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5 Things Screenwriters Can Learn From Musicals

Whether it’s the sequins in Chicago or the corpses in Sweeney Todd, there’s something for everyone in the extraordinary world of musicals. But did you know that your secret, or not-so-secret, indulgence in this most over-the-top of artforms could also be good for your writing? Here are five lessons that musicals can teach screenwriters. And it’s a double whammy: you get to kick back and soak up some classic show tunes while improving your writing technique in the process. Overture and beginners, please … 1) Structure It’s even more true for musicals than for almost any other kind of script:… Read More »5 Things Screenwriters Can Learn From Musicals

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7 Things I learned at the Horror Expo Ireland 2016

Another treat for you, Bang2writers – top British Horror author and screenwriter Stephen Volk is sharing his insights on the genre with us, after attending the very first Horror Expo in Ireland. Wow! Got an idea for a guest post, like this? B2W always wants to hear what you’ve learned from events, films, processes, talks or meetings … Check out the previous articles in the series HERE. Over Halloween weekend I was at the Freemason’s Hall in Dublin’s fair city as one of the invited guests at the first Horror Expo Ireland, hosted by Dr Sarah Clearly, designed as a… Read More »7 Things I learned at the Horror Expo Ireland 2016

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5 Things I Learned From Mad Max Fury Road’s Producer Iain Smith 

 All About Iain Smith With a resumé that includes movie classics I love like THE FIFTH ELEMENT and CHILDREN OF MEN, producer Iain Smith was already on my list of top UK creative professionals already … but then he only goes and gets MAD MAX FURY ROAD made, too! So I was delighted to chaperone the LondonSWF Talent Campers to an exclusive half-hour session with Iain this weekend.  Iain offered up some brilliant nuggets of advice and writing wisdom, so make sure you strap yourself in … Ready? Let’s go! 1) It all STARTS with the writing … Production is frequently… Read More »5 Things I Learned From Mad Max Fury Road’s Producer Iain Smith 

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5 Things I Learned From Oscar-Winning Screenwriter William Nicholson 

So, this weekend it was LondonSWF and the lucky writers selected for the 2016 LSF Talent Campus initiative had Oscar-winning screenwriter William Nicholson to themselves for a whole half an hour during the festival. The Talent Campers asked William Nicholson all about his time writing GLADIATOR on set in a caravan (!), but loads of other great snippets of writing wisdom came up too. Enjoy! 1) It’s about tenacity William Nicholson dropped the bombshell that whilst he’s had a whopping seventeen screenplays made, he’s had ‘at least fifteen’ polished scripts that have fallen by the wayside. So a return of… Read More »5 Things I Learned From Oscar-Winning Screenwriter William Nicholson 

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5 Lessons I Learned Pitching

As an unrepresented writer (and even one WITH an agent!), it’s essential to do your own groundwork to get your first foot in this business … And there’s no bigger step you can take than pitching your own material, the baby you’ve nurtured so tirelessly since its conception! It should be noted that every pitch you ever perform will be different. No two execs are ever the same. However, there’s some universal insights that will greatly benefit you. These following lessons relate to a project of mine, The Nth Degree, which is an espionage thriller with a sci-fi twist. This… Read More »5 Lessons I Learned Pitching

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5 Things I Learned At The UK’s Top Prodco

Many thanks to Diana Voxerbrant from The Story Desk today for this insight into interning at Working Title … Some great pointers here, I think number 5 is my favourite 😉 Enjoy! Are you a film student looking to land a prestigious work placement or internship? When I studied screenwriting I was so used to rejection, that when Working Title replied, I almost thought it was a joke. These were the people who produced my heroes The Coen Brother’s films (and countless other blockbusters). After the initial shock faded, a plan hatched: To rise through the ranks of the company… Read More »5 Things I Learned At The UK’s Top Prodco

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10 Things I Learned From Top Brit Screenwriter Julian Fellowes

Watch The Video Here So Julian Fellowes appeared at the recent LondonSWF Launch Event. I unfortunately wasn’t able to make it, but always Team LSF has us covered! LondonSWF videoed Julian’s fascinating and inspiring chat with Nik Powell, as well as the Q&A with the audience. So, in typical B2W tradition, here’s 10 things I took away from Julian’s chat. You can watch the video yourself, HERE, or click the pics in this post. 1) Relationships are KEY Julian is unequivocal here, when he says his relationships are what got him hired for GOSFORD PARK, which was a game-changer in… Read More »10 Things I Learned From Top Brit Screenwriter Julian Fellowes

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7 Lessons We Learned From Our Blog’s First Year

It’s Networking Tuesday! We’re kicking off Festival Week for LondonSWF with some thoughts on online networking via blogs and social media, courtesy of Arno at @FilmSchreiben. Arno’s tips are bang on the money and I recognise going through several things he mentions with the B2W site, many moons ago. So learn from our mistakes and enjoy! We did it! One year ago a script consultant friend of mine and I launched a German blog on screenwriting, Film Schreiben (Film Writing). Now we’ve just celebrated our first birthday with 180 articles and links by eight authors, so we’d like to share… Read More »7 Lessons We Learned From Our Blog’s First Year

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5 Things I Learned At Berlinale

Many thanks to Stephen Potts, who’s just arrived back in the UK from the Berlinale Film Festival and very helpfully written a newbie’s guide for the rest of us Bang2writers! Enjoy everyone and over to you Stephen … I’m heading home from my first trip to the Berlin Film Festival, still very much a newbie: but here are the five things I wish I’d known before I arrived five days ago. 1) Berlin(ale) is BIG Thousands of delegates and hundreds of screenings are spread across scores of venues in this large capital city. The central action is at Potsdamer Platz,… Read More »5 Things I Learned At Berlinale

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4 Things I Learned As B2W Intern by Luke Kondor

Alas, the one of Kondor depart today –  Luke has written some GREAT copy for B2W on transmedia, marketing and indie storytelling and really shown us all what’s-what in the opportunities at our fingertips this summer, catch up on all his articles HERE. Please wish him the very best of luck in his new endeavours, Bang2writers! Best of luck Luke in your fab new job in London! Click the pic to follow Luke on Twitter, beyond the realms of B2W! I’m done. I’m out. I’m finished. I’ve been here for a short while, but boy I learned a lot. When… Read More »4 Things I Learned As B2W Intern by Luke Kondor

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5 Things I Learned In A 10 Min Q + A With Luc Besson

I’ve been a huge fan of Luc Besson since I was a teenager in the 90s and THE FIFTH ELEMENT came out (“I am Corbin Dallas!”) so I was delighted to receive KT Parker’s guest post on LUCY, which obviously Luc named after **me**! Thanks KT and enjoy, everybody … LUCY hit the screens in Paris last week and Luc Besson, who both wrote and directed it, was doing no less than 6 “avant-premières” all over town. Those of you who don’t live in France may be wondering, what on earth is an avant-première? Well, it’s like a première minus… Read More »5 Things I Learned In A 10 Min Q + A With Luc Besson

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5 Transmedia Lessons Learned from “Loves Of A Cyclops”

“Transmedia” is the latest buzzword in the industry, but many Bang2writers still aren’t really sure what it means! Luke is talking to the team behind Loves Of A Cyclops this week to shed some light on this great opportunity to get your work out there and create a following for your project … Enjoy! Loves Of A Cyclops is a short film project … sort of. It’s also a photograph collection, a series of audio snippets, an immersive experience in web design and modern aesthetics, and a ball of quirky fun. it’s a great example of what Transmedia can be.… Read More »5 Transmedia Lessons Learned from “Loves Of A Cyclops”

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