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26 September 2015
Another long gap between posts... I know, I'm crap at this, and people wonder why I don't Tweet every day.
So, some positive news to kick off with - my western script DIABLO'S REST was selected by Northern Ireland Screen for its New Writer Focus programme. There were 96 entries and only six of us made it through, so competition was fierce. NIS have lined up lots of interesting activities for the winning writers to attend so this script will get lots of feedback and hopefully end up in the hands of someone who can get it made. The next few months will be very interesting with this one.
Something also might be happening with one of my other scripts, but it's early days yet so I'm not giving details. Suffice to say, there are some interested parties looking at it as we speak.
And for the hat-trick, I'm applying to NIS for funding to make a short film as a teaser for the full Vampire Dawn film. I've contacted some actors and had some ideas about locations, but until we get a decision to see if we're going to have a budget, I'm not setting anything in stone. But seriously, how awesome would it be to finally get Xavier and Claire on film!
I've also finished the first hour-long episode of The Dead Room for the BBC Writersroom Drama call. I'm really happy with how this turned out. I always thought this story was too big for a film and would be better suited to a mini-series. I'll have to wait and see if the BBC agree. So often it's all about having the right script at the right time, so even though your script might be awesome, they may have something similar being developed, or they just may not be after something in this genre at the moment. It usually takes a couple of months to hear back about this, so the waiting begins again.
I was over at the Isle of Man Film Festival a couple of weeks ago and had a great time. John Hurt did a live Q&A with Mark Kermode before a screening of The Elephant Man. I haven't seen that film in 20 years and it's still awesome. Everyone at the IoMFF was very friendly and I hope to get back there next year with a film under my arm. Speaking of Mr. Kermode, I've also entered my short film Dated for his BBC 5Live competition, Well Done U. The film has been given a new score (for copyright reasons) by the very talented Don McLennan. I'm not sure when a winner for this is decided, but I'll let you know if anything happens.
I've set up a Facebook page for the North Coast Film Collective. This is a group we've started to try to encourage film-making around the North Coast. We're aiming to meet on the first Tuesday of every month at Daniel Gillan's bar in Ballymoney at 8pm. If you're an actor, writer, or a behind the scenes person, please come along. Experience is not necessary - we're all there to get more experience. The aim is for everyone to help everyone else out, so maybe we can help you.
The recording of my album has temporarily stalled, but I'm aiming to get back to it this week. With being away at the IoM and a million other things I had to do that were deadline dependent, it just got put on the backburner for a while there, but now I think I've cleared the decks I can get back into it. I'm really loving how these songs are turning out. I'm still dreading the vocals, which will be done last, but that's the beauty of home recording - you can screw up as many times as you like and it isn't costing anyone any money and you can just keep trying until it sounds how you want it to.
I'll be back.
29th July 2015
So much for updating this regularly.
The last few months have been a rollercoaster of highs and lows. I've had near-misses with some of my scripts and for a while there I really thought I was going to get a film made with a proper budget and pay-cheques for everyone involved... and then it all fizzled out. Once more I'm left scratching my head wondering why the hell I bother.
This year's book release also looks like it isn't going to happen for reasons beyond my control. It was going to be a book of short stories and I have ideas for lots of them. Some of them will be very short and others will be very long short stories. Some of them will be old stories I wrote while at Barnsley College and some will be brand, spanking new. As well as my usual genre, I'll also be dipping a toe into general fiction, murder, sci-fi, experimental and anything else that pops into my brain. This book WILL be my next release, but it won't be out at Halloween. I'm not sure when it will be out, but keep an eye on this page for updates. I'll tell you when I know.
Meanwhile, I've been spending the summer recording my album. I've had most of these songs written since college and it's taken me this long to finally get around to recording them. Well, that's not technically true, I could never afford it before, but now thanks to the miracle of free software I can do everything myself and take as long as I want. So far I've programmed the drums (the only thing I can't play myself), recorded the acoustic guitars, rhythm guitars, bass and keyboards. Next up is the lead guitars and then we get to the worrying bit... vocals. I'm going to throw this album out there to the public when it's done, I'll maybe even stick it on iTunes if that's doable, so if any of you ever wondered what you'd get if you crossed Def Leppard, Counting Crows and Pink Floyd, then keep an eye on this page for details of release.
I'm really enjoying the recording process. I may do this every year. I've still got another couple of albums worth of songs lying around and I rarely get any writing done in the summer months so it wouldn't affect anything. We'll see how the first one goes.
That's all folks!
16th March 2015
OK, due to illness and a maddening bout of insomnia, things have been getting delayed, but I'm now accepting pre-orders for the Noirland DVDs.
Due to the debacle with many people saying they wanted Leaving the Lawn DVDs and then never showing up to get them, I'm going to have to ask that the Noirland DVDs are paid for in advance. This way I know exactly how many to order and I'm not stuck with a load that are never picked up.
If you were a cast member who had scripted lines of dialogue, or crew, or you sponsored the film more than £50 way back when we were trying to raise funds, then you will already receive ONE copy. If you were an extra or you want additional copies, I'm afraid you're going to have to pay, but I have kept the prices as low as possible. If you're unsure if you're entitled to a free copy, please email me.
NOIRLAND DVD __________________________________ £4.00 NOIRLAND Soundtrack CD __________________________ £3.00
**** SPECIAL OFFER (While stocks last) ****
NOIRLAND DVD + Soundtrack CD ____________________ £5.00
I'll keep this page open for a couple of weeks so spread the word and make sure everyone who wants a copy gets one. This is a one-time offer! If you don't get a DVD now you'll probably never get one.
25 January 2015
Happy New Year!
I'm trying to start as I mean to go on here, by doing an update in January I'm hoping I will remember to do one every month.
The Noirland tour is coming to a close, with our final date in The Nerve Centre, Derry on February 6th. This tour has actually been successful, but we're hoping Derry will be the icing on the cake and bring in a huge crowd, so please come along or spread the word. This will be your last chance to see it on a big screen! After this screening we'll start submitting to festivals with the money we raised, while still keeping some back to get the DVDs professionally made. If you want to get a copy, keep a regular eye on the Noirland FB Page - I will be taking pre-orders at some point to know how many to get made.
The other big news is I don't know if there will be a book this year. Usually I'm at least a quarter way into my next book by now, but I haven't even started because of all the work involved in getting Noirland screened and entered in festivals. I could probably still knock one out by Halloween if I really put my head down (and I have a REALLY killer idea!), but there are other things to consider...
I have a meeting with Northern Ireland Screen soon to discuss my next film. I submitted my new script to them and they like it and want to have a chat about it. Considering all the cuts to the arts, I'm not sure there's any money to be had. I really don't want to have to do another film on a microscopic budget - I'd like to be able to pay people this time around!!! So if there's no chance of funding, I think I'll just sit on the script and wait until there is, in that case there MIGHT be another book. I don't know. I'll maybe have a better idea after I speak to NIS.
I know I'm always saying there are exciting things I'm waiting to hear back about, but there are two VERY exciting things I'm waiting to hear back about atm, and they're avenues I haven't tried before, so fingers crossed.
Look at top left - this year is the tenth anniversary of philiphenry.com - about time something monumental happened, wouldn't you agree!!!