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How I came up with the idea for Award Winning Screenplay

Posted by Phil On August - 24 - 2015

Just heard that I’m one of the winners of the latest #Create50 Screenwriting : Courage and Kindness competition with my two page short “Late Request”

Script LINK

All the more exciting as it’s only my second very short script.    I’ve never been able to get my head round really short ones.    But a couple of years ago I had my first go at one for 50Kisses. I dashed it off in a few hours before the deadline.  ..and quite rightly it got nowhere.

So I ended up filming Rob Burke’s excellent script “Love”, which then was included in the 50 Kisses feature film …and then excluded ..and then won ..and then got into other festivals  ..and won.   So it was a good ride.  FILM LINK

So at the launch of Create50, I listened to Chris Jones and Lucy Hay’s advice  “Even though it’s only two minutes, work really hard on it. Don’t go for your first  idea”  They had had so many similar ideas for 50 Kisses.

I tried to set aside some time, but life was hectic. Then I had to drive down to Plymouth to do some filming of contemporary dance. It was going to be three hour drive. A six hour round trip.

So I didn’t switch on the radio, or listen to music, but worked through ideas. Each time I came up with a good idea, I mentally explored it, then put it aside and  tried to come up up with another. Even more different, bizarre or radical. But over and over coming back to my own life experiences.   Working in a hospital, in Russia, rock climbing, TV broadcasting etc.

“Late Request”  was the seventh.

It combines memories of being the first at the scene of a road accident, when I was only 13.  We lived in the country.   I was woken at 2am. Heard the noise from my bedroom and ran barefoot out onto the road. ..a man lying slumped in his sports car, with his face smashed in  ..and the radio blaring out loud.  I switched it off. Sudden silence.  Alone in the middle of the deserted road.

The second memory was going straight  through the middle of a roundabout, on my way back from Bournemouth to Salisbury after a concert.

…and finally my sister Nicky, who told me about the long hours and tiredness of being a paramedic. The interactions with strangers hurt in accidents, late at night on lonely roads.

I thought up the idea of the gift of chocolate.  When I sent her the script for checking,  she told me that once an injured patient had offered her chocolate.    So not so unlikely.


So now I’ve got to make it.




Now through to Finals of #Create50

Posted by Phil On August - 20 - 2015

I got a nice surprise this week. A lovely inscribed glass award arrived from the Toronto  International Film and Screenplay Festival.  ..and another award for my “Best of Intentions” screenplay.

Phil with ReelHeART Film Award

Phil with ReelHeART Film Award















That’s also the screenplay award hanging off the screen in the background.  The Festival and the awards were just about a month ago, but it’s been such a full on month since with sooo much editing to complete, with tight deadlines, that I haven’t had time for it to really register or sink in.

I’ve spent most of the month in a darkened room slaving over a hot monitor …apart from a brief excursion on a tallship …as one does 🙂  and I did have my birthday,  which seemed to last three days.  ..bit of a blur.  Still it was fun stuff to edit – The Script, Boyzone, Michael McIntyre.


Danny O'Donoghue and The Script

Danny O’Donoghue and The Script


And I did buy myself an awesome Color Calibrated 2560 x 1440 resolution Thunderbolt Monitor  for my birthday.  “the 27-inch ColorPrime is the next-generation Thunderbolt Display Apple never built.”

Anyway I digress..

Another surprise this week was that my short script “Late Request”  (written about my awesome sister Nicky)  has got through to the quarterfinals (update)   semifinals for the follow up to 50Kisses   Create50  50 Moments Of Courage and Kindness

It’s written about a carcrash  .. that’s not Nicky   …well not most most of the time. 🙂    …and I have the car ready to crash and film    ..Thanks Ian.  So whether I get through to the finals or not I still mean to film it.


Now I have to get back to editing the 20 minute film we shot in Toronto.


Melissa at Toronto restaurant

Melissa at Toronto restaurant



Here’s what the Mentorship award was for.


ReelHeART Mentorship Award Phil Peel “Liaison”, “Emily’s Dance”, “Best of Intentions”

    • This year, The ReelHeART Mentorship Award goes to a Filmmaker, Screenwriter whom we first met last year. This filmmaker embodies what ReelHeART is all about: Interaction, Inspiration, Creativity, Mentoring and Collaborating with Others. This year we could only give this award to one person who embodies this spirit for his tireless efforts sprinting into action all year long without a break to have his creative voice heard through, films and screenplays after being overwhelmingly inspired by his experience last year at ReelHeART. Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you, from Southampton, United Kingdom– Mr. Philip Peel –