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Word On The Street

So I’m walking down the street just now – my son’s trailing after me and the buggy with his sister in it since everything is VERY EMBARRASSING these days, most of all me and Lil. To be fair this is probably because we sing everywhere we go and when he asks us not to, we sing louder (revenge for Lil because she’s the second born, revenge for me because my son spent most of his first year crying). Anyway: we started a particularly loud and screwy rendition of the Code Lyoko theme tune and Alf yells in the middle of… Read More »Word On The Street

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Speakers Confirmed for Mead Kerr Course

THE ART AND BUSINESS OF ADAPTATION As 80% of last year’s new film and TV projects were adaptations this course is a must for all writers and producers. For those of you’ve who’ve already booked, and those of you still thinking about it…here are the speakers and panel members we have lined up so far – more to be confirmed later this week. BASED ON A TRUE STORY. Peter Broughan (Bronco Films) Producer of “Rob Roy” and “The Flying Scotsman” on working with true stories and real characters. MAKING THE PERFECT SQUARE. Hugh Taylor – MD of Birlinn Publishers and… Read More »Speakers Confirmed for Mead Kerr Course

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Skillset Funding – Screen Bursaries

Did I mention Adrian Mead and Clare Kerr are running a course on adaptation in Edinburgh in March? Oh that’s right, I did. (Click on the links here, here and here if you want more info on the course and why it’s a good idea to learn more about adaptation). I also mentioned then that I would only be going if I could secure funding from Skillset. Well good news! I’ve got some. So I will definitely be there. I know some of you out there are going too: I called no less than three B&B’s in Edinburgh yesterday who… Read More »Skillset Funding – Screen Bursaries

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Adaptation: Mead Kerr Class

Many Bloggers and Bang2writers took a Mead Kerr Class with me in the last year, either in London or Edinburgh. I think these courses and Mead Kerr are great ‘cos unlike so many screenwriting classes, they’re not telling you what you already know for about three billion pounds; instead it’s about sharing information, identifying elements you need to work on (and not just craft either) and networking. In short, I can’t recommend them highly enough so when Adrian told me he’s got a new class for the new year, I said I’d post info. I even hope to go to… Read More »Adaptation: Mead Kerr Class

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Digital Shorts: The Lowdown

As promised, my notes from last night’s Digital Shorts Roadshow with South West Screen. Enjoy.——————————————————————————–Present were Sarah-Jane Meredith and Arilda Tymko from South West Screen; there was a pretty poor turn-out, just twenty or so people, though perhaps this was because of the timing: I would imagine most people are at work at 4pm on a thursday. Of the few that were there, people had travelled quite far, from Totnes, Tavistock and even North Cornwall as well as Exeter itself. It was explained that Digital Shorts is a nationwide scheme, combining the talents of local screen agencies with the UK… Read More »Digital Shorts: The Lowdown

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THE ROYAL TAPES, Writing For Radio

I carted myself off to Bristol last night for the workshop for the BBC Royal Tapes, an opportunity from The Writers’ Room in conjunction with BBC Radio Five Live. It proved an interesting night, though disappointingly no one in the crowd seemed “up” for networking. I spoke to a few people outside, but inside the actual room there was a sombre and intent air of the thirty or so present. Though most took copious notes, so I guess I’m going to have some mean competition – not least because there were other workshops that week in places like Newcastle and… Read More »THE ROYAL TAPES, Writing For Radio

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Bits and Bobs

Right, I have 1401 things to do before the end of the week (really), so here’s a random mess of stuff that has or will be happening in the next 24 to 48 hours. Starting with the “has happened” first then: The writer, producer and director JK Amalou has launched himself as a script reader and editor as well as mentor and wants me to tell all you lot. He’s a quality guy and has worked for the likes of Polygram, Studio Canal, Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese. He’s also a lot of fun and I’ve had a great time… Read More »Bits and Bobs

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Long Distance Screenwriter Wrap Up and General Stuff

Many thanks to Lucie, Barry, Anya and the presumably Bart Simpson-obsessed Eat My Shorts for pointing out that I didn’t give you my thoughts on the panellists on The Long Distance Screenwriter Course. When promising a further update “tomorrow” (which has now become yesterday), I had forgotten I was going to Bournemouth to search for a house. Which I found, thanks, but more of that in a min. So, Adrian handled the morning sesh before handing over to Marc Pye, Louise Ironside, Rob Fraser and Peter Hynes. All looked remarkably sane and not drunk, which was a plus since I’ve… Read More »Long Distance Screenwriter Wrap Up and General Stuff

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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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Planes, Adrian Mead, Naked Men and Fire Drills…

…Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it? 😛 What a weird and wonderful weekend I’ve had. I simply must tell you all the gory details, since if I hadn’t lived it and seen it all through my own eyes, I would have thought it was one of those Steve Martin 80s comedies. Maybe it was. Perhaps, somewhere near Bristol is a Being John Malkovich-style-portal that I slipped through, since my adventures began when I got to the airport. Everything was fine until I checked in. So actually, crap from the start. Some little Hitler not only threw… Read More »Planes, Adrian Mead, Naked Men and Fire Drills…

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Scriptwriting Courses

Many thanks to Steve May, Course Director on the MA Screenwriting and Producing for Film and TV at Westminster University who reminded me to re-post some particularly important articles from the old blog! Long term Bang2write Readers will remember my post on short scriptwriting courses and its follow-up on Scriptwriting degrees: there were some very interesting, albeit mixed responses. With another academic year on its way out then and September sneaking up on us like the crafty so-and-so it is, I thought now was the time to revisit my posts, update them, add to them and see if we could… Read More »Scriptwriting Courses

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