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UK Scriptwriters Survival Guide

In the latest UK Scriptwriters podcast, we talk about our upcoming UK Scriptwriters Survival Guide. It’s a new book (coming soon) that we’ve compiled from our years of blogging, podcasts, meetings, conferences and overall experience – a definitive list of what you can do to start earning money as a writer, and how to maintain…... Read more

Who invented the screenplay?

James Schamus, in his BAFTA lecture last September, explains who invented the screenplay as we know it, and why. You can read the full transcript here or listen to the podcast lecture here. “Thomas Ince, I don’t know if anyone remembers him now, was one of the most important people in the history of cinema.…... Read more

The key to effective change

Last year, I blogged 5 Tips To Keep Your Writing Resolutions. It occurred to me that these types of breakdowns can provide some perspective and motivation but perhaps don’t have any lasting effect on what you want to do in order to see real change. And maybe that’s the problem with New Year Resolutions in…... Read more

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Andrew Ellard

Here’s a special festive edition of the UK Scriptwriters Podcast where me and Tim speak at length with comedy writer/script editor Andrew Ellard. Andrew talks about his career and shares his insights about the craft of comedy, as well as sharing his Top 5 Tips For Sitcoms. It’s a must listen! Also, here’s a short…... Read more

Guest Blog: 7 Tips To Be a Writer/Producer

In June 2014, screenwriter Tom Kerevan produced his first feature film, Tear Me Apart. Here he talks about the tricky transition from writer to producer, and why he believes it’s so important in today’s industry. I never wanted to produce. As far as I could tell, producing meant a constant headache, interrupted only by violent…... Read more

10 Steps to Make a Feature Film

Short films are a great way to learn and have some fun, and hey, maybe kickstart your career. However, the industry is awash with short films, and there’s no real money to be made from the format so it’s probably worth considering ditching the short and start thinking feature. Previously on the blog I noted…... Read more

Make A Short Film?

This is from the old blog, back in 2010 fresh from one of my more substantial short film exploits, and re-posting here for general use. Nigel, one of the kind and generous souls who contributed to Origin, my award-winning short, has asked: what does one need to make a short film? Well, in this day…... Read more

Starting Out: Top 5 Advice!

There’s a new professional networking site called Hiive for those who work in the creative industries. In Hiive’s own words, they ‘offer a platform to showcase your work, find work, collaborate and get access to great courses’. They’ve asked me to blog advice to aspiring scriptwriters and filmmakers. Ha, the fools! Ahem, I mean, yes,…... Read more

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Structure

Here’s the latest UK Scriptwriters podcast, where me and Tim talk about structure: does the 3-act template really work? what is Pixar’s Poker structure breakdown exactly? and so on. We also discuss how we used these structural methods to develop the script for Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?   A quick reminder that there’s a couple…... Read more

Red Planet Prize 2014: WINNERS!

In amongst my excitement of filming Nelson Nutmeg, I was also lucky to be part of the Red Planet Prize jury process (for those unaware, I helped set up this great scheme back in 2007). Since its inception, the competition has expanded to include Kudos Film & TV as they, along with Tony Jordan’s Red…... Read more
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