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If You Don’t Buy This… YOU’RE UGLY

That’s right my friends… the new issue of Moviescope is out and contains a supreme focus on hallowed Ugly One HELLBOY II, not to mention a plethora of other scriptwriting and moviemaking goodness including a look at plotting and character by some sort of script reader type from the Sarf of England or summat – oh goodness, that’ll be ME! When the lovely Liz and Eric asked me to write something for Moviescope, I was LIKE WELL THRILLED, INNIT. Moviescope is a great magazine so the chance to appear on its lovely, glossy, strokable pages (I’ve said too much!) was… Read More »If You Don’t Buy This… YOU’RE UGLY

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Research or Die # 5: Medical

NHS Direct – encyclopediac site that covers just about everything medical! NHS Careers – another great site, this time about medical jobs Guide To Medical Jargon How to Deliver A Baby Safely Without A Doctor or Midwife A Week by Week Pregnancy Guide Demonstration of Mouth To Mouth Resuscitation – sign in required for this video The Recovery Position – with pictures, step by step What To Do When Someone Has An Epileptic Fit What To Do When Someone Has A Heart Attack How To Stop Excessive Bleeding Guide To Types of Wounds Created By Blades Methods of Injury and… Read More »Research or Die # 5: Medical

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Check This Out

Terence at British film Magazine has been in touch, which is an online magazine about – you guessed it – British Film. It’s a great FREE site, with loads of info and great sections on short film, indie film, filmmaking and interviews including screenwriter fave of mine Julian Fellowes! You can sign up for a newsletter too to alert you to new content. Always good in my book. Oh and did I mention it’s all FREE???? Click here to go to the site.

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Research or Die # 4: Times & Money

On This Day – fantastic BBC site that recounts everything that has happened on any day’s date On This Day In History – as above, but MSN’s version Today In Literature – similar to the above sites, but in literature (subscription required) Today In Music – musical history On This Day – another site that lists ALL historical events, including music, literature, war, etc Crazy Fads – everything that’s popular from decades past 20th Century History – useful timelines here The People History – useful links to the decades and individual information about computers, money, how much things used to… Read More »Research or Die # 4: Times & Money

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Research or Die # 3: Language

The History of The English Language – an amazing site dedicated to English through the ages, including Ye Olde English! English Language Usage Dictionary of Slang and Colloquialliams used in the UK Slang Used In The US A Short Lexicon of UK Teen Speak Teen Talk – The Lowdown – includes some useful text/instant msg speak The Urban Dictionary Common Errors in English – really useful if one of your characters is supposed to be a non-native English Speaker An Elizabethan English Dictionary Differences in Language In The UK, US and Australia Dictionary of Cockney Rhyming Slang Machine Translation –… Read More »Research or Die # 3: Language

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The Black List

I hadn’t seen last year’s Black List, so if you missed it too, here it is. Thanks to Scott at Go Into The Story for posting the link over at his site. If you don’t know what The Black List is, it’s the most eligible screenplays around written by the top writers of the moment – we’re talking the likes of Tony Gilroy, Diablo Cody, The Coen Brothers etc. It’s quite an education, since you suddenly realise what you’re up against as a spec writer: these guys are already “in the ring” so to speak, yet just like everyone else… Read More »The Black List

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The New Face Of Scriptwriter Magazine

Is there anyone who DOESN’T know that as of today, Scriptwriter Magazine relaunches as an online mag, TwelvePoint? Well if you didn’t, get over there now – £29 gets you a year’s subscription to not only a bunch of lovely articles, but use of a forum, an “ask the agent” facility and all sorts! What are you waiting for??? But if you need a little more encouragement, you might just find an article on genre called “Expectation & Surprise” there by a gloriously talented female screenwriter who insists on keeping her light under a bushel, so I’ve had to out… Read More »The New Face Of Scriptwriter Magazine

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Because You Never Know When You Might Need Random Info

So I’m mega busy and most of you lot are off to the SWF (damn you), so now seems the perfect time to indulge my love of lists and links and random stuff. I’m not a big fan of the whole “Write What You Know” thang: too much background info distracts from your story and it can be great to sacrifice facts for drama at times – but I’m always surprised by how crazy scripts can be – and it’s usually the *small* details that can let the whole story down, like a slow puncture in a beach ball. The… Read More »Because You Never Know When You Might Need Random Info

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Research Or Die # 1: Politics & War

How The UK Government Works How The US Senate Works How Elections Work In The UK How Elections Work In The US Intelligence Organisations In The UK [PDF] British Police Acronyms, Rank & Phonetic Alphabet How To Behave In Polite Society (Now, with an emphasis on Teens) and in Victorian Times How To Take Over The World The Northern Ireland “Troubles” The War On Terror [PDF] World War One: basic summary including dates and more in-depth research site World War Two Vietnam The Falklands War (The UK vs. Argentina) The American War For Independence The Spanish War For Independence The… Read More »Research Or Die # 1: Politics & War

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New Links For List Of Wonder

I’ve updated The List of Wonder! Kudos to Robin Kelly, Sir Daniel and Phill for their words of wisdom: consider yourselves archived. I’ve also given the List a general clean up and added some new sections so it should be easier to find what you’re looking for… It’s getting bigger! (ooo er). Remember, if you’ve seen a post that’s helped you or think an entry on your own blog deserves to be added, email me. Enjoy!——————————————————————— The Technical Posts: Good Examples: Voiceover, Flashback, Montage, Intercut – okay it’s by me but it does have some wick links in it by… Read More »New Links For List Of Wonder

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Having It All

Blogging about screenwriting craft sometimes is like lighting the blue touchpaper and needing to stand WELL BACK… And predictably, my last post started a comments bomb off. One thing that always amazes me about screenwriting craft is how far people *seem* to be at either end of extremes – writers either go for white OR black on the page it appears, the usual worry being story may not be what a writer intended if there’s not enough detail or that “texture” or “colour” in a scene may be missed out somehow. Yet why can’t you have both? Enough black to… Read More »Having It All

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