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JAWS: Script to Screen LIVE and London Screenwriters Festival… Yes we are going to need a bigger boat!

We are delirious to announce that Screenwriter of JAWS Carl Gottlieb will join us for a sensational Script To Screen LIVE. This is an extraordinary opportunity and promises to be an unmissable session at the festival. You may also have missed that we have the writer of‘ The Usual Suspects’ Christopher McQuarrie attending, as well […]

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Writer of ‘The Usual Suspects’ and ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ at LondonSWF

We have begun announcing our headline speakers for LondonSWF and our first is Christopher McQuarrie who will be interviewed by editor Eddie Hamilton at the festival. It promises to be an unforgettable session. We also have Nicole Perlman flying in to talk about ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’, super agent Duncan Heath, ‘Mad Max’ producer Iain […]

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Movie Poster Artist Drew Struzan: The Ten Principles Of Success

Having spent two weeks being rather ill, I am now emerging back into the light. The single benefit of this illness is that I got to catch up on all those films I had missed over the last couple of years – and one such film was ‘Drew: The Man Behind the Poster’ a doc […]

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Why one delegate is coming back to LSF’15 and why you should too

I am neck deep in prep for this years biggest ever London Screenwriters’ Festival and just received this email from LSF 2014 delegate Leon Fitch and I asked him if I could share it… I attended the festival for the first time last year and I have wanted to message you since that October weekend […]

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Can you write a Twisted Short Story to be published in our collection of Spine Tinglers?

We all like something different… Can you write a Twisted Short Story to be published in our collection of Spine Tinglers? Yes I know we are first and foremost screenwriters and filmmakers, but if you are anything like me, there are many other ways to express creativity. And Twisted might just be for you. ‘Twisted’ […]

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Something for the weekend? The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing 90 min documentary

On the weekend the ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ is released, edited by Eddie Hamilton (I did a podcast with him a few days ago about his editing career and how he cut the film, listen HERE) I thought I would share a terrific documentary on editing, ‘The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing’. For […]

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Feedback from the London 2015 Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass

I have finally managed to collate the feedback from last weekends Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass where we raised the game, roof and our collective possibilities to sky high levels. Here you go… ‘I have learned to embrace the fear and do it anyway!’ Derek Parsons – Producer ‘Inspiring, life changing! A great spiritual kick up the […]

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Catherine Hardwicke Genesis: How she wrote and directed her first film that led to ‘Twilight’

Ahead of the London Screenwriters’ Festival I thought I would share an interview we did with screewnriter and filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke. The interview was taken from the USA Guerilla Filmmakers Handbook and was done BEFORE the Twilight phenomena. So it’s a real insight into a moment when a female writer and director got traction in […]

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Inspirational Podcast: Editing ‘Mission Impossible’ with Eddie Hamilton

So I just returned from the cutting rooms of ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ where I interviewed my good friend Eddie Hamilton about his experience editing the movie, and his journey to this point. I have known Eddie for 20 years now and this podcast is classic Eddie Hamilton advice and worth its weight in gold. […]

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There is no conspiracy to keep good writers out of the industry

‘There is no conspiracy to keep good writers out of the industry’. This was a quote from TV exec John Yorke that really resonated with me at the weekend during the Writing TV masterclass we ran with Pilar Alessandra. It’s actually a quote from Poldark screenwriter and LSF speaker this year Debbie Horsfield that John […]

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Top Ten Tips For Making Shorts from GFilm Alum Lee Greenhough

GFilm alum Lee Greenhough has just completed his recent short, post the previous Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass and I asked him to share some of his insights so we can all learn from his experience. So it’s taken me just over 11 months to make my latest short film ‘Three Strikes’ and every time I make […]

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Who Murdered The Inventor Of Film and Why? New Documentary ‘The First Film’.

Last week ‘The First Film’, a documentary that I co-produced, premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival to some acclaim. It’s about the mystery behind the inventor of the moving image, Louis LePrince, who he has never been credited with its invention. Why? Because as he was about to unveil it, he disappeared dramatically. Murder? Suicide? […]

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Breaking Into Script Reading Feedback Huge Success: Read the feedback

Last weekend we ran our hugely successful Breaking Into Script Reading with Lucy V Hay. It was so successful that we have already set a date for the course again next year. You can see the course and sign up for next year HERE and read the feedback below. Pictures on our Flickr page HERE. […]

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Top Ten Things To Consider When Mixing The Sound For Your Film In A Professional Dubbing Theatre or Mixing Suite

Last week we did the final sound mix for ‘Be Heard’ at a top facility in central London, inside a state of the art dubbing theatre. I have been present at the mix of many films now, features and shorts, and there are certain patterns and things you can do to get the most from […]

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Dragons, Reapers and Guerilla Filmmaking: Turning Writer to Director With My First Short ‘Brian & the Grim Reaper’

Guest post by Eben Skilleter Ahead of the final Guerilla Filmmakers 2 Day Masterclass next month, I asked past delegates to share their post event experiences. Here’s what Eben Skilleter got up to… Inspiration, Then Perspiration – Pre-production Trudging across a Hampshire field, in full retreat from the merciless weather, I wonder if I’ve gone […]

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