Archive for July 9, 2012

Shadowplay Year Zero

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on July 9, 2012 by dcairns

Well, got my computer back from the repairman with next to nothing on it. Reinstalled some of the software that came with it, and some of the stuff that was floating around free, but to get the documents back will involve a specialist and likely set me back three hundred quid. Now, I’ve GOT three hundred quid, but if I spent it I wouldn’t have, so I’m not terribly keen on that option.

For a while I felt enjoyably light. Sure, four years of work was gone, but most of it is right here on the web, or else it’s in the possession of producers, publishers etc. It’s only when I started thinking about the stuff that wasn’t backed up anywhere, including one very good screenplay that never had a producer, and a lot of nice music, that I kind of felt that three hundred quid was as good as spent.

But there’s no immediate urgency. So what I might try to do is write an e-book and offer it for sale at 50p. If I sell 600 copies, I’ll have paid for the data recovery. Of course, that figure may be rather unrealistic. But I figure I ought to be able to shame SOME of you into shelling out, and I’ll make sure I give value for money. At least ten pages…

Of course, I’m making a documentary right now and I teach and occasionally I write for money, so I don’t know how long this will all take to organize, especially as I don’t quite know how to go about selling the thing. PayPal, I guess.

Oh, and I need a subject. I was vaguely thinking THE LADYKILLERS, the William Rose-Sandy Mackendrick version, of course. Should be plenty of fun to be had with that…