I am a student from the National Film and Television School in the UK. With the support of the school and external funding sources I am looking to develop a play for feature film adaptation.
Ideally I am looking for work which explores human relationships in a unique or visual way, and ideally I need this to be something which could be set in the UK.
If you have a piece of work which you would be interested in seeing adapted for the big screen, I would be keen to hear a brief synopsis of the work here in the forum, so that I could contact you if it is something that could be pursued.
I really appreciate your time, and look forward to hearing from anyone interested.
It's tricky to answer this, as it depends greatly on the content. Some short pieces have long legs...
However, I would say a one-act play is likely to be too short, and a ninety-minute play (or there abouts) would be more likely to be appropriate for a feature film adaptation, simply due to the scope of story that it covers.
What kind of contract do you offer regarding screenplay ownership, percentages to playwright and screenplay rights. Do you bring the playwright in to approve the screenplay or to make suggestions for the screenplay? I'm looking at a contract I had for a screenplay. It's very specific. The concern I have is that once the play is made into a film that's the end of it. What are your thoughts on this? Thank you.
My name is Mark Mc Quown and I am a produced screenwriter. Please see the IMDB for “PJ” - (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0914380/ ) starring John Heard, Vincent Pastore, Robert Picardo and Hallie Kate Eisenberg. This film is available on Netflix.
I have a play titled, Sanjay, about a married couple who could live in the UK instead of California. They are visited by a young, East Indian man who the couple helped raise from the age of six through a foundation called Save The Children but they never met him personally. This all could be staged from a U K flat in a medium to well off district. Sanjay stays the weekend with this couple and changes their lives for the better for ever. The synopsis is below.
Mark Mc Quown
George and Andrea have lived together for over thirty years as a good set of parents to their two children. Now, in their Southern California home
their children are grown up, married and living in their own homes.
George and Andrea are feeling the pangs of loneliness and stress as they now begin their lives without kids. George is a professor at the local City College and he is living the nightmare of getting old and losing his sexuality. He also is a long time marijuana smoker who hides his habit from his family. Andrea
has completely immersed herself in her daughter’s grammar school play as the costume advisor.
Right in the middle of George beginning to have his first nervous breakdown they have a visit from Sanjay, a poor East Indian boy who George and Andrea have supported since he was six years old through an International Foundation called, ‘Save The Children’.
Sanjay just shows up on their doorstep from India and claims he has been accepted as a student in a big New York University. He has only come to California to say hello and thank you but Andrea convinces Sanjay to stay at least a couple of days.
Sanjay causes a great change in George and Andrea as they both try to adjust to this new relation with Sanjay who is now an adult. George’s drug problems and
his sexual problems are all heightened with Sanjay staying in the house. Eventually Sanjay convinces George to teach him how to drive and then Sanjay takes the family car out by himself.
George and Andrea have a huge fight which results in Andrea showing George all of his drug hiding places and admitting that she has known for years about his secret.
The car incident also explodes George and Andrea’s sexual problems into the real world where they discuss the possibility of Andrea sleeping with another man to satisfy George’s inability to be totally satisfying in bed.
In the end Sanjay returns the car without killing himself, George and Andrea get a realistic chance at improving their marriage through honesty and George is left in the end considering stopping his life long drug abuse.
I have a completed script titled Stewart's Salvage and Strays. It can easily be adapted for an English setting. A black former police officer, early retired due to an off-duty incident that killed his wife, ekes out a living by recycling used but valuable housing accoutrements (I.e. Banisters, gates, fanciful doors, etc.).. He does this while trying to raise two teenage daughters. While driving to offload useless junk at a landfill, he picks up a white teenaged hitchhiker. They bond and then the drama starts as the young man takes a liking to Stewart's oldest daughter, but there is a mysterious, ominous and vexing part of the boy's past that turns everything on its head. I can send you the full script if you'd like..
I have a two-act absurdist piece titled, "The Vacuous Case of Mister Um". It could be adapted to fit the UK easily, I'd think.
"It is a tale of a criminal arraignment of an unnamed man, forever doomed to be called “Mister Um”, and his subsequent trial at the hands of an insane kangaroo court. However, Mr. Um’s crime, his origin, and most details regarding his life are a mystery to even Um himself, as the court wrestles with his “horrid”, “vile”, and “disgusting” offense. The prosecution concocts made-up scenarios, posits preposterous hypotheses, and manipulates the evasive power of suggestion to prove this man’s guilt. Mr. Um’s defense attorney makes little attempt to stop the charade. His attorney speaks an inane, highfalutin language that even he himself fails to understand. Midway through the trial, all semblances of order break down and the defense unites with the prosecution against the accused. The result is an even greater perversion of the law that culminates in the death of two men. In the end, the accused is found guilty, as the judge had made up his mind before the trial began."
i have a play that takes place entirely in an apartment in a building for the disabled. Rosie, a quadriplegic woman wants to end her life after years of struggling in a wheelchair after an accident. In ACT ONE, she invites her friends from the building to a party. This collection of the blind, the infirm and the otherwise disabled indulge in a wild drug party, but in the end they all leave and she is once again alone.
In ACT TWO, a killer who is hiding from police finds his way into her apartment and the two of them develop a relationship over the rest of the evening finding sympathy and understanding in each other they never find elsewhere.
This play ran for two weeks in New York in w2008 at Nicu's Spoon Theatre and was reviewed in the New York Times...I believe the reviews are still online somewhere.
This is not family entertainment in any way shape or form and it does not have a happy ending.
I am responding to your note because whilst in New York a number of people came up to me and said it should be on screen.
So there you have it...glad to discuss things further with you, including possibly toning down some of the extreme violence and sex to meet broadcast limitations..
The play is titled: Like A Kite Cut Loose in the Middle of the Sky.
About 50 years ago, I studied film at The London Film School.
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I have a three-act play that I developed from a film script I wanted to produce in London. That didn't happen. As professor of Communication at The University of Texas, I produced the play on stage and got it published in a collection of three plays. It's published by Hayden McNeil Publishing Co. I still retain all production rights.
May I email you the stage version of the play, or a copy of the collection?
If you think it has potential, we'll plan the next step.
Looking forward to your reply.