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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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


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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 to prove to others […]

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
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 absolute trooper about it, […]

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



ways to educate yourself for free
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 and helpful, particularly with […]

13 Ways To Get A Writing Education For Free!


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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 expositional if they speak […]

17 top tips for avoiding exposition!


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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: SOFLUID-16X to get a […]

Book review: The Art of Script Editing by Karol Griffiths



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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 that will ANNOY or […]

10 common style editing notes and how to fix them!





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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 or at least […]

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


top tips for successful freelancing
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 them and they’ll be […]

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


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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 tips that can help […]

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



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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 time again in […]

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


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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. I knew the script […]

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


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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 film. The opportunity […]

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




BANG 2
So the weekend before last saw the hugely successful Breaking Into Script Reading class by Lucy V Hay, which generated over 1000 tweets using the hashtag #bang2write. Read on to see these tweets in a Storify thread! Why did you need to go to a script reading course, when you […]

1000 tips about script reading!