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Friday, November 26, 2010

More podcast fun

This podcast uses a slightly different technique. At the recent London Screenwriters Festival I asked fellow delegates what they had learnt so far. Myself and Danny then used these as a jumping off point for the discussion. We cover:
  • How should we feel about attending festivals?
  • Is genre a good thing?
  • Should you plan out your script before you start work?
  • Does the biz really want 'good' scripts?

PLUS we talk about "Alice in Wonderland", "A Town called Panic, Misfits and "Walking Dead".

AND FINALLY there is a chance for you to win Movie Magic software, DVDs and Moviescope subscriptions in our new competition.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What makes a great business card? 2010 edition.

Last year I looked at some of the best business cards from the Screenwriters Festival. People seemed to like it, so it is back this year. And with all new networkers.

What makes a great card. To me it is a card that helped you remember the person and who they were.

A test for your card is: If someone else could take your card, add their name instead and then use it - then the card has failed. It isn't personal enough. Here are my three winners.

Winner One: Andrew James Carter

Andrew is also an astrophysicist. But I didn't need to tell you that, the card has already filled in that information. Great to see a prize mentioned on there too. And one prize is all a card can take.

Winner Two: Simon Lord

Simon has an interesting double-sided card. The hand written look by itself wouldn't be so unique. But having a range of line drawn images on the other side means that as he hands them out we each get a different card.

Winner Three: Julie Gribble
Julie also has a two sided card - and they also have variety. They all featured a word cloud from one of her scripts. A great jumping off point into talking about the work. It almost begs to have a pitch heard!

Special Mention: Andy Walsh

This card from Andrew is on a type of shiny plastic that glints in the light. It is worth a mention as different materials can make an impact.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

5 ideas from the London Screenwriters Festival

Behind the scenes on the opening day of the inaugural London Screenwriters' Festival 2010 at Regents College. Made by Oli Lewington.

It was great to see this video as it gave me a reminder of the excitement of the festival and a chance to blog about the top 5 things I took away. 5 thoughts / ideas that resonated with me.

A stage play may cost about the same to put on as the making of a short film. But it can be more effective in getting your story out into the world.

I liked Tim Bevan's story about being honest. He had some royalties come in for the Tall Guy and knew that most people involved would have forgotten about the film. But he sent a cut to the writer Richard Curtis - who then just happened to mention that he had a script he was working on called Four Weddings And A Funeral. The rest is history.

From Tony Jordan. If you go to Wembley and you have 90,000 people cheering at once the feeling is overwhelming. Now think that you can make 20 million people do something at the same time. That's television.

From Michael Bassett. Always be pleased if someone cared enough to rip you off.

Lastly, from delegate Leonardo Rizzi. A writer is to the story what the sculptor is to the human body. Trying to find it hidden in something else.


Check the new Channel 4 writing scheme out which pays you a small amount to write a 60 minute script.