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Miles To Go

Snowy WoodsI’m at that stage of development where you swing from – this is crap to this is brilliant. But I’ve learnt to live with that. I think that perpetual oscillation is not only healthy but unavoidable because at the stage of writing the first draft, it’s probably true. This new project is called “Miles to Go” although I am already leaning towards the second half of that line from the Robert Frost poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” which is “Before I Sleep”. That wonderful poem is open to interpretation and mine (like many) believe it’s about a contemplation on suicide. Which is why I chose it because this story is about a man who has decided to end his life.

This and other aspects of the story are the rats running around in my head right now from dusk till dawn, although my best ideas come while I sleep, if only I could remember them all. Now that I think about it, that’s exactly how “Winter’s End” came to me – in a dream and it was the scene where Jack searches for his car in Henry’s field.

“Miles to Go” is the story of a man who believes there is only one route to restoring his family’s well being and happiness and that is by restoring their financial fortunes. His muddied thinking is exacerbated when he separates from his family and drifts toward disconnection and isolation and is finally taken to the limit when he begins to see that his own death may actually give him (and his family) all that he hopes to achieve. An unexpected intervention in the form of Lena acts as a catalyst for change as she aids him in fire-fighting family problems throughout a single day. But will he finally see that this and nothing more is all his family want from him before it’s too late.

This project has received a first draft loan from the Irish Film Board and I plan to complete said first draft in June 2011.

“Faithless” aka “In God’s Garden” is now a finished script having lately gone through several reviews and notes with Script Pipeline. To quote their last review “we believe (Faithless) has reached it’s highest level of competency, both in general writing ability and concept.” The project’s producer is actively exploring co-production opportunities at home and abroad.

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Comments

  1. Yes they still stock, mostly rubbish though. Several Irish movies have already used existing titles anyway. You know the reason that the Film Board are now using script editors is because most of their previous stuff was terrible. They think it’s the script’s fault but a lot of great directors didn’t use scripts e.g. Fellini. What Irish cinema really needs is a VISUAL EDITOR.

  2. Jim Maher says:

    Do you have a timeline for getting this project into production ? Your projects featured on this site seem to be very slow moving ? Is this your full time occupation ?

  3. Pat,

    Has this project stalled ? No recent updates in relation to project going into production.

    • Hi Paul,

      No the project hasn’t stalled, if anything. I simply haven’t gotten around to updating this blog, so thanks for the kick in the butt. I have just finished a new draft and it’s now with the script editor. We’ll probably get together next week to toss it around and figure out if we’re close to a shooting script. I will write a new post about where it’s at in the next week.

      Thanks for your query.
      Pat.

      • Fiachra says:

        Was in my local Game shop today and saw a DVD for sale called MILES TO GO with the late Jill Clayburgh. Probably aware of this movie?

        • Hi Fiachra,

          Do Game shops still stock DVD’s, thought they had given up the ghost on that. As you probably know, you cannot copyright a film’s title, so there are many examples of sometimes 2, 3, 4 or even more movies all sharing the same title. But thanks for the heads up!

          I plan to finish the present draft of the script by the end of July and I’ll write a post about the experience of working with a script editor. It’s been good.

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