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Things To Do This Weekend

Well, it looks sunny today…which means it’ll rain like hell tomorrow, ‘cos it’s the weekend, natch. So with this in mind, I have worked out a few things you can do this saturday and sunday: Enter The Red Planet Prize. You have to have been living on Mars not to have heard of this, even if you didn’t make it to The Screenwriters’ Festival. The Lovely David and Helen have already blogged about it, so I won’t repeat them, but deadline’s not ’til September, it’s email entry so no trees need die and there’s 5000 squid up for grabs and… Read More »Things To Do This Weekend

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Alternative Pitch Fever

UPDATE 05/07: Many thanks to Lee for his help…The polls are now up! You’ve got one vote for pitches/synopses and one vote for the loglines on their own. Let voting commence!——————————————————————————– Well, here they all are folks… Your loglines and synopses in all their glory! I had to guess with a few re: genre btw because you forgot to tell me… Should be interesting to see if expectations “marry up”. By all means leave feedback for the contestants, but please make sure it’s constructive criticism. If you’re not sure what constitutes criticism being constructive and are worried about treading on… Read More »Alternative Pitch Fever

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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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Anything They Can Do…

…We can do better!!! That’s right. Been rejected from Fever Pitch?? Worry not. We’re having our own pitching session. Right here, on er… Write Now. Anyone can enter! That includes my lovely American Readers and those people who’ve been reading my blog in Turkish last week. Anyone! Here’s the deal: 1) Post your logline and pitch on your own blog and send me the link or, if you have no blog, put it on a google/webhosting page and email its link to me OR if you have no knowledge of how to do this, send me your pitch/synopsis and I’ll… Read More »Anything They Can Do…

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Royal Tapes: Power of 3 Alert

Hi Peeps, it’s that time again where you have the opportunity to extract your revenge and tear MY work to bits. It’s a radio play for The Royal Tapes, something I’ve never attempted before, so anyone who has written for this medium (in the so-called real world, or at uni) is especially welcome, but to be honest anyone can read it since I have no idea what I’m doing here. Only stipulation: gotta have it back ASAP please, since it’s gotta be in next Friday at the latest. As always, email or leave a comment and I’ll get back to… Read More »Royal Tapes: Power of 3 Alert

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Arena, Part 2: Resonance

Some interesting comments and questions were raised yesterday, proving that what constitutes an Arena is not only a little controversial, but touched with a soupcon of subjectivity. I made Shell’s brain melt yesterday (Hi Shell) by suggesting that Arena goes beyond the “world in which your story operates”. To recap, I suggested that Arena can not only go beyond your actual story and become a reflection of the theme and/or message behind it, it can also become a character in its own right, suitably freaking our Jason out to boot. Before I begin, I should point out that perhaps I… Read More »Arena, Part 2: Resonance

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Arena, Part 1

Many thanks to David, who asked I blog about Arena. Arena is a term I use with abandon, since until quite recently, I thought it was universal in that “everyone” knew what it was. I learnt it first at university and it was then reinforced for me through working for both literary agents and writing initiatives, where it often comes as part of the actual report templates: How does the writer reveal/use arena in this script? etc etc. So Arena is important. People are looking for how you use it in your script. But what is it? Well, the dictionary… Read More »Arena, Part 1

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Your Script Is A House

So the vendors didn’t accept our offer. I thought I would be disappointed, but the vendors were such 24 carat WANKERS that I’m just mad as hell. The price they wanted for a house that needed that much work was totally unrealistic; I went off it in seconds. I don’t watch Kirsty and Phil and Sarah Beeny for nowt you know, you can’t pull the wool over my eyes punks! They’re the ones that lost out, not us: we can find something a hell of a lot better than that with more potential and less work. It had salt and… Read More »Your Script Is A House

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The Long Distance Screenwriter, Part Two

As promised, part two of my notes. Hey boy, hey girl, Superstar DJ… Here we go! Skillset. Adrian recommended in the first instance that all writers familiarise themselves with the work and opportunities available through Skillset. Knowing what one can get funding for and how helps writers make decisions and book training, courses etc that *could* make all the difference to their career. However, it’s surprising how few writers know exactly how Skillset works or what they fund. So go check it out! Film Festivals. Film Festivals can be a great place to network and get new leads from, even… Read More »The Long Distance Screenwriter, Part Two

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The Long Distance Screenwriter, Part One

First off, hello to everyone I met at the weekend! I had a brilliant time as always, though many apologies both to Elinor (I threw coleslaw over her) and MA David for the coughing fit. Whoops. So: onto my notes since that’s why everyone’s really here… Stand Out Scripts. In no particular order then, largely because my notes are in chaos: Adrian took the morning session and talked about three main points that make out “stand out” TV scripts. These were – Originality– Controversy– “New Realisation”– High Concept Originality is straight forward: it’s that elusive quality all us writers face… Read More »The Long Distance Screenwriter, Part One

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Genre Crisis

Genre. Defined by screenwriters’ salvation Answers.com as “a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, marked by a distinctive style, form or content.” The operative words here then? 1. Category. 2. Style. 3. Form. 4. Content. Category is pretty self-explanatory; it’s the label we afford the types of film that we write. Sci Fi (sorry Good Dog, SF); horror; comedy; romance; drama; thriller; supernatural and countless others. Then there are the genre hybrids – favourites being romantic-comedy, supernatural thriller/horror, horror-comedy. In addition, there are what I call “splinter genres”: examples include the slasher-pic (loner kills everyone, preferably in… Read More »Genre Crisis

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