Saturday, November 28, 2009

A screenwriting career begins...

Hello all,

I realise I have been slack with my blogging lately. It's been that way for a good reason, which some of you know, others may not. For those who don't, here's what's going on in my life.

I have just graduated from Australia's national film school, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, with a Diploma in Screenwriting. My long-gestating screenwriting career has been the reason I have worked the dumb jobs you have so enjoyed reading about, but now I am (hopefully) on the verge of earning money from screenwriting. I have won an internship on Australia's top rating drama, PACKED TO THE RAFTERS, an unpaid position which I can hopefully use to springboard myself into a paying job, if not on that show, then on another Australian drama or comedy. So going through the various stages of applications, writing submissions and interviews to attain that has taken up a lot of my time.

So too has completing a treatment for my AFTRS Major Project, a feature film titled THE SOFT MACHINE which I have been developing for the past few years. It's at a stage now where I can begin applying for funding, but getting it to this point has taken up all my remaining mental faculties/writing time.

So now I plan to make my blogging a more habitual thing. Thanks to Bek and Nathan, who have been asking when I will be completing Part 2 of My Favourite Australian Films. I have slowly been rewatching the films in question and will be posting that blog soon.

I am also about to launch a new blog, as a companion piece to this written blog. It will have an Australian film industry focus and will feature audio interviews with Australian filmmakers, technicians, writers, journalists, funding executives and film bloggers. I want to create a pool of information about the Australian film industry for fellow filmmakers and lovers of Australian film. Having worked in the industry for almost a decade now, I want to showcase some of the incredible talent I know we have and to give a voice to those in the industry who might normally not be heard. It's all too easy to find interviews with actors, producers and directors and while I will be interviewing them too, I think it's equally interesting and important to hear from gaffers, VFX artists, colour graders and editors who work not only on $2 million Australian features, but are so skilled they are also recruited to work on $150 million Hollywood epics. I will make an announcement as soon as the first interview is up.

Thank you all for bearing with me through these barren past few months, but please be prepared to be bombarded by posts, hopefully slanted more towards my first love: films and filmmaking.



  1. WOW Dave! That's AMAZING! Congratulations! (:

    As I graduated not less than a year and a half ago, I can still recall how full-packed my life was back then. Graduating is cool and especially now when you have a great job coming! I wish they'll air season 2 (and forthcoming 3) of Packed to the Rafters in here, as they aired the season 1. I just love the show!
    So happy for you!

  2. Oh that's good news that PTTR is screening in Finland. Now my ultimate goal is to get a writing credit on the show so that you can see my name!

    Where are you working now?

  3. Most definitely! It'd be so cool to see your name on credits (: And sure you'd do that for me only (;

    I'm working at a very "exciting" place atm, at Stockmann, which is a finnish department store.

    If the PTTR crew needs an assistant editor, let me know (;

    I read that the season 2 just ended, so are you starting working on with the 3rd one?

  4. I thought I was your first love. :oP

  5. Hey Dave, when you hit the big time, can you employ me as your sarcasm bodyguard? Deal is this...I basically follow you around all day, get you coffee and do silly little tasks, and then if someone uses sarcasm or makes a comment you can't even be bothered with responding to, I step in, kind of like an understudy and then set you up for a far better joke with which to slay them.

    I've been practising on your FB, can you tell? ;-)