Over the past week or so my artist friend Rosie Alexander (https://www.rosielah.com/) and myself have been working on our most recent artistic collaboration together. A webcomic called Carpe Noctem. The comic – currently found hosted on Rosie’s website – is our first foray together into the world of webcomics. Though, it is not my own foray into webcomics entirely – in high school I created and ran the unironically named webcomic Badly Drawn Penguins that lasted about 9 months when I made it just over TEN YEARS AGO.Read More
Or: How a film put me back on track after depressive, obsessive, repetitive comfort viewing.
A few years ago I went through what was then the most catastrophic break-up I had been through after a two-year relationship. I'll spare the gory details, especially since reconciling with said other party, but this isn't even the story of that.
This is the story of Nicholas Stoller's Forgetting Sarah Marshall and how through it I recovered and got back on my feet. A film that went from a fun first watch years prior to one of my favourite movies of all time. A tale of the power of cinema, catharsis, and resonance.Read More
While I've written a TV/online spec script, a short story, a few movie reviews, and some personal essays in the last week and a bit...I feel I still need to stretch my writing legs. And what better way to do so...Than writing an entire feature screenplay in the space of two days. In reality, it took me 24 hours.Read More
When you hear the name Edgar Wright different thoughts pop up. To most it’s probably the glory of Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. To the more cult-y, his TV show Spaced comes to mind. To the more Marvel nerd-y, potentially his departure from Ant-Man is brought back up. To the more nerd-y in general, maybe it’s the perfection of Scott Pilgrim vs The World. To the more disappointed, perhaps the highly underrated The World’s End sparks memories of being let down. And to everyone else, maybe it’s the amateur movies, the music videos, or other directing work.
This year, however, four years after releasing his last directorial effort (Stupid Ant-Man getting between that), Wright has made Baby Driver. And oh boy. Oh boy.Read More
Fanfiction is never quite the writer's journey I've taken. Technically, I have, but I was never that writer growing up who wrote oodles and oodles of fanfiction for Harry Potter or something. Officially the only fanfiction I've written and what you can probably still find online is a several-part Community fan fiction I wrote one night at uni.
If you bring spec scripts into the mix, however, I have written a pilot for an indie cartoon called Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit the creators can't legally read, a complete Jaws 19 screenplay (Yes, the joke from Back to the Future II), and started screenplays for Aquaman, Ghostbusters III, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Indiana Jones, Batman, Han Solo...and probably some other stuff. Also an incomplete Aayla Secura Star Wars origin story, and I once made an X-Files fan-film.
Okay, so fanfiction is a thing I dabble in.Read More
(Obvious Star Wars spoilers from Episodes IV-VII)
Two years ago I made a video on YouTube all about Die Hard and why it works as an action movie and how character arcs worked. 80s action cinema actually has some of the most basic yet effective screenwriting ever, but for today, I’m gonna take a slight diversion.
John McClane is one of the most relatable action movie characters ever, but if we look to the world of science fiction cinema, we cannot ignore Han Solo (Who, alongside McClane and Indiana Jones, may be in my three favourite heroes in all of cinema). A million other essays exist exploring the character I’m sure, but this is where we consider Han Solo as an imperfect person and how we ourselves can aspire and be inspired by his journey.Read More
There’s been more than enough said about Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman already in regards to predominantly men for some reason getting up in arms about it. Or the somehow devaluation of a female director with a more humble film beginnings suddenly been given the reigns of a big franchise despite the fact that so many of the blockbusters of late have come from directors with indie sensibilities and smaller budgets. Or, well, a million other more examples of double standards in the mainstream reception of the movie business. What really matters now that the film is out is this: Is Wonder Woman (2017) a good movie?Read More
(As I get back into the more frequent writing game - which includes potential more in-depth film essays and analysis - I felt I should get back into casually reviewing films! So here's the first taste of that with a review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge!)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (or in other territories the more thematically apt Dead Men Tell No Tales) is an odd jewel in the treasure trove of sequels. It felt like no-one really cared for the previous, fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie - On Stranger Tides - let alone clamor for a sequel.Read More
As you can see from the header image, TomSka made a script I wrote! Or...A script Christopher Francie wrote! (I am forever cursed by editors making typos on my very conventional name...) You can view the intro, sketch, and outro here!
Quick background: The YouTuber TomSka makes weekly vlogs called "Last Week" and more recently he's been adapting viewer-submitted scripts into short sketches. Of course, I snapped up the chance to write something, and the last couple weeks I've been gunning for people to vote for my own script on Reddit, which eventually won!Read More