A Modern Noir A working title for a Story Factory / Julian Boote Production What is noir? If we are to assume that it fits to the pulp structure, it is a downbeat, gritty urban investigation tale, generally in the mystery or thriller genres. It has certain basic tropes of an investigator (whether detective, journalist, or merely a curious, tenacious individual), a femme fatale who misleads and misdirects and distracts the investigator (whether she is the culprit of a crime or not, what matters is that she is dangerous) and cast of others that may include a patsy, a corrupt
The Red Planet Prize is a well-established and well-regarded screenwriting competition, and it’s back for 2016! Not only that, but the submissions window opens today, closing on Friday 22nd January 2016 at 12pm. One lucky winner will receive £5,000 to have their screenplay exclusively developed by Red Planet Pictures and will also have six months of intensive development with a dedicated and experienced script editor. The winner will also receive one to one masterclasses with British writing talent such as Tony Jordan (Life On Mars, Hustle, Dickensian), Andrew Davies (Pride & Prejudice, Bleak House, War And Peace) and Sarah Phelps (Great
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
Filmmaker Mark Lever was kind enough to invite Story Factory’s Stephan Burn to participate as a guest on his screenwriting talk show Writer’s Block. Stephan talks with Mark, and regular guest Gary Thomas, about where story ideas come from, as well as his favourite script Brick. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUrDTNfYfsc Stephan will return for a future episode of Writer’s Block, where he talks about structure in screenplays.
The London Screenwriters’ Festival is a great event for UK screenwriters, both apprentice and journeyman: Three days of seminars, workshops and panels; networking opportunities, pitching and full immersion into a world beyond the isolation of the writerly life. Chris Jones and his team always put a lot of effort into the event and the result is always a great show. But there are a few things you can do to maximise the benefits you can reap. Preparation Preparation is everything, even if you chose to go a different way on the day. So check out the schedule ahead of time,