I don’t know, do you know?
Of course you don’t.
Do you want to know?
Well, probably not without some context. Let me elucidate …
Tim Clague and Danny Stack are people. Specifically they’re people who write/direct/generally make things. They also host the monthly UK Scriptwriters’ Podcast which they deliver direct to your ears for absolutely nothing.
They give you that.
Because they’re nice like that.
Or they have some secret agenda involving sterilising zebras, eradicating the genes responsible for toe hair and generally interfering with the natural order of things to leave them joint kings of the world.
Probably the first one though.
If you’re a UK scriptwriter and you don’t listen to the UK Scriptwriters’ Podcast, then you’re a fucking idiot.
Or, you know, you just don’t bother/haven’t heard of it/haven’t got the time or have heard it and aren’t that interested.
Probably the second-delete-as-applicable-option in this case.
Whether you listen to the Podcast or not (I do, I like it. Despite them occasionally abusing me on air for no apparent reason other than apparently deserving it … which is apparently fair enough. I’d abuse me too if I wasn’t me. Which I am. Sadly.) is kind of irrelevant.
Much like most of this blog.
What is relevant is Danny and Tim are making a film and they’d like you to come along for the ride. They’re not demanding or wheedling or asking permission – they’re going anyway, you can come if you like.
But as is so often the case in life, coming would be lovelier than not.
You may choose to read that as an innuendo if it makes you feel better.
Tim and Danny are two guys who give unceasingly to the scriptwriting community. Their blogs http:///www.dannystack.com/blog and http://www.projectorfilms.blogspot.com/ are two of the longest running in the blogosphere and packed to the … well, not rafters, um … edges? with helpful and friendly info and advice. Those too are delivered to your eyes for free.
They give and they keep on giving, for they are nice guys.
Well, I think they are, anyway. They certainly seem to be whenever we’ve met. I like them. We’re almost friends.
Internet friends, as Tim has pointed out. On air (on pod?). To everyone who cares to listen. Which I assume means “we can be friends so long as we don’t have to actually interact in any meaningful way” or “no, you can’t come round my house. Ever”.
Which is fair enough. I am ginger (ish).
Anyway, the point is they’re making this film: Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? and they’d quite like you to join in. They’re doing it anyway, but if you want to give them something back for all the stuff they’ve selflessly given to you, then now’s your chance.
“How can I do this fabulous thing?” you are, doubtlessly, yelling at your electronic blog-reading device. Well, it’s simple, you can go to Kickstarter, to a page which is remarkably similar to this one. So similar, it is this one, in fact. Simply go there and pledge some money. Only a little bit, if you like.
Or a lot. You could always pledge a lot.
But you don’t have to. Every pound is accepted with grace and humility and much appreciation.
To be honest, they may sneer at your gullibility and immediately spunk it all on fags and wicker-prostitutes (which are all the rage round the intelligentsia of Dorset), I don’t know for I am not them.
Seems unlikely though. I’ve had noodles with Danny and it was extremely delightful.
You may choose to read that as an euphemism if it makes you feel better.
I’ve not had noodles with Tim, but he did once offer me some sage advice:
“If you’re ever at a screenwriting event, sitting next to someone influential who’s giving advice … just nod sagely. Not as if you’re agreeing, but as if they’ve got it right. Well done them.”
I think that’s what he said, anyway. I might have imagined it.
(I didn’t imagine it, he did say it. He said it about Armando Iannucci in Cheltenham. I’m just pretending to be vague in case he doesn’t want people to know he said it … but he did! He fucking did!)
Sounds like something he’d say.
(Because he did say it!)
It’s good advice anyway.
Free advice too.
It cost me nothing.
Just like all the other free advice they give to you all the time. For free.
They’re doing it anyway, why not join them on the ride? And nod sagely at them from the sidelines:
“Yes. Yes, good. Uh-huh. Well done, that’s exactly right.”