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Skillset Funding – Screen Bursaries

Did I mention Adrian Mead and Clare Kerr are running a course on adaptation in Edinburgh in March? Oh that’s right, I did. (Click on the links here, here and here if you want more info on the course and why it’s a good idea to learn more about adaptation). I also mentioned then that I would only be going if I could secure funding from Skillset. Well good news! I’ve got some. So I will definitely be there. I know some of you out there are going too: I called no less than three B&B’s in Edinburgh yesterday who… Read More »Skillset Funding – Screen Bursaries

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Adaptation: Mead Kerr Class

Many Bloggers and Bang2writers took a Mead Kerr Class with me in the last year, either in London or Edinburgh. I think these courses and Mead Kerr are great ‘cos unlike so many screenwriting classes, they’re not telling you what you already know for about three billion pounds; instead it’s about sharing information, identifying elements you need to work on (and not just craft either) and networking. In short, I can’t recommend them highly enough so when Adrian told me he’s got a new class for the new year, I said I’d post info. I even hope to go to… Read More »Adaptation: Mead Kerr Class

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Digital Future Conference – Afternoon Sessions

Apologies it’s taken so long to post about ALL the conference sessions; I’ve been besieged with problems the last week or so, from a dead PC to leaving my notes at my Mum’s house in Devon! But here you go Riboflavin, I know you’re chomping at the bit to hear about the rest of it… Enjoy the rest of you as well! ; )—————————————————————- Lunch was a quiet affair, though I got the opportunity to meet several other “media types” in the throng, including someone from Screen Yorkshire (I shamelessly pimped my script reading ass, natch) and another person writing… Read More »Digital Future Conference – Afternoon Sessions

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Killer Screenwriting

For our American bloggers or those willing to take a trip across the pond…——————————————————————————- KILLER SCREENWRITING 40+ Hour Interactive Workshop Become a better screenwriter in one week! Jim Mercurio jam-packs a semester of screenwriting into a living and breathing interactive work of art and education. Participants’ script pages will be part of class text and will inspire and complement the film clips, excerpts and lecture. The class will adapt to the students and accelerate their growth as screenwriters. Actors workshop everyone’s scenes and one will be shot/edited. Jim’s insight will make your jokes funnier, dialogue sharper, conflict more specific, theme… Read More »Killer Screenwriting

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Digital Shorts: Q&A

Judging by the amount of emails I’ve received regarding this scheme, many blog readers are going for this so here’s a few quick questions I fired at scheme director Sarah-Jane Meredith at the beginning of this week:——————————————————————————-What’s the mission statement of Digital Shorts?To support short innovative ideas which present new ways of telling stories. How did you get such great companies like Aardman, PVA, The Engine Room etc involved in Digital Shorts?Because it presents a good opportunity for them to work with both the RSA and the UKFC on a nationally recognized initiative; because there is money on the table;… Read More »Digital Shorts: Q&A

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Metlab: All The Details

As some of you know I was involved in The Metlab Scriptwriting Training Course in conjunction with London Metropolitan University last year. I had a lot of fun meeting peeps like Elinor, so I’m pleased to announce that I will be participating again! It’s a completely different affair this year too: it’s 100% FREE. That’s right, gratis. You read that right. And here’s how it’s gonna work. Metlab is looking for four (perhaps five) people to come on board in order to develop a screenplay over the course of *roughly* 9 months [TBC]. You will meet with Metlab every 6-8… Read More »Metlab: All The Details

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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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Digital Shorts: The Lowdown

As promised, my notes from last night’s Digital Shorts Roadshow with South West Screen. Enjoy.——————————————————————————–Present were Sarah-Jane Meredith and Arilda Tymko from South West Screen; there was a pretty poor turn-out, just twenty or so people, though perhaps this was because of the timing: I would imagine most people are at work at 4pm on a thursday. Of the few that were there, people had travelled quite far, from Totnes, Tavistock and even North Cornwall as well as Exeter itself. It was explained that Digital Shorts is a nationwide scheme, combining the talents of local screen agencies with the UK… Read More »Digital Shorts: The Lowdown

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SW Screen: Digital Shorts

Right, I’m off in a bit to SW Screen’s Digital Shorts Roadshow. Full report tomorrow, if my brain hasn’t exploded, leaked out my ear and then been eaten by one of my three cats. I’m promising nothing. For those of you unaware of this scheme, this is what it’s all about:South West Screen Digital Shorts Roadshow19 July 2007 – Exeter Phoenix, 4pm to 6pm In September 2007 South West Screen and the UK Film Council will be seeking to commission approx 8 innovative short film ideas from individuals based in the South West. This roadshow will provide the opportunity to… Read More »SW Screen: Digital Shorts

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THE ROYAL TAPES, Writing For Radio

I carted myself off to Bristol last night for the workshop for the BBC Royal Tapes, an opportunity from The Writers’ Room in conjunction with BBC Radio Five Live. It proved an interesting night, though disappointingly no one in the crowd seemed “up” for networking. I spoke to a few people outside, but inside the actual room there was a sombre and intent air of the thirty or so present. Though most took copious notes, so I guess I’m going to have some mean competition – not least because there were other workshops that week in places like Newcastle and… Read More »THE ROYAL TAPES, Writing For Radio

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Bits and Bobs

Right, I have 1401 things to do before the end of the week (really), so here’s a random mess of stuff that has or will be happening in the next 24 to 48 hours. Starting with the “has happened” first then: The writer, producer and director JK Amalou has launched himself as a script reader and editor as well as mentor and wants me to tell all you lot. He’s a quality guy and has worked for the likes of Polygram, Studio Canal, Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese. He’s also a lot of fun and I’ve had a great time… Read More »Bits and Bobs

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Long Distance Screenwriter Wrap Up and General Stuff

Many thanks to Lucie, Barry, Anya and the presumably Bart Simpson-obsessed Eat My Shorts for pointing out that I didn’t give you my thoughts on the panellists on The Long Distance Screenwriter Course. When promising a further update “tomorrow” (which has now become yesterday), I had forgotten I was going to Bournemouth to search for a house. Which I found, thanks, but more of that in a min. So, Adrian handled the morning sesh before handing over to Marc Pye, Louise Ironside, Rob Fraser and Peter Hynes. All looked remarkably sane and not drunk, which was a plus since I’ve… Read More »Long Distance Screenwriter Wrap Up and General Stuff

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