Sunday, January 27, 2013

Quick Update

It seems I've been a little remiss with my blogging duties lately. A quick update appears to be in order.

Full-time employment has been hectic. Which is good because if I'm going to have to work 8 hours a day then don't let me be bored. I also hate routine. Actually, I'm quite enjoying it but still not used to the early starts and can't for the life of me go to bed at a respectable hour on a "school night". Having money again though is fabulous - paid a $1000 off my credit card after the last (monthly) pay day. Also get to go see movies at the cinema again!

To the writing.

Working on the next draft of the thriller script which will have a public reading currently earmarked for 27 March through PAC Script Lab. Very excited about this and starting to get into a groove with the rewrite. More details to come and the hard deadline is a good incentive to balance my work and creative commitments.

The second Filmbites short I scripted finally wrapped and the edit is being done in LA by an ex-pat who has worked as an assistant editor on such films as Avatar. Very happy about this.

Two short scripts are currently with directors. A second draft of the ostensibly zombie short was delivered last weekend and the other script is awaiting notes from that director. Who, as an aside, asked if I could send an editable file so they could work on it. The short, sharp reply: "you director, me writer." Nice try but I don't think so!  

Other than that I haven't been writing many paid scenes or doing script notes as I simply don't have the time and don't need the money anymore. However, I wrote a nice little scene for the lead actress from the CIT short for her show reel which looks like it could be shot through one of the film institutions. Also had a request to do a polish of one of the scenes I wrote for another actor as a paid gig so those things occasionally come up.

I'm enjoying the sporadic conversations with the couple of young writers I have a de facto mentor role with. Even though work has cramped my meeting style! Finally, I am keen to see the progress of the short films I've had some minor involvement with last year as either script editor or by giving notes. There might be a raft of these being completed soon and can't wait to see how they turn out.

Working again means I have to narrow my focus and that may not be a bad thing at all. Excited about the feature and encouraged by the director interest in the couple of shorts which will get prepped for funding rounds.

What's everyone else been up to?

**Addendum: I wrote a guest blog for actor Molly Kerr about actors working with writers which you can read here.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Local West Australian Theatre - 2012

As I've said before, what's the point of having a blog if you can't throw a little love to your, in this instance, acting friends.

The local night of nights for amateur theatre in Western Australia, the Robert Finley Awards, was held last night. While I haven't seen the winners (or even nominations) yet, here were my favourites during 2012.

Clearly it is not all encompassing (perhaps only 'Gordon the Optom' could do such a list) but these are the ten plays and musicals I enjoyed most during 2012.

However, to all the actors, playwrights and crew involved in local theatre, congratulations and much appreciation on a great year in increasingly difficult circumstances.

1. Enron - WAAPA
2. The Day The Sky Turned Black - Ali Kennedy Scott
3. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Upstart Theatre Company
4. Jack the Ripper: The Musical - Koorliny Arts Centre
5. Mine - WAYTCo
6. Hairspray: The Broadway Musical - Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
7. The Way of Us - Curtin University
8. A Slice of Saturday Night - Kelete Theatre Company
9. Missing - The Blue Room
10. Noises Off - Camelot Theatre

Here's to another great year in 2013!

Remember, Fringe starts soon so take the chance to see the fabulous talent on offer in Perth.

For more reviews go to Perth Theatre Reviews.