WATCH Video Pitch for YESTERDAY’S FLIGHT, by Martyn Ellington
Matthew Toffolo interviews Martyn Ellington:
What is your story about?
Martyn: A Sci-Fi adventure mystery that follows two time lines. The first follows the passengers and crew of flight 993 as it’s transported back into the cretaceous past. The second follows a team of palaeontologists and crash investigators as they try to uncover what happened to flight 993, after a piece of tail section is unearthed next to a dinosaur fossil. And time is against them both!
Why do people need to read/watch this story?
Martyn: If you like a good mystery, time travel, dinosaurs and science fiction (And who doesn’t) give this a try. I wanted to put the bite back into the dinosaur movie, this time we’re in their time and they aren’t theme park attractions. I think people are generally Jurassic Park weary now, the first movie broke new ground, the following two movies weren’t really that good, if you take away the CGI. As for the fourth instalment, well we’ll have to wait and see. Given the time it takes now to produce a movie like Yesterday’s Flight, I believe this years movie goers who will flock to see Jurassic World will be ready for another big screen dino movie, and of course it will introduce the genre to a whole new generation.
How long have you been writing stories?
Martyn: Yesterday’s Flight was my first novel, I wrote it in 2011.
What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Martyn: Probably Jaws, I’m a big early Spielberg fan, films like duel and Jaws and the original Raiders.
What artists would you love to work with?
Martyn: I would love to work with Jeff Lynne, from a music soundtrack point of view, actors would include Steve Carrel and Sam Rockwell. In fact when I wrote Yesterday’s Flight, I had the actor Misha Collins in mind when I wrote the character William Relford. If I could chose the director, it would be Peter Jackson for this particular project.
How many stories have you written?
Martyn: I have written four stories since 2011, all in the horror and sci-fi genre and I’ve completed another screenplay based on a novella I wrote called The Harvesting, which is based in the UK, and is about mass alien abductions. I am currently writing my fifth novel titled Devolution of a Species.
Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Martyn: Ideally in L.A, working on fresh, new ideas. Like a lot of paying cinema going fans, I’m getting tiered of re-boots, re-hashes and warm ups.
Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
Martyn: I form an idea, dwell on it for a bit, kick it around and if then I can see a story I try to think of the characters, who are they, what’s their situation, what would they do. Then a place setting, after that I don’t try and format it, it just let it come as I write. I’ve deleted whole chapters if I’m not happy with them, I’m not afraid to abandon a project and start again if I can’t make it work.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Martyn: Music, I simply cannot imagine life without music. My biggest music hero would have to be Jeff Lynne.
What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?
Martyn: My main influence was try and get Yesterday’s Flight noticed, it is so difficult for new writers, you just have to try everything, especially if you’re not based in the U.S.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Martyn: I don’t think I’m qualified enough to give advice, but as you’re asking, just don’t give up and believe in what you’re writing.
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