Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Nightmares to come

I've now done 2 days on my Screen Writing course with Douglas Dougan, who certainly has the credentials to teach, but not all people who have good credentials are good teachers... luckily Douglas is very good indeed.

The past 48 hours have been spent looking at what makes a good short film, thinking up a 10 minute film, talking about how to make it do the trick and watching loads of world class short films. It's fired me up so much that I woke up at 5 this morning and wrote and wrote, which is something I haven't done for quite a while. It's good to be back doing that.

The only thing I wasn't keen on was watching a horror film at midday today. Especially because it was a 'good' one and has therefore stuck in my mind, which I wish it hadn't done. I came home to watch Olympic cycling and I'm hoping Laura Trott's and Chris Hoy's gold medals will erase the memory of 'Ten Steps', but my record for bad dreams after watching horror is not the best.

I know an artist has to struggle for their art, but nowhere did it say bad dreams would be par for the course!


  1. The course sounds great Vee. I wonder if the requirements for making a good short film are similar to those of a short story?

    I guess if you can't sleep tonight, you'll just have to write instead.

  2. I am really pleased to hear of writing and writing.
    Does Hollywood beckon?

  3. Well Karen, I think there are some requirements that are the same e.g. inciting incident, having the main character going through some kind of change, no matter how minimal. Where it's totally different is in film it has to be totally visual and not dialogue based and has to be how the audience 'get it' without the writer spelling it out. I'm finding it fascinating and by watching all the films and how others have dealt with how to get their point across visually is so different for me. Lots more to learn!

  4. Sounds great Vee.The course and the writing, not the nightmares!

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