Abandoned this wee diary for a few weeks. I figured that “walked around the flat in my jammies talking to myself” would get old fairly quickly. Plus it was such a bizarre time, wasn’t it? How do you even begin to articulate this is sort of scary but also really boring? Well, just like that, I suppose.
Of course, I’m talking as though it’s over which of course it isn’t. Still though, with the slight easing of lockdown in Scotland last week, it has begun to feel as tough the world is waking up a bit. We might not yet be at normal life, but just enough for it to be worth resuming a diary at least!
Got to pitch my feature idea to a brilliant Scottish producer today, and she asked to read it!
Despite the fact that you’d think lockdown would be perfect for snuggling up and writing books, I found myself more drawn to screen projects. Partly because my brain has been in the Top Secret TV Projects lately, but also — there’s something about a script that’s more, outward facing somehow? It’s hard to put into words exactly, but writing a book, when it’s just me and the fictional world, is a level of mental solitude that turned out to be a bit much for solo lockdown. It was weird — my brain just sort of ran into the ground. I took a couple of days off, and then this film idea (the basics of which had been trickling into place for a while) popped into my head almost fully formed and I was off!
Applied for a short film scheme. I’ve never had a great deal of luck with the big film funds (BFI, the Swedish Film Institute) for no particular reason (I think?!) so I’m not holding my breath, but I saw the call for applications just as I had decided I really wanted to get back into directing, so it felt a bit like a sign! Annoyingly, the last short I directed in Sweden seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth and not one of us involved have a bloody copy of it, so I had to include the one I did before that, which is, err… rough round the edges, shall we say. Worryingly, the worst bit is the writing! It shows I’ve directed before and can shoot something that cuts together at the very least, so fingers crossed…
Worked on the treatment for the feature film, which I’m getting super excited about! It’s a kind of feminist gangster thriller set in sixties Glasgow — The Wee Man meets Thelma and Louise 😎 It’s an an early stage, but the story is starting to take shape, and there’s a couple of set pieces (those big scenes that you talk about when you’re leaving the cinema: the shower scene in Psycho, the snake pit in Raiders of the Lost Arc) that will be SPECTACULAR… if we get to shoot them 😂
Finished the treatment and sent it off, then impulsively reached out to a couple more Glasgow production companies. Cold queries almost never yield results, but I was on a roll so fired them off before I could think better of it!
Absolutely the only thing I achieved today was a lovely walk up the canal to the Lambhill Stables and back again, daydreaming about the book I abandoned a few weeks ago! Now that a few screen projects are out in the world and there’s nothing more I can do until the responses start coming in, AND the world has woken up enough that I (probably) won’t go too weird… IT IS TIME… (insert manic laugh here)