Archive for November 17th, 2008

It was the 6 O’Clock in the morning, suffering from a touch of insomnia. To occupiy my mind, I tried thinking of movie ideas. I was currently struggling with two concepts. One was a Christmas sequel of Trippers Through Time (Trippers 2ugh Time) and the other about a couple that solve crimes.  The former was too complex and confusing (there is a graph somewhere explaining various timelines, that proves this) and the latter was little more than a Thin Man rehash.  I looked to the side of my room and saw my €3 copy of Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Stories” I attempt to read each Christmas, rarely get past the first story. I thought about reading it again (Is November too early to read Christmas Stories? Discuss…) However A special kind of alchemy soon occurred. I remember that first story, an unknown tale known as The Christmas Carol. An Idea was born and I rushed to the computer downstairs, thankfully not waking the dogs. Two hours later, I had a first draft.

Now, I’m not going to tell you what the plot is yet. However I can reveal the following, It is a very loose retelling of A Christmas Carol, featuring many Gifted Babies Trademarks, including food, Beehive hair, cat puppets and lame jokes. In case you are thinking “this will be a pointless rehash”, (why would you think that? that’s pretty cold.) It will have some exciting elements, such as SFX and singing. It will also be the first Gifted Babies film to be blogged. Various Gifted Babies and I will document the various production challenges of Cork Christmas Carol. So check back regularly!

+ In case you are wondering what happened to the other two ideas. T2T will be shelved till the world is ready and the detective story was gutted of its best feature. A character named Beverly Honeycomb.

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15:32, Sunday 16th of November, myself and Piratehelm flipped a coin to help us decide whether or not we should go ahead with submitting our entry to the RTE Storyland competition. Tails, whichs means we’re not going to go ahead. The initial plan for today was to finish off the rest of the submission material such as reformatting the script and the CVs, shoot and edit the 30 second promo, complete the 3 minute director showreel, fill in the budget form and write a 200 word summary on the direction of the rest of the series. All in a space of 6 hours. The only major problem with that idea was that we’d be only able to send it off the following Monday morning and you can’t expect any delivery service to have a package be delivered from Cork to Dublin in a space of 3 hours before the deadline ( 12 noon ). Actually I don’t know any delivery services that actually work weekends, so the only option left, if you don’t send it off on Friday, is to drive up to RTE and deliver the package yourself. Unfortunately none of us can go up that Monday morning due to work or college or just apathy. The last one is a lie, I just couldn’t be bothered writing more excuses.

We’re not sure if they accept any more packages after the deadline, but I reckon late submissions will be forwarded to the folks doing Fair City to inject more story archs into their trite. If by some happenstance Mark O’Hallorahorrhaorraahhaaahaaoran or someone from RTE with a more pronounceable surname decides to extend the deadline to Friday I’d be delighted to send off the packet by post and reconsider paying for a television license. In case anyone was wondering, there was no option for electronic submission due to technical incompetence ( although the website used the euphemism; ‘difficulties’ ), despite the fact that commissioned pilots are to be distributed through the internet. That’s a tad bit odd. Also check out this oddity in the Submission form:

This is where you write your 200 word summary, how small should the words be?

This is where you write your 200 word summary, but how small should the words be?

Even if we did get our work submitted in time, I seriously doubt we would have gotten far, given that I stumbled across a good few websites of production companies with their own Storyland entries, and they usually have things that we can’t afford such as experienced film crews, professional film equipment and a chocolate fountain. Another reason why I think we probably wouldn’t have gotten very far is the fact that the story might be a little bit too strange to be considered a drama.

But we think the idea behind the story has potential so we’re going to go ahead and shoot the series anyway. Good luck to anyone else who submitted their work to RTE, I’ll look foward to watching how the whole thing pans out.

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