John Cleese Podcast Lecture on Creativity and Originality: The 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative

‘Creativity is not a talent, it is a way of operating’ John Cleese Following from my post a few days ago on strategies for manifesting creativity, I remembered this excellent seminar from the early nineties with John Cleese on the very same subject. It’s total gold dust from writers and filmmakers and you can listen […]

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Tactics To Get Produced: Podcast With Prolific Brit Producer Paul Webster

Ahead of the London Screenwriters’ Festival, I headed up to Warner Brothers studios North West of London to record a podcast with one of the most successful feature film producers in the UK, Paul Webster. Recorded in his production office. Paul was hot from the set of ‘Pan’ (with Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried and Rooney […]

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Manifesting creativity – strategies to create the spark that ignites the imagination

There is a reason Archimedes proclaimed ‘Eureka’ while in the bathtub! All the elements are present to manifest creative thoughts. Ideas often seem to appear at random, but I am not sure they are truly unpredictable, I believe there are ways to manifest creativity at will. I have come to this conclusion after noticing trends […]

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250 seconds that will re-ignite the passion in any filmmaker or screenwriter

It’s often forgotten that we storytellers are in fact magicians. In all the hullabaloo of egos, opinions, reviews, funding proposals, endless rewrites, never ending shooting days in the rain, bad food, overdrafts, broken relationships… we have all been there and have that T shirt right? But what keeps us going is that we recognise at […]

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Pixar Founder John Lasseter: Top fifteen quotes for storytellers, writers, filmmakers and entrepreneurs

I am a HUGE fan of Pixar. The Toy Story films are I think the greatest trilogy of all time, the third one really hit me hard and completely unexpectedly. Genius. At the Screenwriters’ Festival this year I am really excited that we are doing a special screening of ‘Finding Nemo’ with screenwriter David Reynolds […]

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The London Screenwriters’ Festival 2014 just over 50 days away and nearly sold out

London Screenwriters Festival Passes now 81% sold out Dates: October 24th to 26th (with party on evening of Oct 23rd) Venue: Regents University, Regents Park Passes are £330 for the three days. A quick reminder that many of the coolest initiatives at the London Screenwriters Festival are now open for submission and will be closing […]

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Design your destiny by managing and creating your beliefs

So on Tuesday I posted a blog about peer groups, and also emailed it out to my newsgroup. I got about fifteen messages back and the responses were quite polarised. You can read the original blog HERE but in short, the message of the piece was that we are heavily influenced by those around us […]

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The FIVE reasons your career is held back… and how to fix it

Environment is EVERYTHING. No-one wants to really confront this, but it’s really simple. We become the five people we hang out with. And these five people may well be the biggest five reasons your career is not going where you thought it would be going when you began your journey. Uncomfortable, I know. Don’t get […]

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How improvised casting can help both find the right cast AND inform rewrites of the screenplay

Guest post by Alex Kyrou Try letting your actors improvise inside the character during the audition, rather than just sticking to your brilliant script dogmatically. The results can be astonishing. As a filmmaker that has started out directing music videos, I wasn’t sure how to approach making a short film that had authentic characters an […]

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Werner Herzog Top Thirteen Quotes For Filmmakers

Werner Herzog is one of the most diverse, uncompromising and staggeringly prolific filmmakers on the planet. His gaze is often so clear and direct as to become painful, yet a truth regularly reveals itself inside the scrutiny of his work. Like his work or loathe it, the bottom line is this, every filmmaker can learn […]

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Top Ten Quotes from Aaron Sorkin for Screenwriters

There are few writers whose work is so distinctive that as soon as you hear it spoken in a show or film, you know who wrote it. Aaron Sorkin is one such writer. His dialogue just crackles along leaving writers like me breathless and Joe public grinning in satisfaction. And his CV is stunning – […]

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What is the single most important choice that will massively impact the success of your film?

The title of your film can make or break the entire project, and not just during the release, a poor, unfocussed, long, woolly and self important title can make things hard right from the get go. When Tom Cruise scifi action vehicle ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ bombed at the box office, I scratched my head in […]

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Sound Mixing your film: Top Fifteen Tips For Working With The Professionals

A few weeks back I posted about getting the most from the final grade of your film after we did one for a production that Judy produced. And so I thought I would counterbalance that with the other final mastering stage every film undergoes, ‘getting the most from your final sound mix’ (or sound dub […]

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One simple way to massively increase productivity during intense computer usage

I had to share this simple tip as about once a month, someone coming into my office comments, ‘hey you have two computers’. I don’t have two computers, I have one, but I do have two monitors. If you have never used this kind of setup, one computer with an extended desktop over tow monitors, […]

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Dick Smith, legendary makeup artist has died, his legacy for me, cannot be underaterd

Dick Smith, legendary makeup artist, has died. He was one of the pioneers of special makeup, his work on films like ‘Little Big Man’, ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Scanners’ being unforgettable. As a kid I didn’t ever consider being a filmmaker, it was simply not available as a choice in my world. It never even occurred […]

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