Friday, 18 June 2010

There and Back Again.

Forgive me, Internet, for I have sinned. It's been nearly two months since my last blog.

Here are the reasons.

I don't know if anyone even reads this. Well, I know two or three that do. And then I thought Miles, so what if anyone reads it, this is for you isn't it? Ok, then why publish it online? Because I'm a compulsive writer/sharer of pointless information and this is the perfect format.


I then thought Miles, you should get on with writing actual scripts and getting them made into films for people to see instead of writing your banal thoughts down in a blog. People are interested in your films (or not) and not your blahs.

I also started thinking it might not be such a good idea to broadcast my thoughts and feelings to the world, for various reasons. And then I thought Miles, don't be a dick. There's nothing on here you wouldn't want anyone reading. I'm pretty open for a guarded person so I thought fuck it, I'm going to write another blog. This is that blog, hello.

Another reason was because so much has happened in the past few weeks that writing a blog hasn't even been on my mind. But now I actually have things to say and news to report.

So, first of all, CrimeFighters has been accepted into this year's (next week's in fact, eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!) Edinburgh International Film Festival. This is absolutely amazing news and has given me such a boost post-film finishage (I remember having a real slump after BandWagons but one that led to where we are now). Our EIFF inclusion has started opening up many promising doors and interest from filmy types that may lead to things like representation, selling scripts, publicity for Zomblog, DVD distribution and so forth. Basically not enough to kick back and buy a yacht, but impetus to work my ass off as a writer and filmmaker because now I know it's absolutely going to be worth it.

OK it was always worth it, but up until recently I was thinking WHEN is it going to be worth it? Which you can't blame me for after a decade of customer service jobs both good and bad. Now I know whenever I sit down to write a screenplay it's going to be sellable or makeable or marketable, and most importantly perhaps it means that people will see the finished film.

So the scripts I'm working on at the moment are:

- A Dogme-style comedy drama which I'll be filming in Bristol in Spring 2011.
- A musical. Oh yes. Like Glee? Shit no.
- A comedy horror set in the 80s and not involving zombies.
- Another comedy horror not set in the 80s and also not involving zombies. But with a monster.

I have also written a short film script called Gallery for Paul Richardson, my friend and DoP on CrimeFighters, to direct this Autumn. It's the one I was working on a for a while about a guy's view of the female friends in his life. Quite Woody Allen I guess, very festival friendly we hope, one that was very personal to write and one that I'm proud of.

Tony is working on the script for the feature film of Zomblog and we're getting an office and making MilesTone Productions into an actual production company instead of 'Miles and Tony Enterprises Inc'. We're planning another feature next year from Tony's script A Simple Investigation. That one's set in York as well.

Then there's Zomblogalypse, my main lurve, and something I shall be involved with for a good few years yet. Season 3 will roll out over the next few months all the way to Hallowe'en, and the show has attracted the fandom of people we really admire like Sandeep Parikh and Felicia Day who we would LOVE to get in the Zomblog movie, but for now it means a lot that they even watch it. I really should get a copy of CrimeFighters to Joss Whedon...

So that's me, that's what I've been up to and what I shall be up to for the next few years of my life. It's amazing how platitudes like 'Don't give up' and 'Believe in yourself' can actually turn out to be true. There's a long way to go yet, and I couldn't have done it without a huge list of people, but I'll save that for the awards speeches.

Come on, a guy can dream. I have that on good authority.


Steve Zombi said...

I read your blog : -) , and this one was very uplifting, its great to see how things are coming together for you. Also, god yes, you should sooooo get felicia involved on zomblog she's got the perfect blend of serious/comedic acting skills for it. That, and of course she's an obvious hottie.

Miles said...

Tony's in love, I think, whereas my involvement would be strictly professional-ish.

Andy said...

Just popping in to say, I also read your blog Miles, and how unbelievably awesome it must be to have your film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. I mean, it's the one Sir Sean Connery goes to! Motherfrackin' Bond himself.
Ass corny and sappy as it sounds, I take real inspiration from what you and the rest of the crew have accomplished thus far. I look forward to future adventures.

Miles said...

Thanks Andy, it's slowly dawned on me after seeing the EIFF videos from last week that we are indeed completely privileged to be in the festival. It's such an honour and really we didn't expect something like this so soon. It's really made us want to step up our game!

Teresa Stenson said...

It's about time you started trying, Miles.

Miles said...

Try this.

Teresa Stenson said...

I can't see you. But I bet you did a lovely sincere smile at me. That's what you did.

Miles said...

And not an obscene finger gesture ;-)