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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
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
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
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
08,August
2016

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
17,May
2016

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
21,October
2015

UK Scriptwriter’s Survival Handbook

We’re launching the  UK Scriptwriter’s Survival Handbook at the London Screenwriters Festival this weekend but it’s available on Amazon RIGHT NOW! The book covers everything you need to know about how to start making a living as a scriptwriter, and maintain your career. Compiled by myself and Tim Clague, the book also contains the best…... Read more
10,November
2014

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Structure

Here’s the latest UK Scriptwriters podcast, where me and Tim talk about structure: does the 3-act template really work? what is Pixar’s Poker structure breakdown exactly? and so on. We also discuss how we used these structural methods to develop the script for Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?   A quick reminder that there’s a couple…... Read more
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