As mentioned in my last post, I will be concentrating on new projects this year. The first one is the priority as it has already been in the hands of a producer who liked it, was very interested in making it if they could get the funds, however, it did need a little rewrite and the funds never materialised. I will be working on this again in the next couple of weeks and hopefully get it back into the hands of that producr as well as sending it out to film makers via my agent. All I will say for now its a feature film, a psycological thriller and its working title is Tim.
I have mentioned Tim in the past, I wont go into details, all I will say it is about how two men from different backgrounds deal with the loss of their family and how events bring them together.
Yes, I know I have done this before, promised to keep the blog up to date and not done so. This time its different. Last year the blog was set up to show the progress that I make with trying to break into the film and TV industry as a writer. After a few early successes, such as getting a full promo trailer created and getting a few new leads in the industry, it has of course, proved very difficult. However, this year is going to be different, with it being January i have a new invigoration around me that means I am determined to do something this year to progress in my writing, no matter how big or small. Unfortunately this may mean that projects I have been pushing for the past few years are going to on a temporary hiatus untill I can get back to them.
Another thing that will be different from this blog, I am actually going to blog stuff!! Mainly because things move so slow in my endeavors to get any i have written produced, and the blog suffers for that, so I am going to blog more of my thoughts, complaints, funny shenanigans and general Milburness throughout the year, just to try to break things up a little bit and of course to try to help build the blog up a little more!
So expect to see a lot more posts soon!!
Was going through some of my past art work that I have stored away on my home computer, and came across this sketch. Now, the story behind this was I was working for Jobcentre Plus at the time. I was not happy in my job role so I was contacting other companies about possible work opportunities and applying for jobs. I was on the phone (on hold typically) when I doodled the picture below. I think I was in the mind set that I had sold my soul to the government and I would be stuck working as a civil servant for the rest of my life. And low and behold that is how the concept for Devil Makes Work was created, I actually liked the picture so I coloured it in, and scanned it for prosperity, and I still have it. Amazing what you keep really isn’t it!
This was done waaaaay back in 2006!!! The birth of Stan Mathews and Devil Makes Work.
Just thought I would share news that I have completed a pilot for a new project. I’m going to play this one a little bit closer to the chest that I have done with Devil Makes Work. As I have said before the main reason for this blog is to show the journey an average, 9-5 joe bloggs nobody like has taken to get his work HOPEFULLY produced into a fully fledged TV series, which is why I’m so open with DMW.
HOWEVER, this new project will remain secret. All I will say is that it is a comedy series of a subject matter that is very close to my heart. It is also a live action series as oppose to animation, and I have it in mind as a 6 part series, but NOT a sit-com. The pilot is with a number of people right now to be reviewed and I’m just waiting on feedback and notes. I will keep you updated as to its progress but its content shall remain a secret 😉
A animation model sheet by Kenneth Anderson of Satan.
Some interesting news. Another production company has shown interest in Devil Makes Work and we are in initial ‘chat’ phase at the moment. They seem to like the concept and the way DMW looks. An added bonus is they can help with pitching and financing as well as having an office in England. So fingers crossed this could be the break that DMW has been looking for. In the meantime I have been working on my new project and have almost completed the pilot scripts first draft.
Really, I should be ashamed of myself. Cant believe its been 4 months since I last posted!! Please, if you see me in the street, feel free to give me a slap for being so lazy. All I can say is sorry. HOWEVER, all that has changed, I will be back to blogging as normal or at least once a week! I often rant on Facebook, which may be a reason why I am losing friends at an alarming rate! So I may use this blog to do that! I wont be doing that just yet mind, I will save that for later in the week. I will though, offer a quick update on some of my projects!
Devil Makes Work
There really hasn’t been any progress to talk about, the company that expressed an interest in doing the pilot animation are going through some changes so its unlikely they will be getting involved any time soon, plus, due to where they are based, we would have to record all the sound in the UK before sending it to the company who are overseas. This of course, is holding things up as well. I am hopeful of some progress soon.
I have not heard back from the production company that again expressed an interest in this script. I will be getting in touch at some point this week and see if we can work together.
Playing the Game
The script is still in the development stage and I got some very positive feedback to help me develop the screenplay from an industry producer. This is on the back-burner as…..
… I begin work on a new project. I will not be revealing anything about this. The initial hope for this blog was to show my progress from every day 9-5 working nobody to TV and Film writer, for this I am using the progress of the above scripts. This new project however is just for me, something that I will work on, develop and hopefully get produced. Of course if it is picked up by a network / producer then all will be revealed.
GOOD TO BE BACK!