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18,February
2015

Time to Write?

We all know that when it comes to writing, you just apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair, and bash out the words. But when you’re an aspiring writer who has to hold down a day job, and/or have other necessary distractions in your life, it can be difficult to…... Read more
10,February
2015

Staying Relevant As A Writer

“Yes, we know that writer, we’ve read their scripts, we like them, but what next?” You’re likely to hear this kind of response or comment as you make your way in your scriptwriting adventures. Essentially, it’s the execs/editors/readers of the world acknowledging that you exist, and that they like you/your writing, but aren’t completely sure…... Read more
29,January
2015

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
20,January
2015

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
12,January
2015

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
22,December
2014

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
15,December
2014

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
28,November
2014

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
21,November
2014

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
14,November
2014

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
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