"Don't be a loser, just do it." Go check out MA when it premiere on Saturday, Febuaury 8, 2020 on HBO. In the meanwhile read the insightful interview I did with the screenwriter of MA :https://novelpro.weebly.com/latest-news/interview-with-mr-scotty-landes-screenwriter-of-ma
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Bio from Toby Harvard's website:
Toby Harvard is a photographer and storyboard artist based in London that shoots on both film and digital with an Olympus E-500 and a Pentax K1000. His work is melancholic, mysterious and intriguing, and entirely focused on the mood and atmosphere of the moment rather than a specific subject.
1. What is the genesis of Come to Daddy?
Ant Timpson was a producer on The Greasy Strangler, which I'd written with my mate Jim Hosking. He asked if I'd be interested in writing a movie for him to direct as his debut. I was in, regardless of the idea.
Then he told me he wanted to do something based on his own experience of spending time in a house with his father's dead body. I was hooked instantly. The more he told me about his experience, the more the ideas started flowing, and over the next few days it started taking shape.
2. What is your writing process when you wrote Come to Daddy?
Quick, instinctive, frenetic. I loved the man-in-house-with-dead-dad idea, and I saw it as one chapter in a bigger, twistier tale. So that became the midpoint lynchpin sequence - then it was a question of how to build up to that, and where to go afterwards.
I'd been wanting to write a script about a man reconnecting with an estranged father for a while. I'd also been thinking about an idea where a sheltered hipster gets thrown into an underworld of crime and violence, so all those ideas seemed to meld together nicely for this. I started cooking up the story, Ant weighed in with his thoughts, we tweaked it here and there, and I jumped into writing the script. The first draft came together in less than a week.
Then Ant and I talked it all through, really ironed out the creases, and got it ready to shoot.
3. List three adjectives to describe Come to Daddy?
Deceitful. Gleeful. Sad.
4. Were there other titles you came up with before Come to Daddy? If so, what were they?
Ant and I were picturing the artist Skrillex when visualising the Norval character. I read an interview with him where he said his favourite song was Flim, by Aphex Twin. Also one of my favourites. Then I remembered it's on the Aphex Twin EP titled... Come To Daddy. That was that.
5. What writers inspired you to become a screenwriter?
Harold Pinter and Roald Dahl.
6. What are your thoughts on Elijah Wood playing Norval Greenwood, Stephen McHattie playing Gordon or/and any other cast members in Come to Daddy? Did you meet them on set?
Elijah was a producer on The Greasy Strangler, and I knew he and Ant were close. So I really wrote Norval with him in mind. I don't think there's another actor on Earth who could have played the character, not to put too fine a point on it. And he exceeded all expectations - it's a brilliant, incredibly layered performance, with a lot of different notes - he's funny, awkward, creepy, sad, vulnerable, vicious, lost.
I didn't go to the set - I was in the Dominican Republic with Hosking, shooting our AdultSwim show Tropical Cop Tales. But I'd watch the dailies Ant was shooting and was blown away.
The performances are all perfect - even though everyone's style is different, they all feel like they're part of this strange alternate Come To Daddy world that Ant conjured up.
7. What’s your favorite line in Come to Daddy?
There's a reference to the British politician Michael Heseltine that I'm amazed made it into the movie.
8. Did you know how Come to Daddy would end or did it come to you while writing the story?
Yes. It was all plotted out. We felt that after all the bile and deception and violence and skullduggery, it needed to culminate in a moment of pure sincere emotion. Almost as a reward for the viewer, the light at the end of the tunnel.
9. How was your overall experience working with the director Ant Timpson?
Ant is brilliant. Full of incredible ideas, and unafraid to go all the way and take big risky gambles. His experience with the nuts and bolts of sets and logistics and budgets really helped us streamline the script and make it shootable.
We're working on something now that goes a lot further than Daddy - into some truly mythical territory.
10. If a self-published author is seeking a screenwriter, how would one get you to read his or her story to see if it would make a compelling movie?
I'd imagine going via agents/managers is the best way.
11. If you have your own talk show, who would your first three guests be (besides me, of course)?
I'd like to have a talk show where the guests are normal people talking about their lives. A bus driver, a travelling salesman, perhaps the regional manager of a cardboard manufacturing company.
12. What were your hobbies as a kid? What are your hobbies now?
My hobbies as a child are the same as my hobbies as an adult: binge-drinking and writing. And occasionally photography.
13. What was the last great film you saw? What was the last great book you read?
Film: Frenzy (Hitchock/Anthony Shaffer). Book: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada.
14. Last question, what show would you like to make a cameo?
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.
All the best to Toby Harvard on his latest project. Come to Daddy will be in theaters on Friday, February 7 (USA) and on February 21( Canada). You can pre-order the film on Amazon right now! I hope you check it out and have a great time. Thank you for stopping by here as always. Don't forget to stop by again and tell a friend or two about novelpro junkie. Make this blog your first stop all things entertainment.
The third novel by author Meg Gardiner is getting an adaptation by Amazon Studios. The 3rd novel is part of the UNSUB series. The third novel's release date is on Feb. 18, 2020. The adaptation will be a one-hour drama. Larry Trilling, Shane Salerno, and Billy Bob Thorton will executive produce the project. The first two books in the UNSUB series were set up at CBS Television Studios.
You can pre-order a copy of book 3 of the UNSUB series!
Here is the goodread's storyline for the first UNSUB novel:
A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.
Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.
The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.
Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.
Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss?
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The director of Killing Eve, Damon Thomas, will be directing the movie adaptation of My Best Friend's Exorcism. The screenwriter of this project will be Christopher Landon who also serve as the producer. Mr. Landon was involved with the movie Happy Death Day.
Here is the goodread's story line for My Best Friend's Exorcism:
Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act…different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?
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Interview with Carol Dysinger, director of the BAFTA & Oscar-nominated Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
UPDATE:- Ms. Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva won the BAFTA Award for Best British Short Film. This phone interview with Ms. Carol Dysinger was prior to the BAFTA and Oscar ceremony. Again, congrats to Ms. Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva.
Another Update:- Congrats to Ms. Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva yet again. This time they won the Oscar Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.
Carol Dysinger's About section from her website:
Carol Dysinger directed the short documentary LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) which won Best Documentary Short at Tribeca Film Festival 2019.
Dysinger is also known for her feature length documentary CAMP VICTORY, AFGHANISTAN, compiled from 300+ hours of footage gathered over the course of three years. It premiered in competition at SXSW 2010, and played at the Museum of Modern Art Doc Fortnight and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Funded by Sundance Doc Fund and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the film later appeared on Public Television.
Prior to directing docs, Professor Dysinger edited many documentaries and features, including DEADLINE for Big Mouth Productions (Sundance, and NBC), RAIN for Lola Films, M.Scorsese Executive Producer (Sundance, Venice International) SANTITOS for Springall Pix, John Sayles Exec (Sundance, Guadalajara, San Sebastian) and PUNK (Warners) which was a finalist for a national Emmy.
As a screenwriter in Los Angeles, she co-wrote several scripts for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Sam Goldwyn Productions, and A CHRISTMAS STAR with Fred Gwyn and Ed Asner for Disney. She wrote several independent features BURNTOWN for HBO Independent, and FAT GIRLS FROM HELL for Sheila Mclaughlin. Her short films screened widely and won several awards including the Student Academy Award for Best Dramatic and the Hugo Award. She is the recipient of the David Payne Carter award for excellence in teaching.
Carol was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is currently developing a semi-autobiographical interactive piece depicting her experience with war.
I hope you enjoy the phone interview I had with Ms. Carol Dysinger. Get to know this brilliant director and discover why her documentary short deserved both a BAFTA-nomination and Oscar-nomination.
1. First off, how did you celebrate the New Year/ New decade?
2. What was the genesis of your documentary short film?
3. Were there other titles you came up with before Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)? If so, what were they?
4. What challenges did you face while filming the documentary short?
5. what is your favorite moment in the documentary short and why?
6. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after directing it?
7. If you had to describe Elena Andreicheva using three words, they would be?
8. After Filming the documentary short, how has this experience affected your life personally?
9. Congratulations on the BAFTA and Oscar nomination for your documentary short. What a way to start off the new decade, Yes? My question is….Where were you when you discovered that the BAFTA nominated your documentary short?
10. Where were you when you discovered that Oscars nominated your documentary short?
11. Who are you excited to meet or see at the BAFTA and Oscars ceremony?
12. If you win the award, are you going to have a speech prepared or are you going to wing it?
13. If you could sit down with any three people in the world and have a chat with them, who would they be and why?
14. If you could write and direct a film-adaptation of any novel/novella/short story, which one would you like to adapt?
15. Last question, which film do you predict would win the Oscars for Best Picture?
I greatly appreciate her time to answer my questions. Wishing all the best and I hope the BAFTA and the Oscar ceremony will be a fantastic experience for Carol Dysinger and everyone involved with the project. Thank you, readers and visitors, for taking your time to get to know Carol Dysinger and I hope you check out Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) , which is on AETN.com and VOD. You can check out her other projects(website) as well. Take care and have a fine day.
IMPORTANT:- Click the link (name) to read the interview I had with the producer ( Elena Andreicheva) of Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone(if You're a Girl).
It was well known that the John Carpenter's The Thing was the remake of 1951's The Thing from Another World, which was based on a novella titled Who Goes There?. That novella was published in August 1938 on Astounding Science Fiction.
Flash forward to 2018, there was a discovery found by John Betancourt. It was reported that there is an actual novel-length version to the Who Goes There? novella. Mr. Betancourt went to Kickstarter to fund the release of the latest discovery. He titled the novel-length version Frozen Hell.
Here is a quote from John Betancourt explaining his discovery of the manuscript:
“In 1938, acclaimed science fiction author John W. Campbell published the novella Who Goes There?, about a team of scientists in Antarctica who discover and are terrorized by a monstrous, shape-shifting alien entity. The story would later be adapted into John Carpenter’s iconic movie The Thing (following an earlier film adaptation in 1951). The published novella was actually an abridged version of Campbell’s original story, called Frozen Hell, which had to be shortened for publication. The Frozen Hell manuscript remained unknown and unpublished for decades, and it was only recently rediscovered.”
“Frozen Hell expands the Thing story dramatically, giving vital backstory and context to an already incredible tale.”
Now, Blumhouse and Universal Studio are interested in adapting this novel into a movie. The studios are quite excited about its existence and eager to get the project going. It appears that Alan Donnes will produce it.
Novelpro Junkie will keep you posted when more news become available. In the meanwhile get your copy of Frozen Hell by John Betancourt and read why the most successful studios are eager to adapt it into a horror movie.
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Interview with Elena Andreicheva, producer of BAFTA/Oscar-nominated Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
UPDATE:- Ms. Carol Dysinger( right side of the gif) and Elena Andreicheva (left side of the gif) won the BAFTA Award for Best British Short Film. The interview with Ms. Elena Andreicheva was prior to the BAFTA ceremony. Again, congrats to Ms. Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva.
Another Update:- Congrats to Ms. Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva yet again. They won the Oscar Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.
About Me page on Elena Andreicheva's website:
I am a Kiev-born British filmmaker and journalist working in TV documentary production and development since 2006. I studied Physics at university and Science Journalism at masters level, getting my first taste of research assisting on Nick Rosen's book "How to Live Off Grid".
Since then, I have worked with many major UK production companies on a wide variety of content. With a wealth of experience working with government institutions, NGOs and contributors worldwide, my specialism is tackling big issues through relatable stories and great access.
The most important aspect of my work, and my motivation, is a genuine desire to find out what it’s like to live the lives of the people who populate my films. Paired with a thorough practical knowledge of documentary filmmaking and an understanding of the visual power of the medium, I aim to make films that fuse powerful journalism with great heart.
1. How did you celebrate the New Year/ New decade?
I always celebrate New Year with my family in Ukraine, which is where I’m from and where my folks still live. We all have a glass of something bubbly as we listen to the President’s speech at midnight, and then eat lots of pickles and some traditional food. Sometimes there’s karaoke. We didn’t do anything special for the new decade though as I have a little kid and was in bed fairly early!
2. What drew you to produce this documentary short film?
I was very excited about having the chance to visit Afghanistan and to try to really capture girls’ experiences there – after everything you hear about it being one of the worst place to be born a girl. I thought that this was such a cool way to tease out some unexpected moments for the audience, through skateboarding. I jumped at the chance to do it.
3. What challenges did you face while producing the documentary short?
There were difficulties of course in filming in Afghanistan and at times it felt quite limited, what we could do. We couldn't move as freely as we wanted, or just hop out for some GVs / B-roll. But for me, one of the biggest challenges was making a short over a few years, in the end - it was a huge challenge to keep the momentum going, to keep schedules aligned, to keep our contributors in Kabul engaged. It felt like a bit of a marathon.
4. what is your favorite moment in the documentary short and why?
My favourite moment is when one of the girls we’ve seen struggle with writing Daddy at the board finally nails it. I get goosebumps every time! I know skateboarding is the reason people will take notice of the film, but it’s the education element I found really touching – what it means to these girls to be able to spell Mommy or Daddy, or their own name.
5. If you had to describe Carol Dysinger using three words, they would be?
Refreshing. Knowledgeable. No-nonsense.
6. After producing the documentary short, how has this experience affected your life personally?
In the past, I have been able to switch off fairly easily from projects I’m working on – but with this film, it was constantly sort of ‘on’. That required lots of endurance, as I said, but it also forced me to draw clearer lines between work and my personal life. And this conflict was very much amplified because I had a baby in 2018.
7. Congratulations on the BAFTA and Oscar nomination for your documentary short. What a way to start off the new decade! My question is…. Where were you when you discovered that the BAFTA nominated your documentary short?
I was in Bangkok Airport, en route from Ukraine to New Zealand to visit my partner’s family. I had had a hellish sleepless flight so obviously that really cheered me up!
8. Where were you when you discovered that Oscars nominated your documentary short?
For the Oscar announcement, we decided to all gather on Skype – me in New Zealand (it was the middle of the night, 3am), Carol and Molly Thompson (EP) in New York, and the folks at Grain Media in London. We even recorded the chat – it’s hilarious.
9. Who are you excited to meet or see at the BAFTA and Oscars ceremony?
I’d love to meet Greta Gerwig – just because. And Waad Al-Kateab who made ‘For Sama’ – there are so many things I would want to talk to her about.
10. If you win the award, are you going to have a speech prepared or are you going to wing it?
I have a bad – or good? – habit of playing out future events in my head, sort of like a daydream. I’ve thought about the possibility and what I might say or do, but I haven’t got a coherent speech or anything. I think I’m a little too supersticious to do one, in the end.
11. What has been the best compliment you heard about the documentary short?
A few new friends I made through moms’ groups said to me how touched they were by the film. These aren’t people in the industry and I love it when a film really connects to people in that way. One of them told me after a screening that she had to go home straight away as she was so shaken by it.
12. How did you majored in Physics at university and a master’s in Science Journalist to becoming a producer? Could you explain your transition into film production?
Yes, it’s a bit of a weird one. About half way through my Physics degree, I wrote an essay about quantum mechanics and realised that I’m a lot more passionate about writing and communicating ideas rather than solving them. So I decided to try out science journalism and loved it. The history and philosophy of science in particular. After the course, I got an opportunity to intern with a doc producer and then got a job as a researcher for a BBC series about developing world health. That’s where I caught the socio-politico documentary bug.
13. If you could sit down with any three people in the world and have a chat with them, who would they be and why?
That’s hard… I’d love to meet Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama – women who’ve been under intense scrutiny but who all seem to have a good sense of humour.
14. If a self-published author is seeking a producer, how would one get you or any experience producer to read his or her story to see if it would make a compelling short film/ feature film?
My door is always open for people to approach me with ideas, but I suppose it would have to be something I am interested in – so worth doing a background check on what I’ve done in the past. I deal with character-driven documentaries which are mainly not based on books, so it might be that a producer better-versed in that world would be a more natural choice.
15. If you could produce a film-adaptation of any novel/novella/short story, which one would you like to do?
That’s hard to answer for a non-fiction filmmaker – I’ve been reading a lot of children’s books lately so maybe something folksy… I find those old folk tales very creepy and atmospheric and ripe for exploring, for both kids and adults.
17. Which film do you predict would win the Oscars for Best Picture?
I have a feeling it might be “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”…
18. Last question, what is something you always wanted to try but afraid to do?
At the moment, it’s less fear and more lack of time… Probably something on the extreme sports front, like helicopter skiing. Yes, that would be it. I have that image from one of the James Bond movies and it looks like a lot of fun while being utterly terrifying.
Like I stated earlier, both Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva won the BAFTA awards. Huge congrats to them. Next will be the Oscars. All the best to them as well for that ceremony. I hope you all check out their documentary short and see why It won the award in the first place: www.sling.com , AETN.com and VOD. Take care my fellow readers and thank you for stopping by here. Tweet or like this post if you will.
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