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I location scouted for two key scenes today, they come towards the end of the film and turn it into a bit of a surrealist nightmare. The graveyard and derelict church I’ve settled on are on a moor-side village overlooking the village of Hebden Bridge on the edge of the Yorkshire Pennines. The village itself is called Heptonstall and weirdly houses Britain’s oldest Methodist Church as well as two churches in one graveyard, a third graveyard where Sylvia Plath is buried and also a fourth derelict graveyard just outside the village in a Hamlet called Slack Bottom. The views of Calderdale, the beauty of five hundred year old buildings and the crisp air from the high altitude make it the perfect location for my short.
I hope to light the derelict church at night with candles as well as more appropriate film lighting equipment which should make for a stunning image.
I’m currently working on the script for my adaptation of Stephen King’s Nona using Joy Division as an occasional soundtrack to my writing. I’ve just added in mentions of RIpon and Skipton as I give the script a sense of location out in the cold and windy dales. Think Wuthering Heights with less class division and more violent murder with nail files. There’s a developing subtext of Roman Mythology and the concept of fate.
The swearing in my Nona script is reaching new levels. I feel I’ve effectively represented the best of swear words, I’ve even managed a c-bomb. I’ve just finished a scene where a man dances with a woman in a white dress who turns into a graveyard rat whilst the brown from it’s fur stains the dress. There is also a spindle spinning of it’s own accord on the floor. Oooooo Lynchian.
The venue for my screening at Chapel Allerton Festival for You’re Under A Dress. It went down well and got some nice laughs. I was due to introduce the film but ended up doing a small talk after it played which is always more awkward after you’ve just shown people a 10ft man in women’s underwear. Some other lovely films playing.
The paperwork is all signed off on the contracts for my adaptation of Stephen King’s short story ‘Nona’. I’ve just moved into a new flat in Leeds so I’ve been quiet on the blogging / shameful self promotion front so felt it was time for an update. The next few weeks I will be working on the script as well as location scouting. I hope to start finding financial support for the project in the coming months.
I applied recently for the rights to adapt a short story by Stephen King through his Dollar Baby Scheme, the same scheme that helped launch the career of Frank Darabont. I received the contracts today and the confirmation I have managed to acquire the adaptation rights of the short story “Nona”. I will be Directing as well as penning the adaptation screenplay so hopefully I can do it justice. I hope it will be considerably longer than my previous work as there is a lot of ground I wish to cover. I will Anglicise the story somewhat transporting the narrative to the Yorkshire Moors as I look to take advantage of this opportunity.
I will continue to update this blog as begin making my first film outside of the Northern Film School and bring “Nona” to the screen.
I have spent this wonderful sunny day burning DVDs of Flawed and You’re Under A Dress for festivals, contributors and members of the crew. As Alistair Cook nears his obligatory 100 it feels as though I am approaching my 100th DVD of the day. The task of cutting out DVD covers is hindered when scissors are never the tool of accuracy you expect them to be. Tonight’s plan is to go to a comedy club and then after I am filled with laughter return home to test aforemention DVDs. Fuck yeah.
My previous short film You’re Under A Dress has been entered into Virgin Media Shorts. Have a look its only 90 seconds long