Todays Tutorial…

A nice top rope flying cross body. The oponent...
Image via Wikipedia

Today I sat down with Phil and discussed my idea, and that the idea was strong but didn’t feel quite comfortable with it mainly because of what I was going to do after graduating, and I have no idea yet. I want to work in the pro wrestling industry, writing specially scripts, story lines and what essentially is staging for matches. It was suggested to me to make a documentary about pro wrestling.  Obviously unbiased but both Liam and Phil agreed it could be very  interesting and it wasn’t late to change my idea. So that’s my current plan, I have  a tutorial  with Bob on Thursday, hopefully before that I can get some idea of the structure I want. I’ve already decided apart from looking at the business as a whole that I want do the documentary as following a day in the life of a wrestler, a young guy looking to make it big someday in the main wrestling company, the WWE. I will look at  a wrestling documentary called Hard Knocks which will give me some inspiration for my piece. VPW is a local company in Portsmouth and there’s a couple of wrestlers which I was thinking of asking to be part of the documentary. UK Kid a.k.a Tom Jones and Jake McCluskey.

Promo for the match.

Highlight package of the match.

The trailer for Hard Knocks.

Interview with Arthur Cauty

 

Published in: on January 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Roundtable Discussion 2…

Egyptian youth at a modern workshop.
Image via Wikipedia

Today we sat down and discussed how our ideas were developing. I told everyone my idea and that the 1st draft was nearly complete as well as having done some ruff storyboard ideas, plus a bit of the translations with my Dad the day before. Everybody agreed that it would be better if the bus was stationary i.e. it wasn’t moving, I completely agreed because continuity was one of the things I was worried about. Phil suggested having the bus broken down as part of the story which I really liked, but also Jamie thought it’d be best to take out the conversion with the group of Egyptians and just have him overhearing them. I do like this idea but I also like the idea of him talking to them because there’s nothing to do on the bus, from me its a hard choice. Either way I will have to do a 2nd draft of my script.

Published in: on January 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ruff Storyboarding…

Published in: on January 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

2nd Meeting with Dad… (part of script)

Today I met up  with my dad to show him what I have done on the script so far, its not completely finished yet, but I wanted to see how well he could translate what I had written. It was quite difficult because for the actors I would need it int English spoken Egyptian which essentially done with pronouncation.

(Please Note: This was copied from my CELTX file so formatting might be quite right)

EXT. morning, highstreet

Man walking down the street listening to his mp3 player and from what we can see on the screen he’s trying to learn Arabic.

MP3 PLAYER

Good Morning.

JOHN

Good Morning.

He waits at the bus stop for a little bit, whilst blurting out Arabic words repeating after the mp3.

MP3 PLAYER

What is your name?

JOHN

What is your name?

MP3 PLAYER

Hi, my name is…

JOHN

Hi, my name is…

 

People start to stare at him because he’s talking to loud.

MP3 PLAYER

How are you today?

JOHN

How are you today?

MP3 PLAYER

Where is the toilet?

JOHN

Where is the toilet?

A bus pulls up and he gets on it. He pays for a ticket and walks down the aisle of the bus. He finds a seat at the back and sit down. He continues to listen to his mp3.

MP3 PLAYER

Please may I have some water?

JOHN

Please may I have some water?

He looks over at a group of Egyptian guys and there having a conversation between themselves.

He’s curious to see what he’s learnt so he tries to listen in on the conversation.

Egyptian 2

…well if he’s being so irritating then why don’t you just tell him to leave you alone,

Egyptian 3

Well he keeps following me round the store each time I go in what am I supposed to do?

Egyptian 1

Turn around and scare him, just shout random Arabic at him, that’ll scare him off haha.

Egyptian 2

What then the paranoid freak has a reason to call the police haha.

Egyptian 3

Shut up you asshole haha.

John listens to a bit more of the mp3 before heading over towards the group and sitting in front of them. He turns around.

JOHN

Good morning, how are you?

Egyptian 1

Fine thank you, yourself?

JOHN

Yeah fine thanks.

He starts to panic because he can’t think what to say next. So he pulls out and starts to go through his book to figure out what to say what he wants to say next.

Egyptian2

(whispers) Whats he doing?

Egyptian 1

(whispers) I don’t know, maybe we should just speak english?

Egyptian 3

No, lets have some fun haha

Egyptian 3

Very complex and very fast Arabic speaking. (Then calls John a yakhmar = son of a donkey)

He just blankly stares at him trying to follow what he’s saying but it unsuccessful for the most part. John looks through his book to try and figure some of it out, whilst the other to silently laugh behind him.

JOHN

I know the donkey is furry as well

The group look blankly and burst out laughing.

Egyptian 2

What the hell did he just say, hahaha?

Me and my dad translated up to just before where I’ve written ‘complex arabic speaking’. Half the problem is going to be finding some Arabic/Egyptian actors that are also good at speaking English as well. Here are the translations done so far though.

Published in: on January 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

4 Lions…

Here is a controversial comedy about 4 terrorists, and the basic storyline is that they’re not very good ones.

Published in: on January 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Airport Paranonia…

Here is a short stand up segment by Omid Djalili about airport paranoia, some interesting ideas hear that can possibly be used in the script.

Published in: on January 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Infidel…

Here is a film starring Iranian comedian Omid Djalili, that deals with a muslim man that finds out he was adopted and that he’s really Jewish. This film is very funny with its use of dark humour.

Published in: on January 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gantt Chart…

Here is copy of what i hope to achieve in the time of my project straight up to the critique.

Published in: on January 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pitching the idea to my Dad…

Today I spent the afternoon talking to my dad about my idea of making people more aware not to be paranoid of terrorism. He liked the idea so he’s agreed to help me translate the parts of the script that need to be in Arabic and collaborate on the idea with me as well specifically the comedy involved. The main thing he liked about the idea was the end credits where it shows all the guys including the main character having a drink in the pub laughing about what happened. He went on to say that there are so many problems in Egypt because of extremists, primarily because 10% of Egypt is Christian, the rest being Muslim. There are so many attacks that the news can’t report them all, I had no idea but there was a car bombing this morning. We talked about the different dialects for different parts of Egypt such as the Gulf, Saudi Arabia etc… but the primary one is the Christian dialect, almost like the different languages where created through their religions. He definitely liked the idea of the film showing that we shouldn’t be so paranoid because of a small minority causing the trouble. Our plan is that I will try and finish a 1st draft in English and highlight the parts I want in Arabic, and then the same time next week we will sit down and he will help me translate it into written Arabic for subtitles and spoken Arabic for the actors to use.

In my learning agreement I talked about the bombing in Alexandria that happened at the beginning of the month, this is where my family on my father’s side live, luckily no one from my family was hurt, but despite that, 21 people were killed.

Published in: on January 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Learning Arabic…

The 'dad' arabic letter : Emblem of arabic lan...
Image via Wikipedia

Today I spent sometime researching the language as a whole and where I can learn the basics to help me with writing the script. I knew a little to begin with but I’ve managed to get a copy of ‘Arabic for Dummies’ which also came with an Audio CD which is something that could be possibly used in  the film. I’ve started writing the script but I’m seeing my father tomorrow to pitch my idea and then see if he’d be willing to collaborate with me on the script to write some of the Arabic conversations. So far the idea is coming together quite well,  the first draft of the script will take a bit longer because of translations but I would like to have it by next week. Also Martin referenced me to website to learn languages which looks amazing so this will be a great help as well, the link is at the bottom of this post.

http://www.livemocha.com

Published in: on January 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
%d bloggers like this: