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22,April
2014

Pixar’s Poker Game Structure

I once saw a tweet by a Pixar exec which likened the classic 3-act structure to a poker game but, for the life of me, I can’t find the tweet (or Twitter account) anywhere. ** MAY 2016 UPDATE: Found the source, finally! It’s Emma Coats, who was working at Pixar at the time, and was…... Read more
14,April
2014

Discount! Writing for Kids TV

** PLUGGING COURSES BEGINS ** In June, I’m running a two-day workshop on ‘Writing for Kids TV’. Very excited about this one, it’s going to be a cracker, especially as it’s held in the stunning location of Kingston Lacey in Dorset (it’s a non-residential workshop, though). Full details & bookings are HERE but if you…... Read more
10,April
2014

What is narrative clarity?

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…... Read more
04,April
2014

Nelson Nutmeg: Script to Screen

Our Kickstarter campaign for Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? is now live! Check out the video below, and support us if you can. And further down the post, I outline everything we’ve done up until this point to develop the idea. Tim and I are joining forces to co-write & co-direct (Coen Bros style!) as we…... Read more
02,April
2014

Tax Expenses for Screenwriters

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…... Read more
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