Monday, November 14, 2011

The Writers behind Soap - Short Film

Soap is a short film script we are hoping will become a short film. It was co-written by James Lindsay and Ryan Lindsay after Ryan had written a short story about a man afflicted with OCD who has to wash his hands every hour on the hour. It ended with the man standing in a queue at a bank and just before the hour is up the bank is held up.

Over beers, I (James) was intrigued by the story and thought it had good comedy and dramatic potential for a short script. I went home wrote a very quick 1st draft and quickly sent it on to Ryan for thoughts and ideas. I was originally going to write it alone but the quantity and quality of Ryan's notes made it evident that this was to become a joint venture. We back and forthed it for a few months and decided to send it out to producers.

I had previously been lucky enough to have a very talented Brisbane based production company, Lav Productions make one of my shorts. The Pessimist went on to screen at several national and international film festivals and even won 'Best Film' at the QNFA (Queensland New Filmmaker Awards) in 2009. Well I sent the script onto Lav and his team first but they had a fully booked slate and passed. I then sent it onto a couple of production companies around the country and again struck gold with a South Australian production company, Thunderstorm Productions headed by producer Matt Pearson. Soap even went as far as pre-production but fell through at the last minute and Soap was once again without a home.

Soap then sat on the shelves for a year while work, kids and other commitments took the forefront. Then one fateful day, or it might have been a night I was fiddling on Twitter and looking at different production companies and the logo for Madphat Productions caught my eye. I had a look at the website and was very impressed with the quality of work and took a chance and sent it through.

I'm a shocker when waiting for feedback so every hour spelled, Thanks but no thanks. Then about 3 days later Eddie replied with positive feedback and we eventually got the ball rolling to where we are now.

We are about to launch a fund raising effort on so keep your eyes and ears to the grindstone!

See ya around!

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