We are privileged to have Emmy Award winning filmmaker and author Tony Cane-Honeysett with us on the blog today. In his guest post Tony shares a bit about how his vision changed as he transitioned from filmmaker/author to novelist through the writing of his novel Fem Dom. It’s not every day we get a chance to chat with an Emmy award winning filmmaker, so take advantage of this opportunity to ask any questions you might have. Tony will be stopping by to answer them.
Fem Dom – A Strange Journey
By Tony Cane-Honeysett
My novel, Fem Dom, took an untypical path to creation. It started as a screenplay, which I had hopes of filming myself. Because I’m also an independent filmmaker and that means everything I shoot is on a low, low, budget. After making several documentaries, I wanted to shoot a narrative story and get back to working with actors as I had done when shooting TV commercials back in England years ago. The more I got into the screenplay, the more cognizant I was of the cost to shoot each of the scenes I was writing. As the mental production dollars climbed higher and higher in my brain with each additional character and scenario, the more I realized I would have to think smaller and smaller if I was ever going to turn this puppy into a movie that I could pay for. But now I was compromising my creativity as a writer by wearing my filmmaker hat. It was all starting to go pear-shaped. My story was now running into roadblocks that I couldn’t seem to fix because I didn’t think I could afford to shoot it. It was an idiotic constraint to put on myself so I quit before ever finishing it.
Months passed, I kept bouncing the story around in my head when it suddenly dawned on me that I should really be writing Fem Dom as a novel with no concern to what it might cost to film. After all, the story was getting kinkier and kinkier and I wasn’t sure who’d want to be in the damn thing anyway. That decision opened the creative floodgates and the story flowed out of the keys on my laptop and simply seemed to fix itself. But even after over twenty years of writing professionally, I discovered writing a novel is a very different discipline to writing a screenplay. That’s why Fem Dom’s metamorphosis from screenplay to novel took a little longer than expected; three years, in fact.
But what of the film I originally wanted to make? I realized that within the story of Fem Dom lay another, shorter story that would make an ideal film, albeit a shorter one. So from three of the chapters, I culled another screenplay – Mistreated. This time the screenplay made it into a 30-minute dramatic film.
So here I am with a book and a film out at the same time and while they’re both very closely related they’re very different from each other. Fem Dom was published in August this year while Mistreated premieres at the Twin Cities Film Festival on October 18th. From screenplay, to novel, to screenplay, to film. Quite the creative journey!
About the Author:
Tony Cane-Honeysett is an Emmy Award winning writer and filmmaker. His documentary work includes The Royal Academy and Mondo Bondo. A graduate of Ealing College of Art & Design in England, Tony was the recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship awarded by The Tennessee Arts Commission in 2006. He has worked professionally as a copywriter in advertising for over 20 years in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville and Minneapolis. Tony was born in London, England.
His latest book is the fiction erotica, Fem Dom.
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About Fem Dom:
When faithful wife Tara Drew suspects her advertising executive husband is seeing a Dominatrix, she sets out to trap him in the act. She pays the Dominatrix to teach her how to please men by dominating them and inflicting pain. But her plan to snare her husband has very bizarre consequences. Way out of her comfort zone as an undercover Fem Dom, Tara discovers a kinky world that both intrigues and disgusts her. But now she is the one with a secret life that she doesn’t want her husband to find out about. A sexually fueled, fast-paced story about women who want to control men.
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