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.