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The Untitled Film

Heres the start of a screenplay Im working on:
Let me know what you think?


By Mark Francombe


In a “well to do” drawing room, 15 naked people eat jelly

…and I said to him, what a
twat… and he punched me in the

I hope you killed him!

I didn’t have time, Mary chopped his head off with a spoon


No, stainless steel.

Both men laugh…
track to other end of table where two women are snogging passionately.

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Trying Final Cut X

OK, so its been sitting in my dock for a few months, teasing me to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Oh my, what a roller coaster! First we were all blown away by the look of it in pre release teaser films, then disappointed when it seemed to be a new version of iMovie, with no use to us professional editors, turning to pissed off when we realized that Apple had dumped a product, a wonderful perfect product, that we earned our living by, followed by the worries that come with that
“Can I learn Premier in time?”
“Is Avid still around?”
“Do I have to go PC?”
“Can I still use Final Cut 7?”
“Will they continue to support that?”

So then comes along a pithy update, and some of the fears begin to fade,… phew.. its all gonna be OK? They are gonna fix everything are they?
Yes we can now import old projects, and gone is some of the immediate iMovie nonsense.

So I dive in, feeling hopeful, positive and optimistic! Seeing as the guy died an all…
With some grungy old footage taken with the wonderful 8mm app for iPhone…
After some initial worries where I dont seem to be able to save a project anywhere other than Macintosh HD, (in fact no SAVE button at all,, WTF!!!) I cheat by moving the projects from some godawful directory… (I dunno something like My Final Cut Movies, and it insisting on calling everything “events”. My fucking shooting days aren’t fucking weddings and funerals you know, just shoots!!!) … I move the directory by hand, to an external LaCie disk. It works despite me deleting all the silly sub directories, I relaunch FCX.

Down to editing… And this is where the review really starts…
… no it doesn’t.. its HORRIBLE; just awful, cant find anything, no effects as far as I can see, pre made titles, all the clips insist on sticking together, like its a editing program on my fucking iPhone…


IT IS AS BAD AS I THOUGHT.. no.. sorry MUCH MUCH WORSE:. I really cant be bothered to write any more, Im so depressed… Im doomed… doomed! Message to Apple, I’m sticking with Final Cut 7, lovely wonderful Final Cut 7… when that’s completely out of date, or YOU guys put an update in the OS that means that it doesn’t work anymore, then I’m off to become a painter, or a farmer, or something else where I can basically be alone, and not have to deal with fucking idiots… in fact my brand spanking new Mac Book Pro is looking a bit grumpy now… having just written about its maker like this… fucking shut up you piece of silver shit!
Steve Jobs…I wouldn’t wish cancer on anyone, but I dunno, I would have died of embarrassment!

A concept, but what is it?

As I was transferring my old mac book pros hard-drive to my NEW mac book pros hard-drive, I discovered this. I remember writing it, but can’t remember what it was, is this a computer game concept, or a film, or a book? Or something else?

What do YOU think it is…? Maybe I will continue working with it?

In the front garden:
A Normal house, divided into flats, different people live here, very different.

The house:
Room One:
17 yer old Tom the Punk, lives here… spends most of his time listening to music. His girlfriend Trace, stays occasionally.. she doesnt speak (till the end of the story) and Tom likes it that way…
Room Two:
Della Android lives here. Second name is of course an adopted pseudonym. She is a cybernetics major, and all the other occupants worship her in some way. She wears sharp suits and has a Chanel bob haircut. She is incredibly intelligent, and plays in a synthesizer drone band called “Cold”. She has no feelings, and she knows it is her failing so she pretends to cry in her room at night in order to give the impression that she is interesting. She thinks she might love Jeremy Potter, if only she could be sure that it wasnt just a head cold… anyway he is far to shy.

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