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Anacondas

I go through phases where I become really interested in random stuff and since watching a documentary a few months’ back about Jesus Rivera’s work with anacondas, I can’t get enough of these snakes. They are so interesting! There was some amazing footage of this big mama snake (called Marion, no less) scoffing itself stupid on some kind of big water vole – and just like in cartoons, you can actually see the shape of the animal sticking out of its body! So cool, gross, scary and amazing, all at once. As screenwriters then, it’s cool to get outside your… Read More »Anacondas

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The Gospel According to The Reader

We are gathered here today to bathe in the light of The Revelation of script readers’ terms and what they really mean. We The Readers are but seraphim in the heavenly production process and no one really listens to us anyway, but we *may* permit you through the Pearly Gates of options and deals or leave you outside to be devoured by the ravages of Time and perhaps Satan, who will let his evil hounds pick over your skeletal remains. Praise be to the Lords of Screenwriting (Lawrence Kasdan, Bill Martell, Danny Stack and all you other unsung Gods and… Read More »The Gospel According to The Reader

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Archived!

Bang2write is going to be part of The British Library! Yes, you read that right. Despite the insults, threats, vulgarity, swearing, double entendres, slightly arthouse moments and general sauciness on this blog (which I supect is the reason I was removed from The BBC Writers’ Room Blogroll? Hmmmmm? Censored!!!), apparently Write Here, Write Now has been designated a “key site” and will soon be archived in its modern blogs collection for internet research on scriptwriting. It’s not there yet, they’re moving to a “more performant crawler” (that makes me think of a centipede in running shoes and shorts for some… Read More »Archived!

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Beware of The Title

There’s been a lot of chit-chat about titles on this blog recently, particularly about duplicate titles with regards to the BSSC and whether people’s scripts are the same ones listed on those that made it through the first round; Oli too mentioned a script called WHALE FARTS had made it through the Quarter Finals of Scriptapolooza and I entreated bloggers and writers not to call their scripts TEENAGE KICKS ‘cos I must get three or four a year. So well done to Anya who spotted that the BSSC does in fact have some duplicate titles: there are apparently two called… Read More »Beware of The Title

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The Author Is Dead (Or Why You Should Show Your Script To As Many People As Possible)

I got my Bluecat feedback yesterday; since not one of the three scripts I submitted even made it within sniffing distance of the top ten per cent, I expected it to be lukewarm at best. I was pretty surprised then to discover that not only did all three lots of feedback offer up some interesting points in its “What Needs Work” sections, all three attracted praise. Which was nice. This is what I like about Bluecat: you don’t end up feeling like a loser, even if you lose. In this game of constant rejection, that’s something definitely not to be… Read More »The Author Is Dead (Or Why You Should Show Your Script To As Many People As Possible)

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Contest Mania

First off, massive congrats to bloggers Elinor, Lara, Jason and ME for getting through the first round of the BSSC!!! I read so many BSSC entries on PO3’s and through Bang2write I’m sure more I know have got through, but the website don’t publish authors’ names and I can’t remember all of them, so if I read your short check here to see if your entry has made it and let me know – I’ll add you to the list! In fact, if you read this and you’ve made it, let me know anyway. Wooo-hooo! EDIT: Since writing this post,… Read More »Contest Mania

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Don’t Waste My Mutha*$%*^* Time!

Love that line. Al Pacino in HEAT. I forget the mechanics of the scene exactly – I think he was questioning-stroke-threatening an informant – but that’s what good movie moments are made of in my book: you may not remember the whys, you remember the how. And Al Pacino was so manically exhuberant here, repeating the line just enough without becoming irritating, that it stuck in my head and undoubtedly countless other viewers’. We all want these moments in our screenplays – those lines and moments people repeat to each other, out of context. It’s those little bits of movie… Read More »Don’t Waste My Mutha*$%*^* Time!

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Structure and Pace

Yesterday I talked about Story and Plot, how they were ultimately married yet lead very different lives: I’m reminded here of me and my husband, for although we are married (durr) and have some stuff in common like the kids and cats, we couldn’t be more different: I like to write. He likes to run wild on the moors like a savage. Really. So it comes as no surprise then that Story and Plot’s kids, twins Structure and Pace, are also very different. Structure is male and ego-centric; why wouldn’t he be, when people talk about him all the time?… Read More »Structure and Pace

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Story Vs Plot

So Phill Barron has this post about character vs story, with a hilarious (not to mention foul-mouthed) paraphrasing of Tony Jordan’s assertion that it’s character, not story, you should start with when coming up with your ideas for scripts. Yet should you start with character? This is an interesting point. Certainly when I was at university I had a lecturer who was absolutely positive it was character. He would bang on about the fact we had to know EVERYTHING about our characters, even what they “had for breakfast”. We would get character sheets where we would have to write character… Read More »Story Vs Plot

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If It Wasn’t For those Pesky Kids…

This Power of 3 malarkey, how to do it and what constitutes good feedback has got everyone talking, it seems. Since posting on Thursday I’ve had a deluge of emails and IMs and have noticed a variety of conversations on blogs, message boards and forums ranging from concurrence to the faintly bemused to the full-blown attack on amateurs and newbies. The “newer” writer – as in, the writer who has written only a few scripts – will always get a bum deal it seems. Sometimes it would appear that the more experienced a writer becomes, the more they forget what… Read More »If It Wasn’t For those Pesky Kids…

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Free Training Course

Metlab ran for the first time last year and as regular readers of this blog know, I was involved in the course as a script editor. The brainchild of John Sweeney, the course has undergone some radical changes this year – not least the fact IT’S FREE! Read on for more details that were posted on the SP e-bulletin this morning below. For anyone wanting any insights on Metlab, you’d do well to ask the lovely Elinor. She was a student last year and wrote a wicki-wicki script called Penny Dreadful (that some of you may recall from Alternative Pitch… Read More »Free Training Course

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Power of 3 Ruckus

Even if you have never been to an Adrian Mead class, there’s a good chance you will have heard of the famous Power of 3: it’s bandied about in The Scribosphere as bloggers appeal for each other to help them with their work. And why not? It’s a good way of getting feedback, for free. Whilst I’m never one to do myself out of a job, I do happen to believe that writers should get the best value for their money. Whilst there are always writers who prefer to work with Readers from that very first words-on-paper draft (and why… Read More »Power of 3 Ruckus

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