for the seventh draft of the little girl in Baghdad script.
“New look!”
Long before I started penning the first draft of Mesocafé, I stumbled upon a cafe in my part of London that had that happy medium of friendly staff and reasonable prices.
As the years went by, I would be found at one of my two favourite tables there working on my film thesis. Whenever I felt I had afforded sufficient time to my academic duties, I would fire up Final Draft and start working on the script.
For reasons beyond my control, of late I haven’t had the opportunity to spend any quality time at the cafe. I seem to have been doing more and more of my scriptwriting at home.
Feeling nostalgic, earlier today, I dropped by.
A new face greeted me from behind the counter. The entire coffee crew appears to have been replaced.
Indeed, the whole theme of the coffee shop and decor has been renewed. I actually like the new rustic look. I particularly love the tiled wall on one side of the room.
Noticing my look of discovery, the young woman behind the counter explained, “it’s our new look!”
Peace and love,
Ja’far
Filmwise: making progress on ideas for the seventh draft of the little girl in Baghdad script.
“New look!”
Long before I started penning the first draft of Mesocafé, I stumbled upon a cafe in my part of London that had that happy medium of friendly staff and reasonable prices.
As the years went by, I would be found at one of my two favourite tables there working on my film thesis. Whenever I felt I had afforded sufficient time to my academic duties, I would fire up Final Draft and start working on the script.
For reasons beyond my control, of late I haven’t had the opportunity to spend any quality time at the cafe. I seem to have been doing more and more of my scriptwriting at home.
Feeling nostalgic, earlier today, I dropped by.
A new face greeted me from behind the counter. The entire coffee crew appears to have been replaced.
Indeed, the whole theme of the coffee shop and decor has been renewed. I actually like the new rustic look. I particularly love the tiled wall on one side of the room.
Noticing my look of discovery, the young woman behind the counter explained, “it’s our new look!”
Peace and love,
Ja’far