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21,March
2017

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Writing Documentaries

In this month’s podcast, we chat to filmmaker Joe Martin about making documentaries, and specifically how screenwriting comes into play for the format/genre. Plus, Joe talks about making the transition into fiction with his debut feature ‘Us and Them‘ which had its world premiere at SXSX recently. Listen here or via the embed below. The…... Read more
07,March
2017

Short Film Festival Strategy

Someone asked me about what kind of festival strategy you should have once you have a short film in the can, so here are a few thoughts on that very subject. But first, here’s a photo of me directing a few trees on the set of my award-winning short film Origin. Look how I get…... Read more
22,February
2017

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Treehouse Digital

In the latest UK Scriptwriters Podcast, we chat to writing duo (and married couple), Natalie Conway & Pete Stanley-Ward. They’re part of the Treehouse Digital team, and they share their unique and fascinating journey from making their own DIY shorts, to making their debut feature, to the Creative England funded short Litterbugs, and maintaining their…... Read more
15,February
2017

Working For Free?

Much as it angers and frustrates writers, agents and the Writers’ Guild, there simply is no getting around the fact that, at some stage, you’re going to have to work for free. This especially applies if you’re starting out as a screenwriter but even if you’re a seasoned scribe, sometimes you just have to pucker…... Read more
09,February
2017

Working From Home

Get up when you want. Wear what you want. Do what you want. Working from home is awesome, right?! Well yeah, it is, especially if your normal working day is an office job, and you get to spend the occasional day at home privately reading/researching/catching up with stuff. That’s quite nice. But on a full-time…... Read more
25,January
2017

The 6 Stages of Feedback

Re-posting this from my old blog as it’s one of my favourites, thanks largely to the photo poses of messrs Arnopp & Moran. Enjoy! Feedback is a bitch, isn’t it? Not feedback from your peers, although than can be quite thorny at times, but actual official notes about a commissioned piece of work. That’s the…... Read more
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
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