Monday, 29 December 2008

Belated Writerly Christmas Present

Just had an e mail saying I've won one of the Mslexia 2009 Writer's Diaries. I entered a comp on their website some time ago. Can't even remember what I had to do to enter, but I probably had to answer a question of some sort.

Anyway, am looking forward to receiving it. By all accounts they're supposed to be very nice.

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Pitching....

On Tuesday, I'm attending the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award Masterclass at the BBC in Manchester. I have to be there for 1.30 p.m. where Charlotte Riches will meet us.

We don't need to take any work, but we're welcome to pitch an idea! I have an idea, but have no idea about pitching. Also, my idea is the one that will be going into the Alfred Bradley comp, so....

Actually, I do have another idea for a series, but haven't developed it at all, so I wonder if there's enough there to pitch.

I can't imagine pitching in front of an audience (at the moment, anyway) and that's what might happen with it being a Masterclass. I doubt we'll get one to one pitching time.

Hmmm, let's just see what happens.

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Right, Time To Get On And Write

I've had a few days rest. I love this in-between time, Christmas and New Year, because it's a quiet time, one to reflect and think about the drama swishing around my head.

I do want to get a lot of writing done over the next couple of days, and I aim to finish the first draft of the radio script for the Alfred Bradley Bursay Award by the end of this week.

My radio play has quite a dramatic start, setting the scene for the whole of the play. That is to say, the beginning, although only a couple of minutes in length, determines what happens throughout. I then cut to the family home, where the consequences of what happens at the beginning are revealed through dialogue and sound.

I'm excited about it because I think it's quite an original idea, and again, it's a bit of a black comedy, more drama than comedy, but there is a sprinkling thrown in.

More updates through the weekend and next week.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Picture Prompt For 23/12/2008

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!


For all who see this message:

WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A HOPEFUL AND WRITERLY NEW YEAR 2009!!

Sunday, 21 December 2008

SCRIPTWRITING IN THE UK - STEP 8 - CHOOSING WORK

Danny Stack gives it to us straight:

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SCRIPTWRITING IN THE UK - STEP 7 - ATTITUDE

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SCRIPTWRITING IN THE UK - STEP 6 - DISCIPLINE

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SCRIPTWRITING IN THE UK - STEP 5 - GET AN AGENT

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SCRIPTWRITING IN THE UK - STEP 4 - INDUSTRY INSIDER

Danny Stack gives it to us straight:

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SCRIPTWRITING IN THE UK - STEP 3 - NETWORKING

Danny Stack gives it to us straight:

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SCRIPTWRITING IN THE UK - STEP 2 - WRITING

Danny Stack gives it to us straight:

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SCRIPTWRITING IN THE UK - STEP 1 - READING

Danny Stack gives it to us straight:

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Sunday, 14 December 2008

Inside Publishing

From Writers' and Artists' Yearbook: Neil Gaiman chats about writing. PLUS past interviews with other writers.



NEIL GAIMAN link

Saturday, 13 December 2008

More Scriptwriting Stuff From The BBC

Film Network link

Scroll down to near the bottom for this:

A great resource available to filmmakers is the monthly Rocliffe New Writing Forum. Run by Rocliffe Production company, the forum is a networking event whereby three selected script extracts of 7-8 minutes in length is rehearsed by professional actors and directors (cast by the in-house casting directors). A great way to receive effective and honest feedback on your script.



You can submit short scripts here:

Rockliffe link

Friday, 12 December 2008

Screenwriting Goldmine - Writing For David Milch on HBO's Deadwood

LINK



Ever had a dream like this? You send in a few pages of your script to your favorite TV show. Within hours you get a call- they like it. No, they LOVE it! Within hours they fly you out there. Put you in a hotel. Hire you to start work on the show. You get to work on two series, hang out on set all the time, get to work with David Milch (Deadwood and NYPD Blue) on a daily basis - and suddenly the people who matter are queuing up to read your movie script. This interview is with Bryan McDonald. That 'dream' was his reality. Listen as he tells you how he did it...



Listen out for the brilliantly unexpected way he got his first break!

Screenwriting Goldmine - How To Write For Doctor Who

Screenwriting Goldmine - How To Write For Doctor Who

The Surgery is Open

For all you scriptwriters playwrights, dramatists...blah...blah...



Q & A With Michael Jacob: Yaaaaaaaaaahooooooo!

LINK HERE:


MICHAEL JACOB SURGERY LINK

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

I'm In On The Alfred Bradley Masterclass

Great news! Had a confirmation e mail today, that I'm in on the masterclass. We can pitch ideas, too. Urgh! Argh! Eeek! Never pitched in my life before, but I'll be doing some delving to find out tips on pitching, because I'm determined to have a go.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

New Script

I wrote a sketch a few weeks ago and sent it in to Recorded For Training Purposes, which features sketches about communication. These sketches have been aired on BBC Radio 4 in the past, and will start up again soon. If they like what you've done, they could produce it. Haven't heard anything yet, but it only closed on 17th November.

My next script was a radio play I took along to the BBC Writersroom Roadshow a few weeks ago. I's called 'A quarter Of Iris' (formerly known as Uncovered). I was really, AM really excited about this one, and hope that it's picked up by the readers there. Optimism is my middle name, don't you know!

Another radio play I am working on is called (at the moment) 'Jesus Wants me For a Sunbeam'. I'm going to enter this into the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award comp, with fingers and toes and everything else crossed, because what you get from winning that comp is excellent. See under SCRIPTS.

At the moment, I've written the bones of it, and put quite a bit of flesh on it, but the idea and the themes are still germinating around my head, so I just keep adding to it.

ALFRED BRADLEY BURSARY AWARD WORKSHOPS

Now this is a competition worth entering:

Bursary Award Link

The BBC are also holding masterclasses around the North:

Masterclass Link

I've got my name down for the Manchester Masterclass. The Newcastle one has already been held, and the few people that have commented on the BBC Blog, have said that they're well worth it.

You can win a bursary of up to £5,000, have your work produced on BBC Radio 4, secure a six month mentorship with a radio drama producer and have the opportunity to develop future commissions.

All I can say to that is WOW!

Industry News

Link To The Script Factory

I was reading over at The Script Factory about script writing training - what is it good for? Lucy Scher argues that screenwriting training that prioritises individual creativity, and doesn't focus on craft is likely to be popular - but isn't likely to produce good screenwriters.

I do agree with the above, in the respect that I think it's probably best to already have found your voice, to have written a lot before you learn the mechanics of screen/play/radio structure, or it would seem like a battle between how or what to write and in which format to put it all.

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