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Characterisation: The Expected Vs "The Recognisable & Surprising"

In lots of scripts, characters all sound and act the same. I don’t mean they’re LITERALLY the same – most writers will go to some lengths to include *differentish* characters, especially in terms of dialogue – but strip away those idioms, different genders, colours, races, the way they dress or whatever and WHAMMO – the same characters I [and countless other readers] have seen before. I always think this is odd, because as writers we are confronted by the differences in people every single day: whether those people are in our own family, our neighbours, the parents at the school… Read More »Characterisation: The Expected Vs "The Recognisable & Surprising"

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Happy International Women’s Day: Girls On Film

Happy International Women’s Day, everyone. To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to have a go at composing a list of our fave female movie characters of all time – but don’t let me tell you who they are, you tell me. Actually: let’s just take it as red Ripley and Sarah Connor will be on there (le sigh). So, APART FROM THEM, who are the BEST, most BELIEVABLE, INTERESTING, EMPATHETIC (or whatever!) female movie characters to grace our beloved silver screen? Why are they so great? Leave your nominations here in the comments section or on Bang2writers and… Read More »Happy International Women’s Day: Girls On Film

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Guest Post: Response to LA Times’ Women Directing Article by David Beaumont

Some of you may have seen the link I posted on Facebook and on the Bang2writers wall yesterday regarding women directors and how women “more likely to be members of the clergy, than direct a Hollywood movie”? Well, Bang2writer and DoP David Beaumont certainly did… and here’s his response. Enjoy! ————————————— OK, so I’m being pedantic, but strictly speaking this isn’t true! Well, no, it IS true but it’s irrelevant — since a MAN is also more likely to serve as a member of the clergy than direct a Hollywood movie. That’s simply because there are more churches in the… Read More »Guest Post: Response to LA Times’ Women Directing Article by David Beaumont

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Don’t Let Your Secondary Characters Take Over

I’ve written on this blog before about back story and how it shouldn’t take over from “present events”: too often a spec script puts too much thought into back story, so the story we’re *supposed* to be watching lacks “forward thrust” (oooer). Bang2writers often believe they must put MORE back story in, at the expense of “present day” plotting, especially when it comes to secondary characters in feature-length scripts – and let’s face it, we’ve all done it and probably will again. But it’s important we realise this means we will be set off at wild tangents as we struggle… Read More »Don’t Let Your Secondary Characters Take Over

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Writing & Kids, Pt 1: Getting The Spec Done

This post is for StrawLaneScott, who asked on Twitter for advice on writing when you have kids in the house to look after at the same time. I was a parent long before I was a writer or script editor; having a child in your teens before you have even gone to university, never mind started your career, means you have to be able to time manage. Yet there appears to be this feeling one has a baby, then you wait for it to get old enough to go to nursery or school, THEN you get started on whatever it… Read More »Writing & Kids, Pt 1: Getting The Spec Done

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Media Parents Meeting In Bristol

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

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Guest Post: Vamps, Vixens & Feminists 2010 – Notes by Carla Grauls

Many thanks to super Bang2writer Carla Grauls for providing us with some notes on the Vamps, Vixens & Feminists event at the Sphinx Theatre last thursday (Oct 28). About Carla: Carla Grauls is a writer of screen, theatre, fiction and non-fiction. She is working on writing more feminist sci fi. Note: For additional notes on this event. check out the lovely Carmel Shortall’s blog, here. Enjoy!————————————Beatrix Campbell kicked off proceedings with an inspiring talk about how the paradigms have shifted. Women and men have started questioning people’s behaviour, and call them to account – like bankers, a working class woman… Read More »Guest Post: Vamps, Vixens & Feminists 2010 – Notes by Carla Grauls

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Sign Up For "Fair & Feminist’s" Blog Carnival NOW

There’s a great blog over at Fair and Feminist right now, inviting young feminists to stand up and be counted (note: “young” is open to interpretation, check out the bottom of the post). I too am frustrated by some of my peers – especially those intelligent and well-educated – who appear to feel the “work has been done” by our mothers and grandmothers; whilst I am obviously happy if they have been untouched by misogny or abuse (note: either by men OR other women), I think it’s important women work together wherever possible towards the common goal of equality. Simply… Read More »Sign Up For "Fair & Feminist’s" Blog Carnival NOW

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GUEST POST: Ben Stephenson Q & A by Jeremy Allen (Part 2)

Carrying on from yesterday, here’s the second part of Jeremy Allen’s run-down.—————————————————-How does the role of commissioner add to the creative process? Put simply, ‘commissioners are able to provide distance…they are able to stand back and ask questions’. This is because they see the script’s progress at intermittent stages. Ben describes these intermittent stages as ‘milestones’, which roughly break down into ‘commission, pre-production and edit’. A common flaw Ben sees in the journey of the script is that it can lose its original vision: what the writer wanted to say in the first place, or even what it was about… Read More »GUEST POST: Ben Stephenson Q & A by Jeremy Allen (Part 2)

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Download VETO – A FREE Fanzine Dedicated To Women In Music & Media

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

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Welcome To Rom Com Hell: 8 Awful Ways To Write Romantic Comedy

Rom Com / Real Life Hell Rom Com was always one of those genres I avoided through my teens and early twenties. Being a Goth, I was way too cool for boy-meets-girl, obviously. Besides which, by 18 I was a total cynic … I had after all been the girl who’d met the boy, then got knocked up and ripped off by him! I’d been left with a broken heart, a wailing baby and a man-hating attitude problem for approximately five years.  I was also of the (not unreasonable) belief that post-FOUR WEDDINGS in the late 90’s/early noughties that all… Read More »Welcome To Rom Com Hell: 8 Awful Ways To Write Romantic Comedy

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All About Dramatic Irony And Twists In The Tale

All About Dramatic Irony Dramatic irony is a tool I see often in produced and published works, but hardly ever in spec scripts or unpublished novels. Recently I was talking with Uber-Agent Julian Friedmann and mentioned how much I love Yves Lavender’s book Writing Drama. Segnor Friedmann replied how much he loves the book’s section on dramatic irony, lamenting the fact that so few screenwriters actually use this fantastic device. His comments really struck a chord, so I think I’ll have a good look at what makes dramatic irony so great. What is Dramatic Irony? First off however, what is dramatic irony? Well, this… Read More »All About Dramatic Irony And Twists In The Tale

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