F is for…
Films (and TV) (and Facebook)
A short post today – brief and to the point (as if with the master waffler) – lots of questions for you though.
As much as I love reading I don’t do as much of it as perhaps I should because of watching films and television. To me though I see this as an essential part of learning my craft as a writer (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it). I don’t seem to go to the cinema as much anymore now I have Sky+ and the Movie Package and an extensive DVD collection. My biggest problem is that there is just too much to watch. American series are almost like a mini movie each week and I have to admit to watching and enjoying more US series to UK shows.
What I’ve enjoyed recently
UK Shows – Being Human (and the spin off episode Becoming Human), Hex
US Shows (too many too list really) – The Big C is very well written and acted, Castle, Bones etc etc etc.
Films – Just received the DVD of Life as we Know It (which I thought was pretty much perfect), How to Train Your Dragon, The Blindside.
Films I plan to see in the cinema this year
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) (Squeeeee) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1). Also wondering if anyone wants to join me for Orange Wednesday on April 20th for a double feature of Red Riding Hood and Scream 4 (I went to see Scream on my own and it was one of the first DVDs I bought)?
On Book Adaptations
I know some people that, if they’ve loved the book, they simply refuse to watch the film. I usually want to see it filmed and do sometimes get annoyed that ‘it’s not like the book’ but as I’m getting more into screenwriting I am starting to realise that they are separate entities. (Still no excuse to move Hagrid’s hut from one place to another between films people or for the long boring stood on top of the tree bits of Twilight, imo). I think I’m learning things like the importance of elements other than dialogue and the need to start with action rather than exposition and back-story, techniques that will apply to fiction as well as screenplay writing.
I was given Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere for my Slingink Secret Santa book in 2009 and ordered the DVD of the TV series. I was actually quite disappointed in this and really think it deserves a film adaptation.
There is a series of children’s books that I think needs a tv series adaptation but I’m keeping that a secret for now!
Selected screenplays I own
Good Will Hunting
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Random episodes of Buffy, Angel and Charmed
Sad or because I have a bad memory?
I keep all of my cinema tickets and the first few films I remember seeing in the cinema are The Little Mermaid, Kuffs and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I also remember paying under £2 rather than over £7 for a ticket).
I also spend too much time on Facebook (and Twitter) and I’m toying with the idea of a Kirsty Stanley (Writer) Page on Facebook. I’ve actually set one up but not shared it yet because I’m still in that, ‘Can I call myself a writer’ phase (I do have a few seconds where I say you can call yourself anything you want).
What are your favourite films and TV series?
Which do you prefer, UK or US Shows or ones another country?
What are the earliest films you remember seeing at the cinema?
What film do you look forward to seeing in the cinema this year?
What book would you like to see filmed, as a film or a series?
What do you learn from watching Films as opposed to reading books?
Writers with Facebook Pages, when did you feel ready to release yourself as a Page?