Red Planet Prize – Denied

The reason I’ve been quiet on here for the last month or so was that I had entered the Red Planet Prize for screenplays. The idea was to submit the logline, synopsis and the first ten minutes of a one hour screenplay. If successful in the first round, you would be contacted to submit the remainder of the script. With hindsight, I really ought to have finished the rest of the script before submitting and then fine-tuned the whole thing, but I didn’t. This is probably part of why I didn’t get around to finishing the rest of the script.

So here I am, unsuccessful in my latest competition entry, sitting on a half-finished script, trying to build up the motivation to finish it. I know I ought to, I have a terrible habit of starting projects and not completing them, but it’s harder now to bring up the enthusiasm.

New Year’s Hangover

Here’s a list of projects that were started in 2011 but not completed:

  • Novel: Vicious Cycles (Researched but not started)
  • Novel: Angels (Working title, still considered ‘current’)
  • Screenplay: Music is Magic (Working title. Short Film, in its fourth draft. Needs to move on)
  • Screenplay: Music is Magic (The extension of the short into something longer. Current project)
  • Screenplay: The Proposal (Needs a polish, then submission. Somewhere)
  • Comic: Broken Gears (May as well do some more work on it)
  • Comic: Ghost Detective (Massively overdue guilt project)

Music, Magic and the short that isn’t

When going to see some friends for a Christmas party in Derby, I decided to dig out the stub of an old idea and flesh it out into a short 10 minute screenplay. It’s a story about music and magic and awakenings. With hindsight, it shares some ideas with Phonogram, but I’ll maintain that the original ideas for the piece came from an essay I wrote years ago about shamanism and a note I made when drunkenly listening to music with friends. All years before I learnt of Phonogram’s existence.

Over the course of the weekend, the 10 minute short came into being. One more day and the second draft was ready for other people to review. I’ve had some review feedback already and there’s a working third draft, but I’ll wait until getting some more responses before calling it complete.

…Except there’s a wrinkle in this seemingly smooth plan. I was entirely ready put the script to rest until after Christmas when follow-on scenes started forming in my head. The short still works as such, but it seems it also works as an introductory scene to something longer, which is where I’m currently at. A 10 minute short can be written straight off the cuff, but something more longform requires more substantial plotting and planning and hence slower progress. And slower progress increases the risk that I’ll get distracted by something new, or that I’ll procrastinate by creating a playlist¬†of the music referenced so far. I shall bear with it though, I’ve had a terrible run of not finishing projects over this last year.