Laurie Hutzler once gave a workshop on the emotional toolbox, a way of developing characters on screen, and I think its an interesting approach. Here is a link to her website, which has some free blog posts which show you the basics of her ideas. Characters begin as their masks, have a want which drives … Read more
This Sunday, I attended a couple of sessions at the Women Over Fifty Film Festival (WOFFF) at Depot Cinema in Lewes . This festival is an inspirational challenge to a stereotype that the film makers’, screenwriters’ or actors’ creative visibility disappears at fifty; quite the reverse, this is when we hit our stride. What is … Read more
I have just finished eight weeks with 18 writers on my screenwriting course at the Depot Cinema in Lewes. This class was full of enthusiastic committed writers – some who had never written before, and I witnessed the real connection and support students offered each other at each stage of the writing of a ten … Read more
What makes a good short film? Hit the ground running – the problem your chracter faces should be quickly established, Two or three main characters, one or two locations, a chronological narrative or three act structure in which a limited number of events are relayed. Some visual qualities, and a twist perhaps. Character is … Read more
I just purchased the all new Final Draft 11, which is the professional formatting software for screenplays, and which came out on Wednesday. It cost me £115.00 but my last final draft, 7, which I bought around 10 years ago had died the death along with my old computer. I thought, well if I ever … Read more
I just came back from a weekend at the London Screenwriters Festival. One of the highlights for me was Scott Myers’ session about story concepts. Scott Myers is a screenwriting teacher and guru from LA. He runs his own website and blog about 30 things about screenwriting, which aslo links through to loads of interesting … Read more
I was interested to read the following story on the women in film and television website In a recent report by Dr Martha Leuzen, •Women accounted for 11% of writers working on the top 250 films of 2017. This represents a decline of 2 percentage points from 2016 and from the figure achieved in 1998. … Read more
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