Many thanks to my ol’ mucker Janine Jones, who I went to primary school with, for this write up! ————————————– Kicking off the TV Drama Writers’ Festival with a dry and funny look at Ambition, Peter Bowker (Eric and Ernie, Occupation, Monroe) explained ambitious projects are not necessarily high-concept and big budget. The ambition is to make great British television – through fantastic characters, solid stories and brave subject matter. For me it was an opportunity to be in a room with my writing heroes, Lucy Gannon, Alice Nutter, Jack Thorne and Paula Milne. So yes, I was happy just… Read More »BBC Writers’ Festival by Janine Jones
Charlie Phillips has been in touch to let us all know about this event on Sunday this week (Jul 04) about funding and selling films, presented by Peter Broderick and Sandi Dubowski. I think it looks really interesting but alas can’t go — if you do, please let us know what you thought! ——————————–Dear Friends and Colleagues, You’re invited to a special presentation that I’m giving with the fabulous Sandi DuBowski on Sunday, July 4th. MAKING AND RAISING MONEY ONLINE will provide the latest tips and tricks for funding and selling your films on the web. The Sheffield Doc/Fest and… Read More »Event: Making & Raising Money Online, Sunday Jul 04 2010
I went to some really interesting sessions at the SWF, outlined for you below. Here are my immediate thoughts on the whole thing: Women in film MUST be included next year. I was surprised and pleased to see loads more women than I expected and there was a consensus this needs attention next year. This made most obvious at the Son of The Pitch special when the fact there was only 1 woman out of 10 pitching was noted. Unfortunately none of the speakers from the floor complaining about it put the case particularly well I thought and I was… Read More »SWF09 In Brief(ish)
Updated So, You’ve Written A Screenplay ‘I’ve written a screenplay, now what?’ is one of the top Google searches that leads writers to this blog. Plus Bang2writers write to me, asking me for ideas on what to do / where to send scripts they’ve written, so I thought it was time I put my thoughts on this in one place, once and for all … Enjoy! 1) Get Some Screenplay Feedback i) Getting it – do peer review You don’t have to pay for this, though you can if you want to. Alternatively, you can do peer review aka a… Read More »I’ve Written A Screenplay. Now What?
Here’s the final instalment of the marvellous Helen’s notes – some interesting realities about the industry here in particular. Read on…————————————————————————————–My First Feature (sponsored by Northern Lights Film Festival) David Lemon discusses his experience of writing Faintheart with Brian Gordon, the director of NLFF. David Lemon – writer of Faintheart He won the myspace movie mashup competition. He wrote it in 2005 and developed it through taps.org. Slingshot Studios had a £250-£500K microbudget but the Director got in touch with Vertigo Films and eventually Film 4, the Film Council were also involved. There were 12 producers, some had more input… Read More »The Story Engine, Notes, Pt 3: Features, Training, Scriptreading, Simon Beaufoy
Your Honour, members of the jury: we are gathered here today to discuss the impact of feature length dramas on an audience… Though drama is indeed my favourite (yes, possibly even above my beloved Horror), it has long been my belief such fare has no impact whatsoever in changing the attitudes of their viewers. Why? Because the very viewers such films attract already possess the beliefs and values explored by the drama in question – hence the audience watching said dramas in the first place: like attracts like. But don’t take my word for it; I will demonstrate. [Box Office… Read More »Preaching To The Converted? 6 Of The Best — Drama
Following a comments thread over at Michelle’s about budgets and then Potdoll’s about Commercial vs. Mainstream film recently, I thought I’d give my thoughts on money stuff in film an airing. I should mention first it’s not something I’ve ever been specifically taught; more picked up on from various conversations, meetings, articles and books I’ve read, talks I’ve attended. Also, on many script reports including Scottish Screen’s, they will ask about budgetary considerations/restraints, so it’s something I’ve had to learn a little about “on the job” so to speak, but I’m certainly no expert. As with all things scriptwriting and… Read More »Money Talks: Film Budgets