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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John Hughes: Top quotes for filmmakers, screenwriters and creatives who are young at heart

John Hughes was, for me at least, one of the greatest American filmmakers ever. His work, often overlooked by many, is both the soundtrack to an entire generation AND an extraordinary body of work that was compressed in a short hut staggeringly creative period. I also found a rare podcast with him some time ago […]

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RadioLSF Goes Live! 24/7/365 Screenwriting Radio

We just launched RadioLSF which you can listen to it HERE We have chosen to do this as we are committed to sharing the extraordinary knowledge given by our speakers at the London Screenwriters’ Festival. We believe these sessions will offer a constant stream of inspiration and knowledge and act as a tonic for writers […]

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Top 16 quotes from Robert McKee for screenwriters, storytellers and filmmakers

Robert McKee remains one of the most influential voices in storytelling training, and having had lunch with him and his wife numerous times, it’s easy to see why. He knows his shit. Seriously, I usually turn up for lunch, sit down and just listen to a master as he shares his most recent discoveries. After […]

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Top ten tips for filming in the Jungle

Guest blog by on the ground director Marvin Blunte These guys are in the jungle right now and their crowdfunding campaign is almost over – so if you found these tips helpful, or if you like their doc, do contribute HERE. What’s the short pitch? 150 Thai students living in an alternative education school/orphanage in […]

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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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