34 pages. Go me.
The first 15 pages I did slowly, carefully, and went back over them a few times. After that, I decided to just blast through it and get it all down, no going back, intense bursts of writing, because Acts 2 and 3 have lots and lots of fast action. Act 1 finished in 15 pages?? Yeah. That's right. I'm not messing around here. This thing moves like a shark. A greased shark, on wheels, in a ball bearing factory. I've just finished a huge action sequence that had my heart pounding the whole time I was writing it, I loved it. Got to a quiet part then, and that's where I've stopped for today, because I'm exhausted.
The incredibly detailed outline (or "treatment", if you like) means that at no point do I have to stop and wonder what happens next. It's all there, and also all in my head, so I hardly ever need to refer to the outline. I've moved a couple of things around, because they seemed to go with the flow better that way, but it's all coming out more or less as I hoped, with a few interesting surprises. One character is much, much chattier than I expected, and great fun.
In other, non Curfew news, we both went to the gym for the first time, bright and early, with all our sports gear, ready for action - only to be told that we couldn't use the machines till we'd had our induction. First available date is next week. So we filled out the forms, paid, then went next door to the cinema and sat in a dark room for 2 hours eating sweets. Nice.
X-Men 3 is a big mess. Lots of little cool moments, a hugely muddled story - it's about this! no, it's about that! no, it's about that guy! who? doesn't matter, he's gone! here's some other guy! - too many silly jokes, too many characters, and too many inconsistencies. Very good effects though, surprisingly, considered how rushed the whole thing was. To slag it off in detail would involve spoilers, and I can't be arsed anyway. Watch the 2nd movie again immediately after seeing 3, to wash the taste away - nothing in X3 even comes close to the first scenes in X2 with Nightcrawler in the White House. In fact, the trailer for Superman Returns was several million times more exciting and entertaining than the full movie of X-Men 3. Redeeming moments from X3: the opening sequence; the effects; a few of the fight bits; Famke Janssen in her underwear. Most stupid thing, although not the movie's fault: they played that same stupid "some people won't watch X-Men 3 at the cinema, they'll watch a crappy pirated copy etc etc" advert before it started. This is when we are actually in the cinema about to watch the very same movie, you don't need to show the ad this time, unless some people are fighting the urge right now, literally seconds from the start of the movie that they have already paid for, to run outside and watch it on their mobile phone instead. Oh, and for the love of God and little baby Jesus, please stop showing those fucking Orange Wednesday adverts before I go insane, I know the Sean Astin one backwards now, I could recite it for you word. for. word.
Some stills have surfaced from Severance, found by some crafty online types, like this suspicious character. They're great photos, some will be going on my desktop immediately. Can't wait to see the rest of them.
Google Calendar is very, very cool. I'm using it at the moment for my current batch of meetings, and it's handy because I can put in addresses and map links so I don't forget where I'm going. I may have mentioned it here before, my memory only goes back a few hours, I'm like Rain Man or Dana Carvey in that movie where his memory is wiped clean every time he wakes up in the morning. So, not like Rain Man at all, really, although I sometimes do an impression of Dustin Hoffman arranging salt and pepper on the table, and screeching about the burning baby. Definitely bad, definitely very bad. Er, yeah, Google Calendar, or gCal as I'm calling it - create a new entry by typing in something like "meet billy spipp at 4 on thurs" and it puts the meeting in at the right place and time. It knows. Somehow it knows. This is very scary, but very cool. I don't care that Google seem to be taking over the world, because their stuff works. The only problem I have with Microsoft's monopoly on everything is that their software sucks ass. If it was brilliant, I wouldn't give two shites. Although I still would have laughed when Bill Gates got pied.