Film Research

#1
Hi there

I'm currently in the process of writing the screenplay for a film which is due to start filming in September.
The film concerns a former army corporal who has been discharged after returning from Afgahnistan.
If there are any former military personnel who have also spent time in Afgahnistan and who would be willing to talk to me about their experiences out there, or the landscape, the people, the life of a soldier out there, whatever, then I would be incredibly grateful.

I can be messaged on here, or reached direct at: leon@leonfleming.co.uk

The film's website is not up and running yet, but it's address is http://www.804baxter.com

Kind Regards

Leon
 
#2
I think you should post your reasons for the story otherwise your just going to get a slagging.

Come to think of it - this is the NAAFI bar - so psiss off dufus. :)
 
#3
Would this former Army corporal by any chance be suffering from any kind of mental disorder stemming from his service in Afghanistan? Or would he be like the vast majority and just have got on with life in a perfectly normal fashion and become an ordinary bloke raising his family?

I think I already know...
 
#4
If you are going to leave the set of "neighbours" to do some film work, then at least try to get the name of the country spelled correctly.

For the information of every arrser, this guy isn't a journo as far as I can tell. I think he's an Aussie soap actor.

And Leon, most people who have been to the sandpit do not have any form of mental disorder, nor do they have "gulf war syndrome." I couldn;t tell you anything from a soldiers perspective because I am not one (yet) but I can point you in the direction of some very good medical articles which make basically the same point as smartascarrots but with a few latin words.
 

stet

War Hero
#6
god dammit with a title like that i thought it was about porn
 
#7
Hi

Sorry to have take so long replying to posts on here.

Firstly, I should just make it clear that I'm not an Australian soap actor, lol, but I'm actually a writer originally from West Yorkshire, though now living on the island of Jersey.

As for the film I've been asked to write, I ought to have put a few more details about it in my first post, but here is a bit more stuff about it.

It's basically about a former soldier who comes back home to find himself alone (his younger brother, who is the soldier's only relative has temperarilly disappeared). So, anyway, the former soldier meets a woman who is from Bulgaria. He goes over there with her, and from there the film is about adapting to a new country and a new kind of life.

With regards to PTSD and any mental damage caused by his experiences in the army; Idon't know yet whether that will be something that the film will explore. That's one of the reasons for the research; to see whether or not it would be a realistic or valid addition to his character.

I tend to always research my characters in this way, and find that just by knowing some of what my characters may have seen, or felt, or done, all helps me to create a character that is not just some kind of steryotype. And even little things that may seem irrevelant like the colour of the sky or the smell of the uniform are the typs of things that help me make my characters real, even if these things don't actually get mentioned in the film.

Any help with this, as I've never been in the army myself, or been to Afghanistan or any of the other places that my character may have been to, would be much appreciated, as the last thing I want to do is create a two-dimensional character.

Hope to hear from some of you soon

Thanks

Leon

www.leonfleming.co.uk
 
#8
BAxter:

Were you the PT teacher in Grange Hill?

 
#11
Hi Leon,
I've been looking at the StagePlays section of your website.
Here's one I noticed that was unfinished.

So I took the liberty of adding the next section......

Beyond Apocalypse

A play in two acts. (3M/2F)

The worst has happened. The button has been pressed.
Robert and Jane, with their neighbour Charlie are left to scurry about the rubble of their home, possibly the last surviving humans on earth, until they are introduced to Tig.
As radiation sickness takes hold frightening things begin to occur.

Now, Tig was a 6 foot 8 Jamaican who was after some flange.
Charlie was a transsexual goat felcher from Bognor Regis, unfortunately the radiation sickness had made Robert and Jane.....TBC
 
#14
baxter said:
Hi

Sorry to have take so long replying to posts on here.

Firstly, I should just make it clear that I'm not an Australian soap actor, lol, but I'm actually a writer originally from West Yorkshire, though now living on the island of Jersey.

As for the film I've been asked to write, I ought to have put a few more details about it in my first post, but here is a bit more stuff about it.

It's basically about a former soldier who comes back home to find himself alone (his younger brother, who is the soldier's only relative has temperarilly disappeared). So, anyway, the former soldier meets a woman who is from Bulgaria. He goes over there with her, and from there the film is about adapting to a new country and a new kind of life.

With regards to PTSD and any mental damage caused by his experiences in the army; Idon't know yet whether that will be something that the film will explore. That's one of the reasons for the research; to see whether or not it would be a realistic or valid addition to his character.

I tend to always research my characters in this way, and find that just by knowing some of what my characters may have seen, or felt, or done, all helps me to create a character that is not just some kind of steryotype. And even little things that may seem irrevelant like the colour of the sky or the smell of the uniform are the typs of things that help me make my characters real, even if these things don't actually get mentioned in the film.

Any help with this, as I've never been in the army myself, or been to Afghanistan or any of the other places that my character may have been to, would be much appreciated, as the last thing I want to do is create a two-dimensional character.

Hope to hear from some of you soon

Thanks

Leon

www.leonfleming.co.uk
have you got a spell checker leon. or will
michael caine understand
 
#16
Hi

I don't seem to be getting much of a response, but I really would appreciatre any help I can get with this. I really want to avoid writing just another 2D cardboard-cutout soldier.
 

oldbaldy

LE
Moderator
#17
baxter said:
Hi

Firstly, I should just make it clear that I'm not an Australian soap actor, lol, but I'm actually a writer originally from West Yorkshire, though now living on the island of Jersey.
It's the crab B-S in disguise
 
#19
baxter said:
Hi

I don't seem to be getting much of a response, but I really would appreciatre any help I can get with this. I really want to avoid writing just another 2D cardboard-cutout soldier.
Hmmm. Qualities of a British Soldier. Use the search facility on the site and you will find plenty of opinions on that. However, some pointers (from the thick end of 20 years experience) and I must stress these are my opinions only.

Search: Bezzering, Skiff, Pootache, Grand Slam, Airtight and other fun evening activities.

Ensure you get a handle on the fact that NOTHING is beyond the wit of a British Soldier. The darker the black humour, the better.

He WILL be the most organised bloke there. He will be able to spot a fellow squaddie at thirty paces.

He will mercilessly take the piss out of his Bulgarian missus. This will involve laughing at her accent and convincing her that english swear words are polite to use in most situations. He will also take the piss out of her family whenever possible. He will destroy anyone else who tries (unless its his bezzer - see above).

He will walk very quickly and views most days as a challenge to be completed as quickly and efficiently as possible, in order to maximise his leisure time.

Masturbation is like a screensaver. Ten minutes of inactivity will result in returning to the default setting. It is an excellent stress reliever too.

He is unlikely to be violent unless forced into a corner. He will then be violent in a efficient and ruthless manner. Unless he's drunk, in which case he will windmill. (you might want to search that too.)

He will always defend those who are weaker than him. Its what he has been conditioned to do. Unless that weaker person is tagged "The enemy" in which case they can have some.

As for Afghanistan, I haven't been (yet) so you will have to chat to others about that.

Thats a start. I'm sure there will be others.
 

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