Screenwriterly mutterings and babblings
Shall be taping it!
That was good fun, and a nice departure for Doctors. Shame everyone in the B&W sequences didn't use an American accent, to help maintain the illusion. Anyway, well done you!
Nice job! Just goes to show how far you can push the boundaries - with the right idea, properly done. (I have to agree with David about the accents, though - they should either have got them right or done without, or maybe used period English accents.)
Thanks Guys.I know what you mean about the accents. They were a bit of a compromise. My fault, I guess. I didn't really expect them to go for it in quite the way they did - I suggested black and white photography with a nod to The Maltese Falcon and perhaps a mid-Atlantic twang to go with the dialogue. But then they pulled out all the stops and put in in period etc. So, maybe Nick should have gone for a full-blown Bogart impression. I'd have been up for that.
It was really good - very enjoyable. I loved the way they went for it with the props, set, lighting; the light through the blinds in the office etc. It looked like they really enjoyed making it. Neat idea - well done for getting it on.
Lovely stuff, Paul. Well done! Regarding the accents: I can see kinda see why (presumably) the director made the decision to have the Mill characters talk as themselves, as they were being woven into a world where they were the only real characters, if you see what I mean. But it was the only thing that jarred even slightly (and I'd got used to it by the end). Everything else - including your wonderful dialogue - was right on the money.I suppose this is a lesson learnt: you'll have to be much more specific in the script for your silent German expressionist episode of Holby City! ;-)
The other thing I meant to say - having Nick as the storyteller was a brilliant choice. It gave the whole thing much more depth. Did you know about the wheelchair storyline when you pitched?
Hi Liz.No. I pitched the concept as "Nick West P.I." and they liked it. But they came straight back to me saying that he was going to be in a wheelchair by then. That's when I went for the fantasy element, rather than having Nick actually getting involved in some kind of caper.
Finally watched your episode at the weekend, and was glad I did. Aside from being lots of fun, the noir elements worked surprisingly well on what must have been a very tight budget (I assume). Well done to you, and to all the crew.
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