A couple of times recently people have pointed to a specific script or treatment as being the ‘best thing I’ve ever written’; which is either a compliment or an insult, depending on your point of view.
I don’t know about best, but I have a favourite – a short script I wrote a few years back in a bored couple of hours. I love it, and so do a lot of people who’ve read it.*
It’s had the odd flurry of interest and has even earned me an option fee – an option I’ve just discovered ran out in March.†
I really should pay more attention to these things.
I love the script and I love the idea; unfortunately no one in their right mind would sink the kind of money needed into a short like this. It’s a script I don’t think will ever see the light of day.
Oh well, it was fun to write and (rightly or wrongly) I’m still quite proud of it.
Since it’s no longer under option, I thought I’d post it here on the off chance anyone with more money than sense reads my blog.
This is the synopsis:
1939 – 1945 pm.
The entire history of the second World War in fifteen minutes from a cul-de-sac.
A funny and inventive view of WWII from beginning to end, set in a cul-de-sac where all the nations are represented by neighbouring families. It contains all (or at least all I could fit in fifteen minutes) of the major historical events and characters of this period.
And this is the script: 1939-1945pm
Now I’ve just got to get round to taking it off my CV.
*Or at least they say they love it. People lie a lot.
†That explains the apologetic phone call from the director, I had wondered what that was about.