THE AUTHOR - PHIL GREEN (a.k.a peagreen)
Phil Green grew up in the picturesque New Forest of England. Wading through a quagmire of horse poo and cow dung, reading an unhealthy collection of Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Douglas Adams, Agatha Christie, Stephen King and The Beano.
Despite watching Titanic at the cinema nearly a dozen times he is actually a massive cinema fan, particularly sci-fi and Disney animation. Add a passion of Doctor Who for good measure, twisted his fragile and impressionable young brain cell into his current, occasionally warped mental state.
Upon leaving University with a Degree and Masters in Digital Special Effects, he ventured into the film world working in the Digital Intermediate arena as a colourist. An avid watersports fanatic, now landlocked living in Maidstone, he has since lapsed into real world pursuits such as dog ownership, body building and DIY.
I find writing about myself to be one of the hardest things, as I think many writers do. With this in mind, to research 'who I am', I set my friends a task of writing my obituary. Now this may sound rather morbid, however I wondered what I would be remembered for by my friends and family? I was not overly surprised by what was written, much of which is unprintable but interestingly what I felt was my individualism was seen as my quirks and eccentricities.
I guess I am drawn to the fringe and if something is seen as rather unusual, then I want to know why and am drawn to it. I think this in turn makes me rather inquisitive, from how something works, to why something is deemed inappropriate. Society teaches us that there are rules and boundaries to follow, an expected way to live. We are told from a young age there are many things we ‘can't’ do but I am very much a firm believer that you can.
I love escapism which is why I love to read and watch film. The latter because I wanted to know how they created such worlds, taking someone's written word and transferring it to the big screen. Hollywoods glitz and glamour is a massive draw but I found myself working in a dark suite on my own staring at an image - twiddling my balls. Not a bad way to spend a day but exhaustive when the content was dull. Never a truer word was spoken when they say ‘you can't polish a turd’. Digital colour and its technical limits fascinated me between film and screen, Captain Geek, according to my friends.
During my career I read many scripts and wondered how on earth they were being turned into films or television shows. I loved writing, dabbling in short stories and scripts, although never felt I would have the patience to write a full novel. However after a few attempts and my first novel, that shall forever stay hidden, ‘Carrier’ began to take shape. I enjoy the process, believing in the characters, realizing that I had to pour my heart and soul into the manuscript. I also believe like any discipline you have to practice, writing is very much like that but you also have to enjoy it, so you can infuse energy and humour down on the page and most of all believability in your characters. If you laugh and cry with them, you have it cracked.
Please check out ‘The Great Carrier Reef’. If you already are, then there may be some handy reference images to help on the page. Also check out my next project ‘Who Promised You Tomorrow’. Plus if you are interested in what a Colourist is, or indeed the Digital Intermediate, then take a look at my sister website ‘The Digital Intermediate Guide’.
My name is Green, ironically I became a colourist, now I'm a writer. Nowt stranger than fiction - my friends call me ‘peagreen’.
Adjective: green - er, green - est.
Out-green, verb (used with object)