This was going to be a longer post going into more detail about my current situation and the motivations for this challenge but it was taking too long to write!
Sufficed to say that I’ve got a bit of time on my hands at the moment and I wanted to do something creative so I decided to write a screenplay. I don’t want this to be one of those wishy-washy decisions that ends up with my tapping away at a script every now and then for the next year though so I also decided to set myself the challenge of writing the whole thing in one week.
I’ll be doing as much of the process out in the open (I’m hoping that by sharing it I’ll be motivated by fear of public failure if nothing else!) so do follow along!
As for the script? It’s an idea that’s been bouncing around in my head for at least three years now, but it’s never gotten any further than me jotting down a few notes on some scraps of paper and earmarking the odd page in a history book.
The working title is ‘Victoria’s 11’ (for a while it was: ‘People in Glass Houses shouldn’t throw Stones’ - which might give you a few more clues!) and it’s a period heist film - think Ritchie’s Holmes meets Soderbergh’s Ocean.
Here’s a quick logline/synopsis to whet your appetite:
‘Jack Steam, gentleman thief, thought the game was up when his last job went wrong. That was until his old business partner came to him with an offer; one last job in return for his freedom. Now Jack’s got one week to put together a team and pull off the greatest heist ever attempted and the whole world is watching.’
All challenges need rules, you can read mine here.