What I’ve been up to….

Since September, I have been enrolled full time in a Performing Arts course with South Eastern Regional College. The course is mainly acting and movement based with segues into community arts, scriptwriting and the business of being a performer.

I’ve been an extra in a feature shot in Belfast (ZOO) and been a feature in a student short (Silence) with some students from Belfast Metropolitan College. Suffice to say I’ll act for free with any student shorts that appear – though typically they don’t have many stories for middle-aged nerds).

I’ve also been writing scripts and currently I have two productions in the offing. One is a science fiction series that I’ll detail below and the second is a student short with zero budget based on some other scripts. I’m keen to see if there’s any stickiness with them and keen to see if there’s methods of distribution I’d not previously thought of. In my head, these are Amazon or Netflix series’ and/or features. So that’s what I’ll pursue.

The current production I’m actively working on is going to require some animation for the title sequences so I’m wondering if I should start learning that in my spare time.

But in the meantime, read the bold sections below in your most erudite Richard Burton tones. I’d love your thought on it.

On a cosmological timeline, the entirety of human existence is a brief flicker, like a match strike in the darkness.

[Animation in the background show a small red dot on a black background with two tiny planets orbiting it. It explodes in cartoon fashion and a series of 2d shockwaves expand outwards towards the darkness. Until it arrives at a small solar system with 9 planets….one a blue pearl in the darkness.]

There have been great extinctions on Earth before but life always managed. Something escaped the destruction and thrived.

[2d animation of a dinosaur being watching the comet plummet down. Fade to white]

This time, there would be no survival. Everyone would die within the decade. And the challenges of climate change and ozone layers seemed suddenly insignificant. But we learned we were not alone.

[2d animation of alien spacecraft above the blue pearl illuminating the planet in their rays of light]

We were saved.