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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ When I saw that this book was coming out, I was excited – who DOESN’T want to create an awesome elevator pitch like “JAWS IN SPACE” and sell their ideas in the best ways possible? Plus, pitching’s one of those scary things that you fear – […]

Book review: JAWS IN SPACE – Powerful Pitching for Film and TV Screenwriters by Charles Harris


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ Following on from last week’s blog entry – 6 GREAT REASONS TO WRITE FOR RADIO – I thought I’d look at some great ways to write great radio scripts! The BBC offer downloadable guidelines for submissions which, over the years, have reiterated certain tips. I’ll be […]

10 GREAT WAYS TO WRITE GREAT RADIO PLAYS


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ As well as TV/film scripts, I also assess a lot of play and radio scripts. Writing plays and radio scripts can be a really great career in itself, but can also be a good way to get on the “screenwriting ladder” so to speak and it’s […]

6 GREAT REASONS TO WRITE FOR RADIO!


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ Today on the blog I’m delighted to welcome my filmmaker friend J.K. Amalou to share with us his tips on writing successful microbudget movies! Take it away, J.K.! Writing a microbudget film is a great way to show off your skills and invest yourself fully in […]

9 TIPS ON NAILING MICROBUDGET MOVIES by Hard Men writer/director J.K. Amalou



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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ Rick – writer of THE PROPOSITION (2008), STIGMATA (2009) and TV series’ HAUNTED and PEACEMAKERS – created THE SCREENPLAY SHOW because he wanted to prove to others that if he could do it, they could too. In the promo video (see end of post), Rick says […]

Interview: STIGMATA screenwriter Rick Ramage tells us about his new online screenwriting show – part #2


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ Say what?! An actual multi-part online show all about screenwriting? Coooool! I don’t know about you, but this is something I’m pretty excited about! Rick – writer of THE PROPOSITION (2008), STIGMATA (2009) and TV series’ HAUNTED and PEACEMAKERS – created this show because he wanted […]

Interview: STIGMATA screenwriter Rick Ramage tells us about his new online screenwriting show – part #1


8 WAYS TO BE ON TOP OF SPEC SCRIPT GAME
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ WHY MUST WE BE CLUED UP? So you don’t get PITCH SLAPPED! Christopher Boone of nofilmschool.com spent months writing a comedy spec script only to see a trailer for PITCH PERFECT on a news site which was exactly the same story he’d written! Christopher was an […]

8 great ways to be on top of your spec script game!


ways to educate yourself for free
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ In this day and age, with the wondrous tool that is the Internet, it’s even easier to teach yourself everything you need to know to become a successful writer. Many aspiring writers feel they need to take University courses – which can indeed be very worthwhile […]

13 Ways To Get A Writing Education For Free!



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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ So what is exposition? Sometimes it’s described as “on the nose”; dialogue can be on the nose if it reveals information for the audience’s knowledge. Sometimes it’s overly explanatory of back story, characters’ feelings or character personality traits.  Same goes for action descriptions, which can be […]

17 top tips for avoiding exposition!


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ I was thrilled when I spotted a new Creative Essentials title by Kamera Books on the topic of script editing; something that always intrigues me given its close connection to script reading/consultancy. I picked it up at the London Sreenwriters’ Festival (use my special discount code: […]

Book review: The Art of Script Editing by Karol Griffiths


STYLE TIPS
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ You’ve got your script written – phew! You’re pretty happy with the story and structure and characters and so forth – yeah! But what about the script’s CRAFT? Is your written STYLE coming across well? Is your script a SMOOTH and ENTERTAINING read? Is there anything […]

10 common style editing notes and how to fix them!


TV COMEDY SCRIPT TIPS
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ I read a lot of pitches and scripts for TV comedy, so I thought it would be a good idea to compile some of my most common observations and pieces of advice for you. Though I tried to keep it brief, it ended up being 16 […]

16 tips for writing TV comedy scripts – part two!



TV COMEDY SCRIPT TIPS 2
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ I read a lot of pitches and scripts for TV comedy, so I thought it would be a good idea to compile some of my most common observations and pieces of advice for you. Though I tried to keep it brief, it ended up being 16 […]

16 tips for writing TV comedy scripts – part one!


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/Today I’d like to share with you a simple concept that can really help you see your characters and plot differently and ultimately add valuable depth to them. MOTIVATIONS BEHIND MOTIVATIONS We’re all clear about motivations – characters gotta have them so that their actions are justified […]

How to add depth to your characters and plot using layers: motivations behind motivations


top tips for successful freelancing
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ Last week we chatted about ways to work towards becoming a freelance script reader. Great! But how do you become a freelance script reader and how do you make it a success? NETWORK – always. Make friends and contacts at events and online. Be there for […]

10 top tips to be a successful freelance script reader (plus London Screenwriters’ Festival DISCOUNT!)


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ My script reading colleagues and I get asked “how do I become a script reader?” a lot. There’s no particular rules as to how to go about it, and answers will vary from reader to reader depending upon their personal experiences. However, there are still universal […]

How do I become a script reader? 10 tips for breaking into scriptreading (plus London Screenwriters’ Festival DISCOUNT!)



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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/As a script reader I write a lot of reports. Naturally, the script notes/observations I make will be unique to the writer and their story, making it hard to give in-depth advice in a blog post, but there are definitely some common notes that appear time and […]

9 COMMON SCRIPT NOTES & HOW TO TACKLE THEM (plus London Screenwriters’ Festival DISCOUNT!)


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/ When I made my first film, THE CYCLIST, I made mistakes every step of the way, thus providing myself with valuable learning opportunities. The one aspect I would change that would have improved the film from start to finish, from casting to distribution, is the script. […]

6 screenwriting lessons I wish I understood before making my first film THE CYCLIST – guest post by filmmaker John ...


caringandkilling
Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/In the spring of 2011, myself and Ulrich Wehner (Co-Producer) had just wrapped on a shoot, another in a long line of productions. After producing a few of our own short films and working with other filmmakers in-between we discussed taking the leap; making that first feature […]

Six ways writers and filmmakers can make scripts ideal for guerilla filmmaking – guest post by Michael O’Connor


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Like and share:8Follow http://www.writesofluid.com/Two years ago I attended the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass, 2013, and it opened up an amazing bank of knowledge to me as a script reader. Not only could I understand scripts from a story analysis perspective, but I could now analyse just how effective a script would […]

5 great reasons why the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass is worth every penny