Advice



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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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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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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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


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!



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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!


STYLE TIPS 1
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!