A while back I wrote about my planned new publication ‘Off Script‘
I’m pleased to say it’s now available at Amazon – currently on Kindle and, if you have it, Kindle Unlimited. The paperback version will be available within the next week or so.
After publishing two collections of short stories (Basement Tales and You Could Make a Killing), Off Script is something a bit different.
The collection consists of four scripts – each about 20 minutes long in length, and each designed to be filmed on ultra-low budgets with minimum cast/ locations. In addition, each script comes with a couple of pages of notes which consider thematic and practical considerations, film references, and a link to a downloadable shooting script in pdf format from this very website.
As well as the scripts themselves, the book contains the short stories which formed the basis for two of the scripts to allow the reader to see the difference between prose and shooting scripts. I’ve also included one of my short stories that I think is unfilmable, a list of recommended film scripts written by the good and the great, and a short glossary of some of the more common film terms.
If anyone does want to have a go at making a film of any of the four (or five, if you include the ‘impossible’ story), there’s advice on how to upload to this here site where, if anyone feels the urge to, I’ll upload and display so visitors can compare the different approaches filmmakers might have taken to approaching the stories.
Will anyone want to film them? Who knows. They are designed to be increasingly complex in terms of structure, settings and film style – I remember when I was doing Film Studies thirty years ago it was a challenge to find third-party material which was feasible to try on such limited budgets as we had back then. The hope is, these stories might provide raw material.
And if you’re NOT a filmmaker? Well, you’ve still got four new stories – they’re just in a different format. You’ve also got three ‘traditional’ shorts and about 10k of other witterings.
My guessing is, this is going to be a niche title, with few people buying – short stories can be a hard enough sell, scripts? Another level…
So what are the stories about?
The Accidental Call – one man gets one of those annoying “Did you have an accident that wasn’t your fault?” phone calls. But this call takes a very strange turn…
Earning Wings – a man walking home comes across a man contemplating the darkest hour of his soul. It will be a night neither of them forgets…if they make it through.
Male Fraud – a philandering young man has lived his life as a lie…but how far will those lies take him?
The Boot – a young couple attend their first car boot sale, where everything is for sale…at a price.
Off Script is available from today on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.