MIKE Henry, LMH Publishing’s principal, says the company is readying to focus on increasing the number of multimedia productions from its wide range of literary publications, Balford Henry reports for Jamaica’s Observer.
Henry, speaking with the Jamaica Observer at the recent launch of Carey Robinson’s Memoirs of a Media Man, said he was not satisfied with LMH relying entirely print. He said that the company had already moved into e-books, and is now preparing to use local works as the basis for films, including features and DVD productions.
“We got a taste of it when we got the rights to the release and distribution of Fire in Babylon in the Caribbean, and I think we have learnt enough from that experience to take on the marketing of our own treatments, and/or the production of films from our publications,” Henry said.
Fire in Babylon is the story of the feared West Indies cricket team of the ’70s and ’80s, and their triumph over colonial masters in a turbulent era of apartheid in South Africa, race riots in England and civil unrest in the Caribbean.
“We want to close the gap between the writing and publication of our books, and the production of films from those publications, so we are producing the film treatments which we will be marketing, and we will be producing some of the films ourselves,” the publisher said.
A film treatment is a piece of prose, typically the step between scene cards (index cards) and the first draft of a screenplay for a motion picture, television programme or radio play. Treatments are widely used within the motion picture industry as selling documents, but can also be used to pitch a screenplay, or to sell a concept, even without a completed screenplay.
LMH sold the rights to Anthony C Winkler’s The Lunatic, the story of a Jamaican madman with an amazing ability to talk to anything, including trees, cows and cricket balls, starring Paul Campbell, to Island Pictures, in the early 1990s. However, since then, the company has not done much more in terms of getting its publications adapted to screen.
LMH’s treasure trove of Caribbean literature includes fictional titles such as Fight for Freedom, Carey Robinson’s story of the Jamaican struggle against slavery, and When Banana Was King, which looks at a time when Jamaicans battled Americans for control of the billion-dollar banana trade, as well as a wide range of fictional titles.