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26,Nov
2018

3 Things I’ve Learned Writing Hey Duggee

Hey Duggee won Best Pre-School Animation at the 2018 Children’s BAFTA Awards for the third time running! It also won Best Director for the genius that is Grant Orchard, and Best Digital for the Counting Badge. For those unaware, Hey Duggee is a charming and funny series that follows the adventures of five young animals as…... Read more
07,Nov
2018

Can You Teach ‘Talent’?

Last night at my ‘Time To Write‘ course (where writers clear their evening schedule for one hour of inspiration and two hours of dedicated writing time), we got into a discussion about craft versus talent. As in, what you can teach about writing versus ‘the invisible qualities of story’ that a writer’s talent/original voice can…... Read more
08,Aug
2018

Future TX begins

It’s been a bit quiet on the blog for a while but that’s because Tim and I have started filming a new live-action family film. It’s an exciting sci-fi adventure called Future TX about two kids who get their first mobile phones but they receive a call from someone who says he’s from the future…... Read more
10,Mar
2018

Guest Post: Writing/Producing Your 1st Feature

Quite busy at the moment, what with pre-production on our next film, a few writing gigs and Red Planet Prize reading. But there is brand new UK Scriptwriters podcasts and my quick-hit script vids – and here’s a guest blog from Jonathan Hall about how made his debut feature film, Solo! Always something to learn…... Read more
22,Jan
2018

Guest Post: 5 Short Film Tips

Here’s a guest post from Phil Lowe: 5 top tips before you write a short film (based on his experience of his multi-award winning short The Driving Seat, which you can watch here or via the embed below. There’s a short BTS doc here & you can follow Phil on Twitter here). Take it away,…... Read more
17,Jan
2018

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Nev Pierce

In this edition of the podcast, I chat to film journalist and filmmaker Nev Pierce about writing for film, interviewing Hollywood directors all over the world, how that influenced and inspired him in his short films to-date, and how he’s moving forward into the world of feature films. Recorded at BAFTA headquarters and it was…... Read more
03,Jan
2018

The Five Elements Of A Good Story

Here’s the last video I did for 2017, called ‘The Five Elements Of A Good Story’. Transcript below, too, if you want to read instead of watch. I’ve done over a half dozen script videos so far, you can check them out or subscribe here. They’ve been fun to do with the intent of making…... Read more
10,Dec
2017

How To Get An Agent: Top 5 Tips

Here’s a new video where me and Tim breakdown our top 5 tips on how to get an agent. There’s plenty more practical advice in our books The UK Scriptwriter’s Survival Handbook and Write A Script In 10 Weeks, but these vids are a handy way to discuss advice in an easy and bitesize manner.…... Read more
22,Nov
2017

Write A Script In 10 Weeks

If you subscribe to the UK Scriptwriters newsletter, you will have noticed I did a series of articles about how to write a script in 10 weeks. This proved very popular so me and Tim packaged it together into a handy guide that you can buy and keep. It’s OUT NOW on Amazon, the perfect…... Read more
13,Nov
2017

What’s Your Screenwriting Budget?

As a new or freelance writer, how much money should you actually spend on yourself to stay connected, develop your craft, and increase your overall productivity? In other words, what’s your annual screenwriting budget? Let’s crunch some numbers. SUBSCRIPTIONS OK, let’s assume you already have screenwriting software and a computer, the basics. The first thing…... Read more
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