By Stephan

Horsell Common

The problem with doing anything for the first time is that you don’t know what you don’t know. You can read books, listen to interviews and watch instructional YouTube videos all you like, but it’s never going to compare with actually getting out there and doing it. To that end I decided last year to write and film my first short film; a simple eight-minute, two-location piece about food poverty. With drones.

And so, in an attempt to test out a few ideas, I headed to Woking’s Horsell Common with two friends, two SLRs, two tiny drones and nowhere near enough …read more

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I had two chances to place in the top 10% of the BlueCat screenwriting competition, one for a feature and one for a short. Sadly, neither placed, but I am swallowing the bitter pill of rejection and moving on. Plenty more opportunities ahead!

I’ve listed all the competitions I know about below, sorted by date, with their associated costs, which should help you plan your deadlines. And if you prefer an Excel sheet, I have that too.

Name & URL
Date
Cost
Rocliffe TV
28/02/15
£21
Nicholl Early
02/03/15
$40
LIFF Feature Film Late
06/03/15
£55
LIFF Short Film Late
06/03/15
£45
Scriptalooza Regular
10/03/15
$55
Page Late
16/03/15
$59
Euroscript
31/03/15
£35
ScreenCraft Shorts Final
06/04/15
$29

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These days many writers rely on their mobile devices, their phones and tablets, rather than (or in addition to) more analogue stationary. Anything to get ideas down on the move with a minimum of effort and inconvenience. So I’ve gathered a list of mobile apps that I find useful to this end. I’ll apologise for the slight iOS bias in these, it’s not that I think one platform is necessarily superior to any other, but it just happens to be the one that works for me. Some these aren’t free, and there are cheaper alternatives for most, but again they’re …read more

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Last year, Scott Myers of Go Into The Story posted up a series of articles that were useful but I felt didn’t get as much traction as I thought they deserved. So, for your reading pleasure, I present to you Scott’s complete Screenwriting Back To Basics series.

Screenwriting Back to Basics, Day 1: Writing Scenes

Screenwriting Back to Basics, Day 2: Protagonist Metamorphosis Arc

Screenwriting Back to Basics, Day 3: Plot = Structure

Screenwriting Back to Basics, Day 4: Character = Function

Screenwriting Back to Basics, Day 5: Reader Identification

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By Stephan

Big Hero 6 Poster

Sometimes fortune can smile on you, and a meander past BFI Southbank and a peruse through the available films led me to successfully enquire about the scant remaining tickets. And so I found myself in NFT1 on a Sunday afternoon with an auditorium full of exciting young people for a preview of Big Hero 6.

As has once again become a tradition with Disney, the film was preceded by a new short film, the Oscar-nominated Feast. Disney uses these animated shorts as a testing ground for talent and technology, and Feast continues this as Paperman did in 2012. It’s a charming …read more

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By Stephan

Screencraft Competition Dates

To allow you to plan your submissions to Screencraft’s various screenwriting contests, all their dates for 2015 are below:

SHORTS SCREENPLAY CONTEST
JANUARY 19 – APRIL 6

COMEDY SCREENPLAY CONTEST
JANUARY 28 – APRIL 11

HORROR SCREENPLAY CONTEST
MARCH 17 – JULY 1

PILOT LAUNCH TV SCRIPT CONTEST
JUNE 1 – AUGUST 31

ACTION & THRILLER SCREENPLAY CONTEST
JULY 15 – OCTOBER 15

SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP
OCTOBER 1 – DECEMBER 10

FAMILY SCREENPLAY CONTEST
NOVEMBER 4 – DECEMBER 30

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Creative Goals of 2015
Screenplay Format Controversies
Edge of Tomorrow vs All You Need …read more

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Poster No Country For Old Men

All screenwriters are always advised to read as many screenplays as possible; who better to learn from than those who have gone before us? And who could deny the impact the Coen Brothers have had on filmmaking?

So, it is kind of the brothers to make their screenplays available on their website.

Therein you’ll find the scripts for: A Serious Man, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, Blood Simple, Burn After Reading, Fargo, The Hudsucker Proxy, Intolerable Cruelty, Ladykillers, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Millers Crossing, No Country For Old Men, O Brother Where Art Thou and True Romance.

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Emotional Fusebox Poster

When the list of BAFTA Nominations came out, after my glee that Birdman looked like it was going to get the acclaim it deserved, I started working my way through the list of short films. I hadn’t seen any of them, nor was I able to, due to the lock-in ‘feature’ of film festivals. But I had heard of Emotional Fusebox, partly because I think Jodie Whittaker is an excellent actress, with excellent turns in Broadchurch, Black Mirror and Attack the Block. So, I contacted the writer/director of Emotional Fusebox Rachel Tunnard, and she very kindly gave …read more

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We often hear about the decline in cinema, the cultural decline, how everything is eternally somehow worse than before. I’m sure even I’ve been responsible for some of that on occasion. And so, I present you with this list of some of the my favourite things in 2014:

Forget what anyone says, I think it was a bumper year for movies and there were loads that I saw that I really liked. An early highlight at the beginning of the year was Under The Skin which, while not to everyone’s taste, I really enjoyed. I loved the minimalistic feel of it, …read more

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I took a bit of a hiatus from reviewing after the end of Peaky Blinders, but I couldn’t resist starting the year afresh on that front with the start of season 2 of Broadchurch. So, once more, my reviews will be appearing on The Digital Fix. In short, I really enjoyed the first episode, and I’m looking forward to where writer Chris Chibnall takes us next.

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External Reviews: Peaky Blinders
External Reviews: Luther and Lucy
Transition Deferred

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