Category Archives: The Raven On The Jetty

The Raven On The Jetty Vlog 1

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of Vlogs about the development and production of our forthcoming film, The Raven On The Jetty. In this episode, Mark Duggan and Erik Knudsen discuss a couple of film influences on the project. In particular, Robert Bresson’s Mouchette and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Kasaba. […]

To Apply, Or Not To Apply!

That is indeed the question on my mind at the moment. In nearly 30 years of regularly trying to get film funding from the British Film Institute (BFI), and for a period while it existed, the UK Film Council, I have never received a penny. Even during the 1980s and part of the 1990s, I […]

Back Stories and Sub-plots

A first draft of the screenplay for The Raven On The Jetty simply poured out of me and it now exists! I don’t know how. I think, in part this is because I spent a lot of time prior to starting the script reflecting on the theme, visualising moments and actions and then planning out […]

Location! Location! Location!

So far I have mapped out the entire story of The Raven On The Jetty in 50 key scenes and have started writing the detailed screenplay. There are few things I enjoy more about the process of writing the screenplay than visiting potential locations. That, and when I have cast the people to play the […]

What’s In A Name? The Raven On The Jetty

Titles are one of the things I find most difficult. I either have one that comes straight into my mind before I start work on a project, and it’s just right, or I struggle… As it happens, my original working title for the new film project I’m working on was The Day Thomas Learned To […]

The Day Thomas Learned To Speak II – Limbo

When talking with my colleague, Umran Ali, at the University of Salford about The Day Thomas Learned To Speak (working title), he introduced me to this new game called Limbo. From what I was describing about my main character, Thomas, an 8 year old boy, and what I said about his state of mind, and […]

The Day Thomas Learned To Speak I

I thought I would share on a regular basis progress on my forthcoming film that currently has the working title, The Day Thomas Learned To Speak. I hope to share with you the whole process right through to completion and distribution, whether it fails or succeeds. This is something completely new for me; an experiment […]