So what’s been going on in the background recently?
I have been making progress on the Sparrow project, for the uninitiated Sparrow’s Flight is an action movie genre screenplay I wrote a few years ago. After having the story languish inside my head for many years I got hold of some decent screenwriting software and laid it down.
After a rewrite and a bit of tinkering I dared to submit the screenplay to some London agents. Of course screenwriting agents are just as scaredy cat as literary agents so nobody wanted to take a chance this particular chicken or egg.
Rejection letters soon came pouring through the letterbox, I however still believe in the story of Sparrow and even now in those pages I find scenes that play out better than some of the tripe we pay to see.
Fast forward a handful of years and you know the story; New Zealand, Cancer and self publishing ‘Taking Chemo on The Chin’. That exercise gave me an insight to the process and now as I still believe I have a great story, no matter how cheesey it is, I am reviving Sparrow as my next project.
The book is an explanatory discussion of my history with movies and the writing process for the story, coupled with my thoughts on casting, choice of director and industry snobbery. As an added bonus of course is the full screenplay ready for consumption and hopefully to become a cult hit.
The project will be called ‘The Best Bad Movie Never Made’ I hope it will appeal to more than just movie land wannbees and gain a wider audience. Hell if things got viral a studio might even pick it up, how cool would that be?
Current deadline is to be ready for the end of March to submit to an NZ writing competition, if I fall at that gate I will push on and self publish.
Keep watching the skies, because I’m bringing it on.