By Stephan

Where would we be without goals? Now, some might argue we’d be better balanced and less stressed if we were more focussed on the journey than obsessed with an arbitrary endpoint. But not I; I need goals, something to focus the mind, and then feel bad about when I fail to keep to them.

Weekly Goals

Normally, I’d start my creative week on a Saturday, that way I could hopefully start the week with a few successes under my belt, instead of trying to cram it in at the last minute. It takes the pressure off for the rest of the week. …read more

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By Stephan

For several years now, Dale Foshe of Dogwood Photography has run an annual photography challenge, with an allocated task per week to stretch the skills of photographers across all skill levels. The tasks range from the technical to the wildly creative, with a lot of variety to give inspiration and an impetus to keep taking photos.

The 2019 Dogwood Challenge List is now ready!

This is a self-challenge, so it can be done solo, but it’s good being …read more

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By Stephan

What a year, since the last time I wrote a list like this! There have been left-field entries, surprisingly successful sequels, and some unique movies that have managed to be a commercial success!

Now, sadly I’ve not been able to watch as many films as I’ve wanted this year, life just hasn’t worked out that way. Were I to try and follow Scott Myer’s 1-2-7-14 methodology, I should have managed to watch 104 movies this year. Sadly I only made it to a total …read more

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By Stephan

Three Billboards

I wrote about my most Anticipated Movies of 2018, and I thought it was time to revisit the list.

Didn’t That Come Out Last Year?

Not in the UK, sadly, otherwise I’d have seen them already. That’s the problem with Awards season, some of the best films end up straddling the New Year.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh

I saw it, it courted controversy for its ambiguous ending and portrayal of racism in small-town America, but I loved it.

The Shape of Water – Guillermo Del Toro

A beautiful fairytale, no wonder it swept the 2018 awards season.

Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig.

I’ve still …read more

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By Stephan

Some time back, Scott Myers of Go Into The Story posted up a series of articles on the fundamentals of script writing. They were useful but I felt they didn’t get as much traction as 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

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By Stephan

There was some discussion on Twitter the other day, about how a blog differed from a journal; that many blogs were in fact mere journals, filled with the personal thoughts and observations, and that there should be a different nomenclature for them.

I’d say though, that the differentiation is at best paper-thin. Unless you’re writing a commercial listicle of dry facts, a blogpost is no different from a journal entry. At the end of the day, it’s gonzo self-published article, and that’s a good thing.

Gonzo journalism, popularised by Hunter S. Thompson, puts paid to the fallacy that any writing can be …read more

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By Stephan

Remember 2016, when Fleabag was, in my opinion, the greatest new TV show out there? Well writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge outdid herself with this year’s BBC adaptation of Luke Jennings’ Codename Villanelle novellas. It premiered on BBC America, so it bafflingly took months for it to air in the UK; even then it was buried on BBC3, perhaps to avoid it clashing with Bodyguard. In my view, Killing Eve was the better show overall.

Writing in Rolling Stone, Jenna Scherer described Killing Eve as a “sexually charged female-buddy-comedy espionage nailbiter”, and I couldn’t have put it better myself. While …read more

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By Stephan

Look, every blog in the world is doing a gift guide at this time of year, and it’d be remiss of me not to pitch in. After all, someone might gift one of these to me!

No sponsorships were received in the writing of this, this isn’t an advertorial, this is merely a list of things I love that I think over people might also enjoy.

Picturehouse Membership – You don’t need to buy me this, I already have it. But it is amazing, not just because Picturehouse is great little cinema chain. But picture this: A member’s club in central …read more

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By Stephan

When everyone writes their best of year lists, there will barely be one that doesn’t mention THOHH in at least respectful, if not gushing, terms. And truth to tell, it deserves it all, and I say this as someone who does not seek out horror as a genre. I wasn’t aware of the prior adaptations of the Shirley Jackson‘s 1959 gothic horror novel, which considered one of the best literary ghost stories published during the 20th century.

Writer/director and horror aficionado Mike Flanagan, adapted and wholly directed Hill House; while I’ve never seen any of his previous work, due to my …read more

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By Stephan

Rather than re-publishing dates of contests, festivals, and opportunities every few months, I’ve instead gone for a big annual page for 2019. I’ll then use the blog posts for significant updates.

The main page is still a bit empty, not everyone has announced their dates yet. However, Screencraft has a announced their <a target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="The main page is still a bit empty, not everyone has announced …read more

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