Jackie Malton and Pete Salt, The Real Sources Behind Prime Suspect and Casualty

Realism, that thing that gives drama it’s impact, often involves writers going to a source or special consultant to enrich the content of their work. Two such sources Jackie Malton on who’s life Lynda La Plant based Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect and Pete Salt the inspiration for Casualty’s Charlie Fairhead joined Casualty co-creator Paul […]

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Getting a Writing Gig that Lasts Years: Writing Sit-Coms

Sit-Coms are, love ‘em or hate ‘em, a lasting style of comedy and one in which, if you’re fortunate enough to be good at, can provide work that lasts for many years. Comedy writer and director Paul Basset Davies (Spitting Image, Alas Smith & Jones) hosted a discussion with Pete Sinclair (Lead Baloon, Never Mind […]

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Originality, Commercialism and Creativity: Steve La Rue and David Reynolds

There are twenty-nine superhero movies currently scheduled for release, TV development exec Steve La Rue calmly announces to a gasp from the many delegates in the room. Even for those of us with some understanding of industry trends, hearing that figure stated aloud is astonishing. Though the superhero genre is in decline it still makes […]

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Silence of the Lambs: Script to Screen with Screenwriter Ted Tally

There’s not a lot of talking going on, even from Ted Tally, as Silence of the Lambs plays on screen gripping a room of hundreds. Personally I’d forgotten how good it is. The film is iconic, enthralling and every moment is pregnant with emotion. The fact that it still plays well and we sink into […]

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The British Screenwriters’ Awards 2014: Hosted by Rhona Cameron

In a star studded (Ted Tally and Joel Schumacher sat next to one another in the front row counts) and joyous event 2014 found itself the year that was putting screenwriters at the forefront as the British Screenwriters’ Awards burst into being. Four awards were up for grabs in this inaugural event and if that […]

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Adapting Novels: Ted Tally with Daniel Martin Eckhart

Adapting novels into screenplay is something many screenwriters balk at, whether wanting to focus on their own stories exclusively or finding the process of honing a dense work into something far more concise that will work on screen to be a daunting challenge. But for writers who do work with adaptations broader work opportunities become […]

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The Craft: Killer Style, Tone and Techniques with Pilar Alessandra

Script consultant and editor Pilar Alessandra took us on a whirlwind hour of screenwriting craft to analyse screenplay and see how our choices, if we used our craft correctly could greatly enhance and improve our work. Scenes can give us the feeling of an idea and Pilar showed us how, while keeping the pertinent description […]

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Hollywood Classics: Joel Schumacher

Once again sitting down with Joel Schumacher (do I make that sound like there’s not a few hundred people in the room?) to look over some of the scripts he’s directed. For a number of Joel’s varied projects we looked at a cold reading of the screenplay performed by actors then compare them to the […]

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Echoes in Eternity: In Conversation With William Nicholson

With a formidable body of work, William Nicholson joined us to share some of his experience, in his own words, “to try and be useful” to us with whatever he could share of the writing process. As it happens that’s a great deal. The film he’s perhaps best known for writing on is Gladiator where […]

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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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FADE IN: The London Screenwriters’ Festival is About to Begin

As Chris Jones opens the 2014 London Screenwriters’ Festival I once again take over his blog for the duration to bring you just a small portion of the seminars, screenwriting wisdom and atmosphere here in Regent’s Park University. Here we gather with some 800 attendees who form our screenwriting community. For us, this community is […]

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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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