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3 December 2013
And now I can't even manage bi-monthly! Almost five months since an update. Shame on me.
OK, so Noirland has finished shooting and the rough cut is assembled. It's currently coming in at 1hr 52 mins. That may change a little, but probably not much, so if nothing else, you're going to get your moneys worth. It's looking really good and I have a wonderful cast and crew to thank for that. There's still a lot of work to be done on the sound and then the music is the final thing to be added. It's looking highly unlikely that it'll premiere this year, but maybe January. I should have a trailer ready soon, so keep an eye out for that.
I've entered the BBC NI Tony Doyle Award. This is an annual award given to one writer to develop a screenplay for an original TV drama over the coming year. Probably be the new year before I hear about that.
I've also written a sitcom pilot for the BBC Writersroom (open for entries until December 16th) about a guy who leaves his job in the civil service to stage a play he has been writing for years. I think I could have some real fun with this guy if it got picked up, but competition is fierce in sitcomland, so lets cross everything you can cross and wait and see.
Where's this year's book? Well, it's not finished and though I'd hoped to have it out by xmas, I now see that isn't going to happen either. I always warn other writers not to try to do two things at once - you end up finishing neither of them - and yet I did not take this advice when I tried to write the new book while making Noirland, and writing a treatment for the Tony Doyle award, and writing a sitcom script for the Writersroom. The decks are (sort of) cleared now, so I can get back to it and hopefully early in 2014 it will be on the shelves, both physical and virtual.
I think that's all for now. See you in 2014 when I will release a full-length film and a book (maybe two, who knows). Happy Festivus and New Year, y'all.
10 August 2013
I should just give in and say I'll update this site bi-monthly. There just aren't enough hours in the day at the moment.
Noirland is taking up most of my time. We've shot some footage and it looks incredible, but we're quickly running out of time. As usual, scheduling is the biggest obstacle - trying to get everyone free on the same day and getting the weather to behave is a nightmare! I've started a Noirland Facebook page so please give it a LIKE and you'll be able to follow our progress.
My short story Emma J. was shortlisted for Writers' Magazine Short Story Competition. This is the third time I've been shortlisted but I've never won yet. I'll keep trying. Meanwhile, it's another one for that anthology I'll release at some point.
This year's novel is still not finished! Who would be very upset if I didn't get it released by Halloween?
I've also done an interview with Time Warriors, which was good fun. Thanks to Owen Quinn.
That's all for now. Back to work - shooting today! :-)
14 June 2013
Missed another month! It's because of all the waiting. Seriously, I keep waiting to tell you all about things that are happening, and they get postponed, and postponed, etc., etc.
So what I can tell you is (I very much hope) all the paperwork is finally done so I can start filming as soon as it's processed. Let's just hope that couple of weeks of good weather we had wasn't all the summer we're going to get. Now I just have all the actors' holidays to negotiate and it'll all be plain sailing after that. I'm going to start an official Noirland Facebook page soon to keep you all up to date with what's going on with the film and post stills from the shooting days.
Elsewhere, I'm chipping away at this year's novel. It really isn't going as quick as I'd hoped - I've just had too many other things to do getting the film off the ground, but I'm still aiming for a Halloween release. I've also written a few short stories recently, and cleaned up a couple of old ones. I'll probably release a short story anthology at some point, but in the meantime, I'm not sure what to do with these stories - if anything. I might enter them in some competitions or I might just stick them up on the website. I still have a few more to write and a few more old ones to tidy up. They're a very handy diversion - if the novel writing isn't happening some days, I take a little detour for a few hours and write a short story. It always gets the creative juices going again.
Until next time....
11 April 2013
My website is up and running again after being down for a while due to hosting problems.
Noirland was put back a month due to circumstances beyond my control, but if all goes well, it looks like we should be able to start rehearsals and filming in May - that's IF this never-ending winter ever lets the sun out. I purposely kept the number of exterior scenes to a minimum because I know how terrible and unpredictable the weather can be in this country, but we will need at least a few days of sunshine to film outside. As I said last month, we didn't get quite as much as we'd hoped, so I'm counting on all of you to help out by loaning us props, costumes, etc. if you can. I'll put up a list when I know everything we're going to need.
This year's book is proceeding in fits and starts. I do a huge chunk of it, then don't go near it again for ages. This is very bad practice, but there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything! Never fear, It will be out by Halloween one way or another.
As always, I'm waiting to hear back about a few competitions I've entered. I'll let you know if I win anything or if I'm going to keep on being unappreciated in my time. :-)
05 March 2013
Ooops, let a month slip by there without an update. It's because, as always, I've been waiting for several things to happen so I could tell you about them. But, as is typical, delays have cropped up everywhere.
First off, let me say a big THANK YOU to everyone who invested in Noirland. Even though we didn't hit out target, with a bit of finagling I think we can still make the film and it will still be awesome. I'll be posting a cast list soon (if it ever gets confirmed!) and also some exciting news about the songs we've already got for the soundtrack. Watch this space for further updates.
This year's book is coming along nicely. I think I'm about halfway finished, though that does depend how long it ends up being, which I never know until it's done, but it's looking good so far.
I wanted to float the idea of a book of short stories and see how y'all felt about it. I have some short stories from way back before I wrote Vampire Dawn, and some more recent ones I wrote for competitions, and a lot more in my head. I've been thinking about writing them all down and sticking them in a book and releasing it when I've got enough. Some are very short, some are quite long, but there's a lot of nice ideas in them and I'd like them to see the light of day at some point. Would you? Drop me a line and let me know.
08 January 2013
Well, the world didn't end so it's up to us all to do something interesting with 2013.
For me that will mean finishing this year's book - hopefully before production gets started on my next film, NOIRLAND.
Please have a look at the pitch and help if you can.
For anyone who's interested, I'm now on Twitter. @PhilipHenry9 I never really understood Twitter - and I still don't, but I'm told it's an essential marketing tool these days so I am going to try to post something every day. Though so little happens to me most of the time, it's going to be a real challenge to make having Pot Noodles for dinner sound interesting.
I can but try. As always, there's lots of exciting stuff in the 'Waiting to hear back' pile. I'll let you know if / when any of it comes to fruition.