Posts from 2016-06-02

The Dyslexic Advisor, part II. The return of the dyslexic advisor...

Next email on its way, this time to the Dyslexic Action charity that I've been looking at for a while. They have a media contact, so lets see if they have any advice on a suitable advisor!

Wanted - Dyslexic advisor, must be house trained.

Damn. I thought that I had found a perfect advisor for the production, but she's not available - at least for a while.

Because any true scientific stuff that i add to the project is beyond the authoritative graders on the course, it was decided to leave it out and focus on the film production skills. As a result, I'm only going to be using tried and tested research that is already out there in the field. At the very least therefore, that means that I need at least one 'advisor' who can keep me on the straight and narrow. A second, or third pair of eyes is always good as well to ensure that we are getting the correct balance of content into the show. It is very easy, when working on ones own, to miss things.

Problem is, quick email off this morning - local, skilled, in the industry, but also pregnant and on maternity leave until at least the Summer.

Blast.

Still would like to leave an opening for her long term, as I think that she is perfect, but for the moment still looking!

Treatment, Treatment - I need treatment!

A few days without a post as I've been digging deep into the reserves of frustration and putting the treatment together for the first story arc. The first 'act' (I'm viewing the story as a 45 min single story at present) went like a dream. Act 2 was a nightmare, but on a re-read actually worked well. Act 3 was a nightmare, and two days later its still a bloody nightmare!

In the meantime I went back to Skripto!, the script writing software that I wrote at the beginning of the year and and put together the first act as a proper script. Got to admit, works very well and comes in at 13 pages - perfect one you add the longer sequences that are just described in a quick paragraph (like Harmony's testing at the specialist) to come in at the 15min mark.

Along the way, there have been changes from the original thought process. As always, slight hints, discussions and even passing thoughts in the street all add to the overall tapestry. A good talk with David (from TVP) on Tuesday led to a switch around of when and why the master criminal is found, and the introduction of a new character that has long turn, slow-burner promise.

Onward and upwards.

Well, if I can get this damn 3rd act sorted out, anyway!