Joel Schumacher Script to Screen: The Lost Boys

Watching one of my favourite films, The Lost Boys as Joel Schumacher himself sits in the room talking about it’s making was for me a huge treat, not least of all because it was evident from the first second Joel walked in the room that he was, despite his great success and long career, a […]

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Writing Visually with Ludo Smolski

Development consultant and script editor Ludo is, he tells us more of a reader than a writer. And in the scripts he reads he’s been noticing a common issue emerging. A lack of visual storytelling. In an effort to take us away from that and encourage us to write visually with the richness that brings […]

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Tony Jordan: Lessons Learnt From The Scriptwriting Trenches

Veteran Writer Tony Jordan joined us to discuss the span of his career and the things he’s learned along the way. Beginning at aged 32 he was a market trader with no real knowledge of writing prior to being hired to write for the soap EastEnders on the back of a spec he’d submitted. Though […]

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Writing Breakthrough Crime Drama with Lynda La Plante CBE

Spanning a vast amount of broadcast time over decades of good drama Lynda La Plante has a vibrant and ongoing writing career, but that’s not how she began her career. Training at RADA she was an actor in such well known shows as Z-Cars, The Sweeney, The Professionals and Bergerac. It was during one such […]

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Top Ten PitchFest Tips For Success!

Ahead of the Great British PitchFest at the London Screenwriters’ Festival I thought I would share some of my own observations about pitchers who get the most success from their session. Get there early It’s obvious, but so many fail get there early, find themselves at the end of the queue, all of a fluster […]

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LSF’14: Commit now as sitting on the fence will get splinters up you’re ass

Life has really been happening over the last few weeks. I will share in due course, but it’s part of the reason for my absence on the blog. Life accelerates when we commit. In the moment of commitment, instead of being paralysed by indecision, we find ourselves on the rollercoaster… When I am not moving […]

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Super Hero Training Day For The LSF Team

Adrian, a new LSF Team recruit looked at me with concern… ‘When you said we will firewalk I thought you were speaking metaphorically…’ The penny dropped as a LARGE crate of shattered glass spilled onto floor. Before we firewalked, we were going to ‘glasswalk’!!! He looked at me in sheer terror – should he stay […]

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How to get the MOST from the London Screenwriters’ Festival: A Delegate View

I just recorded a terrific podcast with actress turned screenwriter, Cera Rose Pickering, an LSF veteran of three festivals and in for her fourth in October. You can listen to it on the main page of www.LSFConnect.com now. Over the past three festivals, Cera has managed to secure herself an agent (via a post LSF […]

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Meet Ted Tally, Oscar Winning Screenwriter of ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’ at LSF this year

So officially, I am VERY excited to announce that Oscar winning screenwriter of ‘Silence Of The Lambs’, Ted Tally, will be at the London Screenwriters’ Festival this year. And among other sessions, we will be running a Script To Screen LIVE with Ted. First we send his Oscar winning script to the delegates, who print […]

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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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