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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

Turning It Up To Eleven

The blog is eleven years old! I started way back in August 2005, and though blogging doesn’t seem as popular as it was in the heyday of the mid-late 00s, it’s still a meatier and more enjoyable way to pass the time online. Still, there seems to be a helluva lot more screenwriting noise demanding…... Read more

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Writing/Directing Your Debut

Making low budget indie films may be more achievable than ever before but there are still a good deal of risks and challenges involved. Here, we speak to Dan Pringle, writer/director of new horror/thriller K Shop, and Suki Singh, writer/director of Lynchian-noir, Emulsion, on how they tackled their debut feature. Click on the link to…... Read more

BAFTA workshop for kids

Tim and I like to call ourselves ‘the Coen Brothers for kids’ in that we write, produce and direct kids/family films together. We also do talks and workshops together, most recently at the Cinemagic Festival after our riotous screening of Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?   This Friday (5th August), we’re hosting a Writing For The…... Read more

Getting In The Tone Zone

When you get a chance to pitch or write for a TV show, one of the most important things (if not THE most important thing) is to get the tone right. This can be especially difficult if it’s a brand new show and the tone is still in flux (you may get general guides as…... Read more

Cannes report: kids/family genre

If you follow this blog regularly, you’ll know I did a diary of my recent trip to Cannes with Tim Clague. We attended with our debut feature film, Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? (a live-action kids/family film), and to learn more about the family market, especially as this genre has a strong tradition in Europe. We…... Read more

Cannes 2016: Day 6

Tuesday 17th May: No script deadline, wahey! Surely a sleep-in is in order? Not really. If anything, we’re up even earlier because it’s our last day and we’re checking out of the hotel (got to pack), and we’ve a meeting at 10am. Once we’re ready, we want to leave our luggage somewhere instead of dragging…... Read more

Cannes 2016: Day 5

Monday 16th May: Script deadline day! As usual, dive into it first thing in the morning, and I go through the script from start to finish. I hit ‘send’. Not the most ideal time for a deadline, admittedly, but they sprung it on me this week (and knew I was going to Cannes) and I…... Read more

Cannes 2016: Day 4

Sunday 15th May: Up at 7am to edge closer to finishing my script deadline. There’s the 3rd act showdown to go, and a review of the script from start to finish to check for general flow and consistency. Cannes comes calling, and after our routine breakfast briefing, Tim and I head down to the Croisette.…... Read more

Cannes 2016: Day 3

Saturday 14th May: Can’t sleep after only a few hours’ kip. It’s around 6am. Decide to crack on with writing, make some hay while the sun rises. Manage to get around to the end of act two, and with act three nicely lined up, it feels like solid progress. A couple of hours later, it’s…... Read more
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