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13,January
2017

Group Character Dynamics

Something’s been gnawing at me since I saw Rogue One. And then it furthered festered over Christmas as I saw a couple of ensemble films like Sing Street (and on TV, the great baseball film A League of Their Own). What’s on my mind exactly? The importance of group character dynamics. Let’s talk it out.…... Read more
04,January
2017

Screenwriting Goldmine Awards 2017

Happy New Writing 2017! If you’ve made some writing resolutions then January’s already lining up with some exciting possibilities. There are 14 opportunities alone on the BBC writersroom page at the moment, check them out here. Screenwriter Kulvinder Gill compiles a regular 1-page PDF to highlight various schemes and competitions, currently 60+, check them out…... Read more
31,December
2016

2016 Blog Review

The end is nigh. Thankfully, it’s just the end of 2016 but this year has felt pretty bleak with its constant doom and gloom. Luckily, on the work side of things for me, this year has been a lot more positive. Let me pick out some highlights, I won’t keep you long. This was the…... Read more
19,December
2016

Happy Christmas!

Here’s a cheeky little ‘Christmas card’ short from me & Tim, and our friends at Treehouse Digital and Divercol Productions. Shot in one take! Not so bad for us, bit more challenging for Izzy the actor. But she nails it, check it out. For behind the scenes info & photos, click here. Have a great…... Read more
01,November
2016

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Mental Health For Writers

If you subscribe to this blog (thank you), you’ll have seen my recent personal post (as a subscriber exclusive) about the challenges of mental health as a writer. This is an important topic, so I brought it up with Tim for the latest edition of the podcast, click here or listen below. Further down is…... Read more
18,October
2016

Finding Your Original Voice

As a new writer, how do you know what your original voice is? And once you get it, will it stay consistent, or will your voice break and develop into something else? In some of the scripts I read, they come across as an imitation of someone else’s voice. This is not to say that…... Read more
03,October
2016

Frolleague Inspiration

Every now and then it’s good to stop and look around you, and check out what your friends/colleagues are doing the utter bastards for inspiration. Or ‘frolleagues’, as I like to call them. First up, Jason Arnopp has written a fiendishly entertaining book called The Last Days of Jack Sparks about a celebrity journo who…... Read more
06,September
2016

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Ask The Agent

In this month’s UK Scriptwriters Podcast, me and Tim chat with agent Jean Kitson from Kitson Press Associates, asking if you really need an agent? What do they do anyway? What are YOU supposed to do when you get one? Jean answers them all in a candid and constructive manner, a swift half hour of…... Read more
02,September
2016

Stranger Things: Characterisation & Structure

Stranger Things has happened. The eight-part supernatural thriller arrived on Netflix in July. In bingewatch terms, that’s like, 2 years ago now. The series – about a boy who mysteriously disappears in a small Indiana town – quickly established itself as a cult phenomenon thanks to its 80s homage aesthetic. The internet fanbase couldn’t get…... Read more
25,August
2016

Red Planet Prize 2016 Winner!

PERCENTAGES by Tom Nash. A dark and compelling drama, Percentages delves into the pulsating world of professional football, telling the story of both the lives of the young sports stars and their ruthless, business-minded agents. Huge congratulations to Tom! Read more about Tom and his winning script here. It’s been another exciting year for the…... Read more
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