Why is it we're one of the smallest countries in the world, yet we still have BRITISH SUMMER TIME?? Who the hell do we think we are?? Yes, rest of the world: we will set the time because it goes through GREENWICH (WTF??) and you will sit up and listen!! The time is now EIGHT THIRTY! Actually it's bloody SEVEN THIRTY which means on a sunday I'm awake before I'm SUPPOSED TO BE which is against the laws of MY universe! Who asked ME whether I wanted the clock to go back or not? Eh??? Who even started it??? Does anyone know?
Aaaah: glad to get that off my chest.
One of my first screenplays was about time and how it was really an element like fire and water and out to kill us all. Didn't work out. I remember one person was quite enthusiastic about it, until they read it, and then they stopped calling me. My usual, enthusiastic, optimistic teenage self, I was convinced that they lost my number rather than didn't like it, so I made the faux pas of going round to their house and ringing the doorbell. The guy comes to the door, a look like thunder on his face: "Let me spell this out. I didn't like it. At. All." He says. The door slams in my face and me and my pregnant belly slink off into the night like a wounded beast. Only I'm sure it's not the script he doesn't like, but the fact that I was about to pop any moment: every knows that pregnant women (or girls, in my case) are discriminated against, especially in a cut-throat world like the media (actually, this guy was the producer of local TV that since lost its franchise to Carlton: revenge!)! Fascist.
Ah. How I laugh now when I read that draft. Not only is it the king and queen of WTF? drafts, it's got about 15 storylines, 7 billion characters and formatted like a play, since I figured there was no difference between film and theatre. Oh: it's also in Times New Roman. I only keep it to remind myself how far I've come the last ten years. It's quite a powerful tool too, especially when one of my (I think) good scripts gets rejected. So it serves its purpose in that regard.
What was YOUR very, very first script or story about?