Did a fun interview for sarahhatesyourmovie.blogspot.com, where, as it turns out, Sarah *doesn't* hate my movie, which is nice for me, nice for her, and nice for all the children in all the orphanages of the world (that last one may not be true). Anyway, it's here, so go over and stare at it in a scary internet stalker fashion. Update! - another version is here, with all different questions and stuff! Two for the price of one!
In the above interview, I make the lofty claim that I may possibly be the first UK screenwriting blog - my first post was on June 5th, 2003. I'm fairly sure that I was the first UK one, but if anyone knows otherwise, I'll happily correct that. Anybody have any idea what the first proper one was, UK or US or otherwise? I'm sure I wasn't the first, I remember back in around 98 or 99 I used to read the Wordplay site (which is still going, and if you haven't read every single column, get the hell over there now) - so if that counts as a screenwriting blog (and it was certainly an incredibly helpful resource), then maybe that was the first. The earliest post I can find on John August's blog is also June 5th, 2003, but I can't see a list of posts by date. He's arguably the daddy of scribobloggo people, as he'd been doing his IMDB thing before that, and started the blog to collect and add to the Q+As. If anyone knows more, comment away and let me know.
Got a cool mention in the Eat My Brains top ten list of 2006, over here. This is especially groovy because they did the best review ever of Severance, and just got every little reference and wink that we slipped in. But even more so when you see the other movies in the top ten - and let's face it, it's probably the only time Severance will be on the same list as Pan's Labyrinth and United 93. Go over to EMB and check them out, they know their horror, they appreciate movies, good and bad, and the Zombie Clubs are required reading for everyone. It's an honour to be on the list, thank you guys.
I always listen to music when I write, and make playlists for specific things - I've got 4 separate ones for Curfew, for different moods. But I realised the other week that I haven't actually listened to any *new* music for quite a while. I've imported most of my CDs, bought lots of old stuff from iTunes, and some new soundtrack stuff. But I've missed about a year or two of any sort of radio play, new bands, that sort of thing, just been listening to all my old stuff over and over. Don't listen to much radio, apart from podcasts with no music in, haven't been watching music channels either. So I'm out of the loop musically, purely by accident. Is there any great stuff from the past year or so that I really should be listening to? Anything that it'd be a crime to miss out on? To give you some idea, I like all kinds of different things, old and new, including (these are my most played according to iTunes): Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bowie, Pink Floyd, Korn, Metallica, AC/DC, Prodigy, Leftfield, Beastie Boys, Peaches, Radiohead, Nouvelle Vague, PJ Harvey, Public Enemy, NWA, Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters, Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, ska, punk, chilled out floaty stuff, fast dance stuff, crazy Japanese pop, cheesy old funky 70s TV themes, soundtracks, 80s stuff, and bizarre mashups. Any and all recommendations, bands, albums, or just songs, fire them over. I don't care if it's weird, as long as it's good.
And finally, from an eBay listing, this made me laugh - that's showbiz, folks: