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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Podcast shortlisted for the 2016 Blog Awards

Good news - The UK Scriptwriters Podcast has been shortlisted in the Podcast / Vlogger category of the 2016 UK Blog Awards.

Which is really just an excuse to listen to some classic podcasts from the past! You know it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Podcast Episode 52: Tony Jordan

In this special podcast Danny Stack and I talk to UK TV writing legend, Tony Jordan. WATCH OUT FOR THE BAD LANGUAGE if that's not your bag as Tony has some strong views on how TV works or rather doesn't always work!

In the podcast we talk about:

  • Being a writer / producer and taking control of your own career
  • The Red Planet prize and why he continues to support it
  • His writing method - which is unusual!
  • Life on Mars, Dickensian and Moving Wallpaper.
There's still time to enter the Red Planet Prize (just about) here -

Tony also wrote the foreword for our book, which is out now via Amazon.

Any issues - click on the pic below to go to the homepage of the podcast.

Tony Jordan Red Planet

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Podcast Episode 51: From fan to writer, Mad Max:Fury Road

In this special podcast Danny Stack and I talk to one of the co-writers of Mad Max: Fury Road - Brendan McCarthy. Brendan is not your typical writer, which is why what he said totally resonated with me. He is an artist and designer too. He tells stories through pictures - which is what films, especially action films, should be. So I would describe him as a 'visual storytelling' expert and advocate.

Do not listen to this podcast if you have not seen the new Mad Max and you intent to soon. Brendan is open about talking about the whole of the story and the process, including the conclusion and third act. 

Here's the trailer to remind you of the film and its powerful imagery:

In the podcast we talk about:

  • How Brendan moved from being a fan of the early Mad Max films into working on the new one
  • Why Fury Road took 17 years to make
  • What happened when Mel Gibson was no longer attached and how that effects the story
  • The 'weight' that actors bring to the story
  • How working on comics and design fed into films
  • How he doesn't fit into a convenient box meaning some people struggle on how to 'sell him'

And we also talked about the role of women in the film, which has caused some discussion on line. Here's a short featurette that explores that more.

If you want to find out more about Brendan then here's his page -
And here's another interview he did recently, text based!

Any issues - click on the pic below to go to the homepage of the podcast.

Monday, January 04, 2016

4K feature film edit workflow - how to edit 4K in Premiere via proxies

Last year I edited a feature film, all shot on BMPC4K, in ProRes HQ. It's called Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? and you can see more, including the trailer, at

So with that set, there was a lot of footage to store. Also, to share the workload and speed things up we had 3 editors. This caused a bit of pondering about how to do it. I talk about our solution here...

This is just our method, based on the experiences of other film makers we know. Would be good if people had other methods they think are better! If so, share in the comments!