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Mercurio Tutorials Up Online

Good news my pretties. Courtesy of the wonderful Jim Mercurio (even in the middle of his hard drive hell), some of the tutorials included with the marvellous drama Hard Scrambled are up online for you to view IN FULL, FOR FREE. If you recall, I really rated these tutorials since the insights included give you a really important insight into the filmmaking process, even if you’re more of a writer and not principally interested in filmmaking itself. I particularly like the Working With Actors one – you’ll see why when you watch it! Plus Eyal Podell is hot laydeez. Check… Read More »Mercurio Tutorials Up Online

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Raindance Film Screening: MAN WHO WOULD BE QUEEN

Busy, busy, busy yesterday! Spent the day in Londonium for a meeting, though I managed to squeeze in the marvellous Elinor for lunch dar-link and James Moran for afternoon drinkies. I’d not met James before in “real” life and it was quite a revelation my friends: it’s quite sad really, he obviously misses his straight jacket from his years of incarceration; he keeps hugging himself in this sweet, yet ultimately futile manner. Curse Care In The Community. I also got to see JK Amalou (did I mention I was busy?) whilst I was in The Capital and he tells me… Read More »Raindance Film Screening: MAN WHO WOULD BE QUEEN

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New Updates On List of Wonder

It’s been a few months since The List was last updated and we have some sad news: Jim Mercurio’s fantastic web resource How To Write A Screenplay has gone to the great webstream in the sky. Nightmare! Our condolences to Jim – he says if ANYONE out in www.land saved any chunks of text from his website, PLEASE get in touch with him: send any emails to me and I’ll pass them on. Let’s hope he can get his website up and running again ASAP since that was one of my faves on the list. So, congrats to Scott The… Read More »New Updates On List of Wonder

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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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Digital Shorts Opens

For those of you in the South West who might have missed it, Digital Shorts is open for applications. Don’t miss this opportunity to sell your idea to South West Screen – it’s a fantastic scheme and has already produced some stellar work in previous years. So if (like mine!) your heart yearns to produce your very own short film and you live in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall or Somerset, now is the time to get an idea together. I went to the Digital Shorts Roadshow back in July where I got the lowdown direct from programme directors Arilda Tymko and… Read More »Digital Shorts Opens

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End Of The Pier Film Festival

Busy-busy-busy this week, so Many thanks to Bryan Gartside who sends this in for your attention: Submissions for the 5th End of the Pier International Film Festival are now open. Forms can be downloaded from the web site. The annual event held in the seaside resort of Bognor Regis is rapidly developing as one of ‘the’ events on the film calendar to attend. The opening gala night, a star studded event held in the wonderful new conference centre in Butlins, Bognor Regis, kicks off the festival on April 25th. Thereafter it is eight days of cutting edge screenings and crazy… Read More »End Of The Pier Film Festival

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When One Door Closes…

If any of you peeps out there are piffed or meeved about not making the cut of the second round of The BSSC, here’s a timely post from this morning’s Talent Circle: Namalay is a new production company looking for short film scripts from new and aspiring writers. For the next month Namalay.com is open for submissions. Scripts that meet the required standard will be produced over the next 12 months. Scripts must be no longer than 15 pages and presented in an industry standard format. Reply to Richard Messenger: email”at”namalay”dot”com. As always, let us know if you decide to… Read More »When One Door Closes…

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Expose Yourself

Well, it would seem the sisters are doing it for themselves… Of the eleven people who have entered our alternative Fever Pitch so far (one of them being me and one other twice!), only three are fellas! Come on guys! Yes, yes, the deadline’s tomorrow, I know – you need to tweak, I get it. For those of you who have just dropped by and think I’ve gone mad, I’m running my own version of Fever Pitch for all you lovely rejectees (all 590 of us! Power to the peeps!) and those of you who didn’t make the deadline. Same… Read More »Expose Yourself

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Hard Scrambled: A Review

Many thanks to James P. Mercurio for sending me a copy of the drama he produced last year Hard Scrambled. I can only apologise for the delay; unfortunately my one year old has an obsession with remote controls and thanks to my husband’s thriftiness, he found a “bargain of the century” DVD player – which, you guessed it, only operates via the remote control… Which has spent the last month down the back of the fridge. Still, we found it at last and sat down to watch this movie last night. Hard Scrambled’s title made me think at first it… Read More »Hard Scrambled: A Review

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