Saturday, 29 September 2018

30 Female Filmmakers Share Their Top Secrets To Success

If you're having one of those moments - which we ALL do from time to time - where you can't seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel, then look no further!

Take it from the pro's, these ladies have been there and helped pave the way for more female filmmakers to come. So sit back, relax and enjoy these 30 inspirational filmmaking tips from some of the most established, influential and ground-breaking female filmmakers out there! 


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

6 Action Feature Scripts To Read & What You Can Learn From Them

Today we're talking about action features, and I've found 6 feature scripts for you to read & study (all sourced from the fab Script Slug site) - Also, I'm sharing 5 tips on HOW to get the most from your own writing when it comes to this genre!

If you want to know HOW to create a thrilling action sequence AND a hero/heroine the audience will root for - checkout these 5 writing tips & the links to the scripts available below. 


Tuesday, 25 September 2018

4 Ways To Make A Sick Day Serve You

We've all been there, feeling far less than our usual healthy selves and NOT at all ready to face a day full of deadlines and smashing  those goals. 

So, in honour of those who like me -  are sometimes tempted to nurse their sickness with a duvet day - let me share my top 4 tips for being PRODUCTIVE whilst on a sick day! 


Monday, 24 September 2018

7 TV Drama Pilots You Need To Read & Why

I've discussed on how to write compelling TV Drama with Doc Martin Screenwriter Julian Unthank here - and today, I have rounded up 7 of the top TV Drama pilots for you to read, study & hopefully inspire your own writing. 

First, checkout these 3  bitesize writing tips!


Wednesday, 19 September 2018

How To Write A Villain Like Villanelle from Killing Eve (And read the Pilot)

Killing Eve boldly landed on our screens recently, and quickly gathered a significant fan base. It truly isn't like anything else I've ever seen on TV, which is why I think there are more than few important writing lessons we could all learn from this very modern drama & HOW to write such an interesting villain.


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

3 Filmmaking Tips You Can Learn From Skyscraper

This Summer's blockbuster Skyscraper drew some criticism for being predictable which I think was unfair. Personally, I loved it and found it to be an entertaining, action packed and surprisingly emotional film - but whether you were a fan or not - I think it has some great filmmaking lessons to teach us all! 

(Checkout the link at the end of the article from Script Slug to read the Skyscraper script!)


Monday, 17 September 2018

5 Ways WOM (Word of Mouth) Can Make or Break Your Career

WOM (Word of Mouth ) can be the most powerful tool when used positively, however when it isn't - it can absolutely dampen any potential opportunities that come your way.


Sunday, 16 September 2018

14 Pixar Scripts To Read & What You Will Learn From Them

As a HUGE fan of Pixar, I recently stumbled on a fantastic resource from the wonderful site Indie Film Hustle  (go and check them out). 


5 Filmmaking Quotes From Steven Spielberg

Filmmaking giant Steven Spielberg is probably one of the sole reasons you decided to get into filmmaking/writing am I right? 


Saturday, 15 September 2018

20 Types of Functional Love Tropes For your Story

Love interests are often resigned to trophy position or prize for the main protagonist...but as we know, there are many different ways to love another. It does NOT always have to be a romantic interest.

Friday, 14 September 2018

My Top 4 Sites For Film & TV Scripts

As we all know - reading scripts is one of the best ways to learn HOW to write one. And the great thing is there are SO many readily available for you to get your hands on!

Whether you're after a horror film, award-winning drama or animated TV pilot - no fear, I've gotcha covered. 


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

How To Start Your Writing Career Today!

I get asked by a lot of newbie writers - HOW to become a writer, and while this is a very complex question - I've tried to condense my answer to 4 main points.


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

6 Female Characters in Action You Should Be Writing

The reason why I am such a HUGE Marvel fan has a lot to do with how inclusive their films are, especially their portrayal of female characters getting involved in the action such as Scarlett Witch, Okoye and Black Widow. 


Monday, 10 September 2018

How To Write For Netflix & Hulu with Jurassic Park Story Consultant Neil Landau

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Neil Landau, who has served as a story consultant for some of the most recognised films studios including; Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, and Universal as well as working on films such as Jurassic Park and Stir of Echoes.


Sunday, 9 September 2018

Why You Need To Treat It Like A Job Even If You're Not Getting Paid

Firstly, all writers should have a deadline of sorts when it comes to their projects, especially if they have multiple projects on the go at any given time. Having a deadline can encourage focus and maximise effort and productivity in a sometimes-overwhelming schedule, even if you have only fifteen minutes to spare! 

You want to be a pro writer? Let's start acting like one and treat it as a JOB - because it is!

Monday, 3 September 2018

3 Ways To Use Your Rejection As A Stepping Stone

Okay, so there's no easy way to accept rejection. It hurts no matter how politely it's delivered, and even worse when it's not! So, put those thoughts of chucking your laptop out the nearest window to the back of your mind and give this a quick read. 

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