Fascinated by the technique of scriptwriting as a form of professional writing during my final Masters, I  dipped my toes in the water and finally found my feet as a scriptwriter by writing what I know…

Seasons

My final term project, is a fictionalised adaptation of my ten year experience as a chalet host.

A visually rich light-hearted comedy-drama which follows the life of a typical English family, with a love of outdoor life and the community of  seasonaires who surround them.

Written as a long running HE TV comedy-drama, this series combines the upredicatable comedy of visiting guests similar to ChaletGirl, with the stunning alpine scenery of Force Majeure and the issues of family displacement as explored in  800 Words.

This fictionalised adaptation immerses the Jones family in a seies of unexpected situations as they cope with their first season running their dream ski chalet in the French Alps. Lost guests, avalanches, broken legs, crazy hen weekends and rowdy corporate groups provide a comic element to the lives of the family as they try to maintain normality to their life in the Mountains of France.

If you would like to discover the research behind the story planning for Seasons, please take a look my journal entires below….

 

Owls Head

A gentle thriller is based in two eras and three countries, which explores the theme of  …’the desire for a different life.’

A death, a secret journal and surprising legacy begin a husband’s journey to rediscover his life and a daughter’s journey to uncover the uncomfotable truth of her mother’s past.

Recently adaptated from a novel of the same name, Owls Head has been reworked  to fit both a 4-6 part closed end TV serial & feature film format. Set in the beautiful landscapes of England, France and Canada, Owls Head reveals an intriguing backstory of love, betrayal and death set in the late sixties alongside a present-day quest to discover what a recently bereaved husband and daughter want from their new lives.

 

Mile High

A short film script which tackles the lack of privacy in today’s social media-obsessed society, and throws light on the disparity between the sexes in the workplace that continues to dominate media headlines.

A thirty-something account manager faces discrimination, loses her job and is forced to rebuild her life when wrongly implicated in a social media sex scandal.

This short film introduces a relaxed carefree family and friends on a ski holiday. However, when the husband and wife return to suburbia their lives are turned upside down by a social media posting of Ben’s sexual encounter in a ski lift. Serena, presumed to be the woman in the video, faces unwanted, intrusive attention from her colleagues and is pushed to the limit when propositioned by a colleague. When she lashes out she faces disciplinary action which could end her career, the couple’s life is blown apart and their failing marriage is exposed.

 

Sketches

My latest script writing project in development. This stage play offers a visual snapshot into the engaging lives of a group of artists who gather together annually to paint in Cornwall. It sensitively tackles the inevitable disintegration of the group as they face the realities of their age, brought to the forefront by the life threating disappearance of one member who has been recently diagnosed with of dementia.

 

 

Journal Entries

SEASONS New to the game I have only dabbled briefly with scriptwriting in the past when adapted the first few chapters of my unpublished novel for a university project. My second project in this genre of writing was far more adventurous and time-consuming. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do. An […]

SEASONS I never need an excuse to sit down and binge watch TV, but researching with a critical eye to evaluate the craft behind the characters, structure, and plots meant I really needed to pay attention. The obvious place to start was with some of the most relevant more famous sitcoms such as Fawlty Towers, […]

SEASONS All the investigation into TV series prompted me to throw myself into the library and Scriptmag, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (by Syd Field) and Writing Long-running Television Series: v. 1  (by Julian Friedmann) to identify the real differences between TV series and sitcoms. The boundaries are definitely greying, but the overall differences are that […]

SEASONS Some of the situations our family faced in the Alps were almost too ridiculous, despite being real and this is often a problem with adapting material from true life. As highlighted in Writing Scripts for Television, Radio, and Film (by Edgar E Willis and Camille D’Arienzo), there is a fine line between the boring, […]

SEASONS It’s not all about the plot though. Characters can make or break a TV series. They need to be complex and how they react to situations will not only determine their values but reveal who they really are. The audience can love them or hate them, but they need to feel a connection. Character […]