There’s no denying that Twitter is an imperfect medium for communicating longford thoughts. There’s also no denying that people do so anyway, including kind people willing to share their industry experiences with anyone interested. A recent thread or “tweetstorm” was by writer/producer Monica Beletsky, known for Fargo and The Leftovers, writing about her process for writing TV scripts. This insight is invaluable! Update 1: There’s now a PDF version of this, thanks to EdithD! Download it here. Update 2: I was worried about all the embeds going wrong, and I wanted to incorporate all the addenda, so I created a new
The news came down this week that an amateur screenwriter is attempting to sue Gillian Flynn for taking the idea from her unsigned screenplay, and turning it into the bestselling novel Gone Girl and its subsequent screen adaptation. Now, I’m not saying it’s impossible that preternatural writing talent Flynn stole… No. Wait. Yeah, I am saying that. You only have to read her work, whether the novel or the astonishingly written screenplay to see that she’s in a league of her own. But I thought this would be a good opportunity to bring together a few resources and talk about Gone Girl. Storywise,
Say what you will about awards shows, not only do they get everyone talking about great television, they also mean that a lot of great resources get released. Scripts, or even if we’re lucky series bibles, start getting released from around now to help build the case for the nominees. And this has been also true of the Emmy’s this year; a year where in our opinion The Handmaids Tale and Big Litttle Lies deservedly did well. We’re just sad that the excellent Westworld didn’t get more recognition. So, here are some scripts from some of this year’s winners and
I’ve been writing my Hidden Gems column for a year now over on The Digital Fix, so I thought it worthwhile to look back, crunch some numbers, and see what’s stood the test of time. In the last year I’ve suggested 53 different TV shows for you to watch, with only one duplicate as Broadchurch got a new series. Of those, Netflix easily came out on top with 25 recommendations, nearly half. Amazon Instant had ten recommendations, closely followed by NowTV’s eight and BBC iPlayer’s seven. ITV Hub and All 4 managed a total of seven between them, but ITV
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,