As regular Bang2writers know, my good friend Jared (yes THE Jared that went to the WRONG pub that time) won Julie Gray’s Just Effin’ Entertain Me screenplay contest. As you may NOT know, Jared nearly didn’t enter his fantastic horror script DESCENDANT into the contest… Luckily for him he decided to heed my hysteria and threats and made it just in time. It seemed Julie loved Descendant’s DEVASTATING ending just as much as I did and Jared’s only won an AMAZING all expenses paid trip to LA to schmooze with Hollywood bigwigs, which he’s undertaking right now! Of course I… Read More »Guest Post: Postcard From La By Jared Kelly
… Whoa. How good was that??? London Screenwriters Festival 2011 was a.maz.ing! It’s been a tough year – as Chris said in the keynote speech, most businesses fail in their second year of trading – but we not only hung on and pushed forward, we did EVEN BETTER than last year! So much so in fact, I think I raced through the festival in a blur! If you saw me and I rushed straight past you or stopped for about five seconds – my apologies. I was hoping to catch up/meet more people than I did, but in helping arrange… Read More »#LondonSWF 2011
It’s *that* time of year when scriptwriting, media and filmmaking students come to the end of their courses and find themselves looking for work. Whilst exhilarating, it’s also a strange and frightening time; I remember it well. In comparison to many other courses – where you *are* what you trained for, ‘cos there’s a piece of paper with a degree on saying so (ie. a teacher, a doctor) – it feels as if you need to START ALL OVER AGAIN. And in some ways, this is exactly what you do: gone is the “safe environment” where you’ve explored the craft,… Read More »Creating Your Career
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
So before Christmas I wrote to my MP Connor Burns about the changes to HE funding and what it could mean for my kids going to university in the future, creatives like my Bang2writers on low wages and people from poorer backgrounds, especially those with dependants like I was when I went to university. As mentioned on Twitter yesterday then, he has responded to my email: Read it here. For the record, I have no personal beef with Connor Burns and have had my views and questions entertained by him not only here, but “off blog” on a personal concern… Read More »Higher Education: Worth The Money?
Letter to LV Hay from MP for Bournemouth Connor Burns Re: Higher Education Funding, dated 14th January 2011
Dear Ms Hay, Thank you for contacting me about Higher Education funding. I am sorry you have not received an earlier reply. With both Bournemouth & Poole College and Bournemouth University sitting within my constituency, I am only too aware of the importance of supporting higher education and ensuring those from poorer backgrounds are given equal opportunity to go to university. Universities play a huge role in both our local and national economies, and it is in all of our interest to ensure places of Higher Education and their students flourish. In order to achieve this, we need to make… Read More »Letter to LV Hay from MP for Bournemouth Connor Burns Re: Higher Education Funding, dated 14th January 2011
Amy Walker joined me on a panel about parenthood and flexible working at London Screenwriters Festival, so I was only too happy to pass this message along from her – I think Media Parents is a fab idea and could really open up flexible working for everyone, not just parents. If you live in Bristol or the surrounding areas, please give Media Parents your support! ————————-Media Parents is a jobs and social networking website for parents and others who want to work flexibly in TV. 5000 women and 750 men left TV over the last 3 years – Media Parents… Read More »Media Parents Meeting In Bristol
Just a quick one to say VETO, a fanzine put together by the marvellous Tiffany Daniels of Drunken Werewolf magazine, is available to download as a FREE PDF here. I love the “beaten up” look/design of the PDF and think Tiffany’s done a fantastic job pulling together articles from contributors like myself. It’s just a shame the web-hosting thing for the PDF has a semi-clad woman right next to the DOWNLOAD button – but then, that is the type of thing we’re talking about!! My article is second in the ‘zine and entitled FUCK ‘EM (OR WHY YOU SHOULD INCLUDE… Read More »Download VETO – A FREE Fanzine Dedicated To Women In Music & Media
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?