Colour Grading Your Film – Top Nineteen Tips For Working With The Professionals

This is not a guide to grading your film, this is a guide to producing a professional grade for your film by working with experts at the top of their field. As part of your learning process, you should try this for your more ambitious shorts and low budget features. Grade with the professionals. My […]

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Clint Eastwood: Top ten quotes for writers and filmmakers

Clint. He needs no introduction. Here’s his top quotes, some of which are surprising. ‘I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.’ ‘Every movie I make teaches me something. That’s why I keep making them.’ ‘I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s […]

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Something For The Weekend? The Making Of Silence Of The Lambs

Without doubt, the granddaddy of all mainstream serial killer movies, ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ was the movie that inspired us to make our own serial killer thriller ‘White Angel’ in the early nineties. This 90 minute documentary is a wonderful indepth look at how the film came together. What really stands out is the importance […]

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The anatomy of creative failure and how to avoid it… turn the impossible into the inevitable

We are the five people we hang out with. The key to success in life is setting high standards and then taking action in accordance with those high standards. What makes it hard to do this is that we become the people we are closest to, and they may not share our goals or dreams, […]

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50 Kisses selected for the Rhode Island International Film Festival 2014

GREAT NEWS! We have a North American Premiere for 50 Kisses at the prestigious Rhode Island Film Festival! Site HERE Dates: August 5th to 10th 2014 This is a GREAT festival, I went about five years ago (video blog here) – the venue and audiences are outstanding and I am really amped that we have […]

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‘Roger and Me’, Interviewing Roger Corman at the Great American Pitchfest, full Podcast

Yesterday I had the great privilege of interviewing the legendary Roger Corman onstage at the Great American Pitchfest. Aside from a few microphone niggles, it was a splendid conversation with a man who for me was a kind of grandfather to my career. I wanted the conversation to be about ‘now and tomorrow’, to offer […]

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Feedback for The First Draft with Pilar

So this weekend went off the scale with positive feedback at the First Draft With Pilar – 98% five star feedback! Statistically that does not get more of a slam dunk. As you will know, Pilar is returning to the LSF this year with Pitching Thursday (more here) and we have plans to bring her […]

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Top 8 Reasons I Have Heard Why People Are NOT Coming To The First Draft With Pilar Workshop This Weekend

Right now I am neck deep in handouts that I am printing for the weekend, and later Pilar is landing at Heathrow all the way from Hollywood. I have waited three years to bring this workshop to London and I cannot wait for the weekend. So look, if you have been resisting signing up, here […]

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50 Kisses on BBC WM Radio with Noreen Kahn

Tracey Flynn, screenwriter of Poster Boy and Anil Rao, filmmaker of Neil, both joined me for a chat on BBC West Midlands Saturday Radio show with Noreen Khan ahead of the screening tonight on the Giant Screen here in Birmingham. Tickets HERE. It’s still quite amazing that 50 Kisses is going to play on an […]

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Top Ten Quotes for creatives by Steve Jobs

It’s hard to write anything about Steve Jobs without being awed by his life and career. Apple and Pixar. What a stunning legacy. Above is his Stanford Commencement speech from 2005, and it’s as inspiring as it is instructive. What a man. ‘Just make it great.’ ‘Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living […]

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50 Kisses on BBC Midlands Tonight

Today I went to BBC Broadcasting house to record a piece for the BBC Midlands article on 50 Kisses ahead of the screening this weekend on the Giant Screen in Birmingham. There are still tickets here and the screen is HUGE! (get tickets HERE) The interview was short, maybe three minutes. And they used only […]

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Top 31 Quotes For Writers And Creatives by Stephen King

I love Stephen King. As a kid I worked my way through a mountain of his books. Years later and as a filmmaker and screenwriter, I discovered his book ‘On Writing’. For me, this was a gamechanger read. Not because it’s a superb ‘how too’ manual (which it is), but because it felt like it […]

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Why you are not successful yet. The truth.

OK here it is. If you are not successful right now, you have two choices. Give up or keep going. But know that true success, true mastery, is something that takes dedication and a great deal if time. So keep going, success lies in your future if you continue to peruse it vigorously. True success […]

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50 Kisses in Digital Filmmaker Magazine

50 Kisses director Sebastian Solberg knows the value of PR, and has managed to secure a fantastic four page spread in this months Digital Filmmaker magazine. You can read the whole article HERE. Well done Seb for keeping going – and we hope you and all the other writers and filmmakers will make it the […]

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Top Ten Reasons To Come to The 2 Day Masterclass, Your First Draft With Pilar Alessandra in London, June 14th/15th

It’s just over two weeks now until the two day Masterclass with Pilar Alessandra – Your First Draft With Pilar. If you have seen Pilar in action, and if you want tools to help you get from idea to first draft rapidly, then you will know it’s a no-brainer and I am sure you will […]

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