Proper Job! in the UK
I’m saying “lovely” a lot.
And “Smashing!” and “Brilliant!” and “Mind the gap!”
Why? Because I am just back from spending 10 days in England spreading the word on the Cat! — and yes, I had a great time.
I have all new respect for Madonna.
We did a smashing job in Cornwall, south of London and home to Trelowarren Castle, where we held classes each day on the estate as part of the Eat, Shoot and Leave Conference that all hope will be the start of an annual event. Lovely? Indeed!
My seminar students all started with movie ideas and ended five days later with complete outlines for their screenplays!
One participant even finished off his seminar session with an offer to pitch his story to a top producer. Smashing!
Look for an article about my class by Mark David Hatwood (whose novel, Marcello’s Date, will be made into a feature film this fall) in ScriptWriter Magazine, the single coolest magazine for screenwriters in the UK (http://www.scriptwritermagazine.com). It is edited by Julian Friedman and his wife, Jonquil — Julian being the top literary agent in England and, from the stories I heard from his clients, one of the most supportive. The Blake Friedman Agency, which Julian heads, has both a literary side and a TV/Film side — both highly successful.
I also learned from Colin Rogers, one of the organizers of the event, along with my publisher and host, the amazing Michael Wiese, that most British film writers get their start writing for BBC TV. Mini-series and dramas are easier to get made for TV, but as I learned later, a new government policy may open up new possibilites for filmmakers — and all-important co-financing.
Back in London this past Saturday, I met with 30-40 writers in Soho for a fantastic three-hour chat! Sponsored by my friends Jacquline and Colin of London Script Consultancy (http://www.londonscriptconsultancy.com/), we had a really great session — followed by tea at a posh spot nearby. Colin is the Malcolm McLaren of British screenwriting and both he and Jacquline are brilliant analysts of the scene. They are now in Cannes trying to set up several script projects they are developing — all Cat! approved.
And by God, I almost didn’t want to come back! So if you hear me say “It was a bit ropey at first..” or “He’s a git!” you’ll know I’m homesick for the UK.
All in all, as they say in Cornwall, a proper job!
Cornwall!!! I adore Cornwall. Our first trip across the pond, we rented a car and drove to Cornwall.
I’m green with envy.
- richie najor
Welcome back to America! After I read your blog, it sounds like you had a blast in England. I supposed you have a rich experience and learned their culture. Did you go through any shock culture? I hope you did, itâ€™s something you donâ€™t see everyday. Now, English people will be asking you to come back along your cat! But donâ€™t forget us who are Americans! HA.
P.S., I just want to let ya know I finished my screenplay yesterday. This is the fastest Iâ€™ve ever written and still in love with it!
Hey Blake, wow great news and congrats!
We just wrapped shooting here, getting ready to go into editland.
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You have too much fun, Blake! Don’t you know that seminars like this are supposed to be gruling, wearying things?
*sniff* (I’m just green with envy is all.)
I suppose this is actually just the beginning of “Save the Cat! takes over the world!” Heh. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
(So. How’s the new book progressing, with all this galivanting about?)