dark comedy

Marching Orders

I wrote Marching Orders at the beginning of last year as a contender to be filmed and submitted to Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2017 in the One Minute Wonder category. It just missed out on being shot by me, but after joining the filmmaking group Film Focus Wales, I offered it to them, and it was taken on by talented, up-and-coming director, Nat Pearse. I’m hugely satisfied with the results and will be looking for Nat and Film Focus to film more of my scripts in future. The film attempts to show how a positive attitude can affect those around you, and a negative one can do just the same. I myself am extremely positive about Marching Orders and its chances for selection for this year’s Cardiff Mini Film Festival!

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Tell Me About It, Sam

Tell Me About It, Sam (script) was inspired by a real-life incident, in which I met a man who seemed to know me and proceeded to have a long conversation with me about his personal life even though I hadn’t a clue who he was. I thought it was an ideal concept for a comedy film for Cardiff Mini Film Festival as it could take place in a single location – on a bench – and provided the opportunity for a punchline/twist ending. I felt the best method of filming would be a three-camera setup, covering the action from all angles so we could run through the whole script in one take. To do this, I would require actors who could learn all their lines; a skill surprisingly lacking in actors solely working in film. Therefore, I cast two experienced theatre actors who I had seen perform multiple times, and who had displayed impressive skill as a comedy double act.

Synopsis

Unexpectedly, Sam turns counsellor to an old friend with relationship problems, or at least he thinks he’s an old friend, but for the life of him, he can’t remember his name!

Additional: Since my original post, Tell Me About It, Sam has been nominated for best Comedy at Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2017 and selected for St Neots Film Festival 2017.

The Prophet

The Prophet (script) was inspired by an old parable I came across on the Internet:

“A man said to the Prophet, ‘give me advice.’ The Prophet said, ‘do not get angry.’ The man asked repeatedly, and the Prophet answered each time, ‘do not get angry.'”

I found the parable amusing as the man persistently questions the Prophet even though he’s already given his answer, seeming like he’s attempting to aggravate him and get him to contradict himself. This was the basis for the film. I also incorporated subtext about the irrationality of having an unquestionable text and the hypocrisy of religious violence.

Synopsis

A modern-day prophet has some sage advice for an inquisitive young man, but he’s not about to take it without question.

Additional: Since my original post, The Prophet has been selected for Brighton Rocks Film Festival 2018 and Short to the Point November 2017, and won the One Minute Wonder category at Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2017!

The Housemate From Hell

This is a short film I made in the final year of my Film & Video Degree. Unlike my other scripts, it was not motivated by any overriding moral message. Instead, it was more of a technical exercise for my filming and editing abilities, and also a chance to have some fun. It took inspiration from the Doctor Who episode, Love & Monsters. In particular, the idea of a protagonist who is also an untrustworthy narrator. I was also inspired by the theory that the ending of Love & Monsters could be false: a fabrication by the protagonist to help deal with his trauma.