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We were invited over to Ray's for a visit this afternoon. A pleasant time was had by all.

jkt was just leaving - isn't it a small world (after all)?

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Wow! He's even got a Quickdraw McGraw & BabaLouie lamp!
 
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One of the main reasons we had this visit was to talk over a potential film project.

At the Bradbury Festival October last, I spoke with Michael Kelly, the producer, about submitting a short film for the next Festival (November 2008 in Ojai), and Mr B and I discussed possibilities. No firm decision was made and I'd like to canvass the group here to help me think of a story to use.

I'm looking for something short (fifteen pages or less), and relatively easy (cheap) to film. By easy, I mean something without a lot of special effects, scenery changes, and characters.

Suggestions?

Thanks.

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Suggestions?

Thanks.


The Great Wide World Over There
Hail & Farewell
The Meadow
A Sound of Thunder (just kidding with this one!)


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Thank you. I will bear these in mind.

I enjoyed a chuckle at the mention of your dinosaur suggestion, although it does need remade!


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In 1996 when I and my family stopped by to visit with Ray, the table the Emmy on it was bare, that is with the exception of a lamp. I will post that photo soon. It appears, although I am not sure if there is a significance to the fact that Marguerite is no longer there to supervise, that there are more items in the formal sitting room than there were back then.
 
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Suggestions?

Thanks.


What runtime, Doug?
 
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Fifteen minutes or less. One page usually equates to about one minute.


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'By the Numbers' - Tink
 
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OK, thanks.


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Sorry, Doug. I didn't realise 'By the Numbers' had already been filmed. (Ray Bradbury TV Theatre 1992)

Not listed on your site Phil!
 
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Not listed on your site Phil!


It is and it isn't. That is to say, it IS listed on this page, but it ISN'T listed on this page.

I don't know why there's a discrepancy there; I must have mis-typed it. Well spotted!

I don't think Doug Spaulding should worry about whether a story has been filmed before. It's inevitable that the best ones have already been done. Of the ones I suggested, only The Meadow has yet to be filmed. One of the others (Great Wide World) was done very nicely on RBT; another one (Hail and Farewell) was done a little weakly on the same show.


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I stand corrected, Phil. Thought that was too good a tale to have been missed. Low budget too. Is it available on DVD?

My vision is a British version - Merchant Ivory style - with a Jeremy Irons character in the lead, travelling through rolling English countryside. Not the sort of thing Doug had in mind, I should imagine.
 
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My vision is a British version - Merchant Ivory style


I suppose the father figure in the story could be a stiff-upper lip British type, although I can't stand Merchant-Ivory type movies.

You can get all of the Ray Bradbury Theatres on DVD - do a search on Amazon. The boxed set is quite cheap (even cheaper if you buy it from a US supplier, because of the favourable exchange rate). They're only available as NTSC discs, however, so make sure your DVD player and TV can handle this before spending money.


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Thanks for your help Phil. You're quite right; the Amazon boxed sets are a snip. Trouble is they're not compatible with my player. However, I notice I can buy a multi-region player for as little as £25, which is less than a bunch of flowers on Valentine's Day.

My boyfriend hates Merchant Ivory movies too - he says they're "girlie"!
 
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