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Why Star Wars endures so powerfully… It’s nothing to do with fan boys and EVERYTHING to do with values, courage and humanity

The Star Wars universe and characters give access to young hearts and minds to powerful truths and beliefs about good and evil. But most importantly for these young hearts and minds, it unlocks and unleashes courage and potential to take a stand for their OWN truths and beliefs. JJ Abrams knows this and there are […]

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The Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass: The Final Chapter… Come for just £69

I want to invite you to something rather extraordinary. This Summer I am running the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass one last time and I want you to come and be a part of this final and remarkable chapter. I love the masterclass, I have been teaching it for 15 years now and trained over 3,000 filmmakers, […]

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Luke Ryan: Scriptchat #LondonSWF

One of my favourite parts of the London Screenwriters’ Festival is the Scriptchat section where, after selected sessions, there is an opportunity to go sit round a table with a speaker and chat further with them in an informal setting. More than anything else at the festival, this reinforces the feeling of screenwriters as a […]

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12 ways to rewrite your British written spec script so it sells in Hollywood

The new Guerilla Filmmakers ‘Breaking Into Hollywood Pocketbook’ is now selling well via our site here ( (in both hardcopy AND ePub / PDF, as well as Kindle here. I have had several requests for information about sending a spec script to LA, and so I asked Gen her opinion on what trips up a […]

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‘50 Kisses’… and the winner is…

Over the last week I suspect I have read over 500 two page scripts for our ‘50 Kisses’ competition – and the whole team (Steven, Vanessa, Tom, Alex, Sal, Gail, Michelle, Alli, Sam and Judy) have read all 1,870 scripts multiple times –and finally, one week late but full ‘re-read’,  we will announce the winners […]

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How American Indies Produce Movies… Make Your Film Inevitable! With Ted Hope and Christine Vachon

If you like the video above, you can get access to the whole four hour seminar online by heading out to and signing up free. I hope you enjoy the advice Ted and Christine offer, they have made over 100 movies and won Oscars, BAFTA’s, Sundance, the lot! Onwards and upwards! Chris Jones My […]

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‘Star Wars’ concept artists Ralph McQuarrie dies, aged 82 – his top ten paintings…

Legendary concept artists Ralph McQuarrie died on Saturday, aged 82. For so many film makers of my generation, his artwork fired the imagination and adorned our teenage bedroom walls. And his work was instructive for personally, as it showed how a stunning artwork could bring a story vividly to life, all before a frame of […]

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Christmas horror shocker for film makers… BEWARE!

Above – short film ‘Treevenge’. Beware it is a SHOCKER and VERY GRAPHIC! But also hilarious! Enjoy! (Mum, don’t watch it, you won’t sleep for till next Christmas!) To celebrate Christmas in a way befitting guerrilla film makers, I thought I would share this short film ‘Treevenge’, plus an interview with the film makers from […]

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Enter our one page screenwriting and film making competitions to win great prizes and seen by top talent

Now that our Screenwriting a Film Making Competitions are live, I thought I would write about why these competitions are going to be so fascinating, and why you should enter, be you a filmmaker or a screenwriter. So what are the competions? 1. A one page screenwriting competition, free and open to anyone, that closes […]

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Take your writing to the next level

Highest rated speaker at the 2010 London Screenwriters Festival, Linda Aronson, is coming to town to run her landmark two day workshop on Advanced Screenwriting and Parallel story telling. When: November 12th and 13th How Much: £119 – discounted for blog readers to £65 (use code CHRISJONES) FIRST 50 TICKETS ONLY Where: Regents Park […]

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The Calendars Are Completed!

You may recall that a few months back, Gone Fishing DP, Vernon and myself, were guilty of spending a whole Sunday shooting an all girl netball team in semi clad attire. If you didn’t see it, there is a hilarious video of the days shenanigans here. The shoot has now resulted in a super A3, […]

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Movie Blueprint at Sundance!

I just took delivery of ten Guerilla Film Makers Handbooks and wouldn’t you know it, the publishers sent me copies of the Movie Blueprint by mistake! Doh! At the very same moment, I also got a mail from a fellow film maker, Jason Clancy, who bought the Movie Blueprint some time ago and has been […]

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Bahamas, the complete webisodes…

With the dust settling in the Bahamas, I have now edited the two webisodes together and added a few testimonials from people who really connected with the film. Several people came and spoke to me about how much the film had touched them, people who had recently lost a parent. What they shared with me […]

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