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Crime Pays

  From guest blogger Leilani Holmes at the London Screenwriters Festival 2010 The last semiar I did today was Crime Writing with Rick Drew, Daniel Eckhart, Andrew Taft and Barbara Machin. Crime is one of the most popular genres and in the workshop the writers discussed with us why that might be. The overall consensus seemed […]

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Cutting Edge #LSWF

From guest blogger Leilani Holmes at the London Screenwriters Festival 2010 Tim Clague, Alexis Nolant, Julian Gerighty, Andy Walsh and Rhianna Pratchet held a session this morning on writing for games. I think of all the workshops this is one that shows that there has been a large variety of writing advice taking place in […]

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Fuelled by People

  From guest blogger Leilani Holmes at the London Screenwriters Festival 2010 Any festival is really only ever as good as it’s people. And screenwriting is about people, it’s about touching people, watching people, learning about people, and hearing people’s stories. I have to say that one of the things that will always stay with […]

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Kickstarter campaign support for G'Fisher Kerry Finlayson… She needs your help!

During the making of Gone Fishing, I made lots of new friends during production and also on the festival circuit. One person spanned both, British actress Kerry Finlayson who is also jobbing it in Los Angeles. She quickly became our LA correspondent for Gone Fishing, collecting prints from FedEx and delivering to the Oscars guys, […]

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RED One Feature Shot in 72 Hours

'Not sure if it sent these, I'm piggybacking my internet off a Chinese takeaway in Sydney…' That's how this email just came to me… from James Fair who I reported on some months back. He was planning to shoot, edit and premiere a feature in 72 hours. And he just did it. I asked him […]

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Exclusive Interview with Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas from our Guerilla Film Makers Archives

For those of you who haven’t ever seen it, we interviewed Chris Nolan and his wife Emma, in the second edition of The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook, after he had made ‘Following’ and while he was in post-production on ‘Memento’. ‘Batman’ and ‘Inception’ were but a twinkle in his eye back then, so it makes […]

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McKendrink on Film Making

Cutting Dialogue from your screenplay, a masterclass in minimalism for Screenwriters

As I have been rewriting Rocketboy, I have also been re-reading some of my favourite screenwriting books. I have been looking for tips, tricks, insights and wisdom on the screenwriting concept that writing is rewriting. But it’s also about being tough in those rewrites. Killing your darlings. There are a few very good books on […]

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Could you make a movie in 72 hours?

I was recently contacted by a film maker who was doing something that was rather amazing… making a feature film in 72 hours! I asked him to share his thoughts  and here they are… I met with Chris Jones in the spring of 2006 for his help with my Film Studies thesis about ‘The Impact […]

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A little light rain to brighten our day…

‘Gone Fishing’ Production Manager Stephanie Wrate has helped out in the office on and off over the last year (thanks Steph), and I was delighted to find out that she recently produced her own short film. Here’s what she had to say about the experience. ‘After production managing ‘Gone Fishing’, with Chris and Ivan, I […]

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Amazing Email from LA…

I wanted to share an extraordinary email I just got, all the way from LA… I just wanted to send you a quick email about my experience with the Gone Fishing Online Seminar. I was quite literally stunned by not just the amount of information in the seminar but by the outstanding quality. As a […]

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All quiete on the Cannes Front…

Not surprisingly, it seems Cannes this year is very subdued. All accounts from the people I know who are attending, paint this picture. Producer Ivan Clements is down in Cannes and I asked him for a quick report. Here’s what he said… I got here on Wednesday night and zapped into Cannes Thursday from Juans […]

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Machinima Magic from Hugh Hancock

I have been chatting to Hugh Hancock over email after he took our online masterclass. Hugh is a very interesting chap and an expert in Machinina – what’s that some of you will ask. In brief, it’s making animated films inside a real time rendering 3D engine such as a computer game engine (often hacking […]

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