Thursday, May 25, 2006

Live update from our own correspondent

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.

14 comments:

james henry said...

Only jus twigged that th pointlessly beautiful Daisy Adaire from Dead Like Me (i.e. Rebecca Gayheart) is in your flim.

Jealous now. Well, I was was jealous before. But doubly now.

james henry said...

Emotion and booze = bad spelling.

james henry said...

I meant Laura Harris. No more drink for me.

Anonymous said...

I trust the woman-with-no-bra-under-her-jacket, the women-in-just-their-bras, and the hot nurses are all artistically justified and essential to the story?

James Moran said...

James: She is quite lovely, isn't she? The dirt and blood really suits her too, somehow. Also known as the weepy-then-creepy Marie from season 2 of 24, and the innocent Southern gal from The Faculty.

Anonymous: I'm insulted at the mere suggestion- okay, no, they're completely gratuitous, it's a fair cop.

SS said...

Gym and cinema? You must frequent the UGC in Enfield! We're practically neighbours, lad. Screen 6 has a giant black streak; two fourth row centre seats in 9 are broken, and any who suffers the misfortune of being sat creak and rollock back and forth inducing sea sickness and there's wizened old Asian man who tears the stub on the top screen who smiles the knowing thisfilmisshitegoodluckmate toothy smile every time I pick a bad film. Yes, welcome to UGC Enfield.

James Moran said...

Ah, the UGC Enfield, or the Cineworld as it's now suddenly called, for some reason. I quite like it, it's a decent place, the staff are really friendly, you just need to time your visit so that it's either not busy, or all the kids will be watching Harry Potter instead, and not running around during the movie you want to see...

Nicole said...

I think, perhaps, that you and The Stover might get along well.

http://jessicastover.com/scrolls/

Somehow.

If you don't already.

Dan said...

So, in conclusion, you don't like Microsoft? Am I right?

Congrats on the wedding thing by the way. I'm off to Vegas to do it next year. Second time round for me. I'm not a bigamist though. More of a divorcist.

Did someone say Vegas is tacky? Damn right!

James Moran said...

Nicole: Never encountered The Stover before, but she's talking my language re X3. It was such a let down. Watched X1 last night, and it is so much better, X3 isn't even in the same league.

Dan: Groovy - we wanted to do that, but it was too pricey for us right now. It would rock to get married by Elvis or something. And yes, I can't stand MS products. Except Office for Mac, which is programmed from scratch by a totally different team, and is a thing of beauty. Well, for MS it is.

Anonymous said...

Are you drunk again Art? You do not praise the great Satan, you mock them if you even deign to mention them, that Mac must be addling your brains!

Oh and when can I buy you a drink to congratulate you?

HattityHatHatHat

presently residing at eitherwise on that old fangled gmail thing. Although the old fitzroy address still forwards to me.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Cineworld Enfield! It stopped me having to travel all the way to Greenwich Filmworks (as was).
The cheap-seats-before-lunch deal is always good as you only get the hardcore filmees then.

Jools said...

You went to the GYM???????????????????

soulmining said...

Suspicious, me? Hey, those pics were all from a legit source... well, all but one of them!

Saw X3 last night... I thought it was alright, but then I've never been a HUGE fan of the franchise. Never really liked Hugh Jackman or Halle Berry in those roles. Thought the plot was quite strong, but they did try to cram far too much in - always adding new characters when the original ones still don't have enough screen time! Maybe there'll be a longer cut sometime...

Hope you stayed til the end of the credits..?