Two New Projects!

I’m very happy to be in a position where I can explain in detail the two projects I’m currently excited to be working on!

Doors (a short film)

For the first part of the year I’ve been working with my good friends (and filmmakers) Gary Thomas and Mark Lever as I develop my first full short film script.

Doors is a science-fiction/psychological horror charting one man’s journey into madness as he tests the latest word in wearable tech. Think Google Glass meets Microsoft Hololens… with an alien twist that drives one man to the brink of insanity as he struggles to believe what he sees.

I hope to blog a lot more about Doors over the remainder of the year as I work with Gary and Mark to refine the script. As a group, it’s hoped to put Doors into actual production in 2016.

It’s also been quite an experience to work in a totally different form of writing – I’ve never really written a screenplay before, and despite initially being quite reserved about it, I have found the experience to be quite liberating, and there’s a palpable sense of seeing one’s idea develop across drafts.

The Thaw (novel)

I’ve also undertaken the first steps in a new novel, to which I have attached the title The Thaw. I plan for this to be a post-apocalyptic adventure charting a man’s initially insular desire to protect his family from an oppressive rump state that ostensibly protects the survivors of a nuclear holocaust in North America but is hell-bent on picking up where the atomic bombs left off with an army of super-soldiers bred from the very children of those it purports to protect.

This is a great opportunity for me to give something back to a genre I truly love. I want to put my own mark on the genre; before, having played games such as Fallout that have arguably perfectly-realised backstories and narratives, I felt that I was limited to what I could add to the genre. However, now I feel I have an idea (again, I hope to talk about it in more detail as I go through the writing process) that I can develop and have faith in, I reckon the time is right to craft my own destroyed utopia and tell a story that I feel will resonate with people.

Now that I have opened the proverbial can of worms, I really can’t wait to get started getting these projects moving! I have waited until I have made tangible progress on each before I announce them; too often, it’s easy to say you’re going to do something and then never mention it again. With Doors I have two drafts of a script and plenty of excellent, constructive feedback to work with for the third draft; I have at the same time made a concerted effort to make a start outlining The Thaw – I’ve plenty of notes for my backstory and universe that the story will take place in but it is now that I have a few chapters outlined (roughly, at least!) I feel that the project has the steam up.

With both of these things, I ended up doing a lot of insular, introspective planning but transcending that thought process into tangible preparatory work is the greatest leap I face with new projects. And I have faith in the concepts between both of these ideas that I feel they can now take a wide slice of my time.