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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Podcast

The second episode of the podcast is up and running.




There was a great response to the first episode, nearly a thousand downloads so far. It has been great to get so much feedback too. Thanks for everyone who emailed in. Personally, I've only had a chance to reply to about half of the emails so far, sorry for any delay.

We name check a few people in the podcast - and I decided to pick 'new' people rather than regular blog readers. So please don't feel shunned by that, it was purely to keep the 'gravity web' expanding yet further.

In this episode myself and Danny look at:

  • The London Screenwriters' Festival
  • The never-discussed issue of - can you actually make a living? In essence we look at what has now grown into the dark blue part of the Scriptwriters Life. Do you go for all or nothing? Or get by and make small bits of fun like Mr Vista? I bring up the point of; do you know what your "one slogan" is? This is the process I needed to go through when creating my animated resumé.
  • What makes a great first 10 pages of a script? Danny talks about moving beyond the set up and lessons learnt from reading entries to the Red Planet competition.
  • And in the reviews section I discuss a late 90s film called "The Eighth Day" while Danny goes crazy for two US TV shows "Southland" and "Breaking Bad".

As ever, the podcast will be featured here, on the podcast homepage and on Danny's blog. Or subscribe via iTunes so you don't miss out!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A writer's job in 5 years time


What will your job, as a writer and moving image story teller, be like in a few years time?

One key change we could all see would be the detaching of format and story. By that I mean that you stop being a writer for a single mediumg. There won't be a TV writer, a radio writer and a film writer - not to the same extent there is now at least. Instead, you would have writers of franchises and certain genres and they work across all formats.

Why do I say that? Because the number of outlets and media types is increasing all the time. Having a different writer for comics, TV, web, webisodes, events, film, spin offs etc etc seems to make less and less financial sense PLUS seems worse for continuity AND for artistic vision. You are the writer, you write it all.

Can writers do this? I don't see why not. An actor can move between film, stage and radio plays and we don't feel that is odd. In fact, we celebrate it.

One glimpse into this future is a new site that indie film maker Rob Pratten has pulled together - Transmedia Storyteller. This helps story tellers tell stories across all media outlets. Send text messages from your characters, send emails, organise fictional blogs - all from this one place. A long overdue idea I feel. 

This idea of bringing characters into the real world isn't new of course. But doing it all from one place, so writers can do it, so we can concentrate on the story and not the technology - that is new. 

Check it out if you want a glimpse into one possible future for writers. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

If you are thinking of running a workshop or lecture - watch this.

I've been running and helping to organise a lot of workshops and educational events recently, including one for the MyOneWord competition.

Like me, I expect you have gone to many different workshops, courses, seminars, lectures, festivals - and any other name that I have forgotten.

A lot of them soon descend into a series of dull monologues (even though everyone involved is great) and you wish you could sneak off after lunch. The reason; writing is a 'doing job' and listening to people talking about, thinking about, doing it isn't really all that helpful.

Another reason is that they normally consist of hour long talks. As writers, we should know that this isn't engaging. Ever written a hour long scene - or even a sequence of scenes? Me neither.

With that in mind, I made this. If you are thinking of running a workshop or lecture - watch it.



(note: this looks at using the idea in business meetings - but it applies just the same)