Things I Achieved in 2005:
- My first feature script, Severance, was filmed (okay, I didn't achieve the filming, but it's the biggest news of the year, so I'm counting it)
- Sold a pitch outline/treatment for a movie - yes, the secret is out, Curfew sold, so I've been working on a new outline for the lovely people who bought it. If all goes well and they like what they see, it'll go to script, and then Another Big Movie will happen! Wahey!
- Co-wrote a short film (should be filming in Jan/Feb)
- Met other writers
- Pulled out of an adaptation thing that was turning into a "hey, write it for nothing, we'll pay you later" type of thing - I really wanted to work on it, but wasn't prepared to be taken advantage of (I'll tell the full story next year, it's a shocker)
- Pitched to a Very Big Film Company, got a deal, then pulled out because it wasn't what we'd agreed
- Finally realised that I deserve to be In The Room (the movie-making room), and regained my confidence
- Started getting some much needed exercise, walked a lot, and lost a stone in weight
- Wrote some DVD extras and did my first DVD interview (for Severance)
Things I Messed Up:
- The adaptation thing. Should have been firm with the guy right from the start, but didn't realise how dodgy things were getting.
- My general behaviour - I've been far too obsequious and unassertive, and I've lost out because of it.
Things I Have Learned:
- Characters and background first, then plot - it's so much easier that way round
- It's a lot harder to sell an outline, than a script
- Shorter, shorter, shorter - you can always trim more stuff out of a script or outline, it's always too long
- Everyone else is pretty much making it up as they go along, too - not just me
- No matter how nice movie/TV people seem - Don't. Fucking. Trust. ANYONE. Most of them are decent people, but some of them are fucking evil, greedy sharks in human form, that will slice open your kidneys with a homemade shiv if you give them half a chance. Even the nice ones who you're friendly with are looking out for their career, not yours.
Things I Want To Do In 2006:
- Become a better writer
- Sell another movie
- Write two full spec scripts, and just write more in general
- Go to a film festival to plug Severance
- Write an episode of Doctor Who (fuck it, aim high)
- Do a DVD commentary
- Get fitter, and lose more weight
- Write shorter blog entries
Happy Whatever you celebrate, and if you don't celebrate anything, Happy Several Days Off Work. Let's kick 2006's ass...