I've been working at sea for the last thirteen years and always dabbled with short stories in my spare time.
My late Uncle, an actor/director, read one and said he thought it would make a quirky short film, and so the seed was sown. At first I was overwhelmed by how it all works and what needed to be included to make an effective, engaging screenplay. But, working ten months a year at sea is great motivation for not working ten months a year at sea! So I stuck with it.
The short was made as a final piece for a friends degree at London's Met Film School and the fact that she wanted to make it at all gave me the confidence to attempt a feature, and I have recently finished my second and have begun the third.
It's a difficult field to want to make a living in for sure. More rejections than requests but requests do come and I still believe that one day the request will become a purchase.
I think that writing isn't something we do, it's who we are. We write because we love to write, we have stories to tell and will endure the hardships that come with it in order to tell them.
I'm probably not a great writer, yet, but that's ok. I intend to keep telling my stories until I have nothing left to say.
Battlin' Barbara Budget: $10M - $30M | Sports ⋄ Biography The true story of Barbara “The Mighty Atom” Buttrick-Smith, and her journey to become the first female World Bantamweight Boxing Champion while fighting the misogyny of the 1950's
Catherine's Treasure Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama A young girl embarks on a quest to solve a forty year old treasure hunt in her own home in the hope it will lead her and her mother out of an abusive relationship.