It all started with my old blog back in 2005 as I shared my experiences as an industry script reader and emerging writer. This new site will now be the focus for ongoing news, features, opportunities and personal anecdotes/insights.
I’ve been a screenwriter/consultant for over ten years. My television writing credits include EastEnders, Doctors and high-profile children’s shows such as Octonauts, Fleabag Monkeyface, Roy, and the new Thunderbirds for CiTV. I also write/direct short films, most notably my supernatural thriller, Origin, which won Best Horror at the London Independent Film Festival 2012.
As part of my ongoing passion with the world of screenwriting, I created and co-host the UK Scriptwriters Podcast (with Tim Clague). In 2007, I helped set up the Red Planet Prize, a scheme to discover new writers, with writer/producer Tony Jordan.
If you want to learn more about me, my work or if you’re looking for help to get started as a screenwriter then you’ve come to the right place. My script reading details are here, and some handy free downloads about screenwriting/script reading can be found here but check out the blog for all the latest updates.
** PLUGGING COURSES BEGINS ** I’m hosting a couple of courses/workshops in May and June, and thought they might tickle your fancy. First up is ‘Net Profit: Make Your Own Web Show’, which I co-host with writer/comedian Dave Cohen. We launched this one-day course last year to great success so now it’s back to share […]
This is a post from my old blog but giving it a re-up here in case it’s of interest, talking about feature scripts but applies to TV, too. — Ah, the joys of script reading. Script after script after script, report after report after report. As soon as you get into the reading routine, you […]
You may have seen me mention “Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?” the kids’ film I’m making this year with my good friend & colleague Tim Clague. We’re joining forces to co-write & co-direct (Coen Bros style!) as we feel it’s the best use of our resources and network to actually get a feature film in the […]
As the new tax year looms, here’s a handy list of tax expenses for screenwriters: Expenses for Screenwriters: Consumables/materials Rechargeable expenses Agent’s commission Sub-contracts/assistants Secretarial Office/studio overheads (even rehearsal room hire) Repairs/renewals of equipment Computer costs Scripts/books/trade journals (incl subscriptions) Telephone (75%) Mobile phone Internet services Printing/postage/stationery Insurance Motor expenses (75%) Hire purchase interest on […]
I’ll blog in more detail about this year’s Red Planet Prize at a later date but everyone should have heard about their script and whether it through to the next stage. We had around 1300 entries this year and we had a slightly different set-up so we went through a longlist of ten pages TWICE […]