Sunday, 28 August 2011

The Watch Post #4

Major excitement at The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs announcement and secret artwork from, well, the past... [-]

Great performances and script from moving real-life drama The Blind Side... [-] [-]

Boxing goes futuristic in exciting high-concept action drama Real Steel from DreamWorks Studios... [-]

Many scriptwriting lessons and a compelling experience to be had in Abi Morgan's White Girl television script... [-]

Excitement rises as Sony announce revival of 1990s afterlife hit thriller Flatliners, with Source Code screenwriter on board... [-]

Fresh new episode, with silly bits and new competition from UK Scriptwriters Podcast... [-]

Friday, 26 August 2011

Executive Decision & The London Screenwriters' Festival 2011

In the spirit of getting into the story quick... 

Upon excitement at the prospect of its learning and contact potential, I almost hit purchase by PayPal, but then it hit me. 

Around a total £500 for a three-day ticket, accommodation, and food and drink for the weekend. 

"Yeah, it's totally worth it." 

But am I ready? As an aspiring scriptwriter, as a newbie, as a wannabe businessman? As a dude with spiky hair and glasses now all steamed upon having to make an executive decision.

Have I done enough with the knowledge and projects I currently have?

How many scripts, treatments and pitches do I have refined and ready to aim and fire at will?

Do I fully understand my various audiences and genres?

Do I have a clear scope on British television/film and its production companies and producers?

Have I been writing long? Have I reached a happy medium with my writing?

Do I have enough experience networking in person?

Could I do more? Could I be more prepared?

In short, "No, I'm not ready."

Preparation is Key 

In truth I don't feel ready and would rather spend that large amount of money on a subsequent year's entry and when I am able to use the opportunity to its fullest. I know if I went this year I would learn a lot but I would like more time writing before I go to such an event.

It would be too easy to rush into this year but I know I would feel a little out of my depth in terms of industry knowledge and reaching a balance on completed projects and time spent developing and writing, as I have barely begun.

At the moment I'm often saying: "I have this amazing idea which is about [enter pitch]."

When I would rather say: "I have this amazing idea which is about [enter pitch] and have a completed script (or treatment) for it."

I feel that this festival isn't something that should be rushed into and taken lightly. But for the cost of the festival I feel it's wise to spend it when I am comfortable and confident that I will be able to get the most out of the weekend by being fully prepared.

The Year Ahead 

From now till this time next year is going to be a big year for me in terms of writing and chasing progress. I have an over abundance of projects and long to make some way with a number of them. By this time next year I aim to have made considerable progress with a number of existing projects and developing a batch of new ones that will form as the next few years worth of rewriting.

It's going to be a busy and productive twelve months and I would feel better served for completing it before I even think about attending the festival and getting truly involved.

For now, I will experience the online and alternative London Screenwriters' Festival 2011. It's amazing value for no money. This entails scanning scriptwriting blogs for coverage of attendees experiences and advice garnered from the festival. e.g. Jez Freedman and others.

Maybe next year or the year after I will be giving back and serving others with my own experience and knowledge gained at the festival. Who knows. 

Let's just get through this year first and see what happens...

Are you going to the festival this year? If so, how do you prepare?

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

A Beacon of Talent: Industrial Scripts & Talent Connector

Not content with script analysis and feedback services, training courses, ScriptStore, offering lectures and workshops to schools and universities. Industrial Scripts have gone one step further with Talent Connector.

Exclusively for unrepresented scriptwriters and filmmakers who have received an 'Honourable Mention' or above with a script or project on one of their feedback services. The script or project will then be marketed *for free* by Industrial Scripts to a list of industry agents, executives and producers.

For those writers on the road to acquiring professional feedback and/or looking for a new way to break in, now with the added bonus of Talent Connector with Industrial Scripts, it would be in your interests not to overlook them and go elsewhere for feedback.

How So? 

As they only use the best script editors and development people with significant track records, their verdict on a script carries weight within the industry. In addition, due to their combined wealth of experience they have developed an extensive list of industry contacts who will be notified on all scripts or projects that advance through to the Talent Connector programme.

They are sponsored by Paramount Pictures and the Curtis Brown Group.

Talent Championed

Talent Connector is open all year round for submissions and will culminate each December with an Industrial Scripts Gold List. This industry announced list will feature the best ten scripts to pass through the coverage system, and prizes will be awarded.

For further information and credentials, and why you should consider their feedback services visit Industrial Scripts.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

My Other Half & New Story Descriptions

Recently dug out of my old uni folder on my laptop and placed on my website to read. My Other Half is a short dark comedy drama script filmed as a major project by a third year BA (Hons) Television Production student in 2009 at Bournemouth University.

New additions to the website also include story descriptions for television dramas In My Footsteps and Angels & Ashes (formerly TV Drama Spec).

For some back story on My Other Half see below or feel free to skip and head over to the script or website for a read of the new additions.


I was approached as a potential scriptwriter for the project after the director was having trouble writing the script for a story concept he had. It sounded interesting and had a lot of potential - naturally I accepted. I had a week to turn the initial story concept into a working and entertaining short script, as well as getting on with my own third year university work. I was pumped up for the challenge and helping him out. Not to mention writing something that would be made quite soon.


The first port of call was the title. The original one didn't work and had to be changed. Finding the right title was a short-lived deep worry turned eureka moment, where story and character met and fed into the title and theme in a way I never expected. It was great and arrived practically a day after the meeting. It had to be clever, hook and work otherwise the script would have failed at the first hurdle.

I remember parts of writing it quite fondly. For instance, often finding myself working in a practically pitch black uni lobby from around 8pm till 3am with the odd pair of footsteps rustling by in the distant shadows. And in an unused tutorial office on the top floor of the Media School, again, at night until the early hours.

That week was a blast writing something so challenging, unique, fun and for actors and a crew to work from and turn into a short film.


I haven't read the script back since that time two and half years ago. I do remember reaching a new benchmark with it at the time and learning a fair bit about scriptwriting. That benchmark has shifted a lot since then but would offer a sample of my writing around that time and hopefully an enjoyable read.


The film is an enjoyable watch and turned out great. Unfortunately, I don't have an online copy to share. Although I have been thinking about getting in touch with Bournemouth University, as they own the rights to the film, about getting a version online to add to my portfolio and for people to experience.

I hope you enjoy the script. If you do, please feel free to comment.

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