Shameless plug: Eyes on Script

Hi there, me again, trying to slowly ease you back into the idea of me, blogging.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you might remember I came to writing through scriptwriting. A vague desire to be a filmmaker morphed into a slightly less vague ambition to be a writer/producer after I made a couple of short films and I put a few good years into trying to make a career out of it. I studied, I became a script editor, got development funding for a feature screenplay I wrote, and worked, mostly for free, in various roles on mostly low budget independent film productions. I never quite figured out how to make money from it though, and eventually got a paying job, and gradually stopped writing altogether, but that’s a story for another day.

Back in those long ago days, I met a dynamic German woman who had just finished studying at Griffith Uni and who was working on one of the few commercial TV dramas to be produced in Queensland, Fire. Very apt in hindsight, she’s fierce and feisty and fearless, and funny. We quickly became friends and colleagues. She took on a major role on a short film I co-produced, and we later collaborated on a couple of short films, her directing to my scripts. Take that as both a statement of conflict of interest and an expression of gratitude for her belief in my writing.

While I diverted into an entire other career, Kat forged a career in a demanding industry, eventually specialising in script supervision aka continuity. It’s been more than 20 years now, and she’s worked with the best in the industry, on every type of filmed drama there is, from feature films like The Dressmaker, to TV drama like Nowhere Boys and Puberty Blues, and comedy like It’s a Date. Don’t take my word for it, check out her IMDB credits. What she doesn’t know about scripts quite probably isn’t worth knowing. She’s read over 1000 drama scripts.

EOSSo it is great news that she’s now offering her services as a script consultant or coach under the trading name Eyes on Script. If you’re a writer without production experience, Kat can tell you how elements of the script might cause production problems, and help you see how the script translates into action on the screen. If you’re a producer looking to raise finance for a script, Kat can help you find ways to make the script more affordable to shoot. She can help you with tasks like script timing, or provide more intensive tailored services designed to help you get your script to the next stage…including helping you find crew to attach to your project.  Kat’s set up a website, and will be offering tips and insights through the newsletter. I encourage aspiring screenwriters, directors and producers to sign up to benefit from her experience! Also, she’s a cool chick who knows great drinking spots.

Kat with Pia Miranda on Looking for Alibrandi (2000) & Magda Szubanski on The BBQ (2018)

Keep supporting each other folks, that’s how we can reshape the economy!

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