Eibon Films Horror, Fantasy and SciFi writer / filmmaker and friend of the weird

16May/172

Still alive and well?

Hi - this is your absentee creative, back from the presumed-dead. I am very much alive, although very much still in work hell. It's a long story, but essentially to make up for a very slow year last year, we agreed to work ourselves into a potential breakdown in order to guarantee this year was profitable. But it comes at a cost. Such is the crazy world of working in my industry. We work while we can, as much as we can, to invoice as much as we can. But I think that the crazy late nights, every night and working weekends, every weekend, are now at an end. I even enjoyed an actual weekend this weekend! And I've planned a long summer break of creativity.

Soon I can return to editing the Vlogs, [potentially ignoring] this blog, and picking up my dusty film script to resume editing it / polishing it for circulation and submission, and releasing that damn short story already.

Elsewhere in my world... I feel a list coming on:

  • I've been working on a video ident for a musician friend, which gives me the opportunity to spend whatever free half hour I have (yes really, that little time free) to work on it - and hope to share it soon It's 15 seconds of After Effects motion graphic 80s video tape inspired goodness. We're just waiting for the key ingredient, the music, to be added to it before sharing it. - This task was to force me to dust off old and unused skills and see if I can still fumble my way around After Effects, since it's been updated. I can indeed! But I know I have much to relearn.
  • A script I wrote for Darwin Reina, is being filmed in Barcelona in July and has been adapted into Spanish. Yes this is dejavu, the production date changed, but it should be going ahead this time - DON'T FORGET TO BREATHE.
  • I'm about to release my 40th Vlog. Yes in one week I will have been vlogging for a whole year. And I will soon share my thoughts on the medium and what I've learned from doing it. I know they're just a bit of fun, but I feel good having created 40-somethings that would never have existed, had I never filmed them or done anything with the footage. One thing I can share now, they've been a great excuse to force me to ignore or suppress my grief, to get up and go out and experience life rather than lie in bed sulking, to try and capture a snapshot of it and bring it to life in some form for others to share. And I feel that I'm only getting started. If you want to check them out, you can find them here: VLOG PLAYLIST
  • I've been scripting constantly for work for 5 months - so I know I can deliver, come rain or shine, even when I feel like doing anything but, and more especially even if I can't share them with anyone due to non-disclosures.
  • I've done more real estate transactions than I would care to ever do again, all at the same time, to try and simplify my life! Yes that's not a typo. And in 3 weeks I will soon have a new home, with a proper writing studio again!

Anyway, enough of that. There'll be a real post soon... Thanks for stopping by!

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11Feb/170

Progress – what’s going on?

So, I have been busy. Here's a very quick update:

  • I've made it to one of my writing groups. This is great for motivation and I must make sure that I attend more of these sessions. Don't suffer in silence at home. Get out and see other creatives and talk about your work / share your work for feedback. It's the only time I find that people are willing to listen - when you're own friends and family are not - and will understand your issues.
  • A story I am planning to publish on kindle soon - as a one-shot - has placed in the quarter-finals in the Screencraft cinematic Short Story contest. This is great news. It probably won't make it further, as it's dark and violent and extremely gorey. But it's nice that it made it this far. More news on that when I know it.
  • I've been editing a feature script of mine - with a view to submitting it to writing board / job requests as a sample / spec submission.
    • The process:
      • I've already done the first pass read through, liked it, and was surprised by that.
      • I made notes, identified typos and areas that were unclear / didn't read well or needed more 'amplification' - on a printed copy of the script. It's just easier to do this all on paper.
      • I've worked through 40 pages so far, with a deep edit. This time it's mainly about clarity and amplification of emotions and subtext.
      • There'll be at least two more edits, focusing on different elements each time. More on that process later.

Unfortunately, now is the key period when work gets in the way of everything and I typically have to work 14/15 hour days. I would like to avoid this and stay strong. But we'll see.... I'm not whingeing. I know I'm lucky to have a good job. It would just be nice that it didn't frequently spill over into my private life.

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20Jul/160

Scrivener for IOS is here!

Scrivener is here! It's finally here on IOS! Holy buttschnozzles of Awesome! 🙂

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Now I've blogged about Scrivener here before, and I think that the first time I ever blogged about it was when I first created this blog back in 2009, if not before - in other previous social media incarnations - and this won't be the last time I mention it or praise this fabulous writing tool. I'm also not alone in my praise of it! I'm always gushing over it and I've even put my money where my mouth is and gifted other friends of mine with licenses to it, to pay for it for them, so that they can experience the amazing new world of writing that happens when they start using it. (Take note: software packages are great presents for writers at Birthdays and on other special occasions. Hint Hint!) But I won't waste time saying why it's so good here. But you can search this blog and you'll find many posts about this hollistic writing tool. 🙂

Although I was an instant convert to it, upon my first usage, I was very quick to realise that I could be far more productive if it was in a more portable form - as my 15" laptops were always too heavy to lug around each day (due to needing the hardware for video editing). I even took to creating a Hacbook to put the theory to the test - and bought a small netbook and installed the Mac OS and Scrivener on it. I managed to complete an entire feature screenplay on it, while taking part in ScriptFrenzy; I wrote while balancing the Hacbook on one knee while writing on the way to and from work, and in my lunch hours each day. The Hacbook was small enough to write with on cramped trains and on small economy class airplane seats, even when someone in front is reclining! The only thing that was missing was having it on an approved Apple portable device that I could afford. The problems with the Hacbooks you see was that they were not approved and every software update meant a complete reinstall, so eventually it simply became obsolete. But I was still writing on that Hacbook right up until 2 years ago when I bought my first iPad! Once I had the iPad I tried various workarounds and replacement apps, but I was merely killing time for when the real thing would arrive, although I still love writing on the move.

And the fine makers of Scrivener were quick to realise the potential of their tool on such portable devices. The problem was that it wasn't a quick journey to bring that idea to fruition. In fact there were many posts on the Literature and Latte forums devoted to the progress of the development of the IOS tool or lack of. There were numerous false starts. But I'm glad to say that they persevered and now it is availble to buy: Scrivener - live on the Apple store!

I've downloaded it and it works fine. Although it was impossible to find on the Apple store, without the direct link (above). I'm sadly not yet going to put it through its paces on a working project, but I couldn't resist a little play with it to make my day complete. However, if I was in the right creative headspace for it I'd be planning my next feature film in it... in fact, I may just start noodling ayway - it's that tempting!

Please note: if you own the Desktop versions, you should have the latest versions in order to benefit from the syncing functionality. I've had problems installing the Windows update and still not cracked in after 2 attempts. But the Mac update was fine. You'll also need Dropbox to take advantage of the syncing your projects across multiple devices.

Anyway, enough of me prattling on. Check it out. I hope you'll thank me. 🙂

Here's some links for more info:

 

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3Jan/160

2016 – My creative resolutions and goals

Last year, I did one of these posts, explaining what creative activities I was planning on focusing on in 2015 (original article HERE). So how did I do with those resolutions and goals and what will 2016 bring?

The short version:

  • Not so well. 5 out of 8 aint bad.
  • Will tackle the other 3 this year.
  • Still fighting the good fight.
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29Dec/150

2016 will bring editing

Today I printed the rough draft of MUTAGENE - my nanowrimo zombie novel from 2014.
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2016 will definitely produce a 2nd draft of it. I've printed it to go through it and painstakingly highlight it and mark it up, ready for editing, in the new year. I've ignored it and my other nanowrimo novel for too long. There's always a reason to work on something else. But I will bring one of them forward at least!
 
It's quite astounding that my tiny mind conjured up a 379 page novel. But also that I've still got another novel left to edit.... the question now is, are they any good????
I'm also going to devote some time to reflecting on how I've done in 2015 - with regard to following my goals. And looking at setting some new creative goals for 2016.
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5May/130

Daily writing practice

Things I am going to attempt to do each day, to get back into my groove:

1. Brainstorm each day - (gather potential topics for future exploration, especially at the end to fuel my next session - reviewing them at the start of my next, if not already motivated by an idea or scene)....
2. Write every morning before work, on the train and after work - as a minimum part of my routine
3. Make friends with my Inner critic - ask his permission to make mistakes and convince him to back off a bit 😉
4. Multi-task to keep me engaged, but only when encountering a creative roadblock
5. Write about the ordinary, my life, a journal, if it helps to put the time in and open that dialogue
6. Force myself to have new experiences - to help overcome roadblocks - new writing places? E.g. Lunch writing in different spots
7. Try visual collages - to capture an experience if I can't find the words. Page through art /photography books for inspiration.
8. Create musical soundscapes that are evocative of the world or emotion I'm creating.
9. Visit a new place, walking, a museum, gig, listen to conversations, allow myself to watch and observe.
10. Nap, meditate, pray... to the old ones 😉

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