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16,October
2014

Co-directing?

Tim Clague and I get asked a lot about why we’re co-directing “Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?“. People seem interested (read: dubious) as to how we do it, and how it can possibly work. Co-directing is not a new concept of course, and there are some very high profile co-directors who do just fine (e.g. Coen…... Read more
14,October
2014

Out of site

I’ve been having problems with my site recently. First, I couldn’t access the dashboard to update the blog. Now, I can access the dashboard but can’t load the site! Very strange. It’s been tedious and frustrating. Go Daddy will soon be Gone Daddy. I’m not even sure if this post will make it live on…... Read more
18,September
2014

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Writing & Directing

We missed last month’s UK Scriptwriters podcast because we were knee-deep in the first week of filming for “Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?” We’re now a third of the way through the shoot so on the way home from location last weekend, Tim took out his portable sound equipment and we recorded a podcast on the…... Read more
12,September
2014

Making/Do

As a script reader, it is easy to sit in the comfort of your home (or office desk), and cast a weary eye over someone’s script. Even if that script is written by a top professional writer, and is clearly a GOOD script, it’s still easier to point out the faults than celebrate the quality.…... Read more
03,September
2014

Nelson Nutmeg: Video Update!

We’ve finished the first week of Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg, the kids’ film I’m making with Tim Clague, so here we are doing a quick recap of what’s happened so far (including sneak peeks at the footage!). For regular updates on the film, keep an eye on the Twitter and Facebook feeds. We now switch…... Read more
26,August
2014

New Dramatists’ Club

After about six months without an agent (my previous agent having retired!), I signed with Jean Kitson Management earlier this year. Jean’s great, full of passion and enthusiasm for writers, especially new writers. So much so, she’s launched a New Dramatists’ Club, a training seminar and script initiative to help new writers. Four writers will…... Read more
18,August
2014

London Screenwriters’ Festival 2014 Discount!

The London Screenwriters’ Festival is back for another year of inspiring and unmissable talks, panels and networking goodness. It’s on in October but it gets booked up quite quickly – indeed it’s 76% sold out as I type! If you’re thinking of going, then you can save £31 on your ticket by using my discount…... Read more
30,July
2014

Writing For Hollywood

In this special UK Scriptwriters podcast, we chat to Tim John about his seven year spell in Hollywood, writing for film stars such as Schwarzenegger and Bill Murray, and how his family tried to settle into that bizarre part of America known as La-la land… Tim’s written a book about his adventures, which you can…... Read more
25,July
2014

Whose Scene Is It?

Re-post from old blog (Narrative Point-of-View) which came to mind (and has been handy) as me & Tim go through the latest draft of Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? — In the development process, it’s not uncommon to be told that the story should be from your hero’s point-of-view. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the…... Read more
18,July
2014

Six Steps To Be A Screenwriter

(photo source) A re-post/update from my old blog. ‘How do you become a screenwriter?’ is a question I get asked a lot. It’s not the most incisive or challenging of questions, is it? There’s probably a subtext to it (‘how do I break in as a screenwriter’ rather than ‘how do I start’, or ‘I’ve…... Read more
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