Sofluid


About Sofluid

I'm a 26 year old writer and script reader/editor from England looking to network, share screenwriting information, offer script reading services & blog the trials and tribulations on my journey as a writer and editor! Successes so far: Finalist in the 2009 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting competition, 1st round qualifier in the 2009 & 2010 BSSC. Credits for a comedy radio sketch, two short films and four comedy web show episodes. Recently had short stories published by Ether Books and haikus published by new Sun Rising: Stories For Japan. Also a reviewer for Raindance Film Festival and We Love Films (More Than You).


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I love learning about all aspects of writing and production. One area I hadn’t ever properly considered before, though, is how transcriptions are done. Being a fan of foreign languages, I often make use of subtitles on TV shows and movies. But it’s not just about subtitles – transcriptions cover […]

The Importance of Transcription in Post Production – guest post by Valerie Randall



4 GREAT PLACES FREE SCREENWRITING COURSES
I love free courses, and with University open learning portals and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) taking off in recent years, we are spoilt for choice! Here are my favourites… SKILLSHARE Skillshare is a subscription-based learning site which I feel offers great value for money if you have many interests […]

4 GREAT PLACES TO FIND FREE SCREENWRITING & FILM COURSES




7 TIPS ON SHORT SCRIPTS
KEEP IT SHORT The shorter, the better! A good figure is around the 10-15 minutes/pages mark. Festivals like this length. It can be tempting to go for 20-30 pages, but often it’s not needed. There’s a reason shorts are short – to pack a punch. Linger too long on details […]

7 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN WRITING A SHORT SCRIPT


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It’s perhaps one of the most common script notes readers give, and something that can have the unfortunate effect of making the writer seem a little over-precious: don’t direct the script! This usually involves details of the location requirements and camera instructions such as SLOW MOTION, PAN, DISSOLVE, CUT and […]

5 WAYS TO DIRECT YOUR SCRIPT WITHOUT ACTUALLY DIRECTING IT



7 WAYS TO IMPROVE SCRIPT WRITING STYLE
AVOID ANYTHING OBVIOUS This can involve small, insignificant descriptions like “X walks over to the door” and “as” phrases like “As X does something, Y notices something about her” – essentially, you don’t actually need the “as” at all; it’s just one of those overused words that could be cut. […]

6 WAYS TO IMPROVE SCRIPTWRITING STYLE!


7 TIPS FOR GREAT PILOT SERIES
We all know that a good pilot script is important to set up a series… But what about a pilot series as a basis for an ongoing show? Fact is, if you want your show to run longer than one season, you need to create not only a compelling story […]

​What Makes a Great Pilot Series? 7 Tips for Creating a Good Pilot Season!


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It’s a new year and that means we’re all raring to WRITE WRITE WRITE, right? Who are we kidding? We miss our fun and free time over Christmas, we have the January blues… BUT, we can do something about this and gear ourselves up for a good writing year! For […]

Book review: WRITE WRITE WRITE by Daniel Martin Eckhart



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Screenwriting Goldmine Awards is a really popular competition, and rightly so! The chance to have your script read by nearly 35 senior British TV industry people is simply fantastic. Phil Gladwin is here on the blog this week to give us a few tips on the sorts of things that […]

3 TOP TIPS FOR SCREENWRITING GOLDMINE AWARDS SUBMISSIONS


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Woop woop! We’re in good company, too. Check out the awesome list HERE. The blogs are ranked based on various criteria, including Google reputation and search ranking, social media reach/popularity, quality of content and Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review. Here’s hoping we can continue to remain on this list among […]

Writesofluid is listed in the top 50 screenwriting blogs on the planet!


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Want to do well in script competitions and when submitting to coverage companies or production companies? First up, you gotta get through the gatekeepers. So what do script readers look for in a script, and what criteria do they have to judge by? I’ve read for a lot of competitions […]

10 COMMON SCRIPT READING JUDGING CRITERIA



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Aaron Mendelsohn is a working screenwriter, professor of screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University, and an elected officer and lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America West. He currently has a feature film, a drama series and an MOW – a rare trifecta – in development at major studios and […]

EBOOK REVIEW: The 11 Fundamental Questions (Guide to a Better Screenplay) + GIVEAWAY COPY!


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This weekend just gone was another fantastic weekend full of screenwriting goodness delivered in bite-sized sessions – London Screenwriters’ Festival of course! As always, I was there to try and live tweet as much as I could for all of you who couldn’t make it. Below, you’ll find a Storify […]

KEY ADVICE FROM 8 #LONDONSWF SCREENWRITING SESSIONS


TOP TIPS FOR WRITING ANIMATION
Liam’s been working on writing an animation script for a company in recent months, so I asked him if he had some tips for us – and he kindly agreed to write a guest blog post for us! So, without further ado, here’s 4 things that Liam has learned on […]

4 THINGS I LEARNED WRITING FOR ANIMATION by Liam Kavanagh



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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 – unless you learn about […]

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


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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 highlighting some of them […]

10 GREAT WAYS TO WRITE GREAT RADIO PLAYS




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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 the production of your […]

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


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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 himself that this won’t […]

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