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Happy New Year: Highs & Low

It’s been a great year – London Screenwriters Festival was bigger and better than its first year; Deviation, the thriller I associate-produced, sold to Revolver Entertainment for distribution in the new year and BUT WHAT NEXT? my first YA novel, sold to Rowohlt Publishers in Berlin and continues to be considered by a number of prominent UK publishers. And of course there was the arrival of our beloved Wee Girl # 2, who has found her voice and makes her feelings known every chance she gets – just like her elder siblings, the Wee Girl and The Male Spawn, both… Read More »Happy New Year: Highs & Low

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Relationships & Teamwork

We all know by now it’s not JUST about the writing. We should all be getting “out there” and creating relationships, too. But what does this really mean, bar the obvious, like not hiding away out of sight? I am not a religious person and nor is my family, but I went to a church school when I was a little kid. Obviously much was made then of various tales and parables in the scriptures, particularly ones about teamwork, like: A father takes his son out to a forest and shows him a stick. He gives it to his son… Read More »Relationships & Teamwork

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Deviation sells to Revolver Entertainment

Just a quick post to tell you Deviation, the Thriller I’ve been involved in as associate producer, has sold to Revolver Entertainment. Deviation stars Danny Dyer as Frankie, a vicious escaped convict who abducts young nurse Amber (Anna Walton) in her own car on her way home from work. It’s a fantastic, dark Thriller set in one night and I feel privileged to have worked on it with the fabulous Lara Greenway and JK Amalou, not to mention the rest of the team. This means you’ll be seeing Deviation in the cinema early next year, most likely Feb/March time, so… Read More »Deviation sells to Revolver Entertainment

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How To Become A Script Reader

How I became a script reader One question I get asked all the time is, “How do I become a script reader?” So, once and for all – here is the lowdown on how my consultancy Bang2write started – plus make sure you check out my course, Breaking Into Script Reading, back for its seventh year in 2021! As I’ve said before, I never actually SET OUT to become a script reader. I did the BA (Hons) Scriptwriting for Film & TV course at Bournemouth University and part of the course covered it. As I also detail in this post, when… Read More »How To Become A Script Reader

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Deviation Poster

So… Feast your eyes on THIS: … I know! SQUEEEEEE, etc. You might have heard this is Danny Dyer “as you’ve never seen him before” – but HERE IS THE PROOF. Look at his eyes! Talk about channelling his inner serial killer. YIKES. And Anna is just awesome in human form, her face is so expressive, it’s like you can SEE HER THOUGHTS. I love them both in this film so much and am so proud to be associated with Deviation, the movie and whole team is fabulous! We’re not far off now… See more pics and info on the… Read More »Deviation Poster

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Novel Writing # 2: Moving From Screenwriting to Writing Novels

Professional scribe, long time Bang2writer & mate David Bishop has blogged about his experience of becoming a screenwriter after publishing forty trillion novels (100% true factoid) and has challenged me to blog my experiences of doing the reverse, so here it is. I’ve written on here before about how, as a child and teen, I *really* wanted to be a novelist. That was my dream. I loved movies and I loved TV – especially continuing drama – but it was books that made me go WOW. I thought the people who wrote them were the cleverest people in the world… Read More »Novel Writing # 2: Moving From Screenwriting to Writing Novels

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#scriptchat Writing Genre

Writing a genre film? Then The Deviation Blog may just have the series for you: “Writing the Thriller”. Taking a look at its own production, Deviation and comparing it to other produced Thrillers, the series ALSO looks at the differences in various genres and how they work, particularly Horror and Comedy. So don’t miss out! Here are all the posts so far: Premise Characters – Protagonist & Antagonist Characters – Secondary (support roles) Dramatic Context (Structure, Part 1) Keeping Going (Structure, Part 2) OTHER LINKS: Join Deviation on Facebook and Twitter Q&A with Deviation’s Writer & Director JK Amalou Round… Read More »#scriptchat Writing Genre

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Genre Vs Drama: Right At Your Door

SPOILERS I frequently read spec scripts that fall somewhere *in-between* genre and drama. This is a significant issue for writers in terms of getting their spec noticed, since it can be difficult for others “higher up” the food chain – agents, producers and the like – to assess whether said script *can* work and even, if the writer really knows what s/he is doing: did they MEAN to write it like this? Or is it a mistake? Do they know WHO they are writing for? 2006’s Right At Your Door is a FAB idea. Charting the drop of a dirty… Read More »Genre Vs Drama: Right At Your Door

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DEVIATION Tagline Competition

Bang2writers, I bring you a contest via The Deviation blog – there is no charge and there are prizes on offer, deadline 21st January, 2011. Best of luck with it!!! DEVIATION TAGLINE COMPETITION Create a tagline for DEVIATION. The tagline must reflect the tone of Deviation the movie, which is a dark thriller. For more information on Deviation and its characters, make sure you check out our round up of all the posts and articles about this film online, here. The fab Rinaldo from Moviescope Magazine is offering a subscription to the winner of this contest and fellow deviant Chris… Read More »DEVIATION Tagline Competition

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From Page To Screen

One thing I hear over and over from writers is the belief *their* script has been *ruined* by some director/producer/whatever getting their grubby paws on it and turning it into something far different to what the writer originally envisaged. In some cases, this will be indubitably true. After all, no one wants their hardcore horror rendered from the page to screen as a comedy, or their thought-provoking kitchen sink drama turned into a musical. But barring perceptions of the material that are totally at odds like this (or half-baked visions of plot points, character motivations and so on), the viewpoints… Read More »From Page To Screen

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DEVIATION update

DEVIATION is shooting right now! For those of you hiding under a rock for the last twelve days since my last announcement here, there and everywhere: DEVIATION is a dark, feature-length thriller starring Danny Dyer and Anna Walton (Hellboy 2: The Golden Army). The movie tells the story of a young nurse, Amber (Walton), who is kidnapped and held hostage in her own car by Frankie (Dyer), an escaped convict desperate to leave the country. Think women in peril thrillers like RED EYE and PANIC ROOM (with a British slant/twist) and you can’t go far wrong. It’s written and directed… Read More »DEVIATION update

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