I mentioned at the end of my first blog post something entitled “Dark Legend.”
Dark Legend is a project i’ve been working on since i was sixteen. Primarily it’s an eleven part TV serial. I believe in the US it’s reffered to as a Miniseries. There is nothing mini about this however as the story unfolds into a massive thrill ride of car chases, explosions, post apocalyptic worlds, epic battles, tragedy, betrayal, romance and heroism against a backdrop of impending disaster for humanity.
Describing the actual plot is hard for me. I know what it’s about inside my head but i can never seem to get it quite right when trying to actually describe it to people or write it down… so this might seem a little odd/complex… but here goes…
The teenage population of the world is suddenly and mysteriously transformed into hideous inhuman monsters known as “Graffe”. Completely at a loss as to what to, the world falls into fear and panic and the Graffe are allowed to run rampage with nothing or no one to stop them. Then reports begin to surface… Graffe found beaten up… Nests raided… people saved from being ripped to pieces… A Legend rises…
Six months after the first Graffe appears the students of Beiderbecke College, Worton (A former industrial metropolis somewhere in Lancashire) discover that the Legend is amongst them and that his name is Will Fleming.
Following a break in at the College and the appearance of a man who claims to be leading the Graffe, Will and his new friends Joe, Randy, Dan and Doug… along with local trollope Eliza in tow, set out to find a way to stop the Graffe before they destroy the world. Little do they know however the true extent of the task ahead of them and the dark and dangerous times the whole world may soon have to face…
That’s a rough synopsis without any major spoilers but it gives you a gist of what the thing is about.
Recently i made a radio adaptation of the first episode. (You can read the accompanying making of blogs here: http://www.stormfm.com/blog/author/darklegend/ )
Well… as the feedback was positive i’ve begun editing down the real thing with the intention of finally getting it out into the big wide world. It’s a long and arduous process as each episode is 50 pages long to begin with, has to be cut down by around ten pages. This mainly involves getting rid of bumfluff scenes that don’t go anywhere as well as some of the more absurdist plot points that i’m no longer happy with… like the second act of part 5 which for some strange reason is almost made up of an elaborate dickensian musical with original numbers such as “Burn through my Heart” and “Death, Glorious Death.” Whatever i was on when i thought that was a good idea i have no idea… but i had to practically rewrite the entire episode just to get rid of it. The new version is much better and involves a cameo by Richard Dawkins… AND NO SINGING Now let us never speak of that abomination again. (Seriously… what the f**k was i thinking?)
Anyway… after each episode has been cut down, sorted out and edited properly (usually takes about a week) it has to be properly formated with scripting software. I’m using a programme called Celtx. This takes about another day.
So far it’s been a great experience. Adapting it for radio allowed me to see it in a different way and see what works and what doesn’t. I’ve also got a better idea of the characters now that they have actual voices rather than just lines and detailed descriptions (thanks to a brilliant cast who excelled themselves… shame they’re all too old for the tv version… They can have cameos!) It did annoy me at first when i was going through and all i could hear in my head was the relevant cast member speaking… but i’ve got used to it now.
I am a bit worried though… especially with the whole idea of actual real people becoming the characters i created so long ago… It was weird enough at the radio auditions (As the words: OH GOD! on the audition notes are tantmount to.)