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 Post subject: Re: INTERZONE 243
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:27 pm 
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I bow to no one in my admiration of Nick Lowe's Mutant Popcorn. But how can he say "There are only two incontestably great unfilmed sf scripts"? How does he know? Has he read everything penned by every screenwriter in the genre in the history of cinema? If this statement is second-hand, where is it from? I'm curious. It seems a random, unsubstantiated claim. (Harlan Ellison's unfilmed adaptation of I,ROBOT springs to mind as an obvious contender.)

Plus, on a minor note: "...Johnson's way of working, which laughs in the face of screenwriting orthodoxy to write scenes dialogue-first in longhand" - is exactly how I work a lot of the time: I am not aware of any "orthodoxy" that decrees doing it in any other way, so that baffles me slightly, too.


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 Post subject: Re: INTERZONE 243
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:09 pm 
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I must say that I agree - this is pushing the bounds of academic respectability somewhat. I keep telling my students not to make claims that cannot be justified or substantiated.

As an aged and very experienced screenwriter I dislike immensely any set of rules for how a screenplay should or should not be written. What counts is the result, not the route taken to arrive at it, and all writers have to find their own methodology.

I have plenty of screenplays that have been commissioned, written, accepted, and then not shot, usually for economic or technical reasons. It is remotely possible that my episode for "Space 1999" called "Day of the Valtan" - which had a something that the Gerry Anderson thought they couldn't achieve easily in visual terms in series two, and hence was moved back to the series three that was never made - might be a contestant for utter beauty and perfection. As I'm the only person who has a copy, it's not likely to register in the "incontestable" index.

Still - let's not get too stroppy with an excellent and illuminating critic!

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 Post subject: Re: INTERZONE 243
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:18 pm 
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Jim, I hope I'm not being stroppy! Not my intention. Just curious! And it's a sad fact (to me!) that only half a dozen people in Hollywood have ever read my screenplay of John Wyndhams's THE CHRYSALIDS, for instance. But I'm not claiming any unsung greatness for myself! I just wonder what unfilmed gems may be out there. Probably a mountain of them, given that a one-in-ten rate is the average one for produced against unproduced screenplays. (I must admit, the one Nick flags sounds fascinating, though. I wonder, is it published?)


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 Post subject: Re: INTERZONE 243
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:51 pm 
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Sounds interesting, could The Chrysalids be Kickstarted?


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 Post subject: Re: INTERZONE 243
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:20 pm 
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I very much doubt it but you never know.


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 Post subject: Re: INTERZONE 243
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:29 pm 
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I'd love to see a film version of the Chrysalids. First Wyndham I ever read, as a far-too-young boy, and possibly my favourite.

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 Post subject: Re: INTERZONE 243
PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:42 pm 
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I'm belated as ever, but just read Priya Sharma's story in this and absolutely loved it - so evocative, and beautifully written.

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 Post subject: Re: INTERZONE 243
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:10 am 
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Thank you so much Alison- will be smiling all day now. :D I got "A Cold Season" for Christmas and am looking forward to settlling down with it at some point soon.

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 Post subject: Re: INTERZONE 243
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:25 pm 
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Ooh thanks Priya, hope you like it!

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The Philosophy of Ships is in Starship Sofa podcast 294

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