People are always asking me for advice on screenwriting and I'm always hesitant to give it. After all, as everyone knows, "nobody knows anything". This is my attempt to blog one film from first idea to release. Of course I don't know if it ever will be released. I haven't even started writing it yet. This could be a catalogue of failure. Or it could be a step-by-step guide to box office success.
The movie in question will be very low budget, made in Liverpool and directed by my friend Carl Hunter - who was the bass player in the 80s supergroup, The Farm. Carl and I have just finished working on a film about some allotments in Liverpool. We're very proud of it, had a great time doing it and want to do it all over again. The reason for the low budget is that we want to do it quickly and also that this time Carl wants to direct. He's never directed a feature before so we think that if we keep it small that'll take some pressure of him. Also, both this film and the last one are coming out of a community arts scheme in Bootle, near Liverpool, which Carl helps to run. And we want to keep that relationship. The lower the budget, the more control we'll have and the more Art in Action will benefit.