Since I was a teenager, I have been telling stories for the fun of it through film, video, audio drama, and more. Check out many of those projects here, or read on for comments on other stories or items that catch my interest.

Doctor Who: The Scorchies [Big Finish – The Companion Chronicles]

April 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Recently, Big Finish, the audio-produciton company that is licensed to produce official Doctor Who spin-off material, celebrated Christmas with a different discounted title over a 12 day period (Twelve Days of…you get it, right?), and one of them was this one – The Scorchies, part of Big Finish’s “Companion Chronicles” series.

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Doctor Who: The Hollows of Time [Big Finish – Lost Stories]

April 14, 2015 Leave a comment

I don’t seem to have any way around this – after three efforts (see also here and here), I’m not really enjoying these Colin Baker / Nicola Bryant headlined Lost Stories of Doctor Who. Again, for the uninitiated, the lost stories are considered “lost” simply because they were never produced. They aren’t, of course, the series’ true lost episodes, which are the ones that the BBC erased from their archives and have never been recovered. These are stories which for one reason or another were abandoned when they were still at the script stage. In the case of The Hollows of Time (and the others I’ve commented on), it’s because of the original plans for Season 23 of the classic series being scrapped when the series was put onto hiatus, with all in-development stories being put aside in favor of the odd experiment that was The Trial of a Time-Lord.

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Scripts I Will Never Shoot: The Legion of Good

April 12, 2015 Leave a comment

Not long ago, I was going through some old documents on my computer and came across a couple of scripts I wrote a long time ago, back in my early days of living in Australia.  The two main ones that I was interested in are both superhero stories, in which the characters are all riffs of friends of mine (people who we thought might play them).  The first one is called The Legion of Good.

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The One I Love (2014)

April 7, 2015 Leave a comment

After commenting on Coherence a few days ago, my friend and regular commenter Baldwin recommended The One I Love as another compelling low budget film.  So I rented it on iTunes (a challenge to download it here in Indonesia, where I am for the time being) and watched it today at a coffee / doughnut shop, while I was enjoying a day off.

There are some similarities to Coherence in a superficial way – the movie moves into a progressively (and only partially) explained science fiction territory, features quite a limited cast and limited number of sets, and was partially improvised.  In this case, the actors knew the whole story from the beginning, but the dialog was still largely created on set.

But aside from that, it’s quite a different project.  The plot of The One I Love is that a marriage therapist sends a struggling couple away to a private retreat as part of their process of sorting out their differences.  Ethan has been unfaithful to Sophie, and the two are finding it difficult to come to terms with how to move on.  So they go to this beautiful home that has a little guest cottage in the back yard.  But while they are there they discover something really strange…

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Star Trek: The Next Generation – Frame of Mind [6.21]

April 5, 2015 1 comment

Riker finds himself inexplicably bouncing back and forth between two realities – the one he is familiar with on the Enterprise, and one in which he is a mental patient on an alien world in which his life in Starfleet is a fantasy.  The connection is made more confusing by the fact that on the Enterprise, Riker is acting in a play that is very similar to his mental patient reality. Read more…

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Coherence

April 2, 2015 2 comments

OK, Coherence.  What is it?  Well, according to the Wikipedia, it’s many things, in fields such as mathematics, physics, statistics, music theory, computer science and moreIt’s also a film, released in 2013, shot on a very small budget by James Ward Byrkit, which is at once so odd and so successful that I don’t even want to tell you anything about it.  Seriously.  It’s compelling and good and unexpected and you should probably just go and see it before we talk about it any more.

Coherence PosterBut I will talk about it more, because I do feel kind of compelled to convince you that it’s worth your time and energy to watch it.  Read more…

Doctor Who: Mission to Magnus [Big Finish – Lost Stories]

March 29, 2015 2 comments

It’s my second outing with the Missing Adventures line of Big Finish’s Doctor Who adventures, and this time we’re going with Mission to Magnus.  For those not in the know, this line is based on bringing to life Doctor Who stories that for one reason or another were never produced.  And the run of stories that I’ve come into possession of all feature Colin Baker as the Doctor, with Nicola Bryant as Peri, as they come from the non-existent Season 23 which was being planned before the series was put on a forced hiatus, leading the production team to axe all their plans and replace them with The Trial of a Time Lord (for better or for worse).

Last time, when I wrote about The Nightmare Fair, I talked about how disappointed I was in the utter lack of story that the title contained, in spite of containing the welcome return of the Celestial Toymaker.  Mission to Magnus certainly rectifies this.

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