Okay, so firstly to apologize for the lack of posts over the past few months. All I can say is that I assure you, this is not because we haven’t been doing anything! On the contrary… we’ve been up to quite a lot!
For the past few months we’ve been coordinating and exploring different routes for the production of “Clovis Dardentor”. We’ve been networking all over the place and have been meeting producers, agents, actors and production companies both in the UK and in the USA in order to piece together every element of the film. I guess it would be fair to say that our attention has been almost exclusively given to the movie, and not to the website. Sorry about that.
Though we have yet to shoot a frame, the film is coming along well. We’re still in development, trying to get things just right. We continue to work on the new script which will be used to pitch to production companies. We have quite a few leads there, so we’re very excited! The loyal and hugely talented writer of the “Clovis Dardentor” screenplay is, of course, the go-to-girl when the script is concerned, so we met with her and her agent just before Christmas to discuss exactly what direction we all want the film to go in. This was, perhaps, the best discussion we have ever had during the course of the entire project. Everyone agreed. Everyone was excited. We all knew what we had to do.
It is quite a major re-write. The entire tone of the film is changing. When trying to adapt the original novel into a screenplay, we accidently left out the most valuable component of all; Jules Verne. Now he’s back and the treatment just works! By going back to Jules, we’re actually (automatically) making the film more attractive to an American audience… which will open up a whole new book of possibitlies when trying to attach a studio/production company. We’re VERY excited about our prospects!
So that’s what we have been doing Clovis-wise. But what are we doing right now? Right this second? Well, soon we will meet up with Lizzie again (the writer) and initiate the new draft. Then Lizzie will go away for a month (perhaps) and return with something amazing. Once myself, Toby, Ben and Lizzie have that script in our hands – the possibilites are endless. We will be in a much better position than we ever were.
Other Bits and Bobs…
We’ve been doing as much as we can both ‘buyacredit’ and ‘non-buyacredit’, individually and together, in order to get our proverbial feet in that big proverbial door. We’ve been writing, producing – all manner of things! (Warning: The following sentence may contain a horrendous name-drop) Kevin Spacey told us to do as much as we can RIGHT NOW. He literally said ‘Do everything. Don’t sleep. Do everything!’ So, in fear of having our heads cut off and put into boxes, we’ve been doing just that.
Movies and Awards and Movies…
As film buffs, this time of year is perhaps our FAVORITE; the awards season.
I was very happy to see Colin Firth win the Golden Globe for best actor the other night. He thoroughly deserved it. “The King’s Speech” for me, was just perfect. If only I could make something like that one day. We never actually tried to get Colin Firth on board. I fear that now he might be a little bit too busy!!! I really hope he wins the Oscar.
Last year we saw the Academy Awards from LA which was a fantastic experience! Hopefully we’ll be returning soon. I’ll never forget the look on the face of our office landlord when he saw what he thought was a real Oscar on our desk. It was a week after of the awards and he knew we had only just come back from LA. Unfortunately, in reality, it was just a plastic Oscar we bought for a friend.
Bah! One day – maybe – perhaps – who knows?
Well – I guess that is all. Thank you for reading. I hope you’re a little more informed now. It is a new year, and very soon, we’ll have (quite literally) a new Clovis Dardentor to pitch to every producer and studio going. As ever, our excitement is almost illegal.