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SWF Scriptmarket: An Insider’s View

I was a reader for the Screenwriters’ Festival’s Scriptmarket initiative this year. It was open to all those who purchased a four day ticket and thirty places were up for grabs. I was very happy to read for the SWF and for Kenny (who delivered everything he said he would, & on time – thanks!) and the scripts I read had some interesting ideas and even some excellent elements, including arena, character and dialogue above others. For the thirty lucky participants, they received a free 5 page script report from a reader like myself (I didn’t read all thirty!), plus… Read More »SWF Scriptmarket: An Insider’s View

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I’ve Written A Screenplay. Now What?

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?

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Killer Premises: It’s All In The Execution?

BEWARE: HERE THERE BE SPOILERS Scribes seem to always bemoan the fact *their* premise has been used already in a film. Very often you’ll read on an online forum a writer saying they “can’t” pursue a script because a produced movie is *practically* the same. Other times a writer will press on only to be put off by feedback and/or their colleagues’ insistence the idea is “too derivative” of a particular movie. Yet the “pre-sold” notion – this idea that audiences are already familiar with a particularly story and its characters – is actually GOOD NEWS for writers. I don’t… Read More »Killer Premises: It’s All In The Execution?

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The Story Engine, Notes, Pt 2: Agents & Pitches

Here’s Helen’s excellent insights again – this time featuring the Blogosphere’s very own James Moran and some VERY interesting stuff about agents and pitching. Enjoy!————————————————————————————————- Screening: TORCHWOOD – SLEEPER Writer James Moran gives a live commentary to his episode of the popular sci-fi series. Followed by Q+A. Has carved out a niche in horror/sci fi He wrote Severance but got pigeonholed after this. However then Dr Who was relaunched. He wrote the Fires of Pompeii episode. Sleeper for Torchwood as well as writing for Primeval, Spooks Code 9 and Spooks. It’s cheaper to blow up a car than have several… Read More »The Story Engine, Notes, Pt 2: Agents & Pitches

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The Year In Review

An interesting year for me, 08. I started with high hopes: I did a trial for a well-known TV show last November and was told in January I was successful. This is it! I thought – Now the commissions will roll in. Then… Nothing happened. Still, nothing has happened. But apparently something *will* happen eventually, so watch this space. Talking to one chap who’s done much of the TV circuit “off-Beeb” as he calls it (ie. any channel except Aunty), he’s had to wait two years or more before now. Two years! Yikes. Still, done one I guess. What’s a… Read More »The Year In Review

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FREE Screenwriters’ Course For Scottish Writers

The Scribefather Adrian Mead wants to let all Scottish-based Bang2writers know he’s running a FREE Screenwriters’ Course in February 2009! It’s not *just* another “how to write course” either, anyone who’s ever been to an Adrian Mead course will tell you he also covers industry stuff like pitching, promoting your work and payment too. And best of all, it’s FREE (did I mention that???). This is like, a well-good offer man, innit so get your skates on and sign up, pronto. Here’s the website with full details. Oh – and before anyone starts whining about how unfair it is this… Read More »FREE Screenwriters’ Course For Scottish Writers

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One Page Pitches: Concepts and Character Journeys

So my Red Planet Reflections threw up this intriguing nugget from the marvellous Bingethink: Interested to hear what you say about character journeys and their importance in the one-page pitch. What would you say about the character journeys in Doctor Who, Ugly Betty, Lost, New Tricks or Holby City in a one-page pitch. By which I don’t mean that there are no moving / dramatic / artful / engaging character journeys in those shows – just that the way I would describe any of those programmes in a one-page pitch wouldn’t focus heavily on any one’s character journey. For me,… Read More »One Page Pitches: Concepts and Character Journeys

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Red Planet Reflections

Well, Red Planet closes tomorrow, so suffice it to say most of you will have got your entries in the post by now. I sent mine last week, but am now telling myself I forgot to include the one page pitch doc and will now be disqualified (this is despite checking it three billion times, plus getting my husband to check it and my son – after all, it might have turned invisible INSIDE THE ENVELOPE and somehow got out on the way to the postbox). Of course, I was in the privileged position of having a squizz at my… Read More »Red Planet Reflections

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WANTED: Sketches For A Pitch

UPDATE: Thanks for your emails and submissions and thanks also to others for their suggestions for artists, but I’ve now picked someone to work with – there is some AMAZING talent out there, thanks for your interest! I don’t normally do this, but then I’ve never wanted an artist before… …Can you draw? More importantly, can you draw FAST and do the kind of technical wizardry that somehow makes those drawings into jpeg files (or similar)? I’m looking for someone who will be able to do me three or four line drawings to support a pitch I’m writing and encapsulate… Read More »WANTED: Sketches For A Pitch

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Movie Mogul Screenwriting Comp – Round 2 Starts This Week!!

Many Bloggers and Shooters entered the Movie Mogul Fund Pitch Contest that ran recently – the idea is to create a user-generated and user-owned feature film, so it doesn’t end there! John Shackleton from Movie Mogul got in touch to remind us that the second round of this contest goes live this week on July 2nd: The brief is formed from that winning 25 word pitch, as submitted and voted for by members of the website. Screenwriters are then invited to expand on the idea in the form of a two-page outline, with a view to winning a screenplay writing… Read More »Movie Mogul Screenwriting Comp – Round 2 Starts This Week!!

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Q & A: My Visual Pitch – Promoting Your Work

Your spec has had as much coverage as it can take: it’s polished, perfect – and ready for sending out there. One problem – you have no agent or manager, you have few contacts, you can’t get yourself to Cannes or Cheltenham because you’ve got to work the dreaded day job. So what do you do? Well, My Visual Pitch may just be for you! I talked to big boss Pamela at MVP about the company’s origins and what it does – and if you fancy another special Bang2write discount, don’t forget to check out the bottom of this post!… Read More »Q & A: My Visual Pitch – Promoting Your Work

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Eclipse: Visual Pitch Up Online!

The lovely people at My Visual Pitch have done me a pitch to promote my supernatural horror screenplay, Eclipse. Check it out here and click on “Eclipse”. For those of you unaware of MVP and what they do, they’re a bit like Ink Tip in that they are a service you can enlist to help promote your screenplay. They create a short pitch that encapsulates your script, which is then mailed out (like mine is today) to industry professionals like producers and agents. They will promote you exclusively to their list of 750 professionals: that’s a lot of exposure! And… Read More »Eclipse: Visual Pitch Up Online!

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