October 17, 2015

London Screen Writers Festival & Becoming a Traceur …

Next week I’m off to the London Screen Writers festival for the first time, to learn about pitching and script writing to add what I’m doing already.

I’m in prep for my two ideas so I can get good practice in, and have one in the bag for backup. The course is great, really insightful, and I’ll take several modules to get that blueprint of how to finish a great script.

Parkour training is going surprisingly well, making great progress as you can see in the video. My coach is very pleased and it bodes well for the film trailer. 2 more years of training and we’ll have something special to use for the character and the action sequences.

The very next day after that video, (which took an hour to learn, and it was not working at the start) we went to a gymnastics gym for the first time in my life. I managed to kong vault a shoulder height vaulting horse, even impressing some local free runners, who complimented me and gave me some technical tips. Most people don’t make it that far first time. I have to squeeze some more time for training as it will pay off later.

Escrima is much tougher, Alex is a great teacher, but I’m far from a natural, so a long way to go there, but it will come , just got to keep turning up. I usually manage 6 hours a week, but sometimes my body demands a rest. Busiest I’ve ever been.

We’re looking at firearns training in Poland at the end of November, as soon as I heard about that, sign me up! Great to get a real feel for a real weapon, take it apart etc then bring that knowledge back for the film.Glock, AK47, shotgun, just perfect!

You may ask, especially since I haven’t posted for over a year, what about the music?

It’s taking a back seat, but I am going to try to squeeze in some practice in readiness for writing the soundtrack for my trailer. The harsh reality is, I can’t make a living from music, and I fought for it for 20 years, put all my time, cash etc into it. If I don’t get myself into a creative industry, I’m faced with office work for the rest of my days, I’d rather go out fighting than face that.

I have to “feed the music so it can feed me”, or “feed the film so it can feed me”.
So that’s why all the effort, so I can get my foot in the door of the film industry, leap frogging everyone else ( kong vault anyone?).

So when I take yet another knock from training, and yes even in that clip I’m carrying several, just keep on going.

At the end of it all, what a business card to have and to demonstrate to a prospective employer, ” this is what I went through for this”.

Hope you don’t mind the long silence here, will try to fit a few more in. I can’t reveal everything, because you should “never teach the wu-tang”, but hopefully you’ll see what can be done if you persevere.

the Ghost walks with You…

Paul

The Ghost That Walks

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