I have, in the past, attempted to maintain a couple of blogs about writing. They usually died a death when I realised that I was writing more about the act of writing than doing any scripts themselves. Welcome to what I hope will be a much more successful excursion.
My name is Cameron Phillips, I am 36 years old and I live in a town called Gretna in Southern Scotland. At some point in 1997 whilst visiting the careers adviser in school I said I wanted to write scripts for a living. She turned to me, said there ‘wasn’t much call for that around here’ and then passed me a few leaflets about joining the local nuclear power industry. I have yet to read them, they’re probably long since in the bin.
I studied Media Production at Cumbria Institute of the Arts between 1999 and 2004, gaining both a National Diploma and BA (Hons) Degree. For my final degree project we made a short film about setting up an internet self help group called ‘Advice2Go’. It was nominated for an award by the Royal Television Society in 2004. It didn’t win. Around this time I began to write off to various production companies mostly in the field of comedy. The Comedy Unit in Glasgow did offer me a writer’s brief for Watson’s Wind Up. It did not arrive.
Whilst at college I was stupid enough to have a brief flirtation with the art of stand up comedy. I was terrible but managed to get myself into a student gig at The Pleasance Bar in Edinburgh. I spent the evening screaming about the death of my fictional Uncle Roderick. Three Americans in the front row were very confused by this. It’s a safe bet to assume that I shall not be getting back on stage at any point in the near future.
In December 2012 I also conducted ‘The Unlocked Project’ which meant writing a script from scratch and having every step of the way published online, right down to photos of my scribbles in my notebook. Whilst an interesting process to blog about it did result in a pretty dire story which I shelved shortly after completion.
I began a short film called ‘Robotics’ in 2007, my original plan was to have it made locally in South West Scotland. This sadly fell through but it was made by a company from The Netherlands. The resulting film has been round a handful of festivals in Europe from 2013 to 2014. It was screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
As of July 2014 I wrote ‘Order For Burning’ a feature film based on the Dumfries Witch Trials of 1659. After the completion of a readable draft of the script a year later it was pitched to prospective producers. Nobody picked it up.
In 2017 I shall be concentrating on writing my first book. It’s a science fiction story set in a small Scottish town.
I can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
My twitter feed can be found here