A quick preface
"There has been a lot of focus, especially in the USA, on how to be 'productive' during the Covid-19 lockdown. I think this is dangerous to our mental health. I happen to work through my anxieties by creating things. But if you have a different way that feels good, you're doing it right! Let's give ourselves a break. So I write this, not to brag about what I 'got done' but just to give some tips on remote filmmaking, for these unusual times."
"I regularly look at BBC Writers Room Opportunities for places to submit my work. In March, at the start of the lockdown, the BBC posted a call-out for short scripts that could be filmed entirely via video call."
"I had been thinking about this concept of rejection for a while, and I knew it could work on a video-call film. I quickly wrote a first draft of the film and revised it until I was happy with the ten pages, featuring two characters in three acts. It only took a couple of days. I attribute this to the well-known concept that restrictions can make writing easier. I submitted it to the BBC scheme."
"'No Thanks!' The script was rejected, but at least they let me down easily: 'We received 6,803 scripts... on this occasion, your script did not progress further in the process'. (Yes, 6,803 scripts!!). The most difficult step then: I decided to make the film anyway."