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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

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

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

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

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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