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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.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post. The various blog round-ups from the festival have made for very interesting reading for those of us who couldn't make it along.

I'm interested in your comment about putting on a play verses making a short film ... do you mean that producing a full length play might garner more attention or at least respect for your writing than say a short film?

It's an interest debate with arguments on both sides but I'd be keen to hear what your thinking behind this is as it's something I'm tossing up for next year.

Tim Clague said...

That's the idea yes. Putting a play could be another and equally valid way of getting your work seen. In some ways a play is nearer a feature film than a short is. But it all depends on the type of writer you are and the type of material you work on. For example, if you write action films then the play route is probably not for you!